Lunch @ The Garden

July 6, 2012 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

I was staying at Beaufort Hotel for the weekend, and while flipping through the in-house magazine, I learnt about The Garden. The beautifully taken photographs of the food were calling out to me. Thus, we headed down to The Garden for lunch. =)

And on the first page of the menu, we learnt that The Garden was a healthy restaurant. In the sense where the restaurant allows us (the consumers) to know what we are eating; Which dishes have ingredients that contain high level of antioxidants, Omega-3, etc.

And from the menu, my dining parter and I ordered:-

1) Compressed watermelon, $18 (above) – This was purely ordered because of Beaufort’s in-house magazine. Yes, I am a visual person. And we liked this dish. We were intrigued on how to achieve the ‘compact-ness’ of the compressed watermelon. The sangria granita (ice crystals / flakes) added a nice, different texture to the compressed watermelon.

2) Ocean trout confit, $20 (above) – Ocean trout was fresh, while the chef again played with the different texture of food with the usage of thin-ly toasted rye bread and celery sorbet.

3) Tomato gazpacho, $18 (above) – This was served cold. And we dont remember any indication on the menu that it was going a cold dish. And well, it’s a personal perference that we prefer our soup warm though the taste was nice.

4) Wild mushroom, $18 (above) – This was absolutely yummy! A must try. The dish was served with the waiter pouring the soup into my bowl, in front of me. So in a way, it’s nice to know what I’ll be eating (the different types of mushrooms) before actually starting. Ha. =)

5) Pan seared seabass, $36 (above) – The seabass was fresh, and not overly cooked. The skin was also nicely done, being slightly crispy. However, the fish was served with lots of (cannelloni) beans and a few leaves of lettuce. And he not (being) into beans, we were in a way paying $36 for just the fish. Hmm…

6) Braised baby lamb shank, $42 (above) – Again, this was ordered because of Beaufort’s in-house magazine. Pumpkin was served in paste and grilled cubes, just like how it’s stated in the menu “texture of pumpkin”. The lamb was served bundled, though 1 of the 3 still had a rope holding the meat together. Not too sure it was done on purpose or it was because the chef missed it out. And I could not appreciate the combination of green curry with braised lamb. To me, it was putting a broth / gravy that’s heavy in taste with a meat that’s heavy in taste too.

Being too full, we did not try the desserts.

It was a pleasant lunch experience. The waiter / waitress were polite and attentive. It could also be the location (being in Sentosa) that we had the place to ourselves, except for a peahen which kept walking past (We had a window table). Haha. But to come all the way to Sentosa just for the food? Maybe not. But do try The Garden if you are in Sentosa and want somewhere nice to chill. Afterall, not every restaurant has a tree in the middle! =)

2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore
6371 1130, Website
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 8

Dinner @ Kilo

May 10, 2012 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

I first got to know about Kilo when my friend decided she need her dosage of coffee, and came to Loysel’s Toy. Thus, I had been meaning to check Kilo out. And no, Kilo does not stand for Kilometers or Kilograms for the matter of fact. It’s supposed to mean “I want to communicate with you”. =)

It’s a short distance to travel by taxi from Lavender MRT. And reservation is a must! I only managed to secure bar seats when I called the week ahead, but we were late, and managed to get a table seat after a group happened to leave when we arrived.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Fig + sweet onion pizza with mozzarella & balsamico, $25 (above) – This was definitely interesting for us since I dont remember ever having such a combination before. The base is very thin and crispy, while the drizzled sauce went well with the fig and sweet onion. Though I dont think this may suit everyone’s taste since not everyone likes fig.

2) Seared scallops in mushroom sauce + tomatoes & sauteed white wine mushrooms, $21 (above) – Not too bad. The dish did not look very appetizing upon served because the scallops were covered in the brown mushroom sauce. But the scallops were fresh! Not forgetting the mushrooms which were nicely done and juicy too.

3) Angel hair with cream of ebiko, $21 (above) – A must try! It’s amazing how they manage to toss the pasta such that every strand is covered with the cream sauce. Caviar (Correct me if I am wrong) is sprinkled on the top such that with every bite, there’s different texture. A must try! Prawns were very fresh.

4) Day-night 12-hour pork belly with purple mash, sour cream & crackling, $28 (above) – A must try! The meat is so, so tender! And with the fats (Oh yes), there’s that melt-in-the-mouth feel. Very nice! The accompanied sauce was on the sweet side which made the dish felt Chinese/Japanese influenced.

5) Squid ink rice with prawns & squid + egg yolk, $22 (above) – Again, another interesting and nice dish. The rice, not the soft but slightly hard type, is fragant on its own. Again, the prawns were super fresh!

I have to say it was an enjoyable dinner. It’s a pity their range of desserts is very limited. Being lava cake, lemon tart and ice cream. Din try any of those as nothing jumped out at us. Haha.

The place is not air-conditioned. Thus, depending on where you are sitting, you may not be able to enjoy the wind from the fans. We were seated at the table directly in front of the lift and it gets pretty warm there as we were kinda positioned in the corner. Other than that, love the service too! Very warm and friendly staff.

66 Kampong Bugis, TURE, #02-01, Singapore
6467 3987, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 00:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 7

Brunch @ Wild Honey

May 8, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

And it’s one of the (rare) days when I happened to be in town on a weekday. Thus, I decided to head down to Wild Honey, after having not returned here for more than a year. Or even 2. Ha! =) The place was very empty at 4pm. Two tables were taken when we came, and for a good 15minutes, we had the whole place to ourselves. (^^lll) Haha.

Ordering can be a little tricky cause everything’s written on a chalkboard. And there’s no gaps in between. Everything is colorful and shouting at you. Luckily there’s an iPad with photographs to help us better select what we want.

And from the menu (via the iPad), my Mom and I ordered:-

1) European, $18 (above) – Eggs benedict done the Wild Honey way. This is nice. A must try. I absolutely love how they used parma ham instead of the normal bacon. It gave the dish an interesting and yummy twist. Although the eggs could have been poached better so that the yolk flows when it’s poked. But I always say, it’s not easy to poach eggs! And the bread deserves to be mentioned too. Toasted lightly such that it’s crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy in the inside. I even thought the bread was slightly sweet to the taste!

2) English, $22 (above) – One cant go wrong with this. Big baked beans which my Mom enjoyed though I thought it was slightly spicy, while the scrambled egg has a slightly milky taste. The serving is huge though. And no, I wont say the serving is generous cause it does not come cheap either.

All in all, it’s a pleasant hi-tea, being able to relax and enjoy the ambience of the place. Though I am not sure if I will say the same about ‘relaxing and enjoying’ if the place is packed to the brim.

333A Orchard Road,Mandarin Gallery, #03-02, Singapore
6235 3900, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Thur : 09:00 – 21:30
Ambience: 7
Fri – Sat : 09:00 – 22:30
Value: 6
Sun : 09:00 – 21:30
Service: 6