I have certainly been missing out quite a lot on my blogging due to my wedding preparation. It took me almost three months to get everything ready for the dinner at Fairmont Hotel. After the last Sunday, I have finally finished my wedding banquet and enjoyed my blessings from guest all over the world !
Well, let’s get back to the review of the new Italian fusion casual dining that was five minutes away from my home. Though my wife and I have noticed the new restaurant along a row of shophouses nearby, we did not manage to find time to dine here. Well, it was a late Thursday night, after our completing our piled up workload at the office, we decided to go back home – with an empty stomach. My wife suggested why not try this restaurant and I was like why not ?
When we reached the restaurant, it was totally empty. There could be only two reasons – no customers or they are closing soon. We walked into the restaurant and checked with a guy sitting in the rear corner (he was the head chef), hesitated for a while and decided to serve us.
|Herb Bread with Garlic Sauce|
Knowing that it is not early (almost 10pm I think), we started browsing through the menus as fast as we could while one of the waitress served us some bread on a wooden board. The bread was slightly toasted and hot while being served and it comes with a nicely blended garlic sauce as well. (After a short chat with the head chef, the bread are freshly made daily by themselves).
|Wild Mushroom Soup|
To warm up our stomach, we have order a Wild Mushroom Soup. Compared to other similar wild mushroom soup, they have used lesser flavourings to bring out the natural taste of the mushroom. The soup itself was very rich and it has chunks of diced mushrooms that brings out a good balance of taste and texture.
|Laksa Chicken Lasagna|
As it was a Italian fusion restaurant, the first thought, of course, was to try something that was “fused” together. My wife selected the Laksa Chicken Lasagna while I have chosen the Salted Egg Spaghetti. Appearance wise, it does look perfect as a traditional lasagna, but it was the taste that surprises me. The minced chicken are well laid between interleaving layers of pasta and the texture of the meat does matches those of traditional beef lasagna. The lasagna has a slightly spiciness which blended well with the sweetness of tomato sauce.
|Salted Egg Spaghetti|
This is the main course that I have chosen. I would admit that it is a bold try because salted egg is not a popular among many people. In fact, I would say that it resembles the liking for durian, a great contrast between liking it and hating it in all aspects. Fortunately, it was proven that I have made the correct choice. The savory salted egg has been dissolve into the gravy but you can still taste the strong flavours of it. The food has been portioned well with generous tomatoes, shell-removed prawns and prawn roe.
I have always know it is not the right thing to have two shots of hardcore caffeine during the night, but that is my passion with coffee. After the meal, the waitress dished out coffee – one for me and the other for my wife which we ordered earlier. We sipped the coffee while chatting with the chef, Peter Ho. He has been in the food industry for more than 30 years and currently has three outlets selling different kind of cuisine, which explains his experience of different cuisine and the expertise in creation new fusion flavours. Salute !
His food was so good that we actually revisited the restaurant the following day for our lunch. Stay tune for more reviews.
Blend It Up
325 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Tel: 6281 2688