Feeling like some rustic French food, we had initially wanted to go to Le Bistro for some of their delicious roasted garlic soup, but as they were fully booked, we thought we’d try Bistro du Vin, somewhere I’d walked past many times and wanted to try but never got around to visiting.
And are we glad we did. Part of the Les Amis group, tucked between Les Amis and La Strada, the menu is small and simple, the wines, well chosen and not going to break the bank.
We started with a perfectly poached egg atop sauteed mushrooms with iberico ham and white balsamic vinegar, delicately flavoured with licorice-y chervil. I am not one for googy egg yolks, but this was just superb and the crusty white bread which they served us was the perfect medium to dunk into the egg and mop up the juice on the plate.
My main course was unarguably the winner of the evening – a suckling pig hock, which had been cooked confit-style, so was melt-off-the-bone tender, and then oven seared to get the skin crispy good. Served with french saukraut to cut through the richness of the meat, it was absolute heaven.
We all looked longingly into “the cave”, a chilled wine room that also had charcuterie meats hung tantalisingly to be sliced to order, but D and I were cured-meat-out from our meal the night before at Stellar.
The steak was a little disappointingly thin – like a minute steak, but was apparently very tasty. The rest of the food rustic and simple. Desserts – we ordered the chocolate fondant, grand marnier souffle, creme brulee and thin apple tart were all cooked to perfection.
The only complaint was that the pomerol we ordered was the last bottle in the house !
Bistro du Vin
1 Scotts Road, #02-12
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.00pm