The influx of celebrity chefs at our two Integrated Resorts definitely brought the local fine dining scene to a whole new level. Restaurants at Marina Bay Sands are as attractive as the resort grounds itself, and our first foray was to celebrate mom's birthday at DB Bistro!
Located opposite the entrance of Sands Theatre, the french eatery was packed on a Friday evening (in case you are wondering, I took the above shot near closing time!) with show-goers and casual diners alike. With classy maroon colours, hip bar-like decor and a chatty atmosphere, the place was great for small gatherings yet stop short of being ideal for intimate dinners. The excellent service also made sure that we were well taken care of throughout the meal.
Complementary Cheese Gougeres
Fragrant and chewy with an airy, cheesy centre, these little snacks well-deserved their reputation!
Complimentary Bread Basket, German Riesling ($95.00)
It had been awhile since I had a memorable bread bowl, but this definitely left an impression! Among the fresh mini baguettes, sourdough slices and bread rolls, I particularly liked the last one as the smooth brown skin was lightly salted to make it even more appetising. Went really well with salted butter!
For the joyous occasion, we had a bottle of white that was light and smooth on the throat. Cheers!
Foie Gras Terrin ($26.00)
Creamy as it should be, it was my first time to have it paired with sweet passionfruit. A delightful combination that was accompanied by tasty buttered brioche.
Snail Fricassee ($24.00)
A maiden attempt for all of us, this was served with pasta, nuts and chicken chunks. Interesting but not outstanding in taste though.
Seafood Casserole Provencal ($35.00)
Our first sharing main course was unfortunately a huge disappointment. While the broth was alright, the mussels were stale with a fishy aftertaste. When we reflected this to the management, they did kindly offer to replace it with another main course but we declined that anyway.
Steak and Frites ($49.00), Duck Confit ($36.00)
The sirloin steak was done to a juicy pink centre with charred surface, though nothing to shout about with its inert quality. Fries on the other hand, seemed to be double-cooked as it was very well done with crispy skin and fluffy within.
The duck meat was fork tender with crispy skin, nothing to fault as we enjoyed every bit of it.
DB Burger ($38.00)
This, is what the post title is all about! Juicy sirloin patty, meaty short ribs shreds and a melting foie gras centre, a royal recipe for the king of all burgers!
Well, not quite, as we found out. Though the ingredients were each of heavyweight status, they weren't exactly mindblowing when pieced together. In fact, I enjoyed them better when eaten separately, a case of too much good things trying to outshine each other.
Before I move on to desserts, take a look at the cute miniature Tabasco bottles that DB Bistro gave to customers!
Molten Chocolate Cake with Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream ($15.00)
Though it was great that they could oblige with birthday greetings and candles, the cake itself was just alright with little lava within.
Bill for four was $374.29 after taxes. While we had a pleasant dining experience on the overall, DB Bistro didn't wow us the way as we had anticipated, as we were more delighted with the little things (Bread fest, anyone?) instead. DB Burger? been there done that!
DB Bistro Moderne
Basement 1 (Across Theatre)
The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands