The Arab quarter long ago reached saturation point for mediocrity with its Middle Eastern offerings. Thank goodness, then, for this narrow, two-storey halal French bistro fronted by local chef Haji Rahmanudin Hamdan. A boxed-in shophouse with a limited alfresco seating area (really, it’s just two tables on the 5ft way), and a more spacious second floor decorated with retro Malay movie posters, Le Bistro injects much-needed variety into the area’s options. Classic French dishes include rack of lamb with rosemary, and baked escargots bourguignon served on a bed of green pea purée.
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The first authentic halal French restaurant in Singapore
I went to this restaurant for a special anniversary dinner, and it was indeed memorable. We were seated on the upper floor, and I noticed that everything was crafted to be as authentically French as possible. The menu was in French, with English translation; the background music was French songs; the food itself was what you would expect to find in a French restaurant. It was marvellous, and I felt swept away into a different world altogether while I was dining there.
My one peeve was the movie posters of classic Malay films that are plastered all over the walls. They detracted from the experience because of the jarring contrast with the French theme of the restaurant. I love that there is finally a halal French restaurant, but there is no relevance between a French restaurant and these movie posters...I would have preferred pictures of the French countryside or the Sacré-Cœur instead.