|(L-R): Cherry & Plum, Very Berry, Classic Spanish and Watermelon Basil Sangrias|
|The Cherry & Plum Sangria was fruity, light & refreshing|
|Singapore chilli crab|
We also had some Crispy Fish in Barbecue Sauce which had some beautiful flavours but, for me, the pick of the appetizers was the Prawn, water chestnut & bamboo shoot Suimai. The Mangalorean in me was doing cartwheels at this combination. I would have gladly polished a plateful but I didn’t want any gluttony ruining my appetite for the rest of the meal.
The soup came next – a delicately flavoured Chinese mix seafood chilli butter soup – yes, that’s quite a mouthful but it was oh-so-good and comforting. I’m not the one for soups when I’m having a complete Chinese meal because it fills you up a little too much. However I didn’t have any problems finishing this bowl off!
Main course was a Steam river sole in ginger soya sauce which was delicate but I felt it could do with some more punch. There was also some good ol’ Hakka noodles and Steamed Jasmine Rice with mixed Seafood. What I loved was, surprisingly, the vegetarian main of simple, stir fried greens, lotus stems with lots of garlic.
|The rice and noodles|
|The River Sole with Ginger Soya Sauce and Stir Fried Greens, Lotus Stem with garlic|
Chinese desserts aren’t as popular as the other courses so I was curious to see what the chef had put together for us. We were introduced to a young pastry chef who had created a dessert platter for us, this had Jasmine flavoured Tiramisu, and I’ll be honest here – I detest the aroma of Jasmine – so this is something I didn’t have beyond a nibble. But there were people at the table who were raving about the Tiramisu. There was also a Vanilla and Red Bean ice cream which was super-smooth and silky. My pick was the New World Star Anise Chocolate Torte – dark, deadly and absolutely delicious. I loved how the intense dark chocolate provided a beautiful base for the spicy notes of the star anise.
|(L_R): Jasmine flavoured Tiramisu, New World Star Anise Dark Chocolate Torte, Vanilla and Red Bean ice cream|
|Fresh fruit platter|