The restaurant is located near Knutsford Terrace and a bit difficult to find.
It's a bit small with not many tables. The background music there was quite brisk giving an upbeat casual atmosphere but sometimes the some melody went repeated, which I found a bit annoying. Well, perhaps I'm too sensitive to music.
Anyway, let's talk about the food.
The bread was too crispy and dry that I couldn't eat more than 2 pieces. One type of bread was bitter so we didn't eat.
The water here was very expensive too... $75 for a bottle of distilled water. This was more expensive than some other fine dining restaurants like Watermark.
We ordered blue mussels
(poached with Fennel Aquavit, Cream) as the starter. The blue mussels were a bit overcooked and most importantly there were something like bagasse, which was clearly not eatable, inside most of the mussels
. So I had to remove it by myself. It should had been removed in the kitchen! Those bagasse things might also be dirty too. You know, blue mussels are tasty for its soft texture. So it's really a disaster
to feel this bagasse thing inside your mouth when you expected something soft and smooth! I've never tried blue mussels cooked as badly as this. Besides the texture, the taste was not good. The taste of the sauce was too heavy that it covered the original "flavor of freshness" of the blue mussels. I felt that I was eating onion but not blue mussels!
I even needed to use water to dilute that onion taste... how come? Onion was even not stated in the description in the menu!!
(Disclaimer: I'm not an onion hater. I do eat onion.) This dish included a basket of bread. Some of the bread was very thin, in a broad shape and much more crispy. It tasted strange. I really regretted for ordering this dish!!!
The blue mussels in Baby Blue Cafe were much better than this!
The seafood linguini
was average. Nothing special except the fact that the salmon was a bit overcooked.
The house smoked salmon fillet
. This dish was good. The salmon was a bit under-cooked, which we think was good. The sauce is made of stewed morels. We love salmon and mushroom so we enjoyed this dish a lot.
The fingerling potato was made of pieces of potatoes stacked into a cake. It's texture is quite special. If the chef could add a bit more flavoring on the potato, this would be a perfect dish.
For the dessert, unluckily the milk chocolate mousse (flavored with black currant tea) was sold out. So we ordered apple-banana-raisin-peanut crumble
instead. We waited for very long (>30 minutes I guess) after finishing all dishes and the dessert still didn't come. So we asked a waiter about it. He asked us to wait longer. Perhaps they missed this order. The crumble was warm and the apple had a strong taste like cinnamon. The vanilla sauce was tasty. The only thing we didn't like was that the crumble was a bit dry, probably because there were too much peanuts.Concerning the quality of the food, I would say it varied a lot from dish to dish. So you really have to test your luck when ordering!The service here was bad.
1. We waited very long for the dessert and they seemed to have missed our order.
2. Every time when I wanted to talk to a waiter / waitress, I had to kept my hands raised in the air for long
until someone came. This is not a big restaurant. So it's supposed that they could easily see the customers raising their hands! And once, a waiter responded to me by raising his hand too so I expected he'll come soon. But long after than still no one came to us! So I had to raise my hand a gain. I guess he had forgotten us!
3. When we paid the bill, the waitress left the bill on our table and went away. We placed the credit card on it and waited for long but no one came back to collect the card. My girlfriend even joked that perhaps it's free of charge and we could just go!
Finally I had to raise my hand (again -__-) to ask a waiter to collect it. After he came back and the bill got signed, he didn't check the signature and asked us "you can take your card back now" and then gave us the receipt & bill. Firstly, he should had checked the signature
. Secondly, I expected he would give us the bill, receipt and the card together, instead of asking us to take back the card by ourselves
. Even much cheaper restaurants are doing this. How come a fine dining restaurant like this asks the customer to pick up his/her card by him-/herself?
In conclusion, I don't recommend this restaurant. With this price, you can have better food and service elsewhere.
This was our anniversary dinner. We regretted for going to this restaurant for this important date.
Date of Visit: Apr 05, 2012
Occasion: Anniversary Other Ratings:
Value for Money 1