Restaurant Review: Les Bouchons Rive Gauche at Robertson Quay

This French-inspired brunch by the Singapore River doesn’t just boast delightful eats, your mini-me will like their fun options, too!

LES BOUCHONS RIVE GAUCHE AT ROBERTSON QUAY

Address: #01-02, 60 Robertson Quay. Reservations: 6733-4414
Opening hours: Sunday Brunch: 11:30am to 3:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday to Friday, Noon to 2pm; Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday, 7pm to 10pm/Friday & Saturday, 6pm to 10:30pm/Sunday, 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Closed on Monday.

Mention French cuisine and dishes like foie gras and duck confit spring to mind ― not quite brunch-type food. So, Les Bouchons Rive Gauche’s new Riviera brunch menu pleasantly surprised us, since it offers more than just French fare and the mere pancakes and scrambled eggs.

Available from 11:30am to 3:30pm every Sunday, this French bistro serves indulgent dishes like roasts and steak, as well as more wholesome items for the weight watchers. The 60-seat eatery, which offers indoor and alfresco dining, has a chill and relaxed vibe that’s perfect for a leisurely weekend meal.

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Best known for their steak and fries, Les Bouchons started in Ann Siang Road in 2002 before opening its second outlet at Robertson Quay in 2006. Since this cosy outlet overlooks the Singapore River, the restaurant aims to give diners an authentic French Riviera experience with its tasty brunch offerings.

From French onion soup and salads, to seafood and heftier meat dishes, Les Bouchons’ has something for every type of eater.

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When the Riviera Wellness Bowl ($18) arrived, we gasped “It’s huge!”. Actually honey yoghurt topped with goji berries, banana, marinated strawberries, chia seeds and granola, this dish is large enough to serve a family of four. Adults will enjoy the tangy starter, while mini-munchers will dig the cheerful hues and crunch factor.

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Make sure to order Les Bouchons’ signature Escargots De Bourgogne ($16). Bathed in irresistible garlic butter, we promise you everyone will be mopping up the savoury sauce with the complimentary French bread long after the snails have disappeared.

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Since the French love a hearty breakfast after a hangover, it inspired Gueule de Bois or Bouchons Hangover Cure ($24). If you must order a typical brunch dish, this is the closest you’ll get here.

You’ll be presented with a platter of truffle oil-scented scrambled eggs, sautéed porcini mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus on toasted sourdough bread. The star ingredient is “Impossible” meatballs ― these meatless (yes, vegetarian!) orbs are tasty and taste really authentic!

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If only real meat satisfies, the Sunday Roast ($32) is a good bet. Pick the “Roast of the Day” ― it can be beef, lamb, chicken or duck ― and enjoy it with roasted baby potatoes and hearty mushroom sauce. The thick, appetising gravy is about the best we’ve had.

When we sampled the day’s roast ― beef ― we totally understood why Les Bouchons is famous for their steak. Though the flavourful meat with a tender and juicy mouthfeel goes well with the fab mushroom sauce, it also tastes superb on its own. 

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The kid’s eats on the brunch menu will surely win over junior’s tummy and heart. Although there’s a mini cheese burger ($12), we opted for the crepe ($8, served with sugar, Nutella, Nutella banana or honey). It’ll be a hit with not just your little one, but you, too, since it makes a sweet yet not-too-heavy ending to a satisfying meal.

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By the way, if you and junior are in the area and need an afternoon snack, the crepes as well as the homemade French fries ($10) are available on the light bites menu from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Special mention must be made of the super crispy and addictive fries ― double fried, no less ― because we won’t be surprised if everyone ends up fighting for the last piece!

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On Sundays, kiddies get paper for colouring to keep them occupied, although the resto also lays out toys on the grass patch outside for young ’uns to play with.

By the way, a public playground with a slide is conveniently located next to Les Bouchons, all the better for parents to slowly savour a good brunch.

Also check out other great family-friendly restaurants in Singapore here.

Photos: Le Bouchons Rive Gauche

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