This is an invited session
Always thought that French cuisine is too intimate and stiff? Most of the french restaurants I know are somewhat along that line. Excellent places for dates, but not really for a session of gossip and randomness. Well, here's one place that not only whips up hearty french food, but also cozy enough to chill out with friends!
Located at Robertson Quay, Brasserie Wolf is a casual french bistro that aims to impress with fine dining standards of food and service. Having undergone a facelift recently, the place's decor is laidback with a Parisian touch as paintings and posters adorned the wall.
Bread Basket ($3.50)
Last Wednesday, I had the honour to join a tasting session that was crafted by the new Head Chef from Switzerland, Chef Claudio Sandri. We started off with an assortment of breads that was chewy to my liking, with the walnut one being particularly good. But what really stole the show was the coin of salted Beurre Echire butter, so full of buttery goodness that we meekly ask if we could have another one to go with more bread. Addictive!
Traditional French Onion Soup ($16.00)
The first of three starters we had was one of their old favourites retained from the previous menu. Served with a floating piece of garlic toast with melted cheese, the soup was thick and chokeful of stewed onions, as the bread's chewy, cheesy texture worked wonders with the flavourful broth. A very good start indeed!
Journo Tomato Gazpacho ($16.00)
Don't send this back to the kitchen assuming that its a dessert by mistake! Yes that was a ice cold sorbet, but its a tomato one that was intended to be served with a separate jug of hot soup. The refreshing sorbet formed a very strong contrast against the creamy base, breaking the mentality that hot and cold soups are mutually exclusive. Great play on creativity!
Fresh Artichoke Heart ($18)
Stacked like a mini-tower, I have never eaten much or been a fan of artichoke, although the accompanying toppings of poached egg and smoked salmon more than made up for it!
Traditional Bouillabaisse Soup ($36.00)
Another one with DIY fun! The main content was separately served with a jug of soup, sauce and cheese, pour it in according to your own likings!
Actually this felt like a larger portion of an appetiser, but nonetheless very comfort food with fresh sea bass chunks and crunchy prawns.
Seared Cod ($35.00)
Not exactly melt-in-your-mouth, but nonetheless well-executed with a smooth, firm texture. Took quite a liking for the cute mushroom tortellini and firm roasted baby potatoes too, wished there were more!
Beef Bourguignon ($29.00)
Saved the best main course for the last! Braised to such tenderness, knife was simply redundant in gently tearing apart the beef cheek. The accompanying whipped potato was perfect for mopping up the savoury red wine sauce. Awesome was the word!
Chocolate & Coffee Liegeois ($13.00), Floating Island, Peach Melba ($13.00)
No ending is complete without desserts! Now to be frank, I thought we had a vanilla overdose here, as all three were served with scoops of the ice cream, eventually tasting as if they got the same base with different toppings. Not that my companions minded though!
Out of the three, I would go for the first one for its robust coffee flavour and its rich, smooth chocolate sauce. The second one with salted caramel sauce was just alright for me while the third used white peach for that natural sweetness.
If you have a large crowd coming in, you will definitely enjoy the private corner with an oval dining table that seats up to 10 comfortably. Want to have a pre-dinner drink? Head outside for their extensive wine bar!
With its relaxing ambience and commendable dishes, Brasserie Wolf might just be the place for some satisfying french fare without the hassle of gowns and jackets. Eyeing steaks on their menu, I might just return to see how it fares with the other french bistro!
80 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-13
The Pier at Robertson
Tel: 6835 7818
Special thanks to Danielle, Xiao Min and Sihui of Ate Consulting for the invite!
Taken with Nikon D70
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