Saturday, June 8, 2013

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante @ Telok Blangah Hill Park

Went there for my cousin's wedding but taxi uncle couldn't find the place given its address as 10 Telok Blangah Green. But luckily, someone was eagle-eyed enough to notice a sign that points to Telok Blangah Hill. Phew.

evening sun
ready for the wedding

Very nice ambiance. Old world charm. Spacious where older folks would mingle with a drink in hand, and the kids running freely with nary a care in the world. Sweet.

dinner shall be served, in a while

The inside of the mansion is as charming as its exterior. High ceiling, and warm furnishing. Service was friendly.

warm bread

Definitely loved the warm bread. Soft and pillowy. The service staff would replenish the basket and we were never without bread. Never.

Fegato d’Anatra

First antipasto, Pan Seared Duck Liver with blackberry/raspberry sauce.

quivering richness

The duck liver was good. Rich and oily. It became better when paired with the soft pillowy bread and a sip of red wine. Yums.

eat, drink (responsibly) and be merry

Next up, Burratina. To be frank, am no fan of this cheese. While many extolled the butteriness of it, unfortunately (and sorry) I just don't get it. It's like a very mild (almost tasteless) cheese with slight creaminess. Hence, the drizzle of good olive oil and the pairing of it with sweet tomatoes, plus a bit of seasoning (salt and pepper) is a must.

Burratina with rocket and tomatoes

Next up, first course of Ravioli.

Raviolio with truffle and mushroom sauce

The ravioli has strong flavours of porcini, with a not so subtle hint of truffles. Charming. Thank goodness for its not so big portion because we were pretty stuffed from all the free flow bread!

For the mains, it was either cod fish or beef short-ribs. Guess which one was my choice.

Atlantic cod with caviar
Beef short-ribs with asparagus and mash potatoes

Beef, of course. The boneless short-ribs wasn't so tender till it falls apart but it was tender enough to bring a smile. Perhaps, the way the meat was cut, the way it was cooked until the satisfactory outcome where the flavours merged and its texture retained that bite yet jaw friendly.

yum yums

To finish off the meal, we had our sweets.


Likewise, here's wishing my cousin and his wife all the sweet things in life and may they be happy, together, forever.


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