Hui Yuan •
03 Apr 2010 • 681 reviews • 92 followers
Basil Aclove, located at a corner outside Fortune Centre. It is a small restaurant/ cafe serving haute cuisine at cool prices. After reading the post from ieatishootipost about their chilean seabass and codfish, my saliva is drooling… I was determined to try this out! The interior is very small and there were some alfresco seats outside. Do bear in mind that it was rather stuffy in the restaurant/cafe as you can literally see the kitchen (chef at work).
The menu was presented and I was quite surprised to see only 4 pages of menu in a thick menu book. The first page, 2 types of appetitzers and next page, pastas and the next 2 pages were the wine list. OMG… there wasn’t any mains at all! I alerted the staff and he informed me that there were 3 mains being served today but was not on the menu.
The mains offered today were : The Lamb Chops, Salmon Fillet and Grilled Chicken Tigh. Oh my… I was disappointed after hearing this. They do not have any cod/ chilean seabass and dory fish were sold out last night. Salmon and lamb were not my type thus I really had no choice but to order the ”Roasted Chicken Thigh” even though that was not my wish.
waited…. almost 25 mins for thisroasted chicken thigh to appear in front of me. Indeed it was a long wait. It was a huge fillet of boneless chicken thigh, marinated with black peppercorns and BBQ till perfection.
The presentation is very pretty, the chicken thigh is nestled on a bed of zucchini (yellow & green), eggplants and mushrooms, beetroot reduction and sage leaf to top it.
The chicken is roasted till see some charred parts (love it) as it has a smoky flavour. The black peppercorns added a hint of flavour to it too. The vegetables were well cooked , crunchy and not soggy. However, some parts of the chicken thigh was a little dry. It could have been a little juicer… Anyway, I can’t comment too much given for the price at $12 which was well worth it.
There is only a chef cooking and a staff serving and taking orders… naturally the food would take a longer time to arrive. The service I received was still very friendly.