Dinner @ Tao’s Restaurant // CLOSED

July 8, 2012 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

As marketed by the team behind Tao’s Restaurant, Tao’s Restaurant stands true to its set menu concept of “One price, One Menu, Many Selections”. Being there for dinner, we had the 7-courses set meal at $31.80 with the seven courses being:-
   1) Starter
   2) Salad
   3) Grilled King Oyster Mushroom & Sorbet (Only available for dinner)
   4) Soups
   5) Main Entrees
   6) Desserts
   7) Beverages

Except for the 1st and 3rd courses, we were given at least four options to choose from for each course.

And from the set menu, we chose:-

1) Starter with options of:-

(A) Bacon & mushroom gratin (above) – “Careful, the metal plate is hot” cautioned my dining partner. And anything with melted cheese is heaven to me. So yes, in a way, bring the heat on (for cheese)! =p Bread was also served together with this. And it’s simply delightful to spread the bacon & mushroom gratin onto my thick slice of bread, which was lightly toasted on one side, before sinking my teeth into it. So yes, it’s kinda redundant to say this (since it’s a compulsory dish) but… A must try!

2) Salad with options of:-

(A) Farm boy splendour (above) – Average. The sauce used to accompany the greens was sour. Not too bad, but a little too strong. I choked when I greedily scooped a little too much of the sauce for my greens. But it’s to note the flavour was fine for him.

(B) Fruit salad (above) – Average

3) Grilled king oyster mushroom & sorbet (above) – I enjoyed this dish. Though I will add in that it is not that difficult to grill a mushroom.

4) Soup with options of:-

(A) Cream of mushroom (above) – Nice. Generous amount of minced mushrooms used.

5) Main entree with options of:-

(A) Spicy stingray (above, background) – Nice! The meat was fresh, succulent and firm. The spicy sauce used went well with the stingray.

(B) Slow-cooked pork back ribs (above, foreground) – Normal. Though the meat was tender enough to easily come off when I used my fork

6) Dessert with options of:-

(A) Crème brulee (above, left) – Having tried this dessert at many places, my level of expectations has unconsciously gone up by lots. The sugar layer was a little too thick in the centre, but I was reminded that I should alter my expectation accordingly to the price we are paying. So yes, I say the crème brulee is decent. Not the best I had, but decent.

(B) Tiramisu (above, right) – Again, heeding the advise given earlier, this is decent. The top layer of cheese mixture forms at least two-third of the cup the tiramisu is served in.

For the price we were paying, I say Tao’s Restaurant is value for money. While the food did not wow, the food was decent and did not disappoint. Service was not bad too. Our plates were cleared promptly with the following dishes served fast.

1 Selegie Road, PoMo, #B1-19, Singapore
6339 8858, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 7