Saturday, 21 April 2012

Lawry's the Prime Rib (Part 2) - Easter Lunch

Easter Lunch has always been a special affair back home where I come from, so to celebrate Easter here in Singapore, the husband and I went to Lawry's the Prime Rib.  I was here for my birthday last year and have always wanted to come back for their fantastic prime rib.

For appetizers, we had the Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops (SGD 19.00).  I loved the corn salsa on this dish.  This was a nicely light and refreshing starter.
Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops
We learned from our past mistake of ordering a cut that was way too big for our appetites, so this time around we went for smaller portions.  I had the California Cut 160g (SGD 68.00) while my husband had the English Cut 200g (SGD 78.00).  The cuts were perfect this time around.  And the meat was just wonderfully succulent.  Each bite melts in your mouth.  The horse radish sauce was just as perfect with the beef as I remembered it from the past.
The California Cut 160g (SGD 68.00)
The English Cut 200g (SGD 78.00)
The remarkable and consistent quality of the prime rib at Lawry's makes this an obvious favorite for carnivores like me.  I also love the very warm ambience that this place has which makes it perfect for a weekend steak indulgence.

Lawry's the Prime Rib
333A Orchard Road
#04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery
Tel #: 6836 3333

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Enoteca L'Operetta - Neapoletan Pizza & Cuisine

An Italian colleague of mine recommended Enoteca L'Operetta at Boat Quay for authentic Neapolitan pizza.  Of course I will trust an Italian completely for pizza recommendations, and so I headed there the following day for a dinner date with the husband over the weekend.

We had the Tre Gusta Caprese (SGD 38.00) as an appetizer.  These are three types of fresh cheeses served with cherry tomatoes.  The cheeses were burrata, bufala and ricotta.  Each was wonderfully smooth and I always appreciate the subtle flavor of Italian fresh cheeses.  The cherry tomatoes were also commendable -- they were so sweet and fruity.
Tre Gusta Caprese (SGD 38.00)
For pizza, we went with the chef's recommendation called Bismark (SGD 26.00).  This had tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, parmesan, and egg.   This was absolutely delicious.  The toasted crust just melts in your mouth and the texture was just incredible.  The tomato sauce was extremely fresh and the toppings were very delectable.  Suffice it to say this is one of the best pizzas I've had so far. 
Bismark (SGD 26.00)
We also had the Pappardelle rosse al pomodoro con ragu di kurobuta (SGD 28.00).  The pappardelle pasta was made with tomatoes while the sauce had black pork ragout and porcini mushrooms.  This was nicely flavored - the tomato pappardelle gave the perfect amount of acidity to the dish which balanced out the savory pork.
Pappardelle rosse al pomodro con ragu di kurobuta (SGD 28.00)
Food was excellent at Enoteca L'Operetta, and I was impressed with everything we ordered.  Service was very warm and efficient.  Pricing is not too bad as well for the great quality of their dishes.  This restaurant has become an instant favorite, and I will definitely be back to try out their other pizzas and other menu items.

Enoteca L'Operetta
78,79 Boat Quay
Tel# : 6438 2482

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (Part 2) - Consistently Great Duck

I have written about Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck in a previous blog entry and have raved about their delicious peking duck.  I got to try out a few other dishes this time around when I went here with friends.

We of course still ordered the Peking Duck (SGD 68.00).  The quality of their duck is consistently wonderful.  The crispy skin just melts in your mouth from the first bite.  There was very little fat and yet the meat was so tender.  I am thankful this restaurant never ceases to amaze me with their peking duck!
Peking Duck (SGD 68.00)
First slice of Skin -- great with sugar
Duck Slices
Duck cooked 2nd Way in Salt & Pepper

We had the Marinated Jelly Fish with Spring Onion (SGD 10.00) as appetizer.  The seasoning on the jelly fish was fantastic.  The spring onions I thought brought a nice flavor.
Marinated Jelly Fish with Spring Onion (SGD 10.00)

