I don't think this place needs much introduction. Located at Hangout@Emily, Wild Rocket had been featured on many newspapers, magazines and blogs for its innovation in fusion food. I tried to make reservations twice before but was told it was fully booked. Unwilling to be disappointed a third time, I called a full week beforehand for my girlfriend's birthday.
The restaurant was quite small, explaining for its frequent full status. The ambience was rather casual-romantic, with jazz music playing in the background, candles and fresh sunflower on each table. The menu was rather limited but I guessed they were going for quality, while the waitress was attentive to your needs and friendly to make appropriate recommendations.
Somehow these at restaurants had never failed me before. The bread here was warmly toasted and had a sponge cake-like texture. Lightly flavoured and came with olive oil dip, they even bothered to ask if you wanted a refill when they saw the plate empty.
Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad ($11.50)
The warm pumpkin slices were served on top of greens with baby tomatos and feta cheese cubes. Light, a little sweet and appetising, it made a good start for the dinner.
Roasted Seabass with Chai Po Congee ($32.50)
The large portion of seabass was on a bed of sticky congee and topped with chinese chai po. The fish was fresh and nicely roasted, while the chai po added on a sweet savoury flavour. The congee wasn't plain and good enough to be eaten on its own. Roasted fish porridge with chai po, or chee kweh with fish? Whatever it feels like, its a fusion well done!
Duck Leg Confit with Yam Cake ($28.50)
The duck leg was nicely presented and drizzled with a certain sweet-tasting sauce. The meat was so tender that a slight pull will seperate it from the bone. The yam cake tasted exactly like the deep fried types in cantonese dim sum. Deliciously-marinated and moist, the meat goes well with the relatively plain yam cake. Very nice!
Yam Mille-Feuille with Coconut Ice Cream ($9.50) Dark Lava Chocolate Gateau with Caramelised Banana ($10.50)
The fusion version of teochew Orh Nee was tasty with a layer of crispy pastry and coconut ice cream. And I couldn't resist the warm smooth chocolate lava as well. The portions were not too big and left me satisfyingly full. A sweet ending to the meal!
Total bill for two was $108.90 after taxes, a price that I gladly paid for ambience, presentation and great taste. A little inaccessible, but could take a nice walk down to Douby Ghaut after dinner. A different cuisine altogther!