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I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice to attend a food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue located within Joo Chiat Place . There is Live acoustic music every weekend, High Tea Buffet and also special Event Menu for all different types of occasions available too!Portebello Crispy Mushroom: Mouth watering Golden Brown Light crispy battered mushroom with a very spicy soya sauce, served with a side-salad with strawberry vinaigrettFried Calamari: Deep fried squid rings taste tender a
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I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice to attend a food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue located within Joo Chiat Place . There is Live acoustic music every weekend, High Tea Buffet and also special Event Menu for all different types of occasions available too!

Portebello Crispy Mushroom: Mouth watering Golden Brown Light crispy battered mushroom with a very spicy soya sauce, served with a side-salad with strawberry vinaigrett
Fried Calamari: Deep fried squid rings taste tender and sweet! Served with 'Arrabiata sauce' (tasted like spicy tomato sauce) and mayo for dripping!
Flaming Wings: Deep fried Wings in Spicy sauce! Very spicy for my taste buds!
Bandung Pasta: a nicely done poached egg in the mist of linguine pasta with light spicyness mixed with rich tomato sauce
Ong Bak Pasta: aka Tom Yum Pasta with creamy seafood tom-yum sauce. Very nice and rich creamy saurce!
Ocean D'Venue: Fillet is soft and couldn’t bring out the freshness and crispyness of the batter, served with rice and fries with a strawberry mixed mayonaise sauce
Lamb Shank Briyani: For Laml Shank Lovers! Meat is tenderly braised, served with Basmati rice and a side of Mango Chutney and bowl of Dalncha.
Charisma Fondue: For Fondue lovers! With mango, pineapple, rock-melon, strawberries, grapes and marshmellow. With rich chocolate dipping sauce.
Waffle with Ice-Cream: This dish is the most beautifully plated. Waffle is soft yet crispy, served with Chocolate Icecream for chocolate Lovers! Can share 3 to 4 Pax!
Chocolate Overload Milk Shake: This milkshake is is not very thick and not very rich and is topped with whipped cream, chocolate waffle sticks and chocolate-covered biscuit!
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I was invited to a food tasting event organised by Open Rice last thursday. I was there early so had some time to admire the decor. I like the entire feel of the place: Warm and cosy, nice place for a gathering. There is even a live band.This place was originally (and now still is) used for event to host weddings and the restaurant also does food catering.I will go into the food since this is the main aim of the review. The serving given for the food tasting was pretty generous and by the end of
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I was invited to a food tasting event organised by Open Rice last thursday. I was there early so had some time to admire the decor. I like the entire feel of the place: Warm and cosy, nice place for a gathering. There is even a live band.
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This place was originally (and now still is) used for event to host weddings and the restaurant also does food catering.

I will go into the food since this is the main aim of the review. The serving given for the food tasting was pretty generous and by the end of the event, I was really full! The only thing, the lighting for food photography was challenging due to the blue and red lightings, which was to create a romantic mood.

First served were the drinks. We were given three to sample: Nojito ($5.50) (non-alcoholic version), Iced Thai Milk Tea ($4) and Charisma Lemon Tea ($3.80), the recommended drinks in the eatery. I only managed to sample the Iced Thai Milk Tea and Lemon Tea, which were both refreshing and not too sweet. But felt the brew a bit on the weak side, again, I am an avid caffeine consumer.
Nojito, Iced Thai Milk Tea and Charisma Lemon Tea
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The Portobello was a nice starter as I loved mushrooms. The side salad with strawberry dressing (which is common for all the dishes with side salad) was refreshing. The accompanying spicy soya sauce looks harmless, but is pretty spicy. Which is great for me as I love spicy food.
Portobello
$7.9
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The Fried Calamari was a tad bit too blend and dry, if not for the Arrablatta sauce.
Fried Calamari
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We got to sample two distinctly different pasta dishes, the Bandung and Tom Yum Pasta. I like how both were flavoured to suit the local taste. I preferredthe Bandung pasta I normally prefer tomato based pasta sauce and I super love the poached egg in it. The Tom Yum pasta tasted not bad too.
Bandung Pasta
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The other main that was served, Ocean D'Venue (Fish and chips) paled in comparison to the pasta, though I liked the garlic rice. It was not bad, but not fantastic either.
Ocean D'Venue
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My favourite dish for the evening was the Flaming Wings, similar to the Korean fried chicken wings, but more shiok version. It was really spicy, but I really like spicy food, so it was really great for me. The chicken wing is well-seasoned and nicely fried too. Warning: Have to gulp down lots of the lemon tea and for those who do not take spicy food should avoid this.
Flaming Wings
$7.9
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Last but not least, the desserts were served, Charisma Chocolate Fondue, Waffles and Chocolate Overload (chocolate milkshake). Frankly, I felt the winning point of this place is not the desserts, though I felt the waffles was really pretty and a lot of effort done for the deco. The Chocolate Overload, well, think more suitable for the kids with the coloured rice and biscuits. The milkshake, after mixing with the whipped cream, was a bit too sweet, "overload" as the name implies.
Charisma Chocolate Fondue
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Waffles
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Chocolate Overload
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The only dish I didn't sample fully was the Briyani Lamb Shank, another Chef's recommendation, so it is not fair for me to review it, but the briyani was nice with the curry.
Briyani Lamb Shank
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The winning point of this place is the price which I felt was quite reasonable and portions were generous. Great care and effort was done for the menu and most of the sides and mains were not bad. Nice place to gather with friends as the ambience is nice.