For greens, we ordered the Sautéed Scallop with Vegetable (SGD 30.00).  This was a bit on the pricey side for the serving size.  Overall flavor was good and the celery was nicely cooked without any bitterness left to the vegetable.
Sautéed Scallop with Vegetable (SGD 30.00)
Last of our orders was the Braised Thick Noodle with Hon Shimeij and Truffle Oil (SGD 16.00).  This was really delicious.  The aroma and flavor of truffle was distinct but not overpowering.  This was my first time to taste truffle oil on a  chinese dish and thought the use of this ingredient was done smartly.
Braised Thick Noodle with Hon Shimeij and Truffle Oil (SGD 16.00)
Noodles were split into four -- photo above is for single serving only
Imperial Treasure is definitely top notch when it comes to Peking Duck.  I'm obviously a fan of this place.  The jelly fish and noodles we ordered have also made it to my top things to try when visiting this restaurant.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
290 Orchard Road
#05-42/45 Paragon
Tel #: 67327838

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Casa Verde - Brunch at the Botanic Gardens

I am always on the look out for restaurants that serve brunch that are decently priced and pet/ dog friendly.  I brought my fur kids and some friends who were visiting to the Singapore Botanic Gardens over the weekend and tried out Casa Verde which is situated beside the Visitors Centre.

One of us had the Western Breakfast Set (SGD 13.50) which comes with orange juice, coffee, or tea.  I got to try the scrambled eggs, and I thought it was cooked perfectly.  It was light and fluffy with the right amount of liquid.  The hash browns in Casa Verde are really enjoyable as well with a nice crispy golden brown outer layer.
Western Breakfast Set (SGD 13.50)
I had the Corned Beef with Hash Browns (SGD 11.00).  This was served with a poached egg on top.  I love the combination of the oozing yolk with the beef.   However I thought the portion of the hash browns were a little too small for the amount of meat that was served.
Corned Beef with Hash Browns (SGD 11.00)
I also enjoyed the Iced Cappuccino (SGD 5.50), which I thought looked pretty despite it being served in an ordinary plastic cup.
Iced Cappuccino (SGD 5.50)
This brunch experience at Casa Verde was very pleasant.  Pricing is decent as well compared to other restaurants that serve brunch.  This will definitely be worth a return trip, especially for a weekend stroll around the botanic gardens with the husband and my pets.

Casa Verde
1 Cluny Road
Visitors Centre, Botanic Gardens
Tel #: 6467 7326

Table at 7 (Restaurant Week Series)- Asian Fusion

For the Restaurant Week series last March (, the husband and I decided to try out Table at 7.  My friends have raved about this place on several occasions, so I instantly grabbed the opportunity of trying out their Restaurant Week set menu.  Their lunch menu was priced at SGD 40.00 per person.

My husband had the Starter Choice A: Salad of the House.  This was a smoked ocean trout with arugula and wasabi dressing.  The dressing was brilliant and had the right amount of acidity and kick to complement the fish.
Salad of House
I chose the Starter Choice B: Authentic Javanese Oxtail Soup served with Root Vegetables and Glass Vermicelli.  This was alright -- it was a beefy soup that was reminiscent of vietnamese pho.
Authentic Javanese Oxtail Soup
I had the Main Course Choice A: Crispy Duck Confit on Lyonnaise Potatoes, Fine Beans and Caramelised Onion, Port Reduction.  The duck was cooked well - beautifully crispy on the outside with meat that falls of the bone. The seasoning however was a bit heavy handed on the salt.
Crispy Duck Confit
My husband ordered the Main Course Choice B: Eugenia’s Signature Reef Fish and Prawn Curry with Fragrant Jasmine Rice.  This was an average tasting curry in my opinion.  Nothing creative about this dish.
Eugenia's Signature Reef Fish
The last course was dessert where we were served the Mango and Passion Fruit Tart with Malibu Sorbet and Coconut Wafer.  This was okay tasting, and similar to the curry was nothing note worthy.
Mango and Passion Fruit Tart with Malibu Sorbet and Coconut Wafer
There were a few good dishes from the set menu.  However overall the restaurant week menu was not as impressive as I had hoped for.  Hopefully I can try out their ala carte menu some other time since I've heard great reviews about their other dishes.

