Home with Odette

Because of the Circuit Breaker measures imposed by the Singapore Government, many places have been asked to stop operations to limit movement. This includes going to our fave restaurants as well. 

It’s pretty depressing but in times like these, it’s also where adversity prevails and shines. Fine dining restaurants also have to evolve with the times and move to providing delivery options. It’s nice to know that there’s an option to still enjoy fine dining at the comfort of our homes. 

Masking up to head for our take-out pick-up of our dinner and meet our fave people from Odette.

Odette launched its #OdetteatHome menu and we were happy to spot a couple of fave dishes which we knew we had to order. Of course, dining at home meant that we needed to play chef and do justice to the dishes that were cooked by the team. Loved the thought that went into each dish with specific instructions on how to prepare them before putting them on the table. 

Presenting our rendition of Odette meals plated at home: 

Hokkaido Uni ‘Pain Perdu’

Whole Roaster Bresse Poularde Au Vin Jaune

One of my fave dishes from the restaurant! I’ve only eaten twice and it’s undeniably one of the best and most ‘atas’ chicken rice out there.

Pithivier ‘Grande Cuisine’

Another complex dish wonderfully executed by Chef Julien. Never quite dreamt that we will actually be having this at home! But I guess we only did the heating up and ensuring that we don’t screw up the cutting for the pie. 

Last but not the least, DESSERT! The girl really enjoyed the Trio of Tarts. Needless to say, she had the entire strawberry tart by herself. Not a single crumb was left to us to even taste or try. Guess that’s testament to a great tart!

There you have it, our lovely meal enjoyed at home by our fave team in Odette. Hoping that you all are eating well during this period too.

Keep your spirits up!

 

Atelier Crenn

Final Table series on Netflix got me real excited about heading to San Francisco. I really wanted to visit the winner’s restaurant but we were only in San Fran for two days and the Man worked out the itinerary for both nights. So a miss it was. That said, I was also excited to check out Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn who’s restaurant was also critically acclaimed by many food lovers. She was also featured on Chef’s Table and watching her particular episode got me excited about going to her restaurant (that recently received the 3 Michelin stars award). That said, we knew she wasn’t going to be there as she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. 😦

Gotta love Summers overseas for the day is longer and the sun only sets about 8 odd pm. Our first stop before dinner was drinks at Bar Crenn – conveniently situated next to Atelier Crenn, of course.

First round, bubbly to celebrate our friend’s upcoming birthday.

And we saved our bellies for a supposed epic meal but couldn’t resist starting with a round of oysters that were glammed up with keffir lime jello. Very refreshing for the palette indeed. We were later showed to our table where our epic dining experience began. I’ll let the pictures do the talking for each course was a story waiting to be unfold/ untold.

This is acutally my fave part of the meal. Something simple and humble like the perfect brioche bun paired with the prettiest slab of homemade butter dusted with beautiful florals.

Zén – Singapore

Our date night adventure saw us departing from our fave restaurant to check out Restaurant Zen run by chef-restaurateur Bjorn Frantzen. The 24-seat restaurant will serve tasting menus only, priced at $450 for nine courses plus snacks (apparently the priciest in Singapore) and the food is chef Frantzen’s interpretation of Nordic, French and Japanese cuisine – his take on kaiseki dining.

Perhaps being somewhat new to the dining scene in Singapore and with the high price-tag per diner, reservations were not particularly too difficult to score when we headed down in January. The Man booked us in sometime in December 2018 and Zen only opened its doors in Singapore around November.

I’ll have to admit that doing research on the restaurant and checking out a couple of reviews before heading there, the stakes/ expectations were high.

As the restaurant took over the premises of Andre which was formerly a 3-storey shop-house, diners are expected to be moving through the different floors throughout dinner. So for starters, we had them on the first floor where we also saw the open kitchen and watched how the chefs prepped our meals using the freshest ingredients on-hand that were proudly displayed for the evening.

Our starters were all prettily plated with different servers coming to us to explain the philosophy and the inspiration behind each dish. In fact, throughout the meal, there was a lot of attention paid to explaining the concept behind each dish.

There were elements to some of the dishes which both the Man and I enjoyed very much but for some dishes, we thought it could have been done better.

Lighting was also not the very best so the photos taken in the dim light didn’t do much justice to the dishes. But one thing that served my memory well is that we walked away with a lot of rich flavours left lingering in our palette. Some of the ingredients complemented one another but sadly, there were more that didn’t.

