Thursday, 21 January 2016

P. Bistro @ Palais Renaissance, Singapore

P. Bistro unveils second outlet at the posh Palais Renaissance as well as launching its brand new gourmet menu and creations. The brand offers french bistro-style dining and an array of french, italian as well as Asian-fusion dishes at affordable prices. P. Bistro is helmed by head chef who is trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, so expect local spices and the use of french culinary techniques in their dishes.



Before going on to order your mains, be sure to get the Kamquat Tea/Soda first. Kamquat soda is available chilled while the tea is served hot but a great beverage for soothing the throat. Kamquat is basically homemade sour plum tea with honey and I personally recommend the hot one, sure goes well for the rest of your meal.


We started off the meal with Tangy Pomelo $12, this salad is a refreshing appetiser with generous pomelo chunks. All of which are nestled on a potpourri of cherry tomatoes, shallots, coriander, sliced red chilli and fresh mesclun. After which, it is topped with the chef's special tamarind dressing that binds the flavours well.


Here is something to snack on, Fugu Japanese Grilled Puffer Fish with Flying Roe $12. The sweet grilled fugu reminds me of a familiar taste, bakkwa. It is then topped with omega-rich flying fish roe, a great mini snack to begin with. If you're not a fan of fugu, I would suggest skipping this and go for other mains.


Moving on to mains, we had the pan-seared Kuhlbarra Barramundi White Fish Fillet $26. It is nicely pan-seared on the surface, being crispy while the meat is fresh and succulent. With the final touch of lemon butter drizzle sauce and seasonal vegetables.


Here's something I practically fancy, Duck Confit $28. This french castaing duck leg confit is nicely oven roasted, to a nice crackling texture of the skin. On the other hand, the texture of the meat is tender and fall off the bone easily. Red berry gastrique is added for a sweet taste, alongside with roasted potatoes and mesclun.


Another signature dish here is the Nonya Dory $18, which showcases premium dory fish filled soused in special peranakan sauce. After, it is served with egg as well as sweet and sour achar. The dory fish fillet is pretty average but it's the sauce that enhance the overall dish. It's spicy but I've to say it is shiok.


Another new signature mainstays include this bowl of Asian Red Curry Seafood Pasta $32. A medley of seafood sits on a bed of linguine. The key highlight of this dish is the fiery red curry sauce which pulls everything together. At 32 bucks for a bowl of pasta, I've to admit it's rather steep.


Moving on to their range of homemade desserts. P. Bistro's desserts are a tour de force, a testament to the chef's virtuosity. They utilize classic french methods to create the pastries.


The array of enticing afters include Coconut Pandan Chiffon Cake with Coconut Mousse, earthy Classic Chocolate Mont Blanc and Passionfruit Tart. Don't forgot to get the Palmier, really good and only $1 each!


Classic Chocolate Mont Blanc $8.50, it's like the size of your fist. It was fresh and could taste the different texture within the mont blanc. It wasn't too sweet with the chocolate, pretty good.



Passionfruit Tart $4, which comes in a small strip. This citrus tart was refreshing, the passionfruit flavour was just right, not too overwhelming. I personally love the pastry shell, with a crisp cookie-like texture.


A big fan of pandan chiffon cake and this was indeed enticing that I bought another slice home. Coconut Pandan Chiffon Cake $6.50, layers of fluffy and fragrant pandan chiffon cake, covered in fresh coconut mousse. The coconut zest was distinctive that it gels well with the overall cake.


P. Bistro doles out simple Asian-inspired western fare and french classics. Most dishes here are pretty much at reasonable pricing, plus the laidback setting at palais renaissance. No doubt, P. Bistro is an ideal place for tea and sweets, I personally like the desserts here. Serving modern western dishes with an Asian touch, everyone can find something here to suit their palate. Don't forget to pair it with some beer!


All day beer promotion
Asahi White Super Dry at $8/bottle (a bucket of 6 @ S$40; buy 5 get 1 free)
Asahi Dark at $10/ bottle (a bucket of 6 @ $50; buy 5 get 1 free)
Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc at $10/ bottle (a bucket of 6 @ $50; buy 5 get 1 free)

Live band Performance
Every Wednesday 7pm to 930pm and Sunday 1pm to 3pm


P. Bistro
390 Orchard Road
#B1-06 , Palais Renaissance
Singapore 238871
Tel: 6734 9268
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm


*This was an invited media tasting.
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