My first invitation for an ORTU was noteworthy - invited to eat in Sentosa's famous Cafe Del Mar, I was totally excited~!
So here goes the journey being late because of the tram taking forever, I arrived just a wee bit late to try the appetizer - the bruschetta. I was seated at the far end of the table, with the manager and OR staff while the other table is occupied with the other chosen OR reviewers. Kenath the manager was very friendly, I was overwhelmed! So cheers to ya, Mr Kenath!
The other OR staff was as equal as friendly, we could converse at almost anything.
Anyhow, back to the bruschetta
, diced tomato cubes and melted cheese was just satisfactory, a good opening. It was almost tasteless so it doesn't overpower or cover the tastebuds of my tongue to prepare the main courses that we're going to dig in! While so, Kenath ordered me a mango smoothie
which was thick enough to taste the real mango but not as thick until I was feeling full. It was a good sweet match for the hot weather out and the food we're about to try!
Next came along the tomato based seafood pasta
. Their seafood selection in a portion with the size is worth for it's price (~$20 there) with large shrimps, shell and a round of big scallop piece! It was light, not tangy although it was just a bit bland for me - I'm used to eat a more saltier taste so this tastes a bit bland. But overall it should be just right!Carbonara based penne
with bacon/ham bits was a winner compared to the tomato though!
The cream was smooth and taste just right, but the bacon balanced the taste being it very salty - I really enjoyed it much, eating the bits of it! What I like as well about their pasta is that it's just right when they take it out from the boiling water. The pasta's still hard enough to enjoy a couple of chews before going much down the drain!
CHAMPION OF THE NIGHT, AS I WAS SAYING, is the pacific dory fillet with the best mashed potatoes ever tasted: as smooth and creamy like ice cream. This part is also their special point, mashed potato with mix of cheese and mashing it like mad to make this mash potato so soft.
This was a recommendation from Mr Manager himself, and this is a new menu that everyone ought to try when visiting this cafe. The fish, softly cooked with the spices which makes a little layer of crisp on the outside but soft, smooth and all-beautiful white meat inside, and the sauce when cooked has been absorbed, so even though the meat looks white untouched by any sauce, it has a hint of sweet taste within each bite. Fresh cherry tomatoes that gave the hard sour punch needs to be eaten in a small bite or the flavor of the fish can't be tasted. I had a full share for this, no one was finishing it so I taken every last bit of it and scrape off the potato as clean as possible!
The last main course which is the lamb dish
has only a slight smell of the lamb but the sauce which quite tasted like BBQ sauce had also been absorbed. Succulent and tender meat at the first bite! It really is soft and the portion is just nice; easy to be eaten and hold as well.Again, mash potato as the side dish there! There's a hidden gem underneath the lamb chop, it's like a flat cheese croissant kind (I'm not sure how to describe) and it's good to be eaten by itself!
Finally, desserts to close which I was looking forward to the cafe has to offer. First was the apple crumble with a scoop of ice cream
- the usual hot and cold combination! The apple crumble is just a pass, pretty normal compared to other apple crumbles. There's not much of a difference...it's just plainly right. However, the chocolate fondue se
t is an absolute worth for your wallet! Fondue is dark chocolate, which compliments bitter and sweet marshmallows, kiwi, strawberries, etc. fruits on the platter. And an additional fruit would only be charged at $1. It has a great array of fresh fruits and with the thick chocolate to accompany, it's the best way to end the big feast! Dark chocolate with sweets together is just right!
A round of drinks as the final closing was given, spiced up by the cafe's own bartender who gave an explanation to each drink. Mine was a new mix, which I quite forgot the name but it has something to do with lemon fizz, and as a non-drinker, I could finish 3/4 before getting too hot inside, which I hate for now because we're not eating in a cold cold place!
For the menu price which had undergo a big re-adjustment to be more affordable and with the ambiance, live DJ spinning on weekends, this place is hip to be seen and be in.
Photos were taken at night hence the hard flash - not very flattering! Hehehe
Thanks again to manager Kenath Low for giving a special treat and kindly bear with my stupid student pep talks and the laudable OR staff! Anyone must be damn weird in not commenting and joining ORTU. So therefore I suggest you all to join!
bruschetta as the appetizer!
tomato based pasta. not to tangy, just perfect!
slurp to the last bit carbonara based pasta
dory fish. THE CHAMPION OF THE NIGHT
the lamb chop. oh soooo juicy good.
Apple crumble with ice cream.usual hot and cold~
THIS IS BETTER THAN OTHER DESSERTS PLACES.
their new alochol drink with a spritz of lemon!
carbonara based penne, dory fillet with mash potato, chocolate fondue
Date of Visit: 2010-09-29