Sunday, December 30, 2012

&Made @ Pacific Plaza

Unbelievable that this entry has been lurking in the draft box for so long! Nonetheless, better late than never!

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Bruno Menard made good with &Made at Pacific Plaza with his sparking three Michelin star title being the main reason for my visit. Queues are given, the larger the group, the longer the wait. We were lucky to nab a table after a short wait on a Friday evening. 

interior

Like minded hungry folks.

Loved the design of the café – reminded me of brick game which I played since young.

lights

Loved the haphazard lights!

The menu is kept simple with focus kept on their famed burgers and toastoos (otherwise known as sandwiches). 

salad

Salad to kick start the meal, refreshing greens.

b burger

The B Burger ($19)

When in doubt, always head for the original. This had the basic works of a burger – beef patty with relish and fries. For once amongst the few memorable times, this beef patty is not minced not made with fillers. Firm yet succulent and absolutely gratifying. A pity the marination was somewhat lacking but otherwise Chef Menard nailed it. The sesame buns were fluffy yet held up the burger marvellously. I did not fancy the tomato salsa dip though – would have preferred their more Americanized ketchup. 

lamb

Messed up delight.

lamb

The Lamb ($25)

The lamb was equally powerful in making a statement. Hardly gamey and still retaining the bite and flavour. TWe had the fries upgraded to truffle here. Just faint whiffs of the IN thing now, otherwise really boring. 

pudding


Molten Caramel Cake ($9)


molten

This replaces the usual molten chocolate cake. Very passé in presentation  with icing sugar though it was a huge novelty to get the cake slit and watching the caramel sauce ooze sexily. Texture of cake was dense and kueh like. The icecream scoop rolled in corn flakes was interesting but I wasn’t wowed.

Definitely returning for the burgers!

back!

Seconds to fix that burger craving and for a Friday night, the crowds were dismal at 7ish pm. What happened? I had concerns about dropping standards.

sauces

All homemade and they do not believe in chilli sauce.

salsa

Rather, what accompanies every burger order is a tasty and very titillating tomato salsa. 

We had their christmas specials that day to kind of round christmas up properly - yes it lasts a good 12 days for me.

burgers

Burping fun.

surf and turf

Surf and Turf ($28)

I was sold on blue lobster yet it was hardly firm. It can possibly hold up on its own as a beef burger and lobster burger and together, some sparks were missing.

foie gras

Burger with Foie Gras ($32)

pink

The mess I always create. I suppose this is hardly goose liver but duck liver since the foie gras was slightly hard. I am surprised the combination was hardly wow and for the first time, I concede defeat to dB Bistro for their exorbitantly priced greasy signature burger. The mild whiff of truffle was good enough for me to crave all things truffle.

fries

Still unimpressed by their fries. 

paddlepop

Lollipop with Waffle ($9)
caramel, white and dark chocolate sauce 

waffle!

The leaf shaped waffle.

drip

Work in progress.

drizzle

Caramel-ised.

waffle

After a round of drizzling.

Somewhat of a letdown with a waffle without much bite, most of it disintegrated into a soggy pile after soaking in the condiments.I had a LOL moment when the manager asked how we enjoyed dessert and I replied "Too sweet" and he threw me a dead panned look "But it's dessert". Bless that guy for such a wicked sense of humour! For novelty's sake and just worth that one attempt.

They do their burgers fine, anything with a beef patty seems to be nailed well. The add ons are however not that great. 

The Delicae Group is opening a couple more outlets and according to the little bird who tipped us off at the eatery (clearly a mole planted by the Marketing team and I digress), Sabio Tapas by the Sea opened at Sentosa Cove and three more await next year, maybe andmade II or L'Entrecote. To celebrate this joyous piece of news, vouchers are going for 20% off! If I may recap what else is under the same group, 83, La Cantine, Cancale Le Petit and Forlino. This is no advertisement but just to share a good deal - this promotion is only available till end December so make haste!

corner

Yes indeed.

heart

Little hearts that adorn the burgers, so loving them!

And made by Bruno Menard
Pacific Plaza

2 comments:

  1. I thought I've seen this post somewhere before. ;p

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  2. @ice: i thought so too and i can't seem to find it! *sigh*

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