Perhaps it’s also the teething phase that some new restaurants go through when they open their doors in Singapore or perhaps we have been spoiled by oh-too-familiar flavours by our fave chefs. One thing we do know is that we won’t be visiting Zen again too soon and perhaps let some time pass before we head back again to try out the meal.

 

Back at our fave place – Odette

 One would think that now that the Bub is older, we would be able to resume our normal pre-kid / dating / fine dining activity. Well, the answer is not really. That said, I guess I can’t quite complain for we do occasionally get to head out to indulge in good food and wine. It’s just a little harder cos now the Bub will end up waiting for us till we head home, refusing to go to bed. I feel for the care-givers because they are put in a spot and it’s hard when the next day is a school day.

Mag and I, we do go a long way! We got to know each other through blogging, found out we were pregnant around the same time and then just became friends the past five years. We’ve been wanting to set up a double-date for a while now so I’m really happy that the stars were aligned for us one Saturday evening to head back to our fave restaurant for some really good food.

Being a creature of habit, I prefer to head back to places where there’s a sense of familiarity when it comes to food/ wine and people. We’ve been going to Chef Julien for the longest time and there rarely (in fact, I dare-say hardly) a dull moment when it comes to going back to Odette.

Every dish served was a beautiful work of culinary art to behold. The plating was never over-the-top, the flavours of each dish always complemented one another. The memory left behind is always as good as the last meal we had. This time, in the company of good friends, we chatted and clinked our glasses as the wine poured.

A refreshing dish that lifted up my palette! But don’t let this simple outlook fool you for it’s made with fine ingredients such as abalone and foie gras cooked in a light dashi broth. I loved it for the chewiness of the abalone went really went with the soft foie gras texture.

We usually get 2 main courses – a fish and a meat dish but usually by this time of the meal, I’m stuffed. The portions at Odette are pretty reasonable but I guess with age, I just can’t afford stuffing my face at every opportunity I get, so I obviously have to pace myself.  In fact, this time around, I totally gave the bread basket a go. I usually have at least one piece of bread with their signature Lardo.

Usually when the pigeon is served, I will give the Man half of my serving. Sometimes he takes it gladly, sometimes I get the earful or the evil eye for not helping to finish my portion but well, one shouldn’t waste good food right?

Funnily, we still found some space for Cheese! Perhaps this cheese was a little special and I saw Chef Julien preparing this earlier in the morning which was Brie layered with truffles and nuts. Each bite was surprisingly light and the truffle was a nice touch with nuts nestled in each bite. Loved it!

Last, but not least, presenting the dessert for the night! One that Chef Julien specially brought out for the table – an Ispahan-inspired creation! Think strawberries with a light sponge cake and rose/lychee flavours infused in the dessert. I’ve seen this in his feed and have been really wanting to have it so I was really honored when he chose to serve us this dessert and told the Man my choice over-rode his! Aww..

It was a great night out indeed with the Angs where it didn’t take very long before the men talked shop while us girls talked about shopping! Looking forward to the next one already!! 🙂

Food and wine for the soul

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

We probably live by this mantra at home and our bellies were filled with a full heart when the Man hosted our pals at home with a Spanish feast of cured ham that he hauled back from his Spainish holiday.

That’s not all, the Man even cooked a hearty slab of beef on our Bruno using the grill plate attachment and it was so good. As you can imagine, it went straight into our bellies. No time for food shot!

Mid-week and we are dreaming up another home-cooked meal using our Bruno this weekend. What shall it be? Korean BBQ or Steamboat? Hmm…

 

Diner en Blanc in Singapore

Over the weekend, we took the night off to attend Diner en Blanc – the all fancy white picnic supposedly under the stars at a secret location. I’ve read all about this event (yes, including the SG fiasco that happened a couple of years back) and thought perhaps it would be fun to just attend one just to see what it would be like.

Well, just a couple of weeks back, Mama Libby asked if we would be keen to attend Diner en Blanc for Mama Gwen managed to score a slot and could extend the invite to her friends. In the spur of the moment and in the spirit of having fun, I agreed to join in the picnic (without realising the mammoth logistics surrounding it).

Okay, I may have exaggerated it a little but this was one event that you would practically have to prepare everything on your own. You’ll need to pay a registration fee to attend the all white party but the fee includes attending the event. Transport, food and drinks would have to be purchased separately.

That’s not all, you would have to ensure that apart being dressed in white (from head to toe), the items that you bring along (eg: the picnic table, chairs, cutlery, etc) will also need to adhere to the white colour code.

