There seems to be a flurry of write-ups on Chef Daniel's Kitchen recently. I'm not surprised, given its convenient (and ironically, unknown in some sense) location and valued-for-money set meals. And that's exactly where we went for the bloggers meetup in June! (Backlogs, backlogs.. I'm trying!)
The overworked boy who haven't seen much daylight lately. Checking, shooting and smiling! The oh-so-important hand model in a food shoot.
I was a little nervous when suggesting this place for the meetup. Yes I have faith in the restaurant as my previous visit was a pleasant one, but not yet sure if it would suit our varying tastebuds, given the strong-opinionated nature of all of us! Thankfully, they seemed to be happy (phew) with the place after all!
Soup Of The Day with Foccacia Bread
This time round it was Cream of Corn, still rather watery for my taste, but nothing much to complain really. Consistency in the herbed bread's soft, chewy texture!
Pork Netsuke Rice
Honestly, I didn't know what Netsuke was beforehand, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was served simmered pork belly with carrots, mushrooms and edamame beans. The belly was pure bliss, a very classic example of what the Chinese called "肥而不腻", in which it was meltingly fatty without the greasy touch. Sprinkled with sesame seed, I was enjoying every mouthful of it!
Fish and Chips, Lamb Stewed Navarin
Girlfriend had the fish and chips which she thought was just alright, while Glenn thought that his lamb was a bit too tough, but easily overlooked given its pricing.
The other mains we had were the Prawn and Crabmeat Burger and Tonkatsu Don, given the thumbs-up by Dorothy, Charlene and Loraine. Grilled Beef Burger garnered varying degrees of satisfaction from Phoebe, Yuan and Harris, while Choloe's Unagi Don became boring after awhile.
Raspberry Mousse Cake
I liked how they always whipped up something small but decent for desserts. Suits me just fine!
Mango Pomelo Sago ($4.00), Iced Red Bean with Balls ($3.50), Yam Paste ($3.30)
While most of us parted after the lunch, Loraine needs to (yes its a need, not a want!) satisfy her crave for Asian desserts before flying to Holland, and where else better than 记得吃 a stone throw away! Mango sago and yam paste were of their usual good quality, while we had a good laugh about the balls in iced red bean.
Clicking of cameras, sharing of travel tales and just good ol hangout fun. I need to have more outings with this fantastic company, and that's a need!