Dinner @ Le Bon Marche // CLOSED

July 4, 2010 in French by thywhaleliciousfay

Met my girlfriends for dinner at Le Bon Marche before one of them was to fly off for Penang. And I still find it amazing that she is spending seven days in Penang. (^^lll) Are there really so many things to do there? Keke.


Complimentary Starter


Main Course #1: Duck Confit (Non traditional)


Main Course #2: Steak (Beef)


Main Course #3: Pork Neck

And dinner was awesome! Seriously. It’s not just because I was in the wonderful company of my girlfriends. The restaurant’s service was top notch, while the food was simply finger-licking good! And oh… Throw in some juicy conversational topics for us females to debate on too. Haha.


And check this out! Seasalt Crusted Whole French Seabass for $100! Super expensive! But a table happened to order that, and when the fish was served, it looked so good! Which my girlfriends and I immediately figured it was not that expensive if the fish was to be shared among three. No prizes for guessing what we’ll be ordering when we return to Le Bon Marche! Haha. =p


Dessert #1: Cherries


This was served complimentary. And the staff was really cute. He introduced it as “French Strawberry Soup” before continuing to say “But better known as smoothie to Singaporeans.” And yes, the soup tasted like smoothie! Haha. And it was also this same staff who impressed us with his top notch service. Very attentive. Very professional. Very friendly.


Dessert #2: Poached Prunes


Dessert #3: Souffle

And the desserts did not fail to deliver. They were so good! My favourite would be the cherries.

LE BON MARCHE
383 Bukit Timah Road, Alocassia Service Apartments, #01-01, Singapore
(65) 62263269

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Must Try: Pork Neck, Cherries, Poached Prunes

Dinner @ Villa Di Parma // CLOSED

June 27, 2010 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay


And I know a particular restaurant has been on my list of restaurants-to-try for too long when their name was still ‘Ristorante De Parma’ when I jotted it in my diary, but they have since changed their name to the present ‘Villa Di Parma’. (^^lll) Oops.

And with that! Instead of checking out the eateries near Parkway Parade as my colleague and I usually would, we went to Serangoon Gardens for a change. =) And before I even entered the restaurant, I already knew what I wanted to order cause I did my homework at HungryGoWhere. Haha.


Shared Dish #1: Smoked Salmon Pizza

And this was one of the two highlights! Not only is it raved by many, I love my salmon (Sashimi) too! Hee. And yes, the pizza was really good. The salmon, the special sauce used and the dough complimented one another very well. Yummy!

And it is a good thing I did my homework before going cause I might have given their Smoked Salmon Pizza a miss if had I judged it solely by its price (As in, not many restaurants are generous with their ingredients or even use quality ingredients despite charging more for their dishes) which really would have been a pity! (^^lll) And it’s no surprise that Suzhen and I managed to finish the pizza even though it was pretty big! =p


Shared Dish #2: Coppa

Was expecting the meat to be served ‘pork chop’ style, so we were surprised to see it being served as a gigantic meat ball. And while I was not in a mood to eat a gigantic meat ball, I got to admit it was not too bad. The meat was juicy and crunchy at the same time as the pork was minced with onions.


Shared Dish #3: Tiramisu

And finally! The second highlight of the night. It’s claimed to be the best in Singapore… And well, I am not sure if it’s the best since I have not tried all the other tiramisu in Singapore. (^^lll) Haha. But it’s definitely divine! I liked how the top layer was mostly creamy with sponge cake (I am not sure if those were sponge cake or lady finger biscuits) placed randomly in it while the bottom layer was totally soaked! =p

VILLA DI PARMA
14B Kensington Park Road, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore
(65) 62813380

Food:
We ordered their signature dishes, and the signature dishes did not disappoint!
Service:
The staff seemed a little hostile. I wonder if it’s because I turned down his offer to give us recommendation (But I did that only because we already knew what we wanted). But they warmed up a little later to suggest enthusiastically that we should try their Chocolate Fondant (Which we had to give a miss as we were too full) when we were ordering dessert.
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Must Try: Smoked Salmon Pizza, Tiramisu

Dinner @ Fi53ftyThree // CLOSED

June 20, 2010 in European by thywhaleliciousfay


Met up with my girlfriend for lunch at FiftyThree. Coincidentally, she had been meaning to check out this restaurant too. So, both of us decided to go for their lunch together. =)


And while we were in the midst of studying the menu, we were served these tapioca (I hope I din hear their introduction wrongly! Hee) crisps perched on a charcoal-looking stand. I dont think it’s real charcoal right? *Shrug* But the crisps were nice. Very crispy. Haha!


Contrary to the raves on HungryGoWhere, I did not find the bread special. Instead, I found the sack impressive. Haha. The sack was made of 2 layers such that in between the layers, there were heated pebbles to keep the bread warm! Wow. So yes… We did not enjoy the bread which was hard on the outside, and spongy in the inside. We prefer our bread fluffy. (^^lll)


Our Dish #1: Scallop and Hairy Bittercress, Chicken “Oysters” and Buckwheat


Our Dish #2: Red Gunard and Hazelnut, Beluga Lentils and Smoked Eel

We tasted no smoked eel at all! This dish was a let down. The fish was not fresh such that its texture was slightly rubbery instead. And it’s definitely not because it was over cooked as there were some raw parts in the middle of my fillet. So yah. Sigh.

Overheard the table next to us, who ordered the same main dish, complaining to the staff about the fish’s freshness. They had their main dishes replaced with something else, but my girlfriend and I decided to just let the issue go rather than feedbacking to the staff. But we are certainly not returning to try their dinner menu.


Her Dish #3: Amedei – Chuao, Banana and Malt


My Dish #3: Apple and Rosemary

The presentation for this dish was interesting. After the staff finished introducing the apple risotto to me, he sprayed some lavender (Again, I hope I din remember wrongly. Haha) scent around me before asking me to enjoy. (^^lll) Haha. And be warned! Ginger was used quite a fair bit for this dish.


We finished our lunch at 2.30pm dinner with these complimentary jelly.

FI53FTYTHREE
53 Armenian Street, Singapore
(65) 63345535

Food:
I was pretty disappointed. Was expecting the dishes to be better. Could be a case where I went with too high expectations.
Service:
The lady manager attending to us was professional and very attentive. When the menu came apart, she quickly stepped forward, while our glasses were topped up once our water hit mid-level in the cup. In addition, when we did not finish our fish, she came over and asked if there was something wrong (Which we politely said no rather than mentioning the lack of freshness).
Ambience:
I like the interior design which was simple (So that the food would be the main focus) yet warm. Though I have to admit I was surprised to enter a big space only to see two wooden tables big enough to fit 4 people (Along the lengths) each. At the further end was the kitchen where we could see the chefs at work.

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