It has never been easy to find a dinner place on Valentine's Day. Extremely full bookings, removing ala carte choices and replacing with overcharged set menus (That really irks me). To top it off, this year's Vday clashed with the first day of lunar new year, eliminating many of my choices! Thankfully, District 10 remained open!
Situated in the old Monk's Hill Secondary School, the renovated compound now consisted of office space and restaurants. District 10's al-fresco area had great ambience, but we gave that up for air-conditioned seatings as the girlfriend couldn't stand the warm humid weather!
Crews spoke with a Philipino accent (maybe that explained why they were open)as they were attentive and polite. Though it wasn't a full house, kitchen speed happened to be abit slow that night, while overhearing the next table couple complaining to the manager about their excessively-delayed desserts.
Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Poached Egg, Wild Mushroom Soup
Now this was one salad that I didn't mind seconds! With all my favourite ingredients, it was a refreshing mix of greens topped with shaved parmasan cheese and runny egg york (well disguised). That started off the meal nicely!
Its counterpart wasn't particularly outstanding, being less thick and creamy than I liked it to be. Somehow I kept using Soup Spoon's version as a benchmark, but the girlfriend liked it anyway!
Grilled Salmon Fillet with Puff Pastry, Rib Eye Steak with Rosti
We were pleasently surprised with the serving of the salmon. A large chunk of juicy fillet, generous amount of risotto-like spiced rice in cream sauce, and a plump flaky pastry. What's there to not like!
The steak itself was rather good, cooked to medium doneness with pink juicy center, but they could do less with the pepper sauce which drenched the steak and the otherwise cripsy rosti below. What's that pink lump of thing at the top? And I answer, chicken liver pate. Slightly slimy with a very raw and gamely taste, I couldn't appreciate it at all and politely scrapped it to the side.
Baked Chocolate and Orange Whiskey Cheesecake
Well honestly, this cake looked good, and thats about it. A very faint tasting chocolate cheesecake with a solid biscuit base, complemented with heart-shaped jelly and a dope of chocolate ice cream. Didn't leave much impression on both of us.
At 48++ for one set (appetiser, main course and dessert), District 10's Valentine promotion was rather reasonable when compared to others. But I couldn't help regretting a little that I ordered two sets instead of swapping one for their ala carte selections, including their signature Chilli Crab Pizza. Next time!