Daily: 12:00 - 22:00
Vanilla Pod Restaurant & Bar was established in 2004 offering fine Continental cuisine in a serene setting surrounded by a mature vintage orchid display garden. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, our diners have a choice of dinning in air-conditioned comfort or in an alfresco setting.
They have just revamped their new menu 3 days ago thus the menu reflected on the website is the old menu. The new menu has limited selections of food but the old favourites still remains. However, if you would like to try dishes from the old menu, just inform them and ”everything can be arranged”!
Dishes from the ala-carte menu can be done in ”Kid’s portion” @ 1/2 of the ala-carte price.
Warm & crusty brioche. Normally I didn’t think much about the bread/baguette served in restaurants but this brioche is really good…Fragrant and crusty !
Mimosa Salad ($13.50)
” Named after the yellow mimosa flower because of the color, this cold salad is a combination of finely chopped eggs, grilled squids and tomatoes garnished over French beans, and finally tossed with homemade shallot bacon vinaigrette.”
This salad is on the old menu but I thought that the name” Mimosa salad” sounds interesting and they agreed to prepare this salad for me. Like they mention ” Alright, everything can be arranged”
The french beans are served chilled. A mixture of shredded eggs, pamesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, tomatoes and tossed in bacon shallot vinaigrette. The dressing smells fragrant due to the fats from the bacon.The french beans are crunchy and doesn’t like the ”raw” taste . Everything is perfect but it’s just that the bacon are a little fatty .
Oven baked Chilean Seabass topped with shredded egg & caviar, saffron cream($35.80++)
I jumped at joy when I see the Chilean seabass! The portion is generous and I ordered the full ala-carte portion just to enjoy the goodness of this fatty fish.
The chilean seabass has got a cripsy skin and a ”melts in your mouth” texture. The presentation is attractive and the caviar and shredded egg paired well with the fish( crunchy carviar + smooth fish meat). Finished off with a touch of saffron cream sauce, it’s fantastic!The vegetables served alongside- romaine lettuce, carrots and brocolli were soft but not mushy.On a side note: The crispy pork knuckle is ”HIGHLY” recommended. I overheard the people sitting next to them haveing praises for the pork knuckle . They commented that it was ”even” better tha Otto . They also had high praises for the squid ink pasta which they commented as ” authentic” squid ink pasta and one of the best they have tried in Singapore. I am not sure which restaurant they compared it to and the benchmark for squidink pasta. However, having heard raves about about the 2 dishes, I would definitely return again to try them!
Verdict: Great ambience + great food. Prices are a little on the pricey side but it’s the quality that matters. A re-visit is a must for me! The restaurant is well-hidden and it managed to attract people from different places due to the power of ” Word- of -mouth”.
Last night i had dinner at Vanilla Pod again and as usual the place and once again , we are treated to a delightful gastronomic journey ....
What i love about the place is that you never really need to look at the menu ; just let Chef Peter ( who also owns the restaurant ) knows what you like and he will dish it up for you .. and he never never fails ! I tell you !
For starters , we had escargots .. funny how it always taste very pleasantly differeent from other restaurants you try , hence you are always in for a tantalizing surprise each time .. Of course , if you are a very cautious person , there is always the menu to fall back on but i love surprises so usually i just smile at the chef sweetly and i know he will whip up something nice !
Then there was the Tomatos and Capsium soup with homemade bread ... Chef Peter uttered something in French and i cannot for my life know how to spell but did not want to look stupid by asking him ,,, but the bread is heavenly ,,, my guests had i think 3 helpings of that ,, wanted to buy some bad but sorrrrrry NOT FOR SALE ! ... guess i have to see if i can charm him to give me the receipe next time ...
Then there was the Cod Fish , pan-fried lightly ,, i think ,,, but whatever it is ,, it's so good it melts in your mouth ,,, almost as good as .... you know what .. !
The finale was the Crispy Pork Knuckles ,, very very nice especially the skin ,,,, i would have preferred it with more fat but Chef was only being considerate to me as i told him i was on diet !!! in any case , Diet was forgotten ,, how can anyone diet with such delicious food ???
Desserts were lemon meringue and Gingerbread pudding ,,, my guests wiped out even my share but its ok as i am not a dessert person ,,, i prefer my wine and truffles or just a great old fashioned cheesecake ,,,
To top up the wonderful experience , there is the lush settings of tropical trees and the Mandai Orchid garden ,, hmmmmm and the private dining room we were in were soooo romantic ; i tell you ,,, any proposal you make in that room after the wine and dine ,, i am sure it will be a yes ,, !
I am certainly taking someone romantic there next time !
Thanks for the lovely experience once again ,,, i will certainly go back there very very soon ,,,