Whenever I have a steak craving, the first place that comes to mind will be Les Bouchons at Ann Siang that serves up some of the best steak frites in Singapore at reasonable prices.
Les Bouchons looks like your typical French bistro in a colour scheme of black, red and white. Dim warm lighting gives this small, yet classy restaurant a cosy and intimate ambience. Guests are simply unwinding after a long day, sipping wine and appreciating some fine cuisine. That’s exactly what draws me to here. Away from the hustle and bustle. No frills, no fuss. Just enjoy the food and wine.
Complimentary bread rolls are served warm with butter. The inside may be moist and soft but the crust is a little hard. Anyway, it is advisable not to eat too much bread as you should reserve space for what’s to come.
I can never resist smoked salmon. Just squeeze the lemon wedge over the salmon to give it that acidic punch. It really whets your appetite. The salmon is beautifully smoked and goes really well with the crispy toast.
And what is French cuisine without the escargots? I just love the generous sprinkling of flat leaf parsley on top. The aromatic scent balances the mildly sharp, pungent flavour of the garlic.
Each piece of the snail is perfectly cooked, tender with very little chewiness. Dip each morsel in the fragrant buttery sauce, it’s just heavenly. The bread basket is perfect for this dish. Pinch an end off a bread roll and allow it to soak up the herbaceous garlic butter, absolutely delicious!
An assortment of dressings – horseradish, bearnaise, mayonnaise, whole grain mustard and dijon mustard – are available to suit every taste bud. While some are too pungent or spicy for my liking, the bearnaise is about right for me without overpowering the original taste of the meat.
Every main comes with a side salad in a delightful whole grain mustard dressing.
This is what I have ordered. Their signature rib eye steak with vigneron butter and unlimited servings of homemade fries. This is really a hefty piece of meat! And the fries are just so addictive and because they are twice fried in duck fat, they are really crispy on the outside and soft, tender on the inside. These are what I call FRENCH fries!
I requested for my meat to be done medium but this sure looks more like medium rare with streaks of blood juices. The meat is succulent, juicy and tender and it’s good on its own without the need of additional condiments or seasonings.
The husband ordered the lamb skewers which are a little overcooked (almost medium well) so the meat is quite tough and chewy as compared to the rib eye steak. Nevertheless, these lamb pieces are well marinated and I’m sure they will taste even better if they are done medium.
Similar to the American sundae, the Dame Blanche (means ‘white lady’ in French) consists of generous scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with a huge dollop of whipped cream and warm molten chocolate sauce. What beats ending a meal with such a delectable sweet treat to share?
One thing that I like about Les Bouchons is their concise, one-page menu so it’s easy to make your selection without having to scroll through too many choices.
Les Bouchons also has a good selection of wines that are reasonably priced. This meal for two with a bottle of Bordeaux would cost just over $200. With its friendly and efficient service, unpretentious offerings and excellent steak frites, we will definitely continue to patronise the restaurant.
7 Ann Siang Road
Tel: 6423 0737
Mon-Fri: 12.00pm to 2.00pm, 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Sat: 7.00pm to 10.00pm