Conveniently located opposite National Library, the café has been helmed by our own local boy, David Heng, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, and used to work in Le St Julien, under the tutorage of Chef de Cuisine Julien Bompard.
Watermelon Mint & Lychee Sage Freeze ($4.00 each) was the initial order of the evening. HFB can’t think of any good reasons why one wouldn’t love these drinks. Simply revitalising!
Our appetiser falls under the “Premium Salad” category of Honey Mustard Smoked Duck Salad ($12.90). HFB simply dig the smoked duck. The thin layer of fats gave it a nice marbling chew and the meat is tender and succulent. The dish is also well complemented with orange slices. Can I also add that the serving is pretty generous?
What’s best to pair with a premium salad? It’s none other than a “Premium Sandwich” of Cuban Ham & Pork Steak ($10.90) – made of Grilled Gamon Ham, Hand-shred Slow-roasted Tender Pork Shoulder, topped with a sliced of Grilled Pineapple. Sandwiched within home-baked Foccacia Bread, drizzled with creamy mustard dressing and homemade barbecue sauce, this is definitely one of the better sandwiches that HFB has polished off. My only nitpick is that the mixture of over zealous dressing and sauce, coupled with the meat’s natural juices, cause the bread to turn soggy a little.
What’s a meal without its dessert? The Butterscotch Peach Crumble ($7.90) is created with bubbling homemade butterscotch sauce, filled with Peaches, Raisins and Roasted Almond Slices. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, HFB thought that the combination was a little too generous for it’s own good. Being a hot dessert, the ice cream tends to melt quickly into a mess. Perhaps a better option is to serve the ice cream on the side.
The Vanilla Caramel Crème Brulee ($7.90) was nothing extraordinary to say the least – the custard was smooth with a hint of caramel goodness all right, but the caramelised crust was disappointingly too thick for HFB. However, using fine icing sugar should eliminate the problem.
Food: 4/5 (Salad and sandwich is good, dessert could be better)
Service: 4/5 (Friendly staffs)
Ambience: 3/5 (Slightly cramped)
Price: 3.5/5 (Pretty value for money)
#01-06 North Bridge Centre
420 North Bridge Road
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Price: $29.90 nett
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HFB Makan Session IV – Food for Thought Sampler Menu
Soup of the day
Chinese Chicken Caesar and Thyme Roast Beef Salad
Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Shoulder and Mama Heng Braised Pork Belly
Gammon Ham with Roasted Tomatoes and Smoked Duck with Mushrooms
Old Southern Red Velvet Cake with Dark Orange & Lemon Marmalade
Very Chocolatie Brownie with Creamy Banana Butter
Vanilla Ice cream with Purple Dragonfruit Jelly
Lychee Sage Freeze