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

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