Friday, August 29, 2008
Blue Ginger @ Tanjong Pagar
The third visit to Blue Ginger, one of the restaurants on Singapore's Food Tatler list. To be honest, I hardly pay attention to such accolades after a rather off-standard performance by Manna, a Thai Restaurant in Bangkok which was also on Thailand's Food Tatler list.
Blue Ginger offers authentic refined peranakan fare at of course, prices to match. Blue Ginger wowed me the first time there, disappointed the second time round...and the third? Read on...
With dim lighting, wooden tables and chairs...mod designs...and weirdly latin music, set quite the mood for a lazy afternoon. Brought me quite away from the hustle and bustle of reality outside the restaurant, with half the working world dashing to da pao lunch or hurriedly grab something to fill the hunger pangs. I had the company of Blamer & Leecher (once again!) and mr tyw, a fellow foodie. Awesome company indeed.
Many thanks to B&L for the arty pics!
We shared...all signature dishes since three of them were first timers at the place. Juices for all...I like the Calamansi drink!
Tender beef cubes prepared in rich coconut milk spiced with ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and a dash of curry powder
I liked this, just enough oomph to go with it. The gravy isn't too jelak but tasty!
Ayam Panggang “Blue Ginger”
Deboned chicken thigh and drumstick flavoured with coconut milk rich in exotic spices and grilled to perfection
I found this a tad disappointing...probably the least flavourful of the lot but seemingly enjoyed by the rest. Tasted just like grilled chicken with gravy.
Their homemade fishcake recipe, spiced with turmeric and lime leaves enriched with galangal, chilli, candlenuts and shrimp paste.
The power dish, very spicy and tantalizing indeed. Pity I couldn't taste the fish meaty bits in it but otherwise, I enjoyed this.
Udang Masak Assam Gulai
Fresh tiger prawns simmered in spicy tamarind gravy flavoured with lemongrass
Another disappointment...I prefer the one with pineapple though. 5 Prawns, just enough to go round..the prawns weren't superbly fresh, just alright. The gravy was good enough for me to drink it like soup though.
Red beans and pandan flavoured jelly in freshly squeezed coconut milk sweetened with gula melaka and durian puree
Strong durian "fragrance". Those who ordered finished every drop.
Chilled sago topped with honey sea coconut
Did not fancy this hugely either. Just sweet. Overload.
The third visit was average...I like the achar (not your usual homemade achar) and chilli paste...otah and beef rendang too! Service was prompt and attentive.
All in, for a group of 4 with a discount from credit card worked out to $23 per person.
Not very sure if Blue Ginger warrants a forth visit.
The Blue Ginger Restaurant
97 Tanjong Pagar Road