4Jo-Ann Yeoh •
15 Mar 2012
Place to R.E.A.D. is a little hard to spot at first, but keep your eyes peeled and you'll find yourself bowled over by excellent food, cosy ambience and exceedingly attentive staff. Great value for money.
Food is excellent. I love cod, and the pan-fried cod here definitely met my exacting standards. Fresh, cooked just right, with no excessive seasoning, so that the flavour of the cod is maintained. (Which is the whole point - why eat cod at all if it tastes like a sauce-drenched sardine?) It was served with mashed potatoes (very good, delicately flavoured) and some sort of braised leek, which I gobbled up even though I'm really quite adverse to greens.
My friend had the pasta gamberi, which is pasta tossed with prawns, garlic and seasoned olive oil. Scrumptious! (Obviously, I stole some!) The flavours were subtle but satisfying, the prawns were fresh, with the seasonings all complementing each other very well.
Good value for money, in my opinion. For $108, we had the cod ($29), the pasta gamberi ($17), 4 large pints of Hoegaarden draught ($16 each on the menu, but I think we managed to take advantage of some sort of promotional price). If you're not quite the beer-guzzler that I am, then you can easily do dinner and coffee for two at Place to R.E.A.D. for around $60 (which I have, just once - who can resist the lure of ice-cold Hoegaarden?)
They take service very seriously here. All the staff are super attentive, and I love the fact that I don't have to wave my arms like a madwoman every time I need something. The proprietor, Anthony, constantly makes his rounds of the tables, checking in to see if the food's good and if there's anything he can help with. He's lovely to chat with, and is always happy to hear feedback.
I've been back at least once a week for the past month and a half, and they've never disappointed, so I think that's testimony enough - I'm quite the picky eater. =)