my husband suddenly had this craving to eat something nice, and we haven't tried platinum grill yet, so he asked me to make reservation for last saturday, no special occasion. fortunately, last saturday wasn't that crowded. probably people still check out domicile or 1914 or le ciel blue. anyway, this will be our first 3 courses dinner. hahahaa..
the place: it was pretty dark, though it was still 6 pm. plus the restaurant was surrounded by trees and no big lamp inside, so there was just a glimpse of light just enough for us to see our way. everything was decorated black. even the waiter and waitresses were all dressed in black. plus last saturday it was cloudy and rainy, so it added extra darkness. the place was decorated for easter, though they moved some bunnies from the original place, probably to avoid it getting drenched by the rain.
the service: they were very meticulous about the service. they asked us whether it was our first time there. they even gave us extra chair for our bag. they explained the menu for us if it were our first time there. anything you asked them, they'll answer it for you. they even urged us to pick a main first and immediately order it for it took some time to prep the main.
the food: 3 courses menu. entree, main, and dessert. all in a package. so the price on the main was for the whole package. the entree was salad or soup, but if you wanted another entree, they will calculate it for you. my husband picked fjord something, which was something he usually didn't eat. below the dishes' name there was a simple explanation, and for the fjord, it was salmon, citrus and caviar. and just that. it turned out smoked salmon, with oranges underneath and some caviar. they served it in a bowl with lid closed, but they opened the lid at your table so you could smell the smoke. hahaha.. pretty theatrical. and i chose mini burgers. i thought if matthew demanded something to eat, he could try it. but turned out i had to eat the fjord since the salmon was raw. hahaha.. my husband had no idea what he chose. and he ate the mini burgers instead. the salmon was too salty for my taste, and the orange was too sour. eaten together the sourness of the orange did balance the saltiness, but i could still taste the salt. oh.. i forgot. when we were reading the menu to pick, they gave us cinnamon crunchy stick to munch.. and some tiny appetizer. it was consisted with orange and egg belt, meat covered in cheese (but looked like klepon) and cherry with mayones. tiny bits. after that, since we both chose steak, they gave us bread and butter. matthew loved it. he ate two. hahaha...
main: tenderloin with mushroom sauce and french fries for me (the fries were supposed for matthew, but he was full from the bread, so i ate them instead) and baby back pork ribs for my husband, bbq sauce and potato wedges. i wanted to try the seafood, but i was uncertain about their dressing and sauce, so i just picked the steak. after all, i wanted to eat some meat too. tenderloin was okay, they cooked the meat perfectly, but the sauce was soooo little. i wanted more sauce. my husband still prefer stevan's for the steak. the baby back pork ribs was delicious. it was tender and delicious. for me it tasted just like domicile's but more meaty. but my husband said it was too much, probably since he chose the large portion. hahaha.. jadi mbleneg, he said.
desert: i chose chocolate gateux and the apple for my husband. i thought there will be a proper size of apple pie, nice, sweet and comforting. but turned out there was just tiny apple pie, just a bite size, and a sponge cake, foam and an ice cream. for me, the chocolate gateux was perfect. rich and moist chocolate cake, with vanilla ice cream, raspberry and orange sauce, drizzled at the top and bottom of my plate and candied orange. i didn't like the candy, it was too sweet for my taste.
for the drink, they gave us lime infused water for free. free top up too.
conclusion: this was a nice example for 3 courses dinner. the menu was all french but the taste was changed to suit asian tongue. though they didn't use overpowering spice, and the side dish (the veggies) was blah. the mini carrot and turnip was actually a regular size cut into mini veggies. and it was bland. the mushroom also was bland. so in case of copying the actual french dish, they were failed at side dish, probably because we didn't have baby veggies like western countries. and our veggies tasted different, like soil and grass, while abroad, some of them tasted sweet. but if you wanted fine dining, but not too french-y, you could try platinum grill. my stomach was a happy stomach that night.
|fjord : salmon, citrus, caviar|
|baby back pork ribs|
|tenderloin with mushroom sauce|