Yay! The new season of YES 93.3FM 美食鉴定团 is back! I am honoured to be invited back to join DJs Jiafa and Weibin, and their listeners on their foodie escapades.
And this time round, we headed to Heart Bistro for brunch.
Located at the spot vacated by The Marmalade Pantry at Palais Renaissance, Heart Bistro exudes a stylish, chic yet comfortable vibe. As its name implies, a lot of heart has gone into the menu and the dishes...literally too, as we will see.
A welcome drink of chilled Oolong Tea and Wolfberries was fortifying and a good thirst-quencher with its small nuances of herbal notes and natural sweetness.
Saturday Brunch costs $32 and includes a choice of starter, main course and dessert. Very good value.
For my starter, I chose the very intriguing Pickled Tea Leaves with Ripened Tomatoes & Mung Beans. It turned out to be outstanding! The mix mash of flavours (tangy! salty! sweet! savoury! spicy!) and textures (crunchy! toasted! soft!) made this one hell of a starter. The fish sauce in here provided body and depth while the shredded cabbage, toasted lentils, pickled tea leaf etc made every bite exciting. A lovely spicy kick was initially subtle but grew in intensity with each mouthful. Oh btw, do you see the (green) heart in my starter? Moohaha.
And where's the fun if one does not peek at thy neighbour's food? Here's what some of the others picked as starters:
Homemade Bircher Muesli with Mixed Nuts & Berries
Tropical Fruit Salad with Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
William, the owner of the bistro, highly recommended this: Marinated Salmon Poke ($14; say po-keh; don't any how poke!) Salmon sashimi was mixed with ebiko (prawn roe), sesame seeds and sesame oil. Delicious!
Heart Bistro offers many juice concoctions. I had the Botox- a blend of freshly-squeezed watermelon, red grapes and mint. At $7, this must be the cheapest botox in town! Btw, not that this cow needs botox but this combination sounds yums.
William and his family are big on juicing and he recommends mixing the juices of both fruits and vegetables. Why? 100% fruits = too much sugars. 100% vegetables = unpleasant taste.
Moo-ving along, here's my main course of Braised Beef Cheeks. Cooked over three hours, the meat was so tender that I could eat this with a spoon. Love the gelatinous texture! The sauce tasted well made with good depth and the mashed potato oozed a lovely buttery fragrance.
As with the starters, let's see what main courses some of the others ordered:
2 Eggs Sunny Side Up with Onion, Fresh Herbs, Mushroom, Grilled Tomato and Sausage. See the heart? ;)
Roasted Snapper with Spinach, Edamame in a Ginger Broth
Poached Eggs with Chicken Hash & Hollandaise Sauce
Grilled Kalua Chicken with Avocado Burger
And finally we hit desserts.
My pick of Carrot Cake was alright. But in a situation where my starter and main course were really good, alright was a little disappointing. The cinnamon was a tad strong and the cake was a little too dense for my personal liking.
Sticky Date Pudding rocked. This would be my dessert the next time round!
A cup of Earl Grey rounded up this very satisfying brunch. Heart!!!
At $32 for a 3-course brunch, this offers great value. The food here is prepared with love and proof that healthy eating does not equate to having to chew cardboard or settling for boring choices. Nothing here is deep-fried though.
Tasty and with a sense of wellness, I like.
All smile for the camera!
That concludes this episode of YES 93.3FM 美食鉴定团- singles special. Thanks to DJs Jiafa and Weibin for the invitation and Heart Bistro's William for hosting us. Check out Aromacookery's post too!
Note: Brunch is only available on weekends and public holidays. Dinner is not available on Sundays.
Chew On This: For a chance to join DJs Jiafa & Weibin on YES 93.3FM 美食鉴定团, be sure to tune in on Wednesdays at 6.30pm!