Dinner @ Bacchanalia

July 19, 2014 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

I admit I am a sucker for beautiful pictures. So when I saw photos of their chic interior, I was sold. Bacchanalia was (to be) the next destination for dinner with my girlfriend. However, I guess it’s (high) time for me to learn that pictures can be equally deceiving.

Upon reaching the building, we were slightly lost. After entering through the main door of the building, there’re 2 doors at the lobby with no clear indication which is the proper entrance to Bacchanalia. However, going by instinct, we chose to enter the door on the right since the sofa is placed nearer to it. Ha.

Photo Credit : Bacchanalia

And upon entering, one will see the light balls (which was also what drew me to wanting to check Bacchanalia out) and plush red sofa seats.

Before we ordered, we were informed that the dishes at Bacchanalia are meant for sharing, and the portion is smaller than the usual small. The staff even used his hand to show how small is small. So we got a little excited, cause it makes the perfect excuse to order a few more dishes. Keke.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) House baked sourdough & focaccia bread, $10 (above)

2) Cauliflower gratin, $17 (above) – Deep fried cauliflower florets, white truffle & cheese foam, gremolata. When the dish was served, the staff went “Truffle is in the season, so the chef threw in complimentary truffle.” And it’s a good thing the chef did that cause without the black truffles, the dish would have looked so plain. This was an interesting dish. It’s hard to believe the crunchy balls at the bottom of the soup were actually cauliflower!

3) Hd scallops, $36 (above) – Norwegian hand dived scallops, borlotti beans, kalix caviar, cocoa. This was bad. Scallops were burnt! Did the chef really think he could hide the charred top of the scallops with the cocoa powder? And the cocoa powder did nothing to bring out the sweetness of the scallops. Very badly executed.

4) Chilled pasta & caviar, $38 (above) – Homemade tagliatelle pasta, roasted prawn reduction, charred celery, fresh garden herbs, sakura ebi, 5g osetra caviar. Somehow, the noodle tasted very chinese instead. Like our meepok.

5) Duck & carrots, $38 (above) – Poached duck magret, chickpea panisse, different textures of carrot & duckjus. This was very bad. The slices were too thick, such that we felt like we were eating duck rice without rice. We ended up not touching this dish after having our first slice each.

6) 48 hr pork belly, $30 (above) – Crispy pork belly, braised red cabbage, granny smith apple, giant capers, spiced pork jus. This was done nicely with the crispy skin. Ohhh, I loved the skin the most!

7) Foie gras satay, $33 (above) – Sous vide foie gras with lemongrass & tamarind fluid jam, grated chestnuts, peanut satay sauce. I din like the texture. I actually found the foie gras to be a little too soft.

8) Strawberry meringue, Complimentary (above)

9) Tiramisu, $18 (above) – Marsala mousse, coffee ganache, cocoa gel, blackcurrant ice cream. This was recommended by the staff, and it was not too bad. It was a nice surprise with its popping candy base!

10) Pineapple tatin, $18 (above) – Slow cooked pineapple in vanilla syrup, pistachio & white chocolate crumble, cardamom vanilla ice cream.

So while the staff gave us the heads up that the portion is smaller than the usual small, the portion is really not smaller-than-small at all. And it’s a pity that the fine ingredients were not used properly. My girlfriend and I actually stepped out of the restaurant feeling disappointed. And because we thought the portions were going to be really small. we ordered a fair bit for 2 people, and the dinner worked out to be pretty expensive for us at $400 for 2.

23A Coleman Street, Singapore
6509 1453, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thur : 18:00 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Value: 5
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 02:00 (Dinner)
Service: 6
* Closed on Sun

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 39 Hongkong Street.