Dinner @ Shelter in the Woods

April 13, 2013 in European, French by thywhaleliciousfay

“There’s this new place at Greenwood which starts with a M. Let’s go there”, my girlfriend said over the phone. A quick search showed that there’re four new restaurants. However, none started with a M. Hmm…

And the venue being Greenwood, parking can be a little tricky as there’re limited carpark lots. Especially so when one is arriving at 8pm. And for those walking in, it can be a long walk if you get off the wrong bus stop.

Most of the restaurants were pretty empty on a Thursday night. All except for Shelter in the Woods which was really packed. Further intrigued by the décor of the restaurant, we decided to walk in.

We were offered counter seats as all of the tables were occupied. Yes, all! Once we were seated, the bartender immediately greeted us with a wide smile, promptly gave us the menu and introduced us to the specials.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Pan seared foie gras, confit grapes and fresh apple, $20 (above) – With only a piece served, this is definitely not enough for more than two to share simply because the foie gras was so good! The foie gras, which melted in my mouth, went very well with the sauce.

2) Tarte flambee, $10 (above) – This french pizza of onion, bacon and cheese sure is addictive. I finished more than half of it. The crust which was very thin, was light yet not flaky as what one will expect from a crust that’s so thin. A must try.

3) Minute clam’s mariniere and purple artichoke barigoule, $23 (above) – This was recommended by the staff when we wanted to order one more appetizer. This was not too bad, though service wise, I thought it was a little weird we were not given spoon to scoop the gravy / soup.

4) Crispy skin suckling pig marinated with “aromates”, $35 (above) – This is the highlight of our dinner!!! So good! A must try. The meat was so tender and juicy. The skin, which was slightly crispy, was not easy to be further sliced into smaller pieces. But hey! The kitchen had already sliced the meat into biteable sizes. So what I did was to eat the meat on its own, leaving just enough meat to go into my mouth with the entire piece of skin. Pure bliss. And there’s something special about the mash potato. It’s as though cheese was mixed with it. The mash was silky and creamy.

5) Profiteroles, $12 (above) – This dessert was one of the specials. This was average.

6) Lemon tart with meringue, $9 – The second highlight of our dinner. So good! A must try. And because the meringue was in small droplets instead of one big scoop / swirl on the tart, every mouthful had the meringue melting in my mouth.

I definitely recommend Shelter in the Woods. And please remember to call to make reservation before coming. We were very lucky to be able to walk in. Our counter seats were just beside their phone, and for most of the incoming calls, we overheard the staff having had to politely reject people as they were full house. Wow. For a restaurant that’s only turning 3 months on 15th April, this place sure is doing well. And that’s fully understandable as the food is good with a really enthusiastic and friendly team of staff with a good sense of humour.

22 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore
6466 6225, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Sat – Sun : 11:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 10:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 8