Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We ordered quite a number of things because we are kiasu like that. Sis ordered the burger with foie gras. It was very good. I was surprised they chopped up the foie gras into the patty but I suppose it makes $ sense because you can't tell exactly how much they put in it but you can still taste it. The duck fat really rounds up the meaty flavour perfectly. That was by far the best dish of our meal. She also ordered the soup of the day which was chicken and sweetcorn chowder. I must say that this soup was quite appalling. Not only did it look and taste like Campbell's soup, it was almost the exact same thing in EJ's chicken pot pie. Don't get me wrong, I love Campbell's but I'm offended when one has to pay SGD9 for it! Needless to say, EJ took one bite of her pot pie and turned a dissatisfied shade of purple. It came in a funny short crust container which looked interesting at least.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Yesterday we drove around the block trying to pin point my sister's cravings. I could literally see the light bulb flash over her head before she swerved violently towards El Cerdo. They have a couple of set lunches priced very reasonably that includes a cold starter buffet. We both chose to have the cold starter buffet (rm18++) and shared the paella as a main dish. Its a great spread of hams, pate, rillette, salad, roast pork and terrines. Its a perfectly satisfying lunch even without the paella. And if these two things still don't interest you, then you must at least try their roast suckling pig. It is divine! To die for! Unlike Chinese restaurants, this suckling pig has quite a bit of meat on it. It is so tender and crispy, you just can't stop eating it. The only thing that bothers me about ordering this dish is their rather noisy gimmick. I won't ruin it for you if you haven't been, you'll just have to go check it out yourself. Oink.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Sis and I ordered the quick lunch platter which had their signature blue lotus dumpling, gravlax, oyster shooter, simply avocado and I still don’t know what the last one was. The blue lotus dumpling was so pretty but the taste was a little bland as the dumpling skin was far too thick. The oyster was fresh and succulent but I didn’t have the shooter because there was just too much vodka in it for lunch! The avocado was wrapped with eggplant and deep fried. Sis liked it so much, she ate all of hers and half of mine. The gravlax was smokey and salty, but too salty for me to eat it on its own like that. I don’t know what the last one was. It tasted like woo kok, without the meat. Very tasty and nice with the slightly tart sauce. The sauce was pretty - bright orange and dark chocolate in colour, it looked like a spider squashed by the “woo kok”.
My honey mustard lamb cutlets were beautifully done. The meat quality was good and it was lovely and rare, but not bloody, in the middle. I also liked the creamy sauce with wholegrain mustard. The most disappointing dish was our partner’s dish. She had ordered some sort of soupy udon. It was forgettable to say the least. The two desserts we ordered may not have been a reflection on the rest of their desserts. The durian bavarois was not as smooth as I would’ve liked and merely reminded me of chilled lau lin goh. As for the pineapple tartin, we were expecting a tart tatin. We should’ve read the menu properly because the dessert was just thin pineapple slices served with a smooth mango ice cream. Probably the healthiest dessert I've had in a restaurant, apart from fresh fruit.
While I can’t say that I am as impressed with the food as some of my other fellow floggers, I will say that every single dish in Isthmus is visually appetising. They make food look fun, vibrant, happy and tantalising. Looking at these pictures just make me want to eat it again eventhough I wasn’t blown away by the taste. I will definitely return for dinner, but maybe only when the Head Chef is back from Melbourne.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
The first thing you see when you walk in is a table spread with cakes of all shapes and sizes. How happy was I? Its like being greeted with a big fat hug of warm, buttery loveliness. When I finally tore my eyes away from the cake display, I noticed the alarming amount of families enjoying breakfast. I normally avoid restaurants that attract parents and screaming children. Funny though, these days I don't seem to mind as much. Hmm, biological clock finally ticking maybe? Anyway, since I had my niece with me, we fitted in seamlessly. We were led far away to the other side of the restaurant. I swear the waiter must've read my mind. There were some young people (listen to me, like some old aunty!) sitting outside so bringing a child is not a prerequisite.
I love how pretty Bijou is. White-washed floor boards, white walls and bright pink and orange soft furnishing liven up the place. In the picture above, I guess it could look like Alexis in BSC but with free parking and a lot more natural light. It is possibly an extended version of the original cafe at Fit For 2 in Bangsar. Same owner, similar concept. The food is simple, relatively healthy and unpretentious, although the decor might lead you to believe otherwise. There is even a small playground in full view where you can watch your kids at play. My niece wanted to go down the slide, by this time the rain had paused for a breather. Any mum would've said no because the slide was still wet but noooo, I let her slide down anyway. She grabbed her behind, looked up at me with big, sad eyes and said "Wet, wet". See how unprepared I am...
I ordered french toast with maple syrup and balsamic strawberries. I appreciate that they used wholemeal bread to make it healthier but it was a tad soggy in parts. As for the strawberries, I'm glad I like balsamic vinegar because they were not macerated as one would expect rather, they were simple chopped up and thrown into a ramekin of vinegar (see picture). The combination of the bread, strawberry and syrup made for a slightly naughty but healthy breakfast. Hunky's corn fritters with baby spinach was tasty if not a little doughy. He didn't like it at all because he was comparing it to Bill's which is completely unfair. Its like comparing a Perodua Kembara to a Nissan Murano.
I think we'll be coming back because it is a nice, airy space and the prices are reasonable. Both our breakfast cost RM12 each. Thats reasonable right? Or am I comparing it to AUD$ Bill's? Yikes! The lunch menu looks interesting. I guess I will have to visit after climbing next weekend.