05 Apr 2011
Unlike most restaurants, I like Private Affairs’ complimentary bread because it’s toasted only after a customer is seated down and is thus always served crisp and warm.
Our first course for Restaurant Week's Set Lunch was the Grilled Cauliflower Royale with Smoke Trout Roe, Puffed Quinoa and Watercress & Walnut Salad. The Cauliflower Mousse was creamy and I liked it much, reminding me of a tofu cheesecake somehow. Quinoa (the crispy sprinkle atop the Cauliflower Mousse) is a grain-like crop with edible seeds which tasted much like cereal.
The second course was a lovely Foie Gras with Compressed Apple Salsa and Raisin Sauce. Slightly crisp on the outside and decadently unctuous on the inside, I loved how the sweet raisin sauce helped strike a balance between the savoury, sweet and oily.
For Mains, we had the Sous Vide Roasted Snapper with Hokkaido Scallop, Grilled Wood Ear Mushroom and Seaweed Risotto. I should bear in mind to avoid snappers in future, they are just too lean for my liking, despite cooking it in a sous vide style which supposedly tenderizes poultry, fish, eggs and what-not. The seaweed risotto was alright, a little slimy though and void of any cheesiness.
Although there was supposedly only one choice of main in the set menu, the staff allowed us to change one of our mains to a Sous Vide Chicken instead. While this fared better than the Snapper, it definitely wasn’t mind-blowing either.
For Desserts, we had the Caramel Malt Parfait with Malt Crumble and Malt Tuile. Tuile means a light, dry cookie, which in this case was embedded within the core of the Malt Parfait. It might look and sound good, but this dessert really was pretty disappointing.
Again, we opted to switch one of our desserts to a Chocolate Fondant with a supplement of $5. A wise decision on hindsight given the lackluster Malt Parfait. The chocolate fondant here was well above average, but given the commonality of it, it won’t get you off your chair.
Some of my friends who visited Private Affairs for Restaurant Week weren’t very impressed by the food. I guess their opinions are pretty justified, though I feel this was more a matter of poor menu planning than poor execution. If only they had replaced the snapper with a cod or their crispy pork belly, things would have been much different.
Still, I wouldn’t say this was a wasted trip, since their Foie Gras never fails to leave me falling head over heels.
For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/private-affairs-ii-falling-for-foie-gras/