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2016-03-17
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$25 (Dinner)
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Portobello
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Bandung Pasta
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Tom Yum Pasta
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2016-03-23 55 views
I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice SG to attend food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue. Its is Halal dining restaurant that offers combination of Local, Western, Italian cooking flavours at affordable price and great dinning experience. Located in Joo Chiat area. Has both indoor and outdoor seating capacity up to 150 pax, can cater for special events or menu, pls call to enquirePortobello Crispy Mushroom served with sauce. The deep fried Portobello Mushroom has a thin batter
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I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice SG to attend food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue. Its is Halal dining restaurant that offers combination of Local, Western, Italian cooking flavours at affordable price and great dinning experience. Located in Joo Chiat area. Has both indoor and outdoor seating capacity up to 150 pax, can cater for special events or menu, pls call to enquire
Portobello Crispy Mushroom served with sauce. The deep fried Portobello Mushroom has a thin batter and the mushroom was fresh and chewy. The sauce is very unquie, spicy soy sauce.
Crispy battered squid ring with Arrabiata sauce. The squid rings are cut uniformly and larger size squid was used. Tender and thin batter, drip with the spicy tomato puree saurce! Delicious!
Tom Yum Pasta aka Ong Bak Pasta is a creamy Tom Yum Pasta! Asian Taste of Tom Yum yet not spicy, comes with the rich creamy saurce, simply delicious!
Bandung Pasta was an appealing dish in rich tomato ketchup sauce with a poached egg, nicely done! Taste of Sweetness!
Briyani Lamb Shank was pretty well done, meat is tender and savoury, served with Basmatic rice! Must try! Can portion to 2-3 pax
Flaming Wings, spicy deep fried chicken wings, large wings were served, doesn’t look spicy but indeed spicy! Spciy Wings Lovers!
Ocean D'Venue served with battered fish fillet, fries, salad, and Basmatic rice, served with strawberry flavoured coleslaw. However, the fillet is abit soft but the fries were super! Platting is nice!
Charisma Chocolate Fondue , fruits include strawberries, mango, pineapple, grapes, rock melon cubes and marshmellows. Rich chocolate fondue!
Waffle with Ice Cream with super platting! Like an Art master piece! Waffle is slightly underdone,i prefer more saltedand slightly overtoast taste! Served with cherries, bananas, spread of chocolate sauce and a Big scoop of chocolate ice cream! Filling!
Chocolate Overload is just right. Whipped cream, colorful sprinklers and wafer rolls, chocolate wafer bars and pretzel sticks. Is not just a milkshake! Nice!
Thank You Charisma D'Venue for hosting a delicious food-tasting event and thanks to OpenRice for the invitation!
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This was indeed a delectable Halal food experience at Charisma D’Venue introducing interesting dishes with a blend of East Meet West cuisine.Charisma D'Venue is a Halal semi-fine dining restaurant not only offering a unique gastronomy experience for diners but also a Muslim  wedding services provider and catering services.We were served with three different types of signature drinks. Charisma Lemon Tea ($3.80) This drink comes from brewed tea leaves and has the strongest flavour amongst the drin
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This was indeed a delectable Halal food experience at Charisma D’Venue introducing interesting dishes with a blend of East Meet West cuisine.
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Charisma D'Venue is a Halal semi-fine dining restaurant not only offering a unique gastronomy experience for diners but also a Muslim  wedding services provider and catering services.
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We were served with three different types of signature drinks.

Charisma Lemon Tea ($3.80) This drink comes from brewed tea leaves and has the strongest flavour amongst the drinks.
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On the left of the photo was the Iced Thai Milk Tea ($4.00) was a disappointment  as I expected the tea to be rich in milky flavour unfortunately it was too diluted.

