18 September, 2012

Restaurant Reviews - Marmalade Pantry at the Stables

Situated amidst the lush greenery which surrounds Bukit Timah Saddle Club, HFB fell head over heels with the Marmalade Pantry at the Stables that offers a refreshingly quaint environment – a hidden gem amid our vibrant cityscape.

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Take a step into the restaurant and one would be greeted by an interior mix of modern colonial charm, offering a unique combination of contemporary setting with a laid back atmosphere – one that you wouldn’t mind spending the rest of the day or evening away with your loved ones.

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A most exceptional appetiser to kick-start the lovely evening with, HFB really took pleasure with the Mexican Chicken Salad ($22.00). An exploding mix of flavours and textures from the various ingredients, HFB really enjoyed the Chickpeas, Spiced Corn and Salsa that came with it. Such refreshing goodness that HFB almost caught a glimpse of the Three Amigos!!!

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The Pan Seared Haloumi ($21.00) came with Roma Tomatoes and Watercress Salad. Originated and popular in Cyprus, the semi-hard cheese is usually fried, grilled or pan-seared due to its high melting point. The cheese was nicely seared to a perfect golden brown and was really addictive to go with the sweet tomatoes as they harmonised perfectly in terms of flavour and texture. The light salad dressing was also brilliant in its own right, allowing the fresh ingredients to dictate the experience.

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The Crispy Pork Belly ($32.00) was indeed crispy and full-flavoured, but was unfortunately let down by the lack of skin which could have otherwise provided a much-welcomed crackling and moisten the lean meat at the same time.

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Anything beef cheek always intrigued HFB, as this is one of his favourite cut. And Marmalade Pantry’s version of Braised 120 Days Grain Fed Beef Cheeks ($32.00) surely didn’t disappoint. Executed with perfection, the meat was fork-tendered and robust in flavours. What’s more, the Asparagus, along with Mushrooms and Pickled Onions were the ideal accompaniments to the dish. Brilliant!!

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Marmalade Pantry’s version of Spaghetti Carbonara ($24.00) was creamy and hearty, and came with a poached egg that looked sous-vide. Not forgetting that the generous serving of bacon was also much welcomed. This was comfort food at its best.

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HFB looked forward to dessert as he heard rave reviews about them, and he wasn’t disappointed by the Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake ($8/slice, $60 whole). The cheese cake was a well-orchestrated symphony as the evident caramel taste coupled by a hint of saltiness cuts through the sweetness perfectly. What’s more, the cheese cake was light and dense with a really smooth texture.

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However, he could not say the same for the Red Velvet Cupcake ($4.50).

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Though unique on the exterior with its coconut shavings, and using beetroot juice as a “food colouring” in the interior, HFB found the cupcake to be lacking in texture as it was slightly dry and flaky. This experience certainly hadn’t changed his perception for the dessert which he always felt look better than it taste.

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Lured by the temptation of the Lemon Brulee Tart ($14.00), HFB was totally floored by the perfect balance of sweet-sour finish of this sexy dessert, along with its crust that provided the added texture. This was truly a faultless palate cleanser to draw a close for the evening. Simply awe-inspiring!

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Disclaimer: No ratings would be given, as this is an invited taste test. HFB would also like to take this opportunity to thank Amanda, FoodNews, and Marmalade Pantry for their hospitality.


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1 comment:

Booboo said...

Really nice food here. Prices abit high which i do not blame but wish was lower.

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