High tea @ Chihuly Lounge

August 25, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having heard about the éclairs which are served during weekend afternoon tea (2.30pm to 5pm) at Chihuly Lounge that’s due to end this weekend, my girlfriend and I hurrily made our way down to check out the different creative variations to the classic choux pastry.

And as the saying goes “Early birds catch the most worms”. The problem of us checking out the éclairs late (when the promotion is about to end) is that we did not get to see the more interesting versions like the gummy bears, etc though it was still a beautiful sight to see many colourful éclairs on our table.

There were 13 creations, of which 1 is a banana spilt (Think ice cream and banana served inside an éclair). However, it was still the classic flavours like the chocolate and hazelnut that left us impressed. The rest were pretty to look at and interesting to try. Note the keyword ‘try’.

And for a buffet that’s priced at $48 per adult, it’s pretty steep as the variety of food is pretty limited. Besides the éclairs (which to us was the highlight as ultimately, it’s the éclairs that attracted my girlfriend and I to Ritz Carlton), there was limited items under the savouries with only some sandwiches, 3 to 4 petit canapés, and meat like prawn kebab.

Overall, the service was good. I was given a new napkin when I accidentally dropped mine. Our plates were cleared promptly, though it will have been a nice initiative if the staff noticed our dirty utensils (from cutting the éclairs)and changed new ones for us to start on our savoury dishes.

With the éclairs promotion coming to an end too, I doubt I will return as their afternoon tea offers limited range of food.

CHIHULY LOUNGE
7 Raffles Ave, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Level 1, Singapore
6434 5288, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Fri : 14:30 – 17:00 (8-course high tea)
Value: 6
Sat – Sun : 14:30 – 17:00 (High tea buffet)
Service: 8
Mon – Fri : 17:00 – 20:00 (Dinner)

Dinner @ OChre // CLOSED

August 20, 2012 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

It will be my second time back to OChre. Not that they had impressed me on my first trip when they newly opened, but because we were in the area and I could not think of any other place. (^^lll) But I am glad we headed to OChre for dinner as OChre had improved. My second dining experience was not as bad as I last remembered.

The group of 7 (of us) arrived at 6.30pm without making any reservation. The staff seemed as though they wanted to throw the big group of us to the outdoors seats, but we were insistent that we wanted to be seated indoors. So the staff said they could arrange a round table for us, though they warned it may get a little cramp. But their worries were unfounded, as it turned out that the arrangement was perfect! With the round table, we were able to see one another better, as compared to being seated at a long, rectangular table.

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

1) Set dinner, $50 comprised of:-

(A) Angel Hair with Sea Urchin & Avruga Caviar (above) – The portion could pass off as a main course, but the angel hair pasta did not impress. The taste came across as a little flat. What a shame especially when expensive ingredients were used (caviar and sea urchin). And it’s a pity the sea urchin was not served fresh and raw, but overcooked.

(B) Fillet of Sea Bass with Mashed Potato & Baby Vegetable (above) – Dont be deceived by its look. I was not too impressed with the presentation, it being just a fillet put on top a pile of mashed potato. But the sea bass was fresh and juicy. Nice.

(C) Green Tea & Black Sesame Tiramisu with Azuki Compote & Sesame Tuile (above) – The fusion of Japanese and Italian gave the dessert an interestingly yummy twist. Nice!

2) Caesar, $20 (above) – Normal. We ordered this only because we wanted variety in our dishes since there were 7 of us. The waiter recommended this based on its portion for us to share too.

3) Antipasto OChre, $38 (above) – The presentation is almost like our Chinese’s cold platter. Will definitely recommend ordering this for big groups or for anyone who wants a bit of everything! I liked everything about this – Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato, Parma Ham and Melon, Smoke Salmon and Caviar, Marinated Octopus, Artichoke and Porcini.

4) Sous Vide Baby Chicken “Al Mattone” with Baby Spinach & Mash Potato, $34 (above) – Nice. The skin was slightly crispy with the meat being tender. Do order this if you are looking at ordering a variety of dishes. I would not say order this if you are here to try signature dishes.

5) Ravioli with Sheep Ricotta, Baby Spinach & Truffle Sauce, $28 (above) – Sadly, this fell short of my expectation. We were served 2 gigantic ravioli with the inside being mainly baby spinach. Due to its size, the ravioli lacked the ‘burst in your mouth feeling’ when you bite into it, which is something I prefer my ravioli to be.

6) Prosciutto, $28 (above) – This is a pizza with parma ham, black olives, tomato, baby spinach salad and caprino cheese. I did not really fancy this. Somehow, the combination did not complement. And it’s to note that cured parma ham was used.

7) Calzone, $28 (above) – As described in the menu, it’s a pizza pocket filled with smoked cheese, tomato, ham, olive, wilted spinach and egg. I did not really enjoy this (I had better), especially the crust. It was a little burnt.

Overall, the dining experience was pleasant. We were not blown away by the food, but rather, it was the restaurant’s ‘a little high class yet a little laid back’ ambience that gave the right mood for us since we were there having a birthday dinner celebration. So yes, want to impress a date without going too harsh on the wallet? OChre is the place.

OCHRE
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #11-03, Singapore
6634 0423, Website
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 6 

Brunch @ Club Street Social

August 12, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having learnt that Club Street Social serves breakfast whole day, my girlfriend and I made our way down at 4pm.

It could have been a blessing in disguise that we came at non-peak timing such that we managed to find a parking lot easily. I can imagine it will be a nightmare to find a lot during peak hours.

And from the not-very-extensive menu, my girlfriend and I ordered:-

1) Scrambled eggs, fontina, chives, $12 (+ $4, smokey bacon) (above) – The scrambled eggs which are on the wet side, is nice, though honestly, there’s nothing special to shout about this dish too. But I can imagine the dish to look pretty bare had we not ordered additional bacon.


2) Panini (pan-seared lobster, avocado, yuzu mayo), $28 (above) – We were at a loss when it came to choosing the ‘flavour’ of our sandwich, but we decided to go with the most expensive one (lobster). And interestingly, the 2 groups which came later and sat on our right and left ordered this too. The bread (panini) is toasted such that it’s very crispy. Can be a little messy for dates if you are using your fork and knife to cut the sandwich into smaller pieces. =p And while I cant say the serving of the lobster is generous, but for mouthful where there’s chunks of the fresh and juicy lobster meat, it’s yummy!

3) Nutella bread pudding, ice cream, $12 (above) – This was the highlight of our meal. I absolutely loved this. Instead of the classic vanilla bread pudding, chocolate and nuts are layered into the chocolate bread pudding. The bread pudding was nice, moist and absolutely yummy! A must try.

CLUB STREET SOCIAL
5 Gemmil Lane, Singapore
6225 5043, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:30
Ambience: 7
Sat : 09:00 – 22:30
Value: 6
Sun : 09:00 – 21:00
Service: 5