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“Returning again and again” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Absinthe

Absinthe
72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860, Singapore
+65 6222 9068
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Ranked #43 of 7,378 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $25 - $200
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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.
Singapore
1 review
“Returning again and again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have to give this a 5 because we keep going back, again and again, year after year -- an indication of how much we enjoy Absinthe! The atmosphere is elegant but relaxed. The view is lovely and the tables spacious enough that we don't feel cramped while we dine. The food is consistently excellent. I always plan to order ala carte but most often get caught by the set menu which offers such a great selection of treats. I cannot possible recommend a special dish as we have enjoyed everything dish we've had. Always on our list of recommended restaurants for local and visiting friends!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
“Always a Pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It is a pleasure to dine at Absinthe as always; where the beautiful restaurant interior, warm service and kitchen team and of course, the food, completes the dining experience.

Absinthe has recently changed their seasonal menu to the Summer menu and I had their Grilled Baby Octopus Salad with Avocado and Balsamic Dressing, Grilled King Prawn and Angel Hair Pasta in Ume Shoyu dressing, Halibut Filet with Organic Spelt and Olive Tapenade and ended with the Valrhona Manjari Chocolate Mousse with Summer Berries. I also had some small bites of their homemade Charcuterie courtesy of the Chef.

The Charcuterie consisted of the country style Pork Pâté, Duck and Pistachio Terrine and Duck Rillette on Toast. The tangy cornichons complement the well seasoned Charcuterie and the Rillette on Toast was my favorite.

The Grilled Baby Octopus Salad was dressed perfectly, with just the right amount of dressing on the salad and the hot grilled octopus were seasoned just right.

Complimentary from the Chef, the Grilled Australian King Prawn with a savory miso tomato crumble and Angel Hair Pasta tossed in Ume Shoyu dressing left a deep impression! The pasta was refreshing and the plating of the dish with the micro-herbs is simple but beautiful.

I love fish but find it hard to sear it perfectly so I am of course, pleased with the crusty Halibut fillet served on a bed of creamy spelt with finely sliced zucchini and cherry tomatoes. The olive tapenade on top the fish was a nice addition with a touch of citrus oil that enhanced the flavor of the fish.

Ending the meal with coffee and sinful Valrhona chocolate mousse with summer berries (and extra raspberry sorbet) leaves one satisfied and full.

Mr. Allen, the service staff assisting me today also provided excellent information on the menu and it is enjoyable speaking with him throughout the meal.

Will definitely return!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 review
“Lovely place,delicious food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had a corporate luncheon at Absinthe, and had the pleasure of enjoying the delicious food. Many thumbs up to the chef! Service was good, although the appetiser and main took quite long to prepare, which left our guests waiting rather long. But the good food and lovely dining area quite compensated for that.

Special mention to the King Prawn with Angel Hair Spaghetti that left our organiser craving more! The wagyu beef cheek, grilled snapper, and chocolate mousse with summer berries were really good too.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the best French”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I dined at Absinthe this week with a friend. The manager was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable of the food and great wine that was served.
The food was spot on from the white asparagus with parma ham to the veal and the amazing cheese platter.
Service was top class and the decor of the restaurant was very stylish ... a surprise to see this top quality restaurant in Boat Quay.
Very highly recommended. Can not wait to return.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good ambience, great service and fabulous food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Absinthe is one of my favourite restaurant in Singapore. It is situated beside Singapore river so you can have a pleasant walk before or after the dinner along the river. The ambience of the restaurant is cosy, comfortable and is ideal for couples or with friends. The menu is not long but comprehensive: it includes oyster, seafood, foie gras, poultry, beef etc. It is a French restaurant helm by a French chef but still embodies a Japanese and Asian touch in the cooking. It is cleverly executed and will pamper you with a refreshing and satisfying meal without feeling it being too "heavy" for the stomach. The '5 courses menu Absinthe' is a great value menu compared to other restaurants in Singapore that charges double the price by simply spraying some foam or putting an edible flower on it. To have a meal that is cooked from the heart in a pleasant and classy environment with warm service, just go to Absinthe.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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