It was kind of a nightmare for me when I realised that we have to get the food, the table/ chairs, picnic basket, outifts all sorted in 2 weeks. That kind of timeframe doesn’t sit well with me for I like to plan in advance the logistics, if I can help it plus I had to work over the weekend so that means I have less time to get things arranged.

Thankfully, my mama friends came to the rescue. Gwen very kindly sorted out our stylish hats for the evening. Personalised, no less. Pretty right? I kinda can’t wait for our next beach holiday to put this on again.

Libby and KX helped to get us chairs and napkins for the event. We were freaking out about where to get the picnic table and then I found out that my MIL has a spare make-shift table that we could borrow. Thank goodness! I managed to get a secondhand picnic basket off Carousel and was going to wrap it with some white cloth hours before our event. But the Man stopped me and said that we should just carry along our Coleman which could store more items. Well, I wished he had told me that before I bought the picnic basket. I guess that can still be used as part of the Bub’s birthday props.

Okay, I won’t go into the specifics on the event logistics just in case you are ever keen on going to one of these Diner en Blanc events but let’s just say when we arrived at the location, we were just glad that it was not in the middle of some park with no proper toilet facilities.

That’s my Mama Crew showing off our outfits before the dinner started proper.

And here are our outfits for the day. Love the rest of the outfits on the girls and their picnic baskets all wrapped up with lace. As for me, I don’t own many white outfits so thank goodness I have that one white dress that I could pull out from the wardrobe for this event. I had planned on wearing a simple nude flats but the invite read WHITE only, so I rushed down to H&M to grab a pair of white lace espadrilles (thanks Libby for the tip!).

It was indeed an all fancy affair and most of the food that we decided to bring along for this dinner was whatever I could order from Red Mart – think cheeses, dips, a charcuterie board and chips! Thank goodness for online grocery shopping! I don’t think I could deal with running to multiple places to get the stuff. Funnily, in the end, the Man managed to bring in white pepper crabs as part of the main course. Gotta give it to him for spontaneity!

With my mom crew and our other halves before the mayhem started. It was a very warm evening so the complimentary fans given by the organisers were definitely put into good use. And I guess if we are ever invited or going back again for next year’s event, we know to bring along next time. Or perhaps, we might just order a fancy take-out and eat it off our fancy cutlery.

Thanks for the fun night out where we crept home only at 1am (still sober and afer a midnight supper)! Can’t even recall when was the last time we had supper after clubbing at 10pm! Haha..

Happy Birthday to the Man!

img_6589Guess who turned 40 over the weekend? Hehe.. the Man! But I think he doesn’t look like his age at all. The weekend was filled with festivities and loads of feasting with family and friends. Well, as much as I tried to plan a surprise for him, he always manages to guess it. Likewise, when it comes to planning surprises for me, he says that he feels compelled to reveal the surprise to me because I always look like I can’t wait to know what’s coming up.

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This time round, I tried to keep the dinner location a secret but I let the Man in on the guest list. Days before his birthday dinner reveal, he asked me point-blank where the dinner bash would be. Just as I was squirming in my seat, hemming and hawing to fish out a response, he said he guessed that it would be Odette. I stared at him and asked “How did you guess?!” He gave a knowing look and said that he would be surprised given our friendship with Chef Julien, he would be appalled if I chose somewhere else to hold the bash. Well, I guess he was right. The Man: 1, Me: 0

img_6752img_6588The menu that Chef Julien created for our small group was indeed ‘outstanding’ with a couple of new variations injected into his creations. The capellini with egg yolk and black truffles was a hit around the table as well as the pigeon. The wine selected to be paired with the menu was also superb. We all went home with a very happy belly and in high spirits.

img_6616The next day, the party continued but mostly time spent with the little one. Since I planned the programme for the day, we started the day with a Paw Patrol themed birthday cake.

img_6635Hehe, very kiddy for a 40th birthday but one thing we come to realised that your birthdays aren’t quite the same when the kid is around. They kinda think that it’s part of their birthday too and will claim all rights to blowing the candles off your cake. Do not (I repeat), DO NOT even attempt to blow off your own candles for it will incur the wrath of your child.

img_6670Of course, I couldn’t quite let him celebrate his birthday without setting off some fireworks (this is legal, btw) on his cake. It created quite a stir but I have to say, all eyes were definitely on the birthday boy Man for sure!

img_6733-1Once again, blessed birthday again to Sparky (aka the Man and Daddy)! Wishing you the best of health, joy and happiness as you enter into the next decade! 🙂