A convenient escape from the busy world away from the dusty road and rumbling cars, with nice ambience and well priced dishes with good serving.The fish and chips are priced at a good 12 dollars and it comes in a large portion.
I was looking for a special place to bring a dear girl friend to celebrate her birthday as well as catchup on things. As it was only a small group, just the 2 of us, I wanted it to be cosy and nice. And she being a smoker, needs an open space for that. I was glad i decided to bring her to Secret Garden in the end. Every time i visit this place, it always seem difficult. There was some renovations done to its interior with Art pieces to die for as hanging display. Too bad though the open air area was closed for the night.
Having dined at several eateries around the area such as Basil Alcove and Victor's Kitchen, I was astounded that I had entirely missed out on MSG. Even with address in hand, it was by no mean feat that we managed to navigate our way there. Later on, I found out from Paul, the proprietor of MSG, that the compound which now houses MSG and an art gallery used to be a small chapel, which adds on to the surreal tranquility and serenity echoing within the premises.
The quiet interior is great for nice little conversations with your dinner date or for housing private functions should anyone decide to book it in it's entirety.
I didn't really like the Cream of Mushroom Soup. Too lumpy...
The Lobster Bisque here wasn't that bad, just unlucky that I ate the one at The French Kitchen for lunch earlier that day.
The Squid Inked Ravioli Stuffed with Mushrooms($20++) was hearty though the presence of squid ink was miniscule. The Creamy Mushroom Sauce was a treat in itself. We requested for additional bread to wipe the plate clean of it. It's just a pity that even for an entree portion, there was only 5 pieces of Ravioli(3 pieces/$12++ if you order it as an appetizer).
I was pretty much the only one in the table of 4 who took a deep liking to the Carbonara($20++). The rest seemed to think it was only so so and didn't like the fact that the bacon was more chewy than crisp. To each his own I guess.
Australian Lamb Rack($36++) has to be the most awesome dish here. "Roasted, coated in a light mustard sauce, encrusted in macademia and pistachio nuts, served with sauteed garlic, capcicum and red wine sauce", the tantalizing amalgam of contrasting flavours that flooded my palate was unimaginable. The lamb itself was cooked to a nice tender medium rare, devoid of any gaminess. This has to be the best Lamb Rack I have eaten! I was secretly happy that R doesn't eat lamb and I was in no hurry to persuade her to try the one here, she didn't know what she was missing out on and that just left more for the rest of us. Shoot, good food just brings out the worst in me...
I'm a sucker for all Sitcky Date Puddings with Vanilla Ice Cream($12++). JW was concerned that it would taste like the army red date meusli bars but decided to try some upon my reassurance. Actually, I didn't really enjoy the Date Pudding here too much. The taste of red date was a little too overkill to what I'm comfortable with.
"Highly recommended by Wong Ah Loke himself" came the description of the Triple Choc($12++). If you don't know who that is, shoot yourself first then pick up The Sunday Times and flip to the Lifestyle section on food, then shoot yourself again. If you are still alive by then, head down to try out the Triple Choc. In a nutshell, it's a warm chocolate brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream but that's pretty much an understatement. Orgasm-inducing aphrodiaisiac would be more like it!
Some like it with lots of rum and brandy, others prefer the teetotaller version. Some adore the creamy layers, others for the biscuit. For me, the Tiramisu($8++) here was enjoyable with thick creamy Marcapone layers and robust espresso.
I'm not sure why MSG has such mixed reviews in the online community. I had a great time here and can't wait to go back for my next indulgence.
For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/my-secret-garden-the-surprise-birthday/