This verdant area, formally home to the Singapore Turf Club, has languished with occupancy of exquisite dining spots. Following the success of Marmalade Pantry in ION Orchard (Pantry in the City), the group’s second location is tucked within the lush greenery that surrounds Bukit Timah Saddle Club –and being adjacent to a horse stable, you’ll enjoy the view of horse riding when seated outdoors.
Its whereabouts is pretty much secluded and tucked away from the mad rush of the city crowd; a map will come in handy to locate this restaurant.
Apart from a menu that showcases a reflection of the modern bistro’s signature dishes, a selection of desserts are available from the all-day bakery with pastries streaming out of the kitchen, freshly baked.
Apart from food and desserts, you may relax on French striped deck chairs outdoors on balmy days with an extensive beverage menu.
Horlicks Shake $9
I highly recommend the Horlicks Shake for milkshake lovers; it is simply divine –smooth and sufficiently rich –I ordered a second glass.
In fact, you can’t go wrong with milkshakes. The Double Chocolate Shake and Cookies & Cream Shake are as fulfilling.
Pumpkin Soup (available from the set dinner menu)
Nothing is more comforting than warming your tummies with a piping hot bowl of soup before the actual chewing commences –I had the Pumpkin Soup that is available in a set dinner menu. I enjoyed the smooth and thick consistency, acceptably rich; my only gripe was that the bowl was served half full, which wasn’t enough to satisfy!
Pan Seared Haloumi
As a healthy prelude to the meal, chunks of pan seared haloumi is dispersed on thick slices of tomatoes and topped with fresh greens. The haloumi was a tad too dry for my liking, with textures almost like an overcooked tofu, and barely the taste of cheese.
Mexican Chicken Salad
Of the salads, I highly recommend the Mexican Chicken Salad. This artistic plate is composed of crispy tortillas, grilled chicken pieces, avocado, spiced corn and salsa –a contrasting play of colours and textures, imbued with piquant flavours from a dressing of honey, cumin and lime.
Spaghetti Carbonara $24
For mains, the Spaghetti Carbonara is quite a bright choice for pasta lovers. Topped with bacon bits for extra textures, this cream based pasta is tasty and isn’t too rich. Perched on top of the pasta is a poached egg –with the intention of having the egg yolk coating the pasta as you cut into it –but unfortunately it was a tad overdone for the yolk to flow fluidly. Apart from that slight disappointment, I quite enjoy this dish in terms of flavour.
Pan Roasted Red Snapper $28
The Pan Roasted Red Snapper isn’t as tender as I hoped; it is a great pity because it was nicely seasoned and paired with an appetising sauce.
Parmesan Chicken (available on the set dinner menu)
The Parmesan Chicken is available as part of a set dinner menu. I enjoyed the crisp tasty Parmesan crust; and although the meat lacked moisture, the luscious mashed potato served on the side made up for it.
Desserts were the highlights of our meal. Out of 4 desserts I’ve tasted, none were disappointing. Nothing was gone to waste as we savoured them to the last speck.
Chocolate Ganache Tart (available on the set dinner menu)
For those with a love for chocolate, the Chocolate Gnache Tart encases an oozing chocolatey interior. This dessert is not too sweet and pairs perfectly with ice cream.
Lemon Brulee Tart $14
The Lemon Brulee Tart will satiate those with a sweeter tooth. The tart is baked, sprinkled with sugar and torched to a golden caramelised crust. Crack into the crisp sugar crust to find a moist interior.
Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake ($8)
Topped with a honeycomb biscuit, their rendition of cheesecake is uplifted with sea salt and caramel; it is rich and dense, with a crumbly base.
Sticky Date and Toffee Pudding $12
This highly raved Stick Date and Toffee Pudding lives up to its expectations. Sticky, moist, sufficiently yet not cloyingly sweet, and paired with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream –it makes a perfect closure to the meal!
Note: This was an invited tasting.
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