Table at 7
7 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel #: 6836 6362

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Flutes at the Fort - Outdoor Dining

A few officemates and myself went for dinner at Flutes at the Fort just off Fort Canning park.  The ambience is supposed to be vineyard inspired.  I can't comment for sure how close it might look like to an actual vineyard, but the outdoor dining experience was lovely all in all.  The restaurant is actually an old restored house where seating is at the terrace, so it has that country Gone with the Wind feel to it .

For starters we had the Seared Sea Scallops (SGD 28.00).  The scallops were beautifully fresh and the tangy lime dressing was perfect with the gigantic juicy scallops.
Seared Sea Scallops (SGD 28.00)
Our table also had the Pan Fried Foie Gras (SGD 28.00).  The foie gras had the crisp searing on the outside which I always enjoy as a prelude to the inner buttery texture of the liver.  The sweet prune glaze was also fantastic in this dish.
Pan Fried Foie Gras (SGD 28.00)
For mains, a few of us shared the Grainge Black Angus Cote de Beouf (SGD 120.00).  This is a heavy 900-gram steak.  The menu says that it's good for 2, but in my opinion the portions are large enough to feed 3 to 4 people.  This enormous piece of ribeye was delicious, and the meat was very tender with just the right amount of seasoning.
Grainge Black Angus Cote de Beouf (SGD 120)
Our table also had the Gratin Of Whole Lobster (SGD 45.00).  The cheese sauce was rich but very satisfying.  The lobster was a little small in size, though it was cooked well and had a nice overall texture.
Gratin of Whole Lobster (SGD 45.00)

For dessert, we tried out the Dark Chocolate Fondant With Fennel Ice-Cream and Pistachio (SGD 16.00).  This was reminiscent of a souffle or lava cake.  I love anything with oozing warm chocolate sauce, so this was an instant hit for me.
Dark Chocolate Fondant (SGD 16.00)
Flutes at the Fort was delightful, and all the dishes we tried out did not disappoint.  This is definitely a good place to visit for special occasions, and I'm glad I got to try this out.  The place is hidden and quite difficult to find, so do visit their website for clear instructions on how to get there.

Flutes at the Fort
Fort Canning Park
23B Coleman Street
Tel #: 6338 8770

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Jones the Grocer - Gourmet Food Store & Restaurant

The husband and I had brunch at Jones the Grocer in Mandarin Gallery over the weekend.  This was my first time to visit the Orchard branch, and it has the same bustling industrial yet charming feel to the place like the Dempsey branch.  The place itself has a certain appeal that draws in a crowd for casual meals.

For starters, we had the Cheese and Charcuterie Board (SGD 29.00) where we had a choice from any 3 cheeses or meats.  We had the Iberico chorizo, gorgonzola piccante cheese from Italy, and balarina cheese from Holland.  The cheeses were outstanding.  The chorizo however did not have that melt-in-your-mouth quality as I was hoping for from an Iberico cured pork.  I also ordered truffle honey (SGD 4.50) on the side which went absolutely perfect with the cheese.
Cheese and Charcuterie Board (SGD 29.00)
We had the Duck Confit Salad (SGD 16.00) which had spinach leaves, shredded duck, blue cheese, pears, and candied walnuts.  I thought the use of duck was unnecessary as it did not really add to the flavor or texture.  However everything else was enjoyable, especially the lovely candied walnuts.
Duck Confit Salad (SGD 16.00)
Last of our orders was the Rustichella Rigatoni Pasta (SGD 28.00).  This was nothing great, and was a rather lack luster pasta.  It was also definitely too pricey for the quality and serving size.  Definitely not a dish to be repeated.
Rustichella Rigatoni Pasta (SGD 28.00)
The gorgonzola and balarina cheese dipped in that wonderfully sweet truffle honey were top notch and the most memorable of the lot.  Though the other brunch dishes were nothing exceptional, I find that great cheese plates are pretty hard to come by (yes I love cheese that much!)  so I don't mind going back just for that.

Jones the Grocer
333a Orchard Road 
Level 4 #21-23 Mandarin Gallery 
Tel #: 6836 6372