Heard about this place from a colleague with raving reviews, and decided to give it a try one day with some friends. And it didn’t disappoint. Also, if you’re wondering why my reviews are mostly positive, it’s probably because I’ve only bothered posting about the good places so far! Haha. Okay anyway, moving along now.
The bistro/lounge was dimly lit and quiet, with quaint decorations and a small outdoor pond with mini-koi and white overhanging curtains above it. Nice ambience, definitely. We were there on a Monday night, so a lack of crowd was not surprising; though, having half the restaurant to ourselves was rather pleasant.
The bread was very pleasant – the crust was slightly crisp and crunchy and the insides, soft and fluffy with raisins or some sort of sun-dried fruit. Adding the light and slightly salty butter made it so nice, it was a very good start to the meal.
And we somehow ended up having drinks as our starters. The Mango Margarita ($16) was pure yummy-ness. It wasn’t too sweet, and didn’t taste much like those fake mango paste things they tend to put in blended mango drinks, but didn’t exactly taste like fresh mangoes either. Whatever it was, it helped to soften the edge of the alcohol and make the drink taste really great. They have a whole range of other flavours too, which I want to try next time! The drink is HUGE, though. The Orange Martini ($15) on the other hand, is nothing special – just tastes kind of like a screwdriver.
The Pan Seared Cod Fillet with Hollandaise Sauce ($34) was so yummy! The skin of the cod was crisp and nice, the flesh smooth and tender, and the savoury sauce and assorted fresh veges and little clam things and portabello mushrooms all went very well with it. MMMM. The Black Cod with Shoyu Sauce ($36) was also really nice – steamed in a parchment pouch with light shoyu sauce – easy on the palate and probably wouldn’t get sick of it even after eating a large quantity.
The Oven-baked Sakura Chicken with Foie Gras ( $28 ) was also very delectable. The chicken was tender and succulent – not dry or chewy at all. The foie gras was nice and melt in your mouth. Good. Also, the restaurant had a promotion, allowing us to order an oyster for $1 each with every main course. I’m not usually one for raw oysters, because if not fresh it tastes a little… gooey and… raw, but this one was nice and slippery and not gooey at all. Mmmm.
A little on the pricey side, but good. Pretty good service, too – one of those small places where the owner actually serves the customers. Will definitely go back again!