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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Singapore Recreation Club
B Connaught Drive
I joined my mom and her health club’s friends for dinner since I was in the area. The marine-themed poolside café’s menu has a variety of Asian- and Western-styled fare that is very affordable!
My starter of Garden Salad ($4+) comprises of fresh greens tossed with tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers. Many may think that salads are boring but they can be very good when paired with an excellent dressing like red wine vinaigrette. Here, I chose to omit the Thousand Island dressing and ate it raw instead. I like the addition of chickpeas and kidney beans which are cooked until tender.
The Black-Eyed Cod Fillet ($14.50+) is good! It’s served with a laksa pesto sauce, some French beans and two scoops of mashed potato. Cods must be of the freshest quality possible so that it won’t have a fishy taste. This nicely grilled cod is very smooth and tender. Cod and salmon easily top my list for naturally oily and fatty fish! However, the mash potato is horrible. Too buttery and bland for my liking.
The Pan-Seared Salmon Fillet ($8.50+) is also very nice. Baked baby potatoes and a wolfberry cream sauce are the accompaniment to the fish. The generous slab of salmon is not overcooked and the sauce is very interesting with an Asian infusion of sweet wolfberries. I also like the baked baby potatoes which are very soft.
For desserts, the Banana Oasis ($8.50+) is a good choice to end the meal. This is a ubiquitous cocktail of forest berries, bananas and two scoops of New Zealand Natural Ice Cream, and topped with chocolate sauce, wafer and cherry. Decent enough but nothing outstanding.
Durian Chendol ($4.50+) is a local favourite which caters to durian lovers like my mom. The café’s version is a mixture of crushed ice, green chendol, red beans, chin chow, attap seeds, sugar syrup, coconut milk and durian paste. I didn’t try since I don’t eat anything durian. My mom said it’s quite nice but complained that the portion of durian paste is too small.
After dinner, I was pleasantly surprised when my mom’s friends brought out a Chocolate Mousse Cake for all the May babies.
It turned out that I was the only one whose birthday is in May. The chocolate sponge is a tad too dry and even though the sweetness of the mousse is just nice, it is much too heavy.
I didn’t get a chance to ask where was the cake bought but it’s really no loss. Much better chocolate cakes can be found elsewhere.
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