There are two special celebratory occasions in July for Bar-Roque Grill. On the 14th, the French restaurant will be celebrating French’s National Day, Bastille Day. And in July itself, the establishment will be celebrating its first year anniversary. It’s Happy Birthday, France, and Happy Birthday, Bar-Roque at the same time! *Blows off two candles*
In commemoration of this festive period, Bar-Roque Grill has lined up days of classic French food (1 – 14 July 2014), with each of the first two weeks of July showcasing Northern French and Southern French dishes respectively. If you can hold off your temptations a little, drop by the restaurant for a meal on 11, 12, or 14 July instead, as these days come with a special menu of homemade delicacies like Apple Pie, Crêpe Suzette and Paris-Brest by Chef Stephane’s mother, who will be flown in just for this, in addition to the complimentary Provençal Pizza Pissaladière that guests will be given to start their meal.
Veal Cordon Bleu ($38++) :: I was deeply in love with this Veal Cordon Bleu upon my first bite. The breaded veal was pan-seared to lightness, and stuffed with melted Gruyère cheese and house-made Kurobuta ham. Meat was most tender, and the course was anything but heavy. Though I think this is one of the best Cordon Bleu I’ve had, I thought the price is slightly on the steep side for this.
Bouillabaisse Broth ($42++) :: From the Week 2 menu of Southern French dishes, I had the traditional Provençal fish stew of fresh squids, succulent prawns, whole poached fish, rouille (sauce made from olive oil, red chillies, garlic, breadcrumbs amongst others) and the richly-flavoured thick broth of saffron. Seafood was remarkably fresh, and the saffron broth, to me, was the star of the dish though I note it has quite an acquired taste. Just half-soak the seafood before indulging in the course. I thought this is ideal for sharing as otherwise, it might be too heavy to finish it by a person. A must-try.
Outside of the special 2-week menu, I also got to sample some of the items that will be available during and after the celebration.
Charcuterie Board ($38++) :: Charcuterie lovers like myself have got to rejoice with the newly-launched full range of house-made charcuterie, including Duck Terrine, Rabbit Rillette, Kurobuta White Ham, Country Duck Pate, and my favourites, melt-in-your-mouth madly rich Foie Gras (paired with Brioche) and Duck Prosciutto. I must admit, I haven’t had such an incredible time with Charcuterie Board in a long while, and this is by far the most diversified I have seen. Price is more than reasonable too considering the portion of it (I mean, look at that generous block of Foie Gras!).
Classic Tarte Flambée ($14++) :: It is a composition of bread dough rolled out very thin in the shape of a rectangle, replete with white cheese, onions and bacon. The bread dough was crusty on the sides and less so at the center. What I had was the classic one; there are also a good list of Tarte Flambées on the menu. While it was of good and wholesome flavour, I thought the other dishes very much outshone this, and I would rather spend more money on the more exciting ones.
I had a bite of the Mom’s Apple Pie with Milk Ice Cream ($14++). A good crumbly tart base with chunks of not overly sweet apples and hints of cinnamon to accompany. A deservedly sweet ending to a good meal at Bar-Roque Grill. The dishes I have tried are a testament to the quality of authentic French cuisines served here. None of them are bad, and there are a number of dishes that promise to leave a positive deep impression, in fact. If you have yet to try Bar-Roque Grill, the first two weeks of July is the time to.
What’s worth paying for:
Address: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-100
Telephone: 6444 9672 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – late (Mon – Fri); 2.30pm – late (Sat); Closed on Sundays
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