I have always tagged Boat Quay as a dodgy place when I was young; the sleazy pubs and overpriced seafood combo. But over the time the image seem to have improved with new tenants opening hip bars, boutique restaurants and even budget-friendly hostels. And in the past year or so, it has also been home to reputed french establishment, Absinthe.
Occupying two shophouses along the riverside, Absinthe now has a much bigger space to play with than its previous location at Keong Saik Road. The first floor has an alfresco bar area and a chef table/tapas counter where you can get close and upfront to the kitchen.
Moving up to second level is its main dining area, where the cosy decor and Parisian-like settings are the closest you can get to having Paris in Singapore (or so I have been told cos I havent been to the city yet). The huge booth seats do seem really comfortable for a gathering too.
And moving even upwards are the private dining halls that could be booked for parties and events. I woud imagine it to be pretty popular for niche weddings, birthday celebrations and company dinners.
And this, fellows, is the most unique room for all. With absolute privacy for two, the room has no minimum charges and can be booked upon availabilty, perfect for that proposal that you have been planning or just a really intimate (no cameras but don't get hanky panky please) dinner with your loved one.
Moving on to the tasting menu for the night, I apologize for the odd (embarassingly ugly actually) colours because I have no idea how to work with the very warm colours. Starting bread was simple but satisfying with it served hot, paired with very good french-imported (presumably) butter.
Not being a fan of Yellow Tail, the first starter was just alright with the caviar intensifying the flavours. The other one with big juicy scallops suited me better with nothing to fault.
The prized liver is always sinful yet enjoyable to the very last morsel, paired with sweet berries to even out the greasiness. The rich-tasting bisque with cognac, on the other hand, tends to feel heavy after several mouthfuls and could be even shared among two.
The classic poutry dish was done well with crispy skin and meat so tender that the knife was almost redundant. All that was left afterwards was a clean bone really.
Desserts was simple yet oh-so-good as the vanilla Madeleines were baked upon order, the outer skin breaking with a light crunch and revealing soft, fragrant sponge within. Excellent when paired with the Valrhona chocolate.
With good meals at Abinthe a given (All dishes were in tasting portions besides the duck btw), Absinthe left a greater impression on efforts spent in furnishing different themes spreaded across 4 levels. Whether its a chillout meal or quiet moments with the partner, the place has something tailored for every occasion. Bon Appétit!
72 Boat Quay
Tel: 6222 9068
Special thanks to LeRoy of FoodNews for the invite!
Taken with Nikon D70