January 13, 2010
Golden Siam, Ten Cane Colada & Tiger Paw
Enter the front door and you’re welcomed by staff, dark cedar floors, modern dining arrangements and an extensive food and cocktail menu. The names on the menu may scare some, but the descriptions are true to their word and flavours. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this restaurant, but I wasn’t ready to rule them out – and it was the perfect opportunity for a pre-new year dinner with friends devouring a good feed and one too many cocktails.
Over the course of the night, the 3 amigos devour over 7 tasty cocktails. My favourite being the Ten Cane Colada, Pink Lily and Tiger Paw. Definitely sample the Tiger Paw if you usually opt for a pint of beer over a cocktail – there is a hidden plesant surprise. Overall, majority of the cocktails on the menu are fruity yet refreshing, and definitely not too strong.
Roast Duck Salad
Massaman Curry Nua
Moo Gob Pik Pao
Proceeding onto the meals, our entree to share was a Roast Duck Salad filled with tender pieces of duck breast, your usual salad suspects with a topping of a light sweet yet tangy lime sauce – and looking for the dish on their website, it appears to have disappeared off the menu so it’s a good possibility that this was a special.
Our mains to share was the Massaman Curry Nua; your typical massaman beef curry and the Moo Gob Pik Pao; crispy stir fried pork belly with chilli jam, long chillis, cherry tomatoes and spring onions. Both dishes were enjoyable, but the clear favourite of the night was the Massaman Curry with unbelievably beautifully slow cooked beef. The pork belly was slightly overcooked – a little too crunchy and oversoaked with oil, losing the tenderness of pork belly.
The table service was a big tick who were very friendly and attentive throughout the entire course of the night (despite our trail of cocktails throughout) and of course, the cocktails are a double tick.
Spice I Am
296-300 Victoria Rd
November 13, 2009
Bar restaurants everywhere are beginning to lift their game – once again, I underestimated this little bar restaurant’s food quality. The exterior of this place isn’t quite the most impressive – there’s a big black door, minimal signage and your black suited security guards casually within the diameter of the door – had I not noticed the crowds gathering outside on a Friday or Saturday night, I would have never guessed to look up to see the signage.
As you walk up the dark black stairs and enter through Cookie, you feel as though you’ve been transported back time. The restaurant is lively with subtle music, cheerful wait staff in Alice in Wonderland inspired dresses, straw hats and knicker bockers. We’re seated at a wooden table sporting a floral tablecloth with a lacy white doily. This place has amazing character.
Thai green curry with corn & chicken dumplings served with coconut rice and Chicken & lime leaf fritters served with cucumber& chilli
The Royal Flush
We happily choose a main and an entree to share and ask for the drinks menu and our jaws dropped by the thickness of the drinks menu – it takes us over ten minutes to skim through and pick two drink choices. I settle for the Royal Flush which was served in an overly tall, tall glass – it may have looked like a task to accomplish but the blend of refreshing flavors and touch of sweet and sour was a treat for the hot and humid evening.
The food begins to roll out and the green curry was one of the best I have ever had – smooth, the right balance of heat, and flavoursome. But the coconut rice is a genius, the rice is light and fluffy infused with coconut flavour – I could have devoured a entire bowl of plain coconut rice if I could. The fritters are moist on the side and super crunchy on the outside with a nice kick of chilli – it would have been better enjoyed with a cooling dipping sauce.
After dinner we venture upstairs to the Rooftop Bar. There should be a health warning of how many stairs you actually have to go up to reach this bar, but the accomplishment at the top is quite worth the endurance. Gorgeous city lights, faux grass, deck chairs and chillable music.
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