Thursday, January 09, 2014

Verandah Contemporary Asian Bistro @ Gardens by the Bay [Singapore]

Vanilla Bar & Cafe was closed on Sundays and without wanting to travel too far, i suddenly thought of this cafe i strolled past when i last visited Gardens by the Bay! 

The Verandah Contemporary Asian Bistro is conveniently located next to the Visitor Centre and serves both Asian and Western cuisines. As a local who doesn't see the point of paying rocket pricing for Asian fare, i shall only touch on "ang moh" food in this review.

Now, let's take a look at the decor and furnishing! Often evaluated with the same level of importance as the quality of food, i thought the ambience here was similar to the white and black colonial bungalows that we can find in some heritage estates, for example Sembawang.

More pictures of the comfortable and tranquil environment for your viewing pleasure. 

We were not seated at the side which was more heavily decorated. However, near to our table was a row of clocks which i initially assumed were the respective time of major cities in the world. Only upon a closer look did i realise they were not! The above timepiece would likely result in many Singaporean men nodding their heads in agreement.  

Cream of Mushroom
Although it was generously filled with real chunks of mushroom bits, the flavour turned out to be too bland for our liking! And the funny thing was that the bistro had already run out of soup and this was served from a fresh pot! Maybe it would be better to have the soup sitting a while longer. 

Truffle Fries
The crunchiness of the fries was welcomed by all of us, especially Alex who loved the light saltiness. I, on the other hand, felt that this was a great plate of fries yet disappointing for its lack of authenticity. Splash more of that delicious truffle oil please!

Beef Bourguignon Stew 
One word; marvellous! Those beef briskets were absolutely delightful in that pool of flavourful (but not overly strong) wine sauce! We finished the beef pretty fast and the remaining yummy sauce was then used as an alternate dip for the fries! 
 
Banana Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream
Everything about this was perfect; the deliciousness of sliced bananas, lusciousness of gelato vanilla ice cream, the caramelised sweetness of the banana sauce! Except for one thing; how can the toasted batter have such soft, almost rubbery texture!?!?!?!?

Pot of Tea
With such nice bistro's atmosphere, of course we had to order a few pots of tea to spend our Sunday afternoon in a relaxing manner. Strong recommended the Lemon Ginger Mint~!!!

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Location
18, Marina Garden Drive,
#02-04, Gardens by the Bay

Opening Hours
Sundays to Thursdays - 11.30am to 8.30pm
Fridays to Saturdays - 11.30am to 9.00pm

Price
Cream of Mushroom - S$7.00
Truffle Fries - S$9.00
Beef Bourguignon Stew - S$18.60
Banana Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream - S$12.80
Pot of Tea - S$6.00
[Subject to GST and Service Charge]

Menu
As above!

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