Saturday, February 6, 2010
Strolling along the promenade, I was fixated on the oddity of a full moon against the exceptionally blue evening sky. It 6.45pm on a Thursday, and One Fullerton was already looking like Friday night. A good sign, surely.
Walking past groups of early merrymakers who had started to teem the various eateries and watering holes, I finally spotted the Society Bar signboard. Ah yes, the venue for tonight's food tasting session.
Truth be told, I wasn't expecting much. Thinking it was a Bar, I assumed they would be plying us with cocktails and peanuts, and call it a night. And indeed, the first thing we were served was a cocktail.
Golden Prosperity (available for the month of February)
A dazzling concoction of brandy, Malibu Rum, Southern Comfort and sparkling apple juice. It was golden delicious! Even a non-drinker like me could appreciate this refreshing drink.
I took a sip, expecting a bowl of nuts or chips to follow next, when I was politely shown the hot food menu. My mood immediately brightened.
Watch the chefs busy themselves as they prepare your food.
Salmon Yusheng Salad
We started the meal with this yusheng (raw fish) salad. The thing that did it for this otherwise ordinary combination was a sprinkle of finely julienned kaffir lime leaves (limau purut). Together with the crunchy vegetable shreds and velvety salmon sashimi, the whole thing came together perfectly. It was my favourite dish of the evening.
Beef Burger, Bacon, Cheese, Beetroot + Sunnyside Egg
I don't eat beef so I can't comment. My dinner companions, Brad of Ladyironchef and Catherine of Camemberu, didn't seem to have any problems finishing this up, though.
A perfectly dissected cross-section of the burger, courtesy of "Dr" Ladyironchef.
Tiger Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Beer always gives a crispier batter and this was no exception. It was on the salty side for me, though. I also felt the batter could have been a little less heavy. But the moist and fresh Dory on the inside made up for everything.
Tunsian Braised Chicken Leg Pilaff With Brown Rice
An item on the menu which caught our eye was this Tunsian-style chicken. We ordered this to share. It was delish! The chicken was nicely charred at the edges, while the brown rice had pine nuts thrown in. That added a lovely crunch.
Spaghetti With Mediterranean Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil and Parmesan
We also ordered pasta to share. Sadly, this fell flat, literally. It sat limp and forlorn after a few bites. The pasta was overcooked and the sauce was too tart. We abandoned it for dessert.
Oh, glorious dessert!
Rich chocolate sable, mellowed with white chocolate ganache, served with fresh strawberry slices and raspberry sorbet. How do I even begin to describe this? It was a delight to look at, and an even bigger delight to indulge in.
Individual Baked Apple Tartet + Toffee Sauce + Ice-cream
HOLY YUM. 'Nuff said.
Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding + Toffee Sauce + Ice-cream + Candied Walnuts
How do you go wrong with ice-cream and toffee? The ice-cream (rum and raisin) was addictive. Can you tell by now that "sweet tooth" is my middle name?
After the other three drool-worthy desserts, this poor cheesecake didn't stand a chance. It wasn't bad though ... seeing that we did finish it, strawberry and all!
Society Bar has special menu offerings for the entire month of February.
~ Valentine's Menu (3-course set at $30 nett per person)
~ Valentine's Sweet Seduction cocktail (at $18 nett per pair)
1 Fullerton Road
Tel: (65) 6423 9689
Many thanks to Society Bar and Ms Marina Mathews of Crocmedia for hosting this dinner, and The Fullerton Heritage for facilitating this.
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