Because despite making a booking and finding the shop lighted at a comfortable 730pm on Thursday night 3rd July 2014, it was closed! The lady inside pretended her keys did not work leaving me stick outside futilely calling for someone who might help. Least I've spent for a family dinner ever.
for full review: http://epicuriouscan.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/pride-passion/
Big kudos to the HGW kakis for keeping me in the loop for this new find~! Coincidentally, I was bound to split 3ways for dinner, but I simply couldn’t decline the impromptu offer to visit a spanking new joint.
Mis En Place translated means Implemented, established, or, putting in place. And I’ll have to say it is the Chef’s Pride & Passion implemented. Location is not a feat to find, the simple setup is not intimidating, and glossing the menu will set your mind at ease to order a feast.
There’s too many to list, but I’ll make special mention of the highlights that won my gut over:
Mushroom Soup – drizzled with a generous helping or truffle oil gives it a stronger woody essence
Baked escargots – served neatly stacked on a clove of Portobello mushroom. I suppose is quite unconventional, but still true to the taste
Black lipped mussels – served in creamy gravy that packs a little punch towards the aftertaste.
Spiced squid – strong familiarity with the famous Taiwanese chicken chop. Deep fried calamari doused with spicy powder
Bruschetta – crispy toasted halved baguette topped with cherry tomato & mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with herbal condiments. *forget about the etiquette, just use your hands
Steak & fries – not sure if its sirloin or strip-loin, but I would say it is well marinated & tasty. To go with the majority, doneness; medium (though, I’d prefer my steaks a little more rare).
Roast chicken – I have to say its probably the best roast chicken I’ve had in a long while. Doneness was thorough (no blood trace near the bones), yet not dry & flaky. Flavored to the core, you can taste the brine in every bite.
Hand chopped burger – simply means the patty is purely made in-house, and because its not machine minced, chewing becomes quite effortless
Catch of the day – black cod – broiled & sat pretty on a layer of mousseline potato. Prawn pasta & double yolk pasta carbonara – employed the use of bucatini which accommodates the sauce, while the texture prompts you for the next mouthful
In my opinion, given the set lunch menu, as well as the ala carte menu, and having tried the goodness of what this joint has to offer, there is hardly any reason not to visit, revisit & drag friends to this place.
Somtimes, we do come across food that's good, very good, or just plain crappy !
Now...I was lucky to have found one that's one that pays off.....in a big way at mininal expense....Yes literally...
To start of with this week old restaurant...or shall I say...restaurant food at bistro prices...It's like getting a Lexus at Toyota prices !
I've tried most dishes....and thankfully...all are good
These are the ones I'll recommend :
1) Mushroom soup
2) Fried calamari
4) Prawn Salad
5) Duck Confit ( Don't ask me why they call it duck crunch ! )
6) Grilled Chicken ( This one is oh so super nice and tender )
7) Hand chopped burger
9) Cabonara Pasta
Now this is almost all I can take feasting away....anymore yours truly will sink like Titanic....but truth be told....The food is consistently good...and really bang for buck....best of all....NO GST and NO Service charge !!!
This new kid on the block will no doubt give some of the more established eateries headaches as I'm sure clients of theirs will flock to this place from their usual haunt
Give it a try and I'm sure you'll agree with me
I wouldn't say the place nor it's dishes are spectacular but it's nice enough to warrant a second visit. I had cod fish on puréed sweet potato though not with the unique 'sabayon' sauce as it was not ready. Maybe the sauce would have livened up the dish though this was not the chefs fault at all as I insisted on having the fish. My mom quite enjoyed her foie gras but we both agreed the creme brûlée was not silly enough and could use improvement. The coffees did pique my interest though! Service was a bit slow but the waiter ran a one man show and remained friendly and cheerful. Also the place is quite small so I can't imagine how peak hour must be