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72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860, Singapore
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Ranked #112 of 6,972 restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $200
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The brainchild of four close friends, Absinthe is a labour of love. It’s the product of a desire to bring the best of French comfort food to Singapore at affordable prices, as manifested in Chef Francois’s South-West French menu.
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81% Recommend
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Absinthe is a good choice for those who have come to appreciate the style of expensive nouvelle cuisine restaurants.Within that context it is what one might like and enjoy.In my opinion,nouvelle cuisine is really something invented for an overseas audience which one seldom sees in France,where the traditional,and to my mind much more satisfying,bistro tradition holds sway. The atmosphere of... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

One of the better restaurants in Singapore, get a table inside upstairs if you want to avoid the heat. Pricey, but that is typical of good restaurants in Singapore. This was a business dinner, very suitable.

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Adelaide, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My husband and I recently had dinner here while we were staying in Singapore. It started off bad when the taxi dropped us off at the other end of Boat Quay (do not get a red and white or a blue taxi, use black ones only) and there we were, all dressed up, me in heels, having to walk quiet... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I had high expectations for this place, because I've heard good things about it. When we arrived, we were seated quickly and we were the first patrons in the section. We asked for some iced (tap) water and the wine list to start, but our water was only served after five other tables were seated AND served their expensive bottled... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

I've been a big fan of Absinthe for years owing to their impeccable service, excellent food and reasonable prices. However, I recently booked a specific table only to show up and have the bimbo hostess tell me that she had accidentally given the table to someone else and then make a silly (and arrogant) apology. The staff has completely lost... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

First time visiting Absinthe, heard so much about it, couldn't wait to try this place! I really enjoyed the starter - thought the flavours worked really well together, when u have the citrusy-flavoured scallops and the salmon roe mousse, with the quinoa and asparagus and seaweed. Next came the onion soup with chorizo and caviar. An unlikely combination that worked... More

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48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We had lunch at Absinthe during Singapore Restaurant Week. This is a restaurant that we had been keen to visit for some time, and restaurant week provided the motivation. We were warmly greeted on arrival by a delightful young French woman. My husband walks with the aid of a stick and she and other members of staff were very attentive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Hosted a gathering of friends for my birthday in their Private room. Ambience is outstanding - high ceilings, lovely decor, private bar area and toilet facilities alongside a wonderful balcony overlooking the city skyline and Singapore River. Food - Chef Francois and team put together a set menu inclusive of vegetarian options that was first class in taste, presentation and... More

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62 reviews 62 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was highly recommended because of its wines. The wines were expensive and the food was nicely presented, but I have had equally as good in cheaper restaurants. I felt the staff were good but their heart wasn't in the job. They were very pleasant. I like to feel welcome when you are paying big dollars, they made you... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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74 reviews 74 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This review covers my last two visits, which came in quick succession. The food was fantastic on both occasions, although a rotation of a few specials would really add some freshness to the menu. The service is always reasonably attentive but sometimes tries to hard and sometimes is missing in action - wine glasses should always be kept full if... More

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