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(Closed) Private Affairs

EuropeanWestern
+65 +65 6440 0601
+65 6440 0601
$120 based on 26 submissions
Dinner (7 votes), Lunch (6 votes), Quiet (4 votes)
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Falling for Foie Gras

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.

Bon Appetit!

For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/private-affairs-ii-falling-for-foie-gras/

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30 Apr 2011 • 216 reviews • 29 followers

Not bad, but not quite worth making the trek to Joo Chiat for

rivate Affairs has chosen to go against the grain somewhat by locating itself away from most other high-end restaurants by placing itself in Joo Chiat Place. And so, as you walk towards the restaurant, you pass several excellent examples of hawker food and think, gee, I sure hope the Western meal I’m going to eat is not going to make me regret eating at any of these places. Does Private Affairs deliver? In my opinion, not really. The food is competent, and on the two occasions I was there, there were maybe one or two dishes that stood out (a beef appetizer from the brunch menu [well seasoned], the malted dessert from the a la carte menu [interesting riff from the usual chocolate desserts]). But did I regret not having the stomach space after the meal for the prawn noodles several doors down? Yes.

Even the location of the restaurant in a shophouse is a bit of a strange choice, in that the restaurant looks pretty much like any other. Not that you need to deck out the place with Peranakan antiques to reflect the shophouse-type space. Bar Stop and 53 come to mind as places that are able to achieve this, with the exposed brick and high ceilings respectively.

So, in all, I couldn’t quite understand the decision to locate Private Affairs all the way in old-town Joo Chiat, and while the food was perfectly fine, it’s not enough for me to want to come back.

06 Apr 2011 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Great Ambience, average service, lousy food

Tried this place sometime ago, being brought there by my business partner; First impression of the place has very nice ambience, cosy and defintely looks high-class. Therefore, expectation is high. Service wise was ok, the kind of service you would expect from any restaurant. Being the only table for lunch, i cant imagine they serve the wrong dish i order. Thought of being mr nice guy to let this pass, as the food appearance does look good. However, they only look good, taste really horrible. I cant imagine there are still reviewers recommending the food here is good. And the rm who look a bit malay to me seem difficult to accept direct feedback, full of himself. Though my business partner foot the bill, but this is defintely a waste of time and money coming to this place. Try it at your own risk.
05 Apr 2011 • 230 reviews • 23 followers

Falling for Foie Gras

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.

Bon Appetit!

For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/private-affairs-ii-falling-for-foie-gras/

02 Mar 2011 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

don't bother trying

as with the previous

reviews, i too feel the food was not palatable. even if the food was a quarter

or half the price, i'd rather not go back again. my wife and myself had

scallops and the beef cheek, among other things which i cannot remember. the

scallops which was a specialty fell far short of expectations

a big disappointment, given the nice layout of the restaurant.

14 Nov 2010 • 230 reviews • 23 followers

Best Meal of this Year

In the heart of Joo Chiat, an area known for it’s sleeze, how apt it is that there there lies a restaurant named Private Affairs. And despite it’s recent initiation in Singapore’s fine-dining scene late last year, it has already made headlines with the whole IronLadyChef fiasco about 3 months ago. I shan’t rake up the past or go into a debate on the ethical issues surrounding this whole not so Private Affair, so this will just be an objective portrayal of my lunch there yesterday.

Private Affairs serves “Modern European Cuisine with a Touch of Asian Flavours”, offering an affordable 3 and 4 Course Set Lunch at $28++ and $38++ respectively. I took the opportunity to patronize them because Citibank Card holders now enjoy a Buy 3, Get 1 Free for their Set lunches, as well as 15% off Wine Bottle purchases! This promotion is ending within this week so do make a call and enquire if it’s still on.

I like the chic contemporary design of Private Affairs, with its classy chandeliers and tilted drinking glasses (which I noticed are the cupped-sized version of the maple syrup shot glasses found at Strictly Pancakes). Service was always attentive but never once felt intrusive, which is unfortunately often the case in many fine-dining establishments where you constantly feel the staff breathing down your neck.

I jest you not, but the complimentary bread here is so good that we all asked for a second helping in unison. There was a buttery Mini-Croissant (which was amazing and I would have gladly paid for it) as well as a Basil flavoured Bun. I just love it when restaurants make it a point to freshly toast your bread before serving!

We officially started the meal with the Vine Ripened Tomatoes, with Rhubarb & Horseradish Espuma and Black Olive Crumbs. More of a creamy moose than an Espuma (which means Foam) was what I thought of it. When eaten together with the tomatoes, it proved to be a pleasant combination.

The 2nd and what I feel to be a better Choice of Appetizer is the Pan-fried Foie Gras (requires a $10++ supplement), which had a zesty orange glaze made from Grand Marnier Orange Liquor. A nice thick slab of Foie Gras never fails to make my day, and this was very well executed. The extent of melt-in-your-mouthness wasn’t the highest I have encountered but this was done purposefully so (and definitely not due to overcooking), to ensure a firmer and flavourful bite.

Only 1 Soup is available, the Caramelized Onion Soup, poured over Chicken Tatami, Grilled Mushrooms and Salsify Puree (a root which is supposed to taste like Oysters when cooked). This is without doubt the best Onion Soup I have ever eaten in my short 21 years of life. I’m not sure why Chicken Tatami is called as such, but I postulate it’s because the chicken paste looks like a Tatami-mat used in Japan.

Next up, we had the Mains. The Western answer to the Chinese 燒肉 came in the form of the Sous-vide Roasted Pork Belly with Plum Salt, Brussel Sprouts, Carrot Puree and Raisin Sauce. Expertly done and though the Roasted Pork Belly itself differed little from the Chinese-styled ones, I thought that the side of creamy carrot puree was heavenly. And instead of the mustard sauce usually served in Chinese restaurants, used to dispel the unctuous and gamey Pork Belly taste, Private Affairs goes with a tangy raisin sauce which proves to be a winner.

The Seafood Risotto is pretty decent as well, though it would be my bottom choice of the 3 Mains available. It’s just a hearty risotto with mussels, squid and a prawn. The cheese isn’t overpowering, ensuring that the risotto doesn’t get “gelat” too quickly which is a plus point.

My favourite of the 3 Mains would be the Smoked Salted Cod (requires a $10++ supplement), served with Bacon Crisp, Purple Cauliflower and Branded Espuma. The Cod has a slightly firmer texture after the smoking process, and if you like Smoked Salmon, you will definitely take to this as the Smoked Salted Cod tastes like a hybrid between Smoked Salmon and Miso Cod, except that for Miso marinated Cod, the marinate doesn’t infuse as deeply nor as thoroughly. I detected a light flavour of Wasabi within the Espuma but I thought that the Cod was fine on its own even without it. The Bacon Crisp was damn good and reminded me of Pork Floss! And I do applaud the wonderful plating, the whole dish really looks like a sophisticated garden.

Finally, it was time for Dessert. There’s only 1 choice (or no choice) available for Dessert which is the Sphere of Passionfruit Moose, consisting of Coconut Sponge, Roselle Jelly, Mango Yoghurt and Pistachio Crumbs. It has a certain je ne sais quoi quality about it, with complex textures and mystifying flavours. A play on the senses with a mix of sweet, sour, crunchy, colourful and cold, it is a great round up to a fabulous meal.

I wouldn’t be very far off in saying that this was the best meal I have had so far this year and I do look forward to my next visit to Private Affairs.

Bon Appetit!

For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/private-affairs-best-meal-of-this-year/