Posts Tagged ‘Pork Loin’

Arossa Wine & Grill

I haven’t had many opportunities to visit Scott’s Square, one of the newest kids on the block along Scotts Road so I was sure glad to be given the opportunity to review Arossa Wine & Grill. If this place sounds or looks vaguely familiar, that’s because they did a revamp of the restaurant and had a change of name from La Luna Rossa to Arossa Wine & Grill. The wooden floors and brick walls have been retained to exude the rustic charm.

Arossa Wine & Grill (2)

Pricing wise, Arossa caters mainly to the business crowd, what with the table cloths and wine glasses. Strangely though, there are attempts to appeal to the masses by doing away with napkins and also serving brunch on the weekends.

Arossa - Charcuterie of Pate de Campagne, Foie Gras Terrine, Proscuitto $32 (2)Charcuterie of Pate de Campagne, Foie Gras Terrine, Prosciutto $32

We started off our meal with this mouth-watering plate of chacuterie. Seeing slivers of ham, pate and terrines never fails to lift my mood up. It’s also a very good way to distract customers while they wait for the mains to be prepared. I particularly liked the Foie Gras Terrine, which went really well with the complimentary bread. Had to control myself or I would have eaten more and had no space for the mains. The Pate de Campagne was also quite interesting as it had nutty bits in it, something that is not too common.

Arossa - Pan Fried foie Gras with Caramelized Apple $30 (2)

Pan Fried foie Gras with Caramelized Apple $30

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Baci Italian Cafe

Along with other people living in the Marine Parade area, we thronged the new 112 Katong mall on the first day of the New Year. I am happy that a new mall has opened up in this area. Previously, I used to like going to the East Coast Park area to have lunch at the C Nai Hong Kong Cafe, but they changed their menu about a year ago, and I was unable to find my favourite Abalone Ee Foo noodle soup. It was really delicious. The whole East Coast Park McDonalds area is getting even more run down due to the impending closure, and one of the restaurants Mango Tree has already relocated to the new 112 Katong mall, but I digress.

Baci Italian Cafe (1)

Love the lamps, but if you are tall you may just knock into them. There is also al-fresco seating, sheltered by the upper floors of 112 Katong mall which extends over. Don’t like the uncomfortable and unergonomic wooden chairs.

During my 1st visit back in early December 2011, I walked past Baci Italian Cafe. The place looked really promising as the decor looked quite inviting. I researched on the place and it seems that Baci Italian Cafe originated from Malaysia.

I decided to give it a try that day. The menu is pretty limited actually. They have a few sandwiches, a few pizzas, 2 pastas and 4 mains to choose from. I opted for the Pan Roasted Fish while the Partner opted for the Honey Glazed Pork Loin. Guess he was still in the Christmas mood although he’d beheaded our Christmas tree way before the 12th day of Christmas. (I’m still very upset by that, and the stump is still around to remind me of it’s former glory!)

Baci Italian Cafe - Pan Roasted Fish

Pan Roasted Fish $13.50 – Fish fillet seasoned with herbs and then pan roasted, topped with lemon caper sauce. The fish was pretty tasty. I think it’s dory, or at least it tasted like dory, which is a fish that I like. Although the fish was a little over cooked on the sides and therefore slightly hard, on the whole, it wasn’t very dry and I enjoyed it. The accompanying roast potatoes were forgettable, and so small in portion. Even I can make better roast potatoes. So was the lettuce salad. For $13.50, I did think the dish to be over priced for the amount of food served. And dory is quite a cheap fish.

Baci Italian Cafe - Honey Glazed Pork Loin

Honey Glazed Pork Loin $16.50 – Pork loin marinated in a honey cider dressing then pan seared and topped with glazed apples $16.50. The pork too was slightly overdone and tough to chew. The honey glazed dressing was quite nice and went well with the porky flavours. Glazed apples was a nice touch but too soft. Would have liked them to provide a bit of a crunch.

We were contemplating having coffee here but the latte costs $5.50. We saw the next table struggling to stir their latte with a spoon barely taller than the latte glass, so it was easy to decide not to have coffee. Baci Italian Cafe has fresh blended juice for $8.50, for those who need a healthy boost, or you could get mojitos and bottled beers here as well.

Baci Italian Cafe (4)

Baci Italian Cafe (5)

I don’t find anything particularly Italian about Baci Italian Cafe. If the word “Italian” hadn’t been in the name, I would totally not have guessed it to be Italian. I mean there are only 2 pastas on offer, granted one of them is a choose your own pasta/topping/sauce type. There are more pizzas on offer, but still much lesser than the more conventional Italian restaurants.

Pricing is also a little expensive for a simple, small portioned meal at a heartland mall. Don’t be surprised if you see half a sandwich appearing on your table. That’s what you ordered. Given that there are quite a number of restaurants at 112 Katong, I think I’ll be giving this place a miss for the time being.

You can find out more about Baci Italian Cafe (Singapore) and their menu at http://www.baci.com.sg.

Read more about my visits to 112 Katong at http://life.365days2play.com/tag/112-katong. For food reviews of 112 Katong, visit http://365days2play.com/tag/112-katong/

Baci Italian Cafe
01-07, 112 KATONG
No. 112, East Coast Road
Singapore 428802

Tel: +65 6636-0376

Buses to 112 Katong Mall:
East Coast Road: No. 10, 10E, 12, 14, 14E, 32, 40
Joo Chiat Road: No. 16

Au Jardin at Botanic Gardens

To celebrate her 4th year at the company, my very generous colleague decided to treat us to a huge meal. At first, it was going to be a 1 night’s stay in Bintan! But alas, we booked too late for the Hari Raya weekend.

The outing was the day after I arrived back from Norway. I woke up at an ungodly hour of 5am thanks to the jetlag, fell back asleep again somewhere around 8am, and managed to crawl to the Botanic Gardens at 10.30am. The rest of my colleagues were already there, snapping photos of everything in sight as we’d also organised a mini photography competition. Yours truly got second place, darn!!

After the photography session, we made our way to Au Jardin. In contrast to the hoards and hoards of people at Casa Verde, and just about any other spot in the Botanic Gardens, Au Jardin was refreshingly quiet and serene. Au Jardin occupies an elegantly restored 1920s colonial residence and serves French fine-dining food. A waiter greeted us at the ground floor and led us upstairs to our table. I was glad to discover that Au Jardin is quite small. Apart from us (9 people), most of the other diners were couples enjoying a romantic date together. It really is a very romantic and peaceful setting, with a view out into the lush gardens. I’m sure Au Jardin must have been witness to many a wedding proposal over the years.

We were there for the Sunday brunch, which comprises of an appetiser and soup buffet, plus choice of eggs, mains and dessert, for the price of $88. From the Les Amis website (they own Au Jardin), it appears that the mains and dessert selections have changed, but the following was what we had when we were there in the 1st week of November.

Au Jardin Dining Area

Photo courtesy of Au Jardin

Au Jardin - Appetiser selections from the buffet

Appetiser buffet – Vine-ripened tomatoes are one of my favourites. Ever since I learnt about the difference between vine-ripened and artificially ripened tomatoes, I’ve not turned back.

Au Jardin - Fried Egg sunny side up (2)

Egg selection – Eggs benedict, cocotte, scrambled or fried. I chose fried because I love my eggs sunny side up. Eggs benedict I thought would be a little too heavy considering that we still had mains coming up.

Au Jardin - Roasted Pork Loin

Roasted Pork Loin with garlic sausage, smoked bacon and mustard sauce – This was my choice of mains and I had no regrets. The pork loin was very tender and juicy. Finished the whole thing. Garlic sausage was a nice addition and made me feel like I was getting 2 for the price of one.

No idea about how the other mains tasted. Didn’t ask, shy lah…

Au Jardin - Panfried Meagre Fish

Pan fried meagre fish with butter leek and green peas

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