District 10 is now at UE Square, having moved from Windstedt Road in Newton a few months ago. It's actually part of the Bonta group; I'm not sure if it's always been, or whether a change also prompted its move.
It was pretty empty when we were there; probably a combination of it being Sunday night, and a rainy one to boot. Service was good, partially because we saw a familiar face who later identified himself as a waiter from another restaurant we used to visit. Quite impressive that he actually recognised us.
We shared 3 starters and a main of steak frites. On hindsight, our starter choices weren't the most properly thought out - way too carbo-loaded.
The chicken liver pate with garlic bread ($14) was so-so. The pate was pre-made in individual ramekins and arrived straight from the fridge. It was a bit hard at first and the layer of fat on top was slightly off-putting, even for me. The taste wasn't too bad, but the garlic bread could be better. It was over-toasted and hard, and was barely garlicky.
I was highly anticipating the parmesan and foie gras croquettes ($16) - can you blame me with a description like that? - but was quite disappointed with the outcome. I expected the cheese and foie to be integrated into the croquettes, a bit like those we had in Spain, but instead there was just a tiny cube of foie in the centre of a rather large croquette, and I think the parmesan cheese only made its appearance in the form of the sauce.
We ordered the ribeye, which was from Argentinian beef. At $29 for 200g this was fairly reasonable, but unfortunately the meat was tough, not particularly flavourful and wasn't very well seasoned. At these prices the steaks at Pepper Steakhouse are way better. The steak fries were good, but ketchup wasn’t Heinz...
The best dish of the night was the Black Angus mini burgers ($18 for three mini burgers). I was impressed that they asked for our preferred doneness, even for a mini burger. The patty was juicy and beefy, and there was a generous amount of cheddar cheese on top. This needs to be eaten hot though - it was awesome when it first arrived, but got a bit dry once it sat around for a while.
Besides the burger, everything else was a bit lacklustre; not sure if it was down to poor choices on our part. Even if we did go back, I’m not sure what else we’d order because we already covered all the dishes that called out to us.
Service was good. Ambience was nice. Food was good but not really great. The big surprise were the excellent fries that came with the steak frite. And while the starters/light bites may seem expensive at almost $20, the portions are big so it’s pretty worth it. I’d probably recommend this place for a drink with friends complimented by decent food.
81 Clemenceau Avenue
#01-15/16/17 UE Square
Open daily: 11.30 am to 3 pm; 6 pm to 11 pm
(Open all day Sunday)