A local favourite in the heart of Singapore’s Club Street area, Bar A Thym brings southern French cuisine to the forefront in a stylish location on Gemmill Lane. In addition to an array of pre-arranged dishes, diners are also welcome to let chef Mermilliod design their dish omakase-style, not knowing what’s in store for them (except that it’s going to be delicious). Open every day except for Sunday, the folks behind Bar A Thym look forward to serving you an extraordinary meal.
Playing on the French word baratin, meaning sweet talk, Bar A Thym on Gemmill Lane is brought to you by chef Francois Mermilliod. Hailing from southern France, Mermilliod aims to present diners with the cuisine of his homeland in a colourful and casual environment in Singapore’s Club Street area. Committed to sourcing seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible, Mermilliod and his crew ensure that every dish available is of a superlative standard.
Groups are especially welcome at Bar A Thym, where communal dining is highly encouraged – there are plenty of options perfect for sharing, just have a look at the communal menu. For starters, go for the marinated sardines with bell pepper and olive oil or the Iberico pork jowl with pea tendrils and pear chutney before chowing down on mains like Wagyu beef sirloin with fresh girolles and epoisse gratin, the braised rabbit leg in Banyuls wine, or the whole fish of the day served with lemon thyme jus. Getting hungry now? Reserve ahead and let chef Mermilliod take you on an amazing French dining experience in the heart of Singapore’s Club Street area.
Not a fancy restaurant but the food is excellent and the staff very friendly. The charcuterie, bouillabaisse, and Iberico pork were all superb but with that order for two people -we both ate too much! I would certainly recommend the place.
Great food and wine in a cosy environment Great service, staff are efficient and friendly Location is central for an after work diner Late diner available which is great after a long day at work
The chefs menu was on point and everyone enjoyed their meal
Dishes were well made and delicious. Portions are big and great value for money. Good affordable wine selection. Great service helps too. Cozy atmosphere. Great experience overall.
The food at Bar A Thym is consistently fresh, inspired and tasty... The Team provides efficient and friendly service, in a cosy and easy environment. Bar A Thym is an obvious choice for a great moment to be shared with friends. Last but not least, while somewhat limited, the wine list does allow for interesting discoveries.
We had the "Menja I Calla" omakase-style dinner and we had more than enough to eat. The communal sharing plates were the stars - meltingly tender pork jowl, tasty pata negra jamón ibérico, crunchy bacalao accras with fiery nahm jihm, al dente fregola with sotong. Chef Francois makes sure his customers are happy, and corrected things personally when there was a miscommunication between the waitstaff and the kitchen about one of my friends' allergies. Whereas the cuisine is inventive, we found the desserts uninspiring, undifferentiated, and a letdown from the standard of the cuisine. A good pastry chef with a palate and sophistication to match Chef Francois' is needed here, soon. The wine list is commendable, with a good selection from the south of France, especially Languedoc-Rousillon, under S$100, although my first white wines choices (Dom Vacheron from Sancerre, Patrick Piuze from Chablis) were sold out when we were there.
It was a great culinary experience. We had the omakase course. Each dish was executed very well, especially the pork jowl. The meat was tasty and tender, much like our local cha siew. Service was also attentive. I would have given them full rating if the service staff were more familiar with the ingredients in each dish. They need a bit more training on how to explain the cooking style and type of spices and herbs used. It was quite obvious that they were just memorising the technical terms, because when we queried them further on what they meant, they were unable to explain them in lay man terms. But the quality of cooking more than make up for this minor weakness.
Very tasty food, perfectly prepared and presented, relative to the pricing (lunch set menu at SGD 38), combined with some reasonably priced wines made it an extremely pleasant dining experience. Friendly and effective service, good atmosphere and convenient location: all is set to make Bar A Thym a great success.
The ingredients used are fresh and some are seasonal. Sat at the chef counter and watched the food being cooked and served was one of a kind experience. The chefs are friendly and generous in sharing cooking tips. Small free bits and shots were served to us through the night. The desserts are tasty. The chocolate is right sweetNess. The sorbets simply amazing after a hearty meal. The macrons were sticky, chewy and spongy. Best macron eaten so far. The service crew was attentive and friendly. One of them even open the door when l about to enter the restroom.
My hubby & I enjoyed our dining experience at Bar A Thym very much. We ordered omakase with no duck and lamb. We were served fresh oyster, followed by squid, pork, prawn and beef cooked in different ways. The beef was superb. It melted in the mouth. The service was excellent with its friendly and knowledgeable staff.