The Nojito drink ($5.50) on the right side of the photo was made from fresh squeezed lemon and non alcholic. Though it has a slight minty taste this drink is also too diluted.
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For starters we were served with Portobello Crispy Mushroom ($7.90)  dipped with Ketchup Manis sauce. Though the Portobello slices were not crispy the sauce made from sweet and spicy soy sauce was savoury.
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The second starter was the crispy battered squid ring ($8.90) with Arrabiatta sauce.
Not crispy as expected but the sauce made from spicy tomato puree complemented the appetizer well.
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Tom Yum Pasta ($10.90) from the main menu a pretty interesting linguine seafood dish. The sauce has a creamy tom yum base but a little too sourish.  Also known as Ong Bak Pasta.
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Chef's Recommendation Bandung Pasta ($9.90) was a dish with a twist to Mee Bandung. An Indonesian dish but prepared to cater  our local taste bud with tomato ketchup sauce.
The sauteed linguine pasta with ingredients of minced meat and prawns topped with a poached egg was yummy. A combination of sweetness and yet spiciness in one dish.

There's definitely no denying the importance of matching a dish with the perfect
sauce.
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Though Briyani Lamb Shank ($19.90) was the most talked about dish of this restaurant and also the Chef's Recommendation, I noticed this dish was not well received.
The tender braised lamb shank served with flavoured Basmatic rice and Dalcha was yummy. The meat was soft and the dalcha was tasty. This was the ony dish that I had the opportunity for a second helping.
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These Flaming Wings ($7.90) from the main course menu was indeed finger licking.
A korean version of deep friend chicken wings but much more spicy with the restaurant secret sauce marinade.

Two plates were served and we had the opportunity to have a wing each.
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The Ocean D'Venue ($10.90) served with battered tempura fish, french fries, salad, fluffy Basmatic rice and strawberry flavoured coleslaw.

Unfortunately this serving was too small for all of us and I managed to scoop a very small portion to taste inorder to review this dish. The fish meat the main ingredient of the dish was too soft.

Accompanied with two dips Arrabbiata sauce and coleslaw mayo sauce.
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To conclude the dinner, we were served with Charisma Chocolate Fondue ($9.90) with strawberries, mango cubes, pineapple cubes, grapes and rock melon cubes together with marshmellows.

Most of the fruits were overiped.

The chocolate fondue was a bit too thick.
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The Waffle with Ice Cream ($9.90) platting was impressive.

However, the texture of the waffle was soft and not fluffy. Served with preserved cherries, sliced bananas with generous amount of chocolate sauce and topped with a large scoop of chocolate ice cream.
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Chocolate Overload ($6.50). Topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles alongside some wafer rolls and chocolate wafer bars and pretzel sticks.

The chocolate milk was too light and diluted as I was expecting a richer milky shake.
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The dishes at this restaurant are reasonably priced and the locality of this place is conveniently located with bus service 33 just opposite this eatery and a spacious carpark across the road.

Thank you OpenRice Singapore for this invitation.

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2016-03-17
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I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice to attend a scrumptious food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue located within the Joo Chiat vacinity. Charisma D'Venue is both a semi-fine dining restaurant as well as an events venue that caters to one's special event. Be it a Birthday celebration, a Corporate lunch or even a Wedding ceremony, Charisma D'Venue is able to provide a wonderful experience together with great food!After a short intoduction by Ms. Zafikah (aka 'Zee') about the p
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I was invited by the wonderful folks from OpenRice to attend a scrumptious food tasting event held by Charisma D'Venue located within the Joo Chiat vacinity. Charisma D'Venue is both a semi-fine dining restaurant as well as an events venue that caters to one's special event. Be it a Birthday celebration, a Corporate lunch or even a Wedding ceremony, Charisma D'Venue is able to provide a wonderful experience together with great food!
After a short intoduction by Ms. Zafikah (aka 'Zee') about the place, its operations and business model, we were served with the drinks and dishes that were to be tested which were the 'reccommended' items from the menu.
Drinks:
1. Charisma Lemon Tea: This in-housed brewed drink uses tea leafs that are directly supplied from their suppliers. It has a unique taste that infuses both the tea and lemon nicely. (3.0/5)
2. Nojito: This drink is made fresh and is a version of the 'Mojito' without the alcohol. There is a lime-lemon kick to it and makes a good summer drink to enjoy! It is also a good drink to 'flush' down all the spices from the food! (4.0/5) -Winner-

3. Iced Thai Milk Tea: Like the lemon tea, it is made in house. The tea has a robust sweet yet aromatic flavour and you can taste the bitterness of the tea mixture. This milky condensed-flavoured drink is great for kids with sweet-tooth (3.0/5)
Starters:
4. Portebello Crispy Mushroom: This crispy-battered mushroom dish is a must-try for all mushroom lovers (like myself)! It comes with a spicy soya sauce condiment which adds a spicy 'kick' to it! Each mushroom slice is dipped with batter and fried to its crispy golden texture whilst retaining the portebello mushroom taste! Perfect for sharing! This dish also comes with a side-salad with strawberry infused vinaigrette splased on it. (4.0/5)
5. Fried Calamari: Squid rings were served fresh and fried with batter (like the mushrooms) and tasted good, not rubbery. It comes with a 'Arrabiata sauce' (tasted like tangy tomato sauce that has a mild spicