Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Miss Me, Miss U

Miss me? I certainly did miss you. The busy transition from the army to university hindered the earlier release of this post and as unsettling as transition is, I have to move on to greener pastures. A busy schedule means only one thing...more food! I subscribe to my own scientific theory that the body utilises more resources when one is busy and thus one tends to consume more. Logical? Or maybe just another excuse to get another plate of prata or a bar of chocolate.

Miss U Cafe is another one of those small eateries tucked away in some quiet stretch of road. Like gems, these eateries can be quite a prized find. Such is the case with this reviewed cafe.

Small yet cosy with a warm, friendly feel, Miss U Cafe is ideal for a romantic date or a relaxed meal. One side of the cafe has racks of wine bottles arranged according to the countries which they were produced in, while a few bottles containing chilli and herbs in oil adorned a rack on the opposite wall. Seating is a little cramped but thankfully not till you knock the teeth out of the person sitting next to you. Al fresco dining is also available at two or three tables outside but personally, I prefer the indoor seating. The inviting sofas and two free-of-charge internet terminals are good enough reasons.

Photographs of wine-makers at Miss U Cafe, racks and racks of wine, a tall wine chiller, labels describing each bottle of wine, decanters and the rows of cork that line up on a shelf below the cashier all indicates the cafe's inclination to wine. Come on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Philip will be on hand to recommend and guide you through their selection of wines. Philip, the wine consultant, certainly possesses great PR skills and with it, is able to reach out to wine babies and connoisseurs alike. I later found out that Philip imports some of the labels which explains why they are exclusively available at Miss U Cafe. During my visit, I found Philip to be knowledgeable, open and honest. Unlike some others, he does not over-aggressively shove pricey bottles of wine to customers. I suggest you ask him for recommendations with your order, and do inform him of your budget.

I had an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon ($39) with my ribeye ($16.90). Both complemented each other well, with the red wine being strong enough to hold against the steak and yet not overpowering such that I couldn't taste the beef. Smooth, medium-bodied with an ample bouquet of currants, this wine is valued-for-money. The ribeye was tender and thankfully, not over-done. I like my steaks to be cooked medium-rare. My companion had the roasted lamb chops with rosemary($17.90). No complaints from him either. The chef was formerly from The Canteen of the Le Amis Group which has since closed.

The first time I visited Miss U Cafe was with a group of six. We each ordered a main course of either lamb, beef, salmon or chicken and a few of the pastas and finger food. The crayfish pasta in a tomato cream sauce was a hit and the fried breaded calamari and cod nuggets were both worth ordering. We opened four bottles of wine, with three Australian bottles costing $39 each and the last one from Italy at $68. Philip even threw in a basket of nachos and a plate of carrot and celery sticks on the house. Each person ended up paying just $40. For the quality of food, wine and time I had there, $40 was definitely a good bargain. Who needs the Great Singapore Sale?

I should be able to put up pictures of some of the other main courses and pastas the next time I visit.

Miss U Cafe
No. 14
Jalan Pari Burong
Singapore 488680
Tel: 62436266

Chew On This: I heard Miss U Cafe has a regular wine buffet on Thursdays. For about $25, one gets to drink from a selection of three reds and one white. Please call to enquire.

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