Everyone has a 21st birthday, so its my turn! Instead of having small group gatherings, I decided to wham it up by hosting a dinner party for my friends. 50 people, to be exact! Now where do I find a venue to hold this event?
Honestly, it was a stroke of luck that I discovered this place. I simply walked past Charcoal on previous occasions, attracted by its contemporary decor and affordable menu, so I kept in mind for a visit. After read-ups and many discussions with the kind manager, I found out that Charcoal is run by Shatec Institutes, a hands-on training ground for aspiring chefs and service crew in the hospitality industry.
The restaurant had a capacity for 80 sit-down guests, seperated into cafe and main dining area. Specialising in fine dining, I was able to settle on a four-course dinner ($21.90++) for the evening, with their courtesy to cordon off the dining area for my event!
It was my 1st time organising a dinner party and the process was quite an experience! I would like to thank everyone for turning up and my closer clique of buddies who helped out in the preparations, welcoming guests at the reception counter and taking fanatastic shots all over. Really appreciate it!
Organic Garden Salad in Wafu Dressing
And we kick off the dinner! The appetiser was a salad with pear, cucumber and tomato slices, drizzled with a sauce that used sesame as a base. Simple and refreshing, the only complaint I got from carnivores was that it lacked the presence of meat!
Classic Carrot Soup with Herb Croutons
This took us all by surprise! I was expecting a clear soup with diced carrots but instead, we got a creamy one that was was like a potato puree with distinct carrot aftertaste. Complemented by many, it was indeed two thumbs up!
Pan Seared Salmon Fillet in Basil Cream sauce
This was one of the two choices for main course, the salmon fillet being served with mashed potato and long beans. Nicely done with a soft inside, I felt that the fillet was marinated a tad too salty.
Apologies that I didn't have any photos for the other choice, Roasted Cajun chicken with Ratatouile and Mashed Potato. If anyone did take a shot, please send me so that I could update it here!
Semolina cake with Morello Compote, Vanilla Jelly and Crushed Pistachio
This was aesthetically presented with a range of condiments, yellow cake with red cherries, green nuts and white jelly. It was slightly hardened for my liking but made an interesting combination with the rest of the cast.
Mine was a special edition that was served with a slice of the complimentary chocolate truffle cake, which the guests felt tasted better than the main dessert itself!
The birthday boy and his girlfriend, who gave many pleasent surprises for the night
It was truly a memorable night with lots of fun, laughter and catching up. Like I always said, dining with great company would definitely enhance the overall experience. Cheers, for an excellent party!