Monday, March 17, 2008

Relish

Went to Relish today with wenen, who had just got back from NYU, for easter break.
Relish was great;
the atmosphere was lively and cheery - pastel whites; smooth pine tables and high chairs; big transparent glass windows to let in the sun; rthe menu was painted nicely on the side; with yellow patselled walls with interesting designs.

i had the wild rocket burger - which was great. it was a bit too small, unroftunately; the beef was nice and tasty, rather juicy- infused with onion; but it wasn't too beefty (could have been more beefy) - still it was nice. what really helped was the sun-dried tomato relish which added a lot of zest to it, and contrasted nicely with the richness of the beef; the bread was nice, and the wild rockets added a nice tinge;
the texture, though, was perfect - nice chewy texture; relatively tasty beef; probbably second to marmalade pantry's ultimate beef burger; okay, maybe as good as brewerkz's bistro burger. (which i shall deal with another time)

the fries were great; flavourful, and with the right amount of salt and pepper;

wen en had a nice beer - pink killer, which was great - zesty with grapefruit taste while retaining the hops and malt of beer.

Old Airport Road Food Centre

Went to Old Airport Road the other day to try the food; wanted to try the Nam Xing Hokkien Mee;
okay. you know alot of bloggers have lauded this as the best hokkien mee in town; there was even a TV team filming the stall; so i went in there with super high expectations. however, the food was kind-of a let down. firstly, the portion was really small, for $5 bucks it was a really small plate. secondly, the taste was rather bland; there was no real seafood taste; the taste was rather too subtle for me; it was a nice vegetable oil taste tho, what i liked about it was that it left a nice aftertaste that still remained long ago; not an oily, greasy one that you sometimes feel; not jelak, in that sense.

But then i went to To-Co-Ricos Kway Chap (Blanco Court) at Old Airport Road as well, which was really brilliant. the insides were stewed to a nice soft consistency, with a nice braised soy sauce taste that really was rather authentic and old, unlike some kway chaps which are really "new world" - the kway chap was nice too. could still taste the inner parts which was really nice.
best kway chap in a while.

Conrad brasserie

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Oscar's Brasserie - Conrad Hotel; Best buffet dinner in a long time. Heres' the review i posted for Hungrygowhere.com

was at oscar's today for buffet dinner, and my, was it good. I was at greenhouse the other day, and while the ambience at greenhouse (The Ritz) with its band performing all sorts of music was better, the food at Oscar's definitely wins hands down.

The problem with buffets is that usually the cooked food portion of the buffet is really kind-of lousy compared to ordering it ala-carte in restaurants, naturally, because they don't cook it fresh, and besides no one actually goes to the buffet to eat the hot stuff - read most of the time it's the oysters and the sashimi that get devoured. but oscar's really impressed me.

Let's go through the courses:
Oysters: they were freshly shucked before serving, which means that nothing is left out in the open before it reaches your plate - which means, extremely fresh oysters, needing only a dash of lemon (tabasco, optional) to bring up the salty sea flavours.
Sashimi: quite a wide variety; tuna, salmon, yellowtail, squid, whelk, plus sushi of all sorts; what was really nice was the availability of salmon belly which is something you don't usually find at buffets - but it was rather heavenly.
The prawns, mussels, crayfish, were fresh - but nothing to shout about.

Main Courses:

Noodle Bar: there was a noodle bar serving noodles - what else - with a choice of bak kut teh, laksa, wantan noodles prawn noodles etc; i had the laksa which had a deliciously rich lemak gravy with lots of haybeehiam - and a large prawn, hoho - it was great. good stuff, absolutely.

Asian food:
Good variety; the venison was tender; the stir-fried prawns were fresh and fragrant; the sliced fish was tender enough i suppose.

Western food:
Cod fish was succulent and flavourful and soft; dressing was nice;
Rack of lamb was alright - a bit hard though;
Duck - okay
Salmon with miso - wonderful; just a nice tinge of miso.

Had the cheese platter which was nice ; they had lots of Brie, camembert; etc

Desserts:
Waffle station - freshly made waffles with ice-cream was a highlight since the waffles were really fresh and the ice-cream (from movenpick) complemented it well;
the bananas glazed were great as well; with orange liqueur and ice cream.
chocolate hazelnut gateau was nicely rich - should have been more choclatey tho;
tiramisu was alright.

a great meal.