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Burgundy Night @ Sebastien’s
Epitomizing 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 to applaud.

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 that aim.

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.


 

 



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