Steak and fries is an unpretentious dish that has been enjoyed for generations at many a bistro in France. After all, you can’t go wrong with a solid cut of steak and crisp, umami fries on the side!
L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro has perfected the art of steak and fries so well, it has become synonymous with the very dish in Singapore. So when Restaurant Week rolled around late last year, I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try it for myself, along with other classic French fares.
There are three branches spread across Singapore’s central area. I’d highly recommend dining at the OG outpost at Duxton Hill where you can soak in the quaint atmosphere of the neighbourhood. Compared to its newer counterpart at Customs House, the homely decor makes dining there somewhat closer to a true, French bistro experience.
For starters, the Green Salad with Walnuts and Mustard Vinaigrette is a simple assemblage of lettuce and nuts to whet your appetite. Sadly, this missed the mark for me with the mustard vinaigrette overpowering the freshness of the greens. I would have much preferred this with much less vinaigrette.
Despite a less-than-stellar start to the meal, the following appetisers more than made up for it. While most may balk at the thought of eating snails, the Escargots de Bourgogne ($19++) is well-cooked, with the escargots yielding an almost bouncy bite that is complemented by the tangy garlic butter and parmesan. We found ourselves soaking each remaining bite of escargot in the sauce to enjoy as much of it as we could! Do not skip on this.
The Beef Carpaccio ($18++) is another enjoyable starter with its intense flavours and fresh cuts. I did find it to be on the salty side, though.
If you’re naming your restaurant after the sole main dish on your menu, it had better be a damn good one. Fortunately, the star of the show, Trimmed Entrecote Steak ($39.80++), does live up to its reputation. The steak itself is tender and juicy, with robust flavours that ooze with every bite. It’s also on the lean side, and the chef nailed the medium rare I had asked for.
But the secret, as they say, is in the sauce, a mouthwatering concoction of mushroom and black pepper that lends the steak its distinct, homely taste. There’s a distinct tartness in the aftertaste as well, and you can request extra sauce to dip your fries in.
Speaking of fries, L’Entrecôte serves a superbly generous amount of it. You’ll be more than stuffed after your main course, and I say that’s getting your money’s worth!
Ready your dessert tummy for L’Entrecôte’s decadent French sweets. The Mousse Au Chocolat ($14++) is a sinful treat consisting of dark chocolate mousse topped with Valrhona crunchy pearls. Chocolate lovers, welcome to your version of heaven.
For something to offset the richness from the past two courses, go for the Lemon Tartlet ($14++).
I had an enjoyable time at L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro, and it’s not hard to see why diners flock here by the dozens. If you’re looking for an authentic restaurant that serves up quality food with a side of cozy vibes for your next date night, this is the perfect spot.
Address: 36 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar EW15
Monday to Thursday: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Saturday: 5.30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact: +65 6690 7561/ email@example.com