Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Marmalade Pantry (Palais Renaissance)

Yet another extremely late post on one of my (numerous) birthday dinners :D

I’ve eaten here and at the Marmalade Pantry at Hitachi Tower, and have never been all that keen on their food, but this place was picked out of pure convenience.

But we were all pleasantly surprised by the portion of the Crab Caesar $22++ :

Huge portion with lots of chunks of crabmeat!! We ordered this to share but this can comfortably be a main course, well for a female at least.

We also ordered Homemade Dips with Pita Wedges $9++ to share -

The brinjal dip had an interesting Asian twist to it – it was spicy and familiar tasting but I could pinpoint what was familiar about it. Other than that, this was just ok.

For my main course I had the Foie Gras Burger with Sundried Tomato Relish $26++ :

Never understood why burgers are called foie gras burgers when there isn’t much foie gras in it. It was a pretty ordinary burger, not much complaints from me. Hmm, didn’t I have a burger at my other birthday dinner at Cicada?...

For desserts, we ordered a few to try. Of course, I HAD to order the Toasted Almond Pavlova with Summer Berries $12++ :

Loved all the summer berries but wasn’t all that thrilled with the pavlova. Seemed like it was harder than it should be… or maybe I’m just being overly critical.

We also ordered the Sticky Date Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream $12++:

It was pretty good but the best one I’ve had so far is still the one at Brown Sugar Bistro Café - and having had it pretty recently, I can verify that it still holds true :).

Service was so-so. We had to change our orders a few times coz they ran out of a few items on the menu – pretty unforgivable, seeing how it was only 8pm on a Friday night. It got to the stage where you could tell the waitress was visibly embarrassed to come back to our table to tell us that something was unavailable.

Other than the Crab Caesar, the food was as unimpressive as before. Mostly the default option for a nicer dining place in the Orchard area, but with the opening of PS Café just upstairs, there is now a viable alternative. Look out for an up-coming review of PS Café :)

The Marmalade Pantry
390 Orchard Road
Palais Renaissance
B1-08 to 11
Tel : 6734 2700


Joe Yap said...

I'm getting the feeling like Foie Gras burgers are a common thing. Are they ? Kinda scary/disturbing. Do they serve caviar fries and truffle salad with that ?

Also, had to ask. Given the name.... where's the marmalade ?! ;)

Esther said...

Yeah, foie gras burgers are pretty common at nicer restaurants. seems a bit of a mis-sell when you can't taste the foie gras in it... caviar fries, now that's an idea :P

Erm, no marmalade served here. Except if you order toast during brunch :)