I was somehow expecting to find a little girl with a red hood or a big bad wolf at Shelter in the Woods but ended up finding a pretty satisfying dinner cooked by Consultant Chef Masashi Horiuchi instead. Chef Masashi is Japanese and brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe.
Dinner was off to a great start with the Shelter Charcuterie Board ($35). Nibbling at the pork rilette, pate and foie gras was pure joy with their sweet meatiness, savoury punch and comforting allure. I think this, a bottle of wine and some good bread and French butter would make for a happy meal for this cow.
But wait. There's moore!
My heart skipped a beat when I saw my fellow bovine nearly naked on a plate. It was love at first sight and confirmed with a bite. Moohehe. The DIY Steak Tartar ($33) featured 200g of lightly chilled, hand-chopped Australian black Angus hanger steak with shallots, capers, moostard, herbs and a raw quail's egg. Mix everything up on the plate for a sexy serving of flavoursome beef tartar.
For those carnivores whose perception that a salad is nothing but a bunch of boring leaves, try the Lyonnaise Salad ($12). Dutch smoked bacon. Soft boiled egg. Confit pearl onions. Croutons. Sherry vinaigrette. It was a wonderful mix of hearty flavours and varied textures, all with a sense of good balance.
Another winner at the table was the Shelter Quiche ($14.50) with forest mushrooms adding an earthy component to the eggs, Swiss Gruyere cheese, herb butter and onions.
Then the Creamy Corn Soup Trio ($15) arrived. Warm, creamy and tasting of the natural sweetness of corn, it was comforting on the palate. Its three style of cooking the corn kernels- boiled, roasted and popped- added variety.
Mooving on to the mains, first up was the Rotisserie Suckling Pig ($35 for small portion). Unfortunately, the flavourful meat was dry while its skin was a tad hard. The grilled pineapples that accompanied the suckling pig were excellent.
Seafood fans should order the Seafood Casserole ($39). Beaming with seasonal fish and seafood cooked in a rich-tasting seafood and saffron broth, the dish was perfect for dunking in pieces of crusty bread.
The Rotisserie Rack of Lamb was anything but meh. Moohehe. The racks of New Zealand lamb were grilled perfectly and bathed in garlic confit oil for a lovely effect.
The last savoury course was the Rotisserie Chicken ($40 for whole chicken). With Shelter in the Woods being a rotisserie specialty restaurant, the majority of their meat main courses were roasted in the rotisserie. I didn't take to this chicken due to its dry texture and overall muted flavour.
Desserts made the people with sweet tooth at the table all very happy. Moohehe. I was pretty satisfied with the Thin Crispy Apple Tart ($12) which had thinly sliced Fuji apples laid on top a short crust pastry. Served with a vanilla ice cream, it was simple and good with a balance between tart and sweet, crisp, flaky and soft.
The Meringue Glacee ($12) was pretty and seemed to call out to the ladies. Meringue cones atop a scoop of raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream. The other dessert right at the top of the above photo was the Raspberry Clafoutis ($12)- featuring egg custard, sugar dough and raspberries.
The woods does sound like a mysterious place. One filled with part adventure and part rustic lushness. Over at Shelter in the Woods, it does have that some of that feel plus a warm welcoming environment.
Thanks to Bing for the invitation and for hosting me.
Shelter in the Woods
22 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6466 6225
Opens: 6pm to 10pm daily
: 11.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays for brunch
Chew On This: Sunday brunch is now available! See here for the brunch and dinner menus.