Friday, March 19, 2010
Yesterday, I did something I haven't done in eons. I went on a girls night out and boy, did I have a blast!
Little black dress? Check.
Hair and make-up? Check.
Now we're ready to rock!
(Left) Ironically, the first thing that greeted us was rock music coming from the Mosaic Music Festival at the Esplanade. It was deafening, as rock music always is.
(Right) What was I doing? I think I was admiring my heels. ;)
(Above) First, dinner at 7atenine.
(Below) After that, drinks and good music at Southbridge Jazz.
In case you haven't heard, in January this year, Jazz @ Southbridge got married to 7atenine, and together, they are now known as Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine. It is a collaboration most brilliant, if you ask me. Food and entertainment under one roof.
Every Thursday is Ladies' Night. Sweet!
Each of us girls was given a coupon which we could redeem for a complimentary glass of wine. Ladies' Night rules.
My paparazzi photos. ;) I was perusing the menu when Danielle, our host, came over to say hello.
To kick off the evening, some drinks. I have heard so many rave reviews about the mojitos here, and upon trying their Litchi Mojito, I can understand why. It was nicely chilled and refreshingly good! Lychee does it for me, everytime. :) My girly companions who have tried other versions of mojitos gave this one their thumbs up.
We also sampled other cocktails, like the Chilli Zing in the foreground and the Fusion Caipiroshka in the middle. Right at the back is the Litchi Mojito.
Deepfried homemade calamari rings with tomato concasse.
First to arrive was the calamari rings, which came spectacularly presented. Just look at that! Not your usual calamari in a basket, for sure. Fortunately, it tasted as good as it looked. The calamari was well-breaded and absolutely moreish.
Now, the unfortunate bit. With the extremely dim lighting, there was only so much my little camera could do. :( So rather than show you grainy photos of each dish, I made a collage using smaller images of the mains we shared.
(Top left) Prawn Malabari: King prawns cooked with spices and onion gravy, served with rice or bread of the day, vegetable masala, papadam and raita or salad.
(Top right) KL-style Hokkien Mee: Fried thick yellow noodles with sliced chicken, prawns and vegetables in a dark sauce, topped with crispy pork lard.
(Bottom left) 52°C salmon. Low temperature cooked fillet of salmon over steamed seasonal vegetables and ponzu reduction.
(Bottom right) Mutton Varuval: Boneless mutton cooked with chilli and spices, served with rice or bread of the day, vegetable masala, papadam and raita or salad.
We enjoyed all the dishes, some a little more than others. But notable mention goes to the curries. They were nothing short of excellent. For someone who can smell mutton a mile away, I could not detect any gamey odour in the Mutton Varuval. Each bite was melt-in-the-mouth tender and bursting with the delightful flavours of herbs and spices. My compliments to Chef Mus, who hails from Morocco. For the first time in my life, I ate mutton without gagging. I think that speaks volumes.
While waiting for the jazz band to warm up, we took our seats and unglamorously munched on churros. Piping hot and generously sugared, with a bowl of molten hazelnut chocolate for dipping. OMG.
Ms Alemay Fernandez in da house! Together with WeiXiang on the piano, Christy Smith on double bass and Eddie Layman on drums, they had us toe tappin' and finger snappin' to the snazzy numbers. You just can't help it ... jazz is so infectious. Fly me to the moon, now. Here we go ...
Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-10/12 The Esplanade Mall
T: 6338 0789
F: 6334 0789
More details on Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine can be found at their website and Facebook.
Many thanks to Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine for hosting us, and to Danielle of Ate Consulting for facilitating this. My girlies and I had a wonderful time and would have loved to stay on if not for my "curfew". Sigh.