Last Updated: July 29, 2014
Bar-Roque, as intended is a wordplay of Baroque is the modern rotisserie and bar that celebrates the pleasures French cuisine, drawing inspiration from the lavish, theatrical banquets among the nobility and upper class in the flamboyant baroque era.
People partied really hard back then.
The restaurant’s food expresses a grand appetite for life, and comes forth in large familial portions that invite sharing and feasting. Bar-roque features an open kitchen with a rotisserie that is transformed into an opulent showcase: rotating skewers of meats which showcases gustatory bliss.
Its décor reinterprets the social exuberance of the Baroque era in a contemporary setting- elements of red and sophisticated wallpaper contrasted with naturally textured stone and wood, iron and brick.
Showy art-pieces adorn this restaurant with an eclectic flair.
The establishment also consists of an outdoor terrace to relax and enjoy an artisanal cocktail or spirit, a semi-private cherub room for a more intimate dining experience and a dining area where diners can view the open kitchen and the chefs in action.
Tarte Flambee Classic ($14, small). A delightfully crisp tarte flambee topped with bacon, onions and Gruyere cheese. Pretty decent, but not mindblowing.
Charcuterie Board ($38, small) A platter of house-made pickles, Kurobuta smoked ham, fig jam, foie gras pate, tartar sauce, duck proscuitto, pork knuckle terrine, pork rillette, chicken & sunchoke terrine, country duck pate, whole grain mustard, rabbit rillette and duck rillette. That is a huge list of meat products on 1 plate, extremely worth the price.
If you are a fan of terrines and rillettes rather than the usual cured ham cold cuts, it will be heaven to taste Bar-Roque’s tantalizing creations on their Charcuterie Board.
I especially liked the smoked ham and duck rillette which had wonderful flavour and texture, although I have my reservations about the rabbit rillette, which might be a tad gamey for some. The buttery foie gras is also a sinful must-try that pairs wonderfully with their homemade soft focaccia bread.
New Zealand Little Neck Clams ($36). Served with prawns, minced meat, mushrooms, toasted bread, young spinach leaves and drizzled with lemon. The neck clams were fresh and full of seafood sweetness. The variety of flavours makes this dish an enjoyable one.
Ravioli with Wild Mushrooms ($32). A classic pasta stuffed with cheese, served in luscious cream sauce and sauteed wild mushrooms. Each bite into the small pockets release the flavourful cheese filling that accentuates the cream sauce. Comes in a pretty huge portion which I’ll recommend for sharing.
Rotisserie Chicken ($24, half chicken). Made with free-range, hormone-free, French breed of chicken, seasoned with Chef’s special ingredients of different herbs and spices and roasted in-house.
Aromatic succulent meat, and the roasted chicken skin produces wholesome flavours that you could only nod in satisfaction. A signature dish to try while dining at Bar-Roque.
Tarte Flambee, Banana Nutella ($14, small). The classic combination of banana and hazelnut chocolate on the crispy thin crust, served with homemade salted caramel ice cream. A wonderful dessert, but a big portion and rather heavy on the palate.
Mom’s Recipe Apple Pie ($14). I must say, this is one of the best apple pie I’ve ever eaten. The warm cinnamon apple fillings together with the perfectly baked crust, is a straight gateway to dessert heaven. Paired with a luscious creamy homemade milk ice cream.
I only have good things to say about Bar-Roque Grill. From the Baroque era inspired conceptualized dining space, to the in-house roasted artisanal creations by the chefs, Bar-Roque is a fine show of exuberance and hedonistic tendencies.
Set lunches at Bar-Roque Grill start from $32++.
Expected Damage: $35 – $65 per pax