It was quite amusing initially when my friend asked if it's fine for him to wear bermudas for our dinner at San Bistro. We are regular restaurant goers, and should be seasoned enough to know the appropriate dressing for most occasions. But upon checking the location of San Bistro, I can understand the reason for his question.
Nestled in the tiny neighborhood Eastwood Centre in Bedok, it is a very odd location for a French fine-dining establishment. If I live at the surrounding landed houses or condominiums, you'd probably see me dropping by in my t-shirt and slippers after grocery shopping at the supermarket next door lol!
Casual dressing and location aside, the menu offerings and prices at San Bistro is anything but casual. Do prepare your tummy and wallet for feasting on quality ingredients.
Appetizers such as Heirloom Tomatoes starts from $28, to $38 for Lobster Bisque. Truffle & Duck Pasta is at $35, Lobster Linguine is at $40. Mains are between $35 to $80 depending on our preference for Japanese Seabream, Mangalica Pork or Wagyu Striploin. There are choices of plated Desserts from $15 onwards, as well as a selection of Pastries and Cheeses from the showcase counter.
4-course Daily Set Dinner at $88++ and 2 or 3-course Weekday Set Lunch at $18++ / $23++ are also available.
The few items that we had were very well-executed. Kudos to the culinary team helmed by Executive Chef Josh Chua. He used to work at the defunct Guy Savoy at MBS, and that perhaps explains the exquisite plating of the dishes.
We particularly enjoyed the Tagliatelle Nero ($35). The squid ink pasta was all of handmade goodness cooked to an ideal bite and paired with a sauce invigorated by sundried tomatoes. There was an intense umami flavor, each mouthful filled with an inexplicable deliciousness which tasted somewhat like chwee kueh's chye poh oil. The sautéed squid and grilled octopus leg were faultless too, but the token piece of sea urchin was quite sad.
Between the mains of Lamb Rack ($48) and Amadai ($48), I prefer the latter for its tender fish fillet blanketed with a layer of crispy skin and scales. The textural contrast was lovely.
Our meal ended with Lemon & Basil ($15) which was a superbly sourish and refreshing medley of lemon custrad, limoncello gelee, lemon meringue and basil sorbet.
It was an overall pleasant dining experience at San Bistro, but I'm not sure if I would travel all the way to this far eastern side of Singapore again. Maybe the restaurant will appeal better to residents who stay nearby and don't mind spending extra dollars to splurge on a fine dining meal in a casual setting.
Address: 20 Eastwood Road, #01-03 Eastwood Centre, Singapore 486442
Contact: +65 6448 9959
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm / Closed on Mon
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.