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/
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.
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.
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.