Posts Tagged ‘panna cotta’

Fern and Kiwi

I’m always on the look out for New Zealand things in Singapore since the Partner is from New Zealand. I’d heard about the opening of the  Fern and Kiwi restaurant in Clarke Quay some months back but I just didn’t have the opportunity to go there. It used to be relatively easy for me to get to Clarke Quay, but these days, Clarke Quay is so far out of the way that it’s hardly on my radar when it comes to weekday dinner venues.

So I was delighted when the Amazing Zespri dinner was to be held at the Fern & Kiwi. The meal was very kiwifruit inspired so you won’t actually get to order these dishes below. However I would not hesitate to return to Fern and Kiwi again because those dishes we tried that night were great!  In particular, I really liked the chargrilled lamb that was done just right. The kiwi relish that came along with it was superb and I just mopped it all up.

Amazing Zespri Kiwifruit Dinner at Fern & Kiwi

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit (1)

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish (2)

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish

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Museo at Quayside Isle Sentosa

I feel like I need to split this post in half, there are just way toooooo many delicious pictures to post! I have been raving about how lovely Quayside Isle was just a few posts ago, and guess what, I got invited to try out the newly opened Museo Restaurant located there!

I have to admit, getting to Museo, or Quayside Isle for that matter is a pain in the neck. You have to take the Sentosa Express in (the train thing), then you have to wait for Shuttle C (it only comes every half hour), and finally when you reach the stop that is for Quayside Isle, you still have a 3 minute trek across a large field with no shade! The Sentosa Express befuddles me, it costs $3.50 per person. The cost for entry by car on a weekend is $7. Does that mean that as long as I have 2 or more people, I should just drive in?

BUTTTT, having said that, it’s definitely worth a trip to go experience Quayside Isle. There’s nothing quite like it on mainland Singapore. If you like the feel of Robertson Quay, you’ll definitely like Quayside Isle. And if you’re like me, someone who adores Afternoon Tea, you must check out Museo.

I was there for the High Tea Buffet, which costs $48++, or $68++ for free flow of beer. The High Tea Buffet includes free flow of signature teas, which already cost about $10 a pot if you order ala carte! This is one of the few posts where I think I should type less and just let the pictures do the talking.

Museo Quayside Isle - (84)

First, a lovely picture of the yachts on the water.

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There are quite a number of seating arrangements, ranging from cross your legs kind of sofa seats that face the seafront, to 2 and 4 seater type tables. Scroll down to see more of those pictures lower in the post.

Museo Quayside Isle - Tuna Tataki

Tuna Tataki

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I’m putting a picture of the desserts up front to lure you in first. This post will be about the desserts while the next post will be of the savouries and teas.

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Oso Ristorante

Having had a most sumptuous albeit sad lunch to bid my boss adieu 2 years ago at Oso Ristorante, I’ve always had a mind to return. Oso Ristorante is a cozy yet fine dining sort of restaurant housed on the 2nd storey of a row of shophouses along Bukit Pasoh. It has a woody theme, with windows to let in the light. The seating is not as cramped as 2 years ago.

The chance to dine here again presented itself when I snagged a table during Restaurant Week last month. Actually, I wanted to try more restaurants but I had to settle for only 2, given that Restaurant Week is but one week long! You can read about all my Restaurant Week feastings here.

Oso Ristorante was very generous for Restaurant Week. Most restaurants provide just 3 course meal, but Oso Ristorante up the ante with not only a starter, but a soup! That’s why, for Restaurant Week, it’s best you check out the menu to see if it’s to your liking, although some restaurants make the choice of keeping it secret and surprising you only on the day itself. Very tough for fussy eaters, but good if it means that the restaurant can select the freshest produce of the day to serve to customers.

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See, don’t you think it looks nice?

Oso Ristorante - 70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

Decided to talk about the dessert first for a change. The white cubes were the panna cotta, delivered in a cube form as compared to the usual shot glass form or unmoulded onto a plate. It had an even creaminess, and actually not extremely creamy despite the double cream. The chocolate cubes had a half brownie half gelatine texture. True to the description, it was very chocolaty and had a slightly crisp top. Wish it were a little more sweet as it was meant to be a dessert.

Oso Ristorante - Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

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The SQUARE at Novotel Clarke Quay

Recently, I was invited to the newly revamped The SQUARE at Novotel Clarke Quay. As a gluttonous person, my heart did a leap of joy. I always love looking at the wide array of food, so nicely displayed, and in such great variety. These days, restaurants are starting to become more creative. The SQUARE is one such restaurant, and it features a “live cooking station” where you are able to get your pastas customised and cooked to your desire.

Novotel Clarke Quay The SQUARE (3)

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In love with Il Lido – Super Weekend Set Lunch

Il Lido has always been etched in my mind as a really top notch restaurant, not least thanks to my ex-boss, who so favoured dining at Il Lido for business lunches and special occasions, so much so that the staff remember his special requests. In fact, I partook in one of those special occasions, the boss’s birthday(!), and that eventually became my 1st ever food review on 365days2play!  (In case you are wondering, that was way back in 2008, and I subsequently resurrected the blog again in mid 2010.)

Back in those days, Il Lido had these colourful plastic chairs, and my 1st impression upon stepping through the front door was “You must be JOKING. My boss finds this place ATAS?” The food and service quickly changed my mind. I was glad to find that in my recent visit in January 2012 that they’d gotten rid of those unbecoming chairs. They still have those chairs at the al fresco area, which I think is more appropriate given that it is outdoors.

Il Lido Sentosa (3) Looks quite fine, don’t you think?

So in late Jan 2012, thanks to a DBS birthday treat coupon which gave us a 50% discount, we were able to sample the delights at Il Lido again. Actually, it’s not terribly expensive to dine at Il Lido. Mains are about $35 – $60. Appetisers are about $20 and desserts are in excess of $10. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a big eater, so I almost never order an appetiser and dessert all on my own. Set lunches/dinners are different as the restaurants kind of scale down the size of the food anyway. And of course, for buffets, I bring my other stomach, you know the bigger capacity one.

Back in January, they were having this wonderful weekend set lunch menu, which comprised of FIVE appetisers and FIVE mains, FOUR desserts and coffee/tea for $68+++. I mean seriously, is this a good deal or what??? The portions are all smaller than usual, but still, the total amount was sizable. I really love menus like these. I don’t know about you, but I have the perpetual problem of not knowing what to order. Usually it’s because there are so many attractive dishes I want to order, rather than the lack of something interesting.

So….presenting the appetisers! Portions are for 2 pax

Il Lido Sentosa Goose Liver Goose Liver

Il Lido Sentosa - Octopus Terrine Octopus Terrine

Il Lido Sentosa - Parma Ham Parma Ham

Il Lido Sentosa Caprese Caprese

Il Lido Sentosa Calamari Calamari

Phew, 5 appetisers man! All of them were super delicious. My personal favourite was obviously the foie gras. Just can’t go wrong with that. Also loved the texture of the octopus terrine. Don’t believe I’ve ever had an octopus terrine before and I really loved the bouncy feel. The Calamari also had a nice bouncy texture and didn’t taste oily at all. Parma Ham and rock melon was another winning combination. In fact, for a cheese lover like me, the caprese was the least outstanding, which goes to show how good the other appetisers were.

Next up, the Main Courses. Portions are for 2 pax.

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