Friday, March 19, 2010

Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine



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.

Heels? 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
Singapore 039802
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.

52 comments:

  1. Looks like you ladies had a great night out! And just like that, you've got me craving for piping hot churros as well :P With the chocolate sauce, no less!

    Sorry I haven't been popping by; got some personal issues to attend to, but I'm back! :D

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  2. First of all, brilliant post =) Love it!
    Second, how do you stay so slender when you cook so much!?
    Third, I lurve that calamari arrangement... (More restaurants should realize they can get away with a whole lot when they have nice presentation!)
    And fourth, the one and only thing is this world I don't eat is mutton too! Unless it's cooked really super duper well, which isn't the case 99 times out of a 100...

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  3. Really cool looking cocktails and food. I like the tree of calamari. Must have been a great night out.

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  4. It looks like you've spend a quite charming night... the pictures make me wanna be there.

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  5. Looks like you had loads of fun, and the food was visually absolutely amazing!

    A nice read :)

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  6. What a beautiful night. Love the place and food. Chili and lemon grass in the drink?? Wow! I wnat to go there one day :D

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  7. You look beautiful~ So elegant.Like a movie Star at an Awards show.
    Yes that's me talking..Nana:)
    I love the way they presented the calamari rings..How cute is that.all the presentations are quite beautiful..
    I bet you had a ball..
    Good for you for having a girl's night out..
    Thanks for sharing the review and photos.

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  8. Great night out with the girls! Nice!
    You look hot in your little black dress :)

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  9. Una grande serata in compagnia delle amiche. Adoro leggere i tuoi racconti, è un po' come essere vicino a te. Le foto dei piatti sono spettacolari. Buon fine settimana Daniela.

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  10. Ju, are you lucky or what? For various reasons, two of them includes the fact you always get free food and having said that, you are so petite!!! I'm so jealous now! I really wanna try that chili and lemongrass drink too!!!! Too special a combination to resist trying!!!!

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  11. Ju> that is the coolest onion ring tree!!! I can't imagine that after a few drinks people would try tossing them... it sounds like a fin girls night out!

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  12. food looks fantastic, the music must have been fantastic and without a doubt you look fantastic!!! good for you...now I need a girls nite out too :))

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  13. Ju you look absolutely gorgeous!
    I agree with Nana...like a movie star!
    Glad you had a nice girls night out...
    Girlfriends are so important to our sanity!
    They enrich our lives...
    The food looks amazing as well...and music especially live music...good for the soul!
    L~xo

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  14. What a fun evening out-you look gorgeous. You brought back some fond memories for me-I have not been to this restaurant-but know the area where this restaurant is-you reminded me of my enjoyable time in Singapore. This food looks great.

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  15. I must tell my sister-in-law, Zalfa, about this place! She would love it!!! I am now dying to visit Singapore! I love the drinks and the calamari rings and the presentation is tops!

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  16. Ju, what a great night out! Color me jealous... Food and jazz are a perfect combination, IMHO! Thanks for taking us along.

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  17. Looks like a great night out! The food looks great too :)

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  18. You look so elegant with the black dress...;-)
    Chilli Zing sounds pretty fun...I like that onion ring holder, very practical.

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  19. Gosh, I love your black dress! Where did you get it? :) I'm glad you had fun with your girls!

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  20. You look beautiful and what a fun ladies night out! The calamari rings look so fat and delicious.

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  21. What a great girls' night out. Wish I could do that one day.
    Quite curious about the taste of the drink with lemon grass and chilli, very new to me. Sounds wonderful !

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  22. i think the calarami ring presentation is funny! hahahahaha.... oh boy one whole chilli in the cocktail, that's gonna burn no?

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  23. I AGREE!! YOU LOOKED GORGEOUS!!! Wow! I'm so glad you had fun and ate good food. You deserve a good break.

    The dishes look divine!! I love the photos.

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  24. Look like you realy enjoyed this event, and you look gorgeous with the little black !

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  25. The hanging calamari rings...looks like can do a "linking rings" magic. ;p ...perfect outfit on a perfect lady at a perfect night's out!

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  26. Ju, I know this is a food blog but I just had to say how chic and gorgeous you are! :D

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  27. Hello Ju,

    What a lovely post!! You look georgous in that black dress!! Very elegant too!

    A girl's night out is necessary from time to time,...!!!

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  28. Can't go wrong with the little black dress! Seems like a fun night out with the girls. and how cute are those calamari!

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  29. sounds like a great place for a girls night out. you look fab in the black dress :)

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  30. Those are the biggest calamari rings I have ever senn- YUM!

    I love your paparazzi photos- very cute. You look stunning.

    I bet you had a lot of fun. Girls night out is always a blast. I havent done that in WAY too long.

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  31. no place like Singapore to have a blast! you look great! was there last week but didn't party. went there in slippers!! ;)

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  32. I so love these slice of life posts... sounds wonderful... What is in the Chili cocktail??

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  33. haha nice! if i had gone with you all, it will still probably be loosely classified as girls night out yeah? with my "lady" in the blog name. HAHA

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  34. Fabulous Ju! I haven't had a girls night out in ages - complete with the dress, shoes, make up etc... actually - I can't even remember the last time! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Same here, I don't remember the last time I had a all dressed up girls night out...I am getting too lazy to doll myself up... And I am always full of admiration for people who do reviews at restaurants... I feel too awkward and embarrassed to take pictures of the food I eat at restaurants - especially when I used to snicker with amusement at Japanese tourists who would snap away at everything they eat...(that was mean of me)

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  36. You look gorgeous! I love wearing a little black dress and black heels...very classy!

    Fabulous presentation with every dish. I especially like the Mojito, not sure which one I would pick, all look so good!

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  37. hi ju i love the way they present the calamari rings !! good post tx ! Pierre

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  38. Sounds like a great place to hang out and I find the mojitos so fascinating. What will they come up with next?

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  39. Wow Ju! You really rock! Nice lady with nice food and nice music... what a fun night!

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  40. you look really nice Ju..sounds like you had a wonderful time..

    ..so many yummy food..love that chocolate churros :)

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  41. Go on with your glamorous self!! That looks fun - sign me up for a ladies night out with you and your girls someday ; )

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  42. it's cute the way they served that calimari

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  43. A beautiful post by a beautiful you!! Great you could have a girl's night out, it rounds out the corners of life. I love the idea of the Churros, but I'm not sure I'd have room for anything else. Looks fantastic. Thanks!

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  44. You girls sure know how to have some fun! I wonder if we boys went out, it'd be half as spicy (the Chilli Zing) and jazzy (Southbridge Jazz)! :)

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  45. Ok, I've said it before...I love your blog, I love your posts and recipes, but I think the ones I love the most are when you give little peeks into your life like this! Singapore is beautiful! I'd LOVE to see it for myself someday! And I just am in awe seeing what you get to experience! I guess coming from a different country you really take it in when others share what may be normal to them. Kudos again, I love everything about your blog! From your donut muffins (mmm, written in my little recipe book!) and simple roast chicken, to seeing where you go for fun! Thank you!

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  46. the food here looks positively yum and can i say, you are beautiful! And how tiny are you?! jealous of your girls night out. I've been sitting in scruffies avoiding the outside world and this ridiculous weather for far too long. x

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  47. wow what a great night. You look gorgeous, how on earth do you stay so tiny and cook so wonderfully???? What an excellent looking restaurant and jazz too what more could you ask for. I adore Mohito's hmm lychees too will have to try and find someone who makes them.

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