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“Terrible service - inconsistent food - disappointing overall”
Review of Restaurant Absinthe - CLOSED

Restaurant Absinthe
Price range: $25 - $150
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Quays
Description: Contemporary French Cuisine in a historical building with a view of Singapore River and landscape. Led by rising star Chef Nicolas Reynard and General Manager Vincent Jaureguiberry, Absinthe is best known for serving classic French cuisine complemented with signature Absinthe hospitality and extremely well- --priced wines in a convivial environment, right in the heart of Singapore's business district.
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We were guests at a private dinner party. The private dining section on the 3rd level has a balcony overlooking the river and the CDB skyline. Great location for pre dinner drinks. Quality of food however was very inconsistent. Meats were over-cooked and ended up feeling leathery - epic struggle cutting and chewing. . Fish was ok. Goose liver was mixed - some guests had theirs over seared and others were under cooked. Service was attentive, but staff were not trained! e.g. New wines were poured before the glass was consumed (and thus inadvertently blended) with previous bottles of wine. What a waste as the wines were pretty decent. Overall, a very inconsistent quality of food and level of service - disappointing for the guests and rather embarrassing for the hosts.

Thank SteadfastSailor
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I've visited twice, and both times felt like I was treated like royalty. The main dining rooms truly are special here in Singapore and you can't help but feel transported to an atmospheric classic brasserie in Paris. Pity about the food though. It's inconsistent at best. I had one great meal followed up by a disappointing one.

Come here for the wonderful room and hope that your chef that day delivers the goods.

Thank Yung O
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Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Great food great service feel sorry was difficult to eat outdoor due to the very bad weather we will be Back especially for the seafood and the reasonable price for the wines

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Thank MDF233
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Me and my gf went to Absinthe for a weekday lunch. The clean and simple design makes a good comfortable ambience. We went for the 3-course lunch menu. The foie gras appetizer is to die-for! This pan-grilled/fried liver has a crispy outer layer with a melt-in-your-mouth inside. The main course and dessert are great as well. The service was decent as well. They scrapped off the bread crumbs on the table, and they were polite throughout the meal.
The portion of the meals may look petite and I thought I am going for second round after this meal, but it manages to fill up my stomach. A really nice place to enjoy good food with our significant others.

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Thank Boonchong
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

We booked a private room. And a set menu was given.
Service - well below par. Poorly trained. Examples. Red wine put into ice. Not the white wine. Red wine poured into white wine glass and vice versa. Asked for English tea got some indescribable bath water. Chamomile maybe.
Food was very slow. Courses took forever to arrive. Prolonged agony. Always the wrong thing served. Wrong cutlery always given.
Food - Average. For the price. Below average. Bread good and plentiful. Entrees best of the menu. Main - Fish ok. Steak way too much pepper.

Wine - Way over priced and for the price below average.

Best part was leaving. And going home to have some cheese and crackers.

One restaurant I will never go to. Unusual for Singapore. A bad experience. For the price a shocker.

Avoid. Try Indochine across the river.

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2  Thank Stephen17aus
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