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Bar A Thym

Club Street French $$ +100
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About Bar A Thym

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 16:00, 17:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Sunday Closed
Bar A Thym, Gemmill Lane 18 , 069255 Singapore

Further Information

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.

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84 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 84 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 19:13

As usual, a very good environment and excellent food an wine. Service always impeccable. Quality is very at the height level. Congratulation to the chief Francois.

31 reviews so far 6
10.05.2017 11:04

Good place for business meeting. One of our fav choice of restaurants. Quality of food and service are good too. We will be back for more.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 13:42

Excellent food and service! We did the Omakase menu! Loved the bread with duck rillettes, delicious starter of tuna fin, fresh and wholesome fish! Will come back again

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 12:04

The appetitisers (tuna and sea urchin pasta) and the dessert (meille feuille) were excellent. Main course (beef) was fine but no big surprise. Service was good and the waiter was very helpful. Atmosphere of the restaurant was good and strike the right balance between attentive service and allowing customers to enjoy themselves and have a good time. Excellent value for money. Would definitely go back. Have also passed on the name of the restaurant to my friends.

4 reviews so far 6
19.10.2016 13:52

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.

2 reviews so far 5
25.10.2015 16:28

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.

5 reviews so far 5
31.10.2015 07:45

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.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2016 23:28

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.

4 reviews so far 6
19.12.2015 12:14

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.

1 review so far 5
28.12.2015 09:54

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.

1 review so far 5
06.11.2016 23:11

I visited the place for party 8. The restaurant was very thoughtful to put us at our private corner. As we were seated, water was served and menus were passed out orderly. The waiter was very patient with 8 girls trying to decide what we what to have. He also gave us very good recommendations. The wine that was served was also very good. We didn't wait long for the food. Each dish was very well plated and we can taste the food was very fresh and every dish we had was very tasty. We had a good time at the restaurant and hope to visit soon.

12 reviews so far 5
30.08.2016 11:06

This was the second time we went to this excellent unpretentious restaurant and we were again very satisfied: the food has its base in Southern French cuisine, but with inventive twists from all over the Mediterranean. e.g. the baked John Dory comes with a black ink risotto Venetian style and with delicate Spanish chorizo and tomato chutney. The sommelier has good pairing recommendations with lesser known French wines, even by the glass, and the service is very friendly and professional. We will definitely come back...

3 reviews so far 6
05.01.2016 23:06

We went for the omakase menu, we had a very special pork dish, crab on angel hair pasta, squid with large couscous, salted cod croquettes with a very special Thai sauce. The food reflects profoundly about the chef's character, not stereotyped to a specific genre, in which we throughly enjoyed. Highly Recommended for a seasoned diner who is looking for an open mind, let the experience open your palate.

4 reviews so far 6
02.10.2016 17:22

Fabulous authentic french food. Beautifully cooked - fois gras terrine a must, lobster ravioli good too. Dover sole cooked perfectly, mussels also melt in the mouth. Cheese selection good; pavlova disappointing - all cream hardly any meringue or pineapple. Wine selection good, but over-priced (even for Singapore) particularly given it's a bar as well as having a food focus. Overall would go back just for the food .

1 review so far 3
14.09.2016 09:33

disappointed with the service. we specifically told the waiter it's my friend's birthday yesterday and asked if they could have a surprise for her, he said sure but when we were done with our meal, the "birthday surprise" wasn't here at all so we ordered our own cake to celebrate for her. he came back with another small cake with the words Happy Birthday written on it but without any candle, neither did he even wish my friend happy birthday. he just placed the cake on the table and left and I had to ask him for a candle. We thought at the very least he should have wished my friend happy birthday. Food was mediocre, we wouldn't pay this price for this kind of standard - food + service.

2 reviews so far 6
22.04.2016 17:53

Lovely restaurant. I like that the ingredients used in the food is fresh and the food is delicately prepared. Every dish is tantalising and I must also commend on the excellent service from the waiter. I did not tell him I am celebrating a friend's birthday but casually mentioned when I am ordering the bubbly and he came back with a birthday dessert.

4 reviews so far 5
08.07.2016 15:00

Wife had the Bouillabaisse with Scorpion Fish, Cod, Prawns and Rouille. Was almost like the one we had in France. However, the cheese and bread was missing, which was meant to pair with the rouille. The only gripe is that the soup was not kept warm and the plate was too shallow and unable to warm up the fish and prawn which was a bit too cool when served.

1 review so far 4
01.05.2017 10:56

Overall an acceptable experience but I feel that the omakase dishes were lacking in variety, originality and did not give me much "value for money". The best dish was the white asparagus but the main, a ribeye was rather tough. I wasn't able to finish it even though it was small. Dessert wasn't anything special. The ala carte dessert we ordered was much better. I would probably go back and order ala carte next time.

4 reviews so far 6
18.08.2016 20:41

Product quality was outstanding (tomato and beef), taste and temperature were perfect (beef and potato gratin), tasty yet subtle traditional cuisine. Combined with an honest wine list, attentive and knowledgeable service team, all these ingredients made for a very enjoyable meal. My favorite French restaurant in Singapore.

12 reviews so far 5
20.06.2016 10:43

Lovely Southern French food in an enjoyable setting, without any false pretenses. The ceviche as a starter was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the Bouillabaisse too. Friendly service and reasonable prices combined with high quality food. They don't claim to be fine dining or high-end gastronomy, but they surprise to the positive... Will definitely come back

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 11:40

Fantastic food and great value for set lunch at 38++. Reservation process was seamless. Only minor issue was that the first waitress couldn't really answer our questions about the menu as my dunning companion was lactose intolerant but this was quickly addressed by another server

1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 09:20

Excellent food, very friendly and happy staff, cosy ambience. The chef came out to say hello at the end, which shows professionalism, pride in his work, and the importance of guest satisfaction. Well done. One of the only restaurants in singapore we can't fault.

2 reviews so far 6
20.03.2016 08:45

Very good food. More attention could be paid to some detail (for example, I'm sure a better range of Dover Sole could be sourced; and the plating could be more imaginative), but otherwise this is a really good effort at a French "adresse"!

1 review so far 6
23.02.2016 10:26

Brilliantly sublime restaurant, with the best French food I have tasted in years (including Paris itself). The menu offers several of the French classic dishes but in addition the Catalan mix to the cooking/range really offers many unique mouthwatering options.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 12:22

Excellent restaurant. I had the omakase set, which was stellar. In terms of constructive criticism I would say we could have been offered and served our first drinks quicker. Otherwise service was good. Highly recommended and we'll be back again.

1 review so far 6
10.11.2015 13:34

Great food, very nice service... everyone was taking good care of us and we enjoyed a very nice evening. Was nice that even the chef came to every table to have a quick chat. We'll definitly come back :)

1 review so far 6
18.03.2016 18:26

The food was excellent, and the pricing is very reasonable for the quality and effort they put in. I overheard another table saying 'never expected the food to be that good'. Will definitely come back again.

2 reviews so far 5
02.02.2016 16:49

My 3rd visit. Excellent Omakase set meals. traditional french / spanish food, done well. A good selection of wine. Desserts was a let down. It did not match the chef's skill level. They need a better pastry chef to match Francois culinary skills.

1 review so far 5
01.11.2016 09:06

The place was empty and we were not given any option besides the restaurant week menu. A group came in after us and we're being served different dishes - would have been better if it was done discreetly. Food was amazing though.

5 reviews so far 6
26.10.2015 20:40

Very good service and ample food recommendations from the waiting staff. Restaurant owner Francois also came to check on the customers with his warm smiles. Food is fresh and delectable. Atmosphere is casual yet non-rowdy.

3 reviews so far 5
02.04.2016 14:54

Unpretentious & delicious food that's well executed by chef Francois. We left it to him to design the menu and really enjoyed our meal. Service is casual but could be one notch better to make the entire experience a "6".

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 08:52

Delicious original food with some sharing plates. Francois changes the menu regularly and his southern style cuisine is much more interesting than a lot of other French restaurants in Singapore. Excellent service too.

6 reviews so far 5
10.04.2016 08:11

I had not been to Bar a Thym for a few months. I found a new menu with a larger choice of deserts. I tried the chocolare mousse, which was nice. Overall, great lunch, friendly service and good value.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 10:39

One of my all time favorite place at the heart of CBD. Chef Francois has always something special to surprise you. Portions are generous and staff is friendly and knowlegeable... highly recommended

1 review so far 6
17.11.2015 14:23

Awesome food! Every meal is so good and presentation is amazing. Would definitely go back. The chef has very good PR, which makes us feel welcome! Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 11:13

Excellent food and service. We ordered the braised pork belly and it was so good we ordered it again. I recognized the staff and chef from Absinthe and what a team!

6 reviews so far 6
01.11.2015 09:00

We went for dinner and had a fantastic time: Great food and very good wine list. very friendly service as well. Very keen to try their lunch set soon.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 23:35

The omakase was exceptional. Mussels were the freshest I've had. I was a big fan of the wagyu as well. Service was excellent too. Really good modern french cuisine.

1 review so far 6
09.01.2016 08:09

Fantastic experience! Best French restaurant I had in a long time. Elegant, original recipes. Chef was so attentive, helpful. Nice selection of wine. We will go back for sure.

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 08:41

Such a warm place. A feast for the taste buds and for the heart. A real place to enjoy a diner with people you care to be with.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2015 18:10

The food is always good here. Chef Francois delivers every time. It's a very unpretentious and laid back environment. Food and smiles aways puts this place on top.

8 reviews so far 5
03.07.2016 13:05

Service and food was good. Foie gras terrine and Sakura bei pasta was one of the best, pork jowl was a little drier than expected. Wagyu striploin, Royal cheese ravioli was good too.

6 reviews so far 5
23.11.2015 08:00

This was my first visit to Bar à Thym for lunch after going there for dinner twice. Their lunch set is very good value. The besides wagyu beef cheek was excellent in particular.

2 reviews so far 5
07.09.2016 09:16

Another good lunch experience. Ingredients were fresh and the perfect use of herbs for the dishes. The lemon tart was perfect, not too sweet. Delicious. Booking is necessary to get a better table.

1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 16:14

Awesome food, amazing service and very accommodating and welcoming chef/owner. We had a good time and will definitely recommend this place. Must try - Home-made Charcuterie Board.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2016 09:02

That was just perfect! Chef is very professional and finds the time to share few words with you. Prices are worth what tou have in your plates.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 07:32

We were very happy to dine at Bar-A-Thym. We were very satisfied with both the service and the meals. Everything was perfect! We will go back again!

2 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 11:30

Lovely restaurant with spectacular food. We allowed the chef to choose for us and we were not disappointed! What a find! This is my new favorite restaurant!

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 20:47

Visited with an old friend from London and we had an excellent steak and wine. The restaurant was a bit quiet at the late hour we entered but the staff were attentive

1 review so far 5
09.12.2016 18:38

Good set lunch menu, lively atmosphere, reasonable prices and efficient service. Looking forward to try the dinner omakase. The only downside was the acoustics - we could hardly hear each other speak.