Many years ago when I was doing a four-month attachment programme in Cornell University, my friend, Kin Hup, and I survived on our daily serving of a full loaf of sliced bread for lunch and a pound of spaghetti for dinner. It was a little monotonous (diet-wise) but satisfying nonetheless. I didn't go hungry, neither did I lose weight. Though I wish I had many other foods, I managed to keep a tight grip on food expenditure.
But roughly once every week, we rewarded ourselves with a buffet. These were eat-our-hearts-out, stuff-our-faces-silly episodes that made us 'high' on food, often with a slight floating feeling and sated even when dinner time came.
Thinking back, it was silly but so much fun and delicious memories. I mean how can one forget the not so subtle hint when being sent the bill without having to ask for it? Thank you, Pizza Hut. By the way, your US$5.99 lunch buffet was unforgettable. Please come back to Singapore. Pleaseeee.
Anyway, my family and I had a lunch some time last week that reminded me of these serious buffet episodes. And amazingly, it wasn't a buffet. Neither did I eat till I was stuffed.
This very pleasant lunch was at Espirito Santo, Parkway Parade.
The Roasted Pork Knuckle ($28) spotted a beautiful crackling that was crisp with a fragrance and flavour that only pork fat could give rise to. The meat was just slightly salty with a good porky flavour. The inner part of the knuckle was more tender than the outer portions though. The serving of saurkraut was perfect in cutting through the richness of the pork while the brown sauce made a tasty dip.
For salad, the *hold your breathe* Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken, Ham, Bacon, Cheese and Egg Served with Honey Mustard and Lemon Dressing ($16) was plentiful to eat. In fact, judging by its name, I think you've figured it out as well. Lol. In addition to the above ingredients, there was blue cheese, olives and sun-dried tomatoes too. I think this was created by a meat-lover....for sure.
The Porcini Risotto with Pan Fried Foie Gras ($28.90) was well-flavoured with a tasty stock and white wine. A pity that the rice wasn't cooked enough and the porcini flavour was weak. However, the foie gras boosted the rice's flavours with its unmistakable salty-savoury-goodness.
Being opened by a Brazilian lady, we also decided to opt for a Brazilian dish- Rabada ($24). This was an ox tail stew that was meltingly yummy. The meat was very, very tender and with a good mix of flavours from both the beef itself and veggies like carrots, raddish and mushrooms.
The Spaghetti with Chorizo Sausage Tossed in Arrabiata Sauce ($16.50) was full of the oil from the Chorizo, imparting a nice earthy spiciness that went well with the tomato sauce. Unfortunately, the pasta was a wee over-cooked. Alas.
We went back home satisfied and when dinner time came, none of us were hungry. Later on, a $4 packet of Fried Ee Mee from a neighbourhood cze char stall presented itself as "dinner" to 4 of us at about 11pm.
I had sweet dreams that night.
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