Monday, December 15, 2008
Foodies Lunch @ Braise
A lunch for foodies and food-bloggers was kindly arranged by Hinata at Braise. A total of 28 people signed up and quite a few food-bloggers turned up too. I was happy to catch up with friends such as Recent Runes, The Skinny Epicurean, Joone, Superfinefeline, She Bakes & She Cooks, Dim Sum Dolly and meet new ones like Foodies Queen and The Importance of Salt.
But before lunch was served, a complimentary champagne-tasting was conducted courtesy of Lollapalooza. Perfect way to start a Saturday lunch at Sentosa!
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Brut Blanc de Blancs. 100% Chardonnay. Floral, spicy and a little sharp.
Champagne Marie Demets Brut Tradition. Mostly Pinot Noir with about 5% Chardonnay. Biscuity and yeasty. Delicious.
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Rose de Saignee. 100% Pinot Noir. Dry with red berries. Ends off a little bitter at the back of the throat.
And now, officially back to lunch.
A warm bread roll with bits of sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary, paired with a good salted butter certainly whet my appetite. A good sign of things to come.
My choice of starter was the Pressed Foie Gras with Sauternes and Chamomile Jelly, Vegetable a la Greque. The pressed foie gras was rich, earthy and creamy. In fact, the richness was a little overwhelming for me. I guess that's where the sweet jelly and large salt crystals try to balance things out.
Main course for me was Roasted Fillet of Beef with Savoy Cabbage, Beef Cheeks and its own Braising Sauce. The beef cheek wasn't as tender and gelatinous as I was hoping for but top marks for the delicious sauce. What was better was the beef fillet. Sandwiched between creamy mashed potato that was packed with buttery goodness, and a tasty savoy cabbage base, the beef fillet was tender and flavourful.
Here's the pork option of Pork Three Ways- Confit Cheek of Pig, Pan Roasted Pork Belly and Pig Tail Roulade with Spice Port Wine Sauce.
And the fish option of Salmon with Stuffed Zucchini Flower, Vin de Aubois Sauce.
Dessert for me was the Selection of French Cheese with Mesclun Salad. Not really much of a salad but slices of green apples, pine nuts and dried fruits. But I still enjoyed nibbling on these together with the cheeses.
Another dessert that some chose was the Green Tea Cream Brulee with Margarita Sorbet.
But it was the Pear Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream that made me break the Thou Shall Not Covert Thy Neighbour's Dessert commandment.
What a leisurely Saturday lunch at Sentosa it was! The setting of Braise was chic and clean with a predominating white theme. Sitting by the large glass panel watching people play beach volleyball and sweating it out in the sun at Palawan Beach while I remained cool in air-conditioned comforts was just surreal for me. For the first time, I did not break a sweat in Sentosa. Food-wise was generally good and the plating was beautiful.
Big thanks to Hinata for putting this together! Great meeting everyone and glad that Jeremy's Sis and Mum could join us. Dude, I think a revisit is on the cards for your Mum. Cheers!
60 Palawan Beach Walk
Opens: Tuesdays-Saturdays 12noon-2.30pm (lunch), 6.30-10pm (dinner)
Sundays 11.30am-3pm (brunch), 7pm-10pm (dinner)
Public Holidays 11.30am-3pm (brunch)
Chew On This: Coming to Braise is actually easier than it seems. For those who drive, park at the Beach car park and take a 5-minute walk. For those who prefer the train from Vivocity, alight at Beach Station and take the tram to Palawan Beach (just one stop!).