||Burgundy Night @ Sebastien’s
the best of traditional French cuisine, Sebastien’s
Restaurant in the Hillcrest Park Housing Estate
has been making waves as the hottest newcomer
in the local Bistro dinning scene. This Bistro
cum gourmet food and bottle shop was conceptualized
by Mr. Sebastien Reullier, who was once the
Restaurant Manager at Raffles Grill. He started
this eponymous Bistro with the backing of
the Les Amis group only a few months ago.
Leading the kitchen team is Executive Chef
Paul Kek, previously the Executive Sous-Chef
at Au Jardin.
On the 26th May 2003, 67 of us crowded into
a small restaurant that really seats only
half that number in comfort. The warm humid
weather that we’ve been having recently
certainly didn’t help to improve the
comfort level. How Sebastien Reullier and
Tye Yee Nen were able to squeeze themselves
into every available space to serve everyone
all the Burgundies on offer was accomplishment
Yes, the conversation was loud and noisy.
Yes, the dining room was packed and we all
felt like sardines. Yes, it was warm, and
it got warmer the more the Burgundy flowed.
However, the food was good and, most importantly,
we all had fun. The theme was to have a simple
casual evening in a small neighbourhood Bistro,
where the food was good and hearty, not haute-cuisine,
and the atmosphere reminiscent of a village
Bistro in Burgundy. I felt that we have achieved
The Burgundies were all drinking very well
– ten in all, and nine of them premier
cru no less, and from seven different village
appellations. Well known producers like Robert
Arnoux, Faiveley, Louis Jadot and Domaine
Tollot Beaut et Fils were featured. We finished
the night with a very fine 1990 Coteaux du
Layon from Dom de la Roche Moreau.