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Hokkaido Aburi Hokkaido Scallops, Black Caviar and Mentaiko Linguine. I rarely would go for a cream-based pasta dish but this was highly recommended by the wait staff! The sauce was really addictively good, it wasn't as "jelat" as most cream-based pastas.
Impressed & Will Be Back Getting some good ol' classic cocktails in during happy hour. From left to right: Negroni / Whiskey Sour / Old Fashioned (2 for $25++) Great ambience, solid cocktails, friendly service. It's a bit of a walk from Farrer Park MRT (which keeps autocorrecting to career park, garment park, fatter park)... But I will be back! 💳 Accepts credit cards 🌬 Air-conditioned seats available ☀ Al fresco seats available 🖥 Accepts reservations - I used Chope 🎫 Buy Chope vouchers to save money! 📶 Free WiFi available 💦 Water is not chargeable
Wagyu with Foie Gras Located along owen road sits The Palmary, with a contemporary exterior and stepping into a minimalistic interior colored with big palm leaves leave you with a very relaxing bar like vibe. Their main selections are not very extensive, and we decided to go for their wagyu. We ordered medium and it was done to perfection. Browned well on the outside revealing hues of maroon red meat which was tender and not the least dry at all. The wagyu was rather well seasoned and not too heavily flavored such that you could still taste the natural freshness and sweetness of the wagyu. Highly recommend for the quality over quantity!
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Grilled Prawns Pesto Pasta ($23) Finally made it down to Eleven Strands after hearing so much about it! & boy did they not disappoint. Thanks to Burpple beyond, we managed to get our pasta at 1 for 1! We ordered the Grilled Prawns Pesto Pasta and Squid Ink Pasta, with a side of truffle Kombu fries & it was quite a full meal! I love that they gave us the option of choosing our choice of pasta. I decided on fusilli as I wanted every curve and angle to hold on to the pesto sauce. As the plate touched the table, I knew I was in for a treat! I first caught slight hints of toasted pine nuts & with every mouthful of pasta, the flavours grew more! Their version was pesto was on a lighter side and they added a pretty generous amount of olive oil, however, it wasn’t too oily. Even after finishing up the bits of pasta and prawns, I used the fries to wipe up the remaining puddle of oil as it was just soooo tasty!
Braised Beef Cheeks Decadent mash w flavourful stewed beef. Bacon gave an extra bite. Well worth a beyond redemption. Beef abit gamey tho
Truffle Kombu Fries ($15) Finally got the chance to visit Eleven Strands, the sibling cafe of popular joint, South Union Park! Just a stone throw away from Serangoon Stadium, Eleven Strands serves up French fusion items which sounds fancy but hits all the right spots! One of them would be the Truffle Kombu Fries! Upon serving, you wouldn’t expect the whiffs of truffle oil like most truffle fries have, but the subtle flavours of truffle can be tasted on each fry! Every piece also comes generously coated with kombu, which is a sort of kelp (aka seaweed). It also comes with a side of truffle kombu sauce which packs a whole punch of truffle, without being too much of an overkill.
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In short, order this. My mum yelled "Paella?!" when this came to our table 😂 No it isn't paella, but Olivia Restaurant’s Black Rice with Carabinero Prawn ($32) is among their most lauded dishes besides their super instgrammable cheesecake — and for very good reasons. Overlooking those stunningly grilled prawns, the rice alone is worthy of praise. It's creamy and robust, having absorbed the briny squid ink broth it's been slowly cooked in, and carries a slightly smoky flavour which, I'm not too sure came from the rice alone or was imparted from the grilled prawns. Slip in a bite of the sweet prawns with your spoon of rice and, trust me, you would want for nothing more. Except maybe everything else on their menu.
The absolute best When talking about Olivia Restaurant, there's simply no avoiding their cheesecake. Or rather, cheese tart. Imagine my surprise, looking at that molten flowy centre, then biting in and realising it’s cold 😯 but hey it works I ain’t complaining. Exceedingly creamy, smooth, rich, and also excruciatingly addictive urgh. I was a little apprehensive knowing blue cheese is included in the mix (I’m not a fan), but I have to say I didn’t get any pungent notes from this dessert! Instead, a very welcomed tinge of savouriness that, I felt, helped cut through the rich sweet treat. I wanna say it’s the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, but thinking about it it’s actually more of a throwback to all those molten cheese tarts that used to pop up everywhere. And if you hopped onto that trend, you should definitely give this a go.
For a Catalonian Experience Great for a birthday celebration or an intimate get-together, note this snazzy spot on Keong Saik Road for upscale yet comforting Spanish fare. Have the crowd favourite Pulpo Con Espuma de Patata y panceta Crujiente ($32) for pork belly and tender octopus on smooth potato mash. Also share the Black Rice with Grilled Mediterranean Red Prawns ($32) that sees rice infused in a rich squid ink broth. Save room for their standout desserts such as the Spanish "Torrija" with Ice Cream ($14) and the decadent Creamy Homemade Cheesecake ($14) — best enjoyed by blue cheese-lovers! Photo by Burppler Jen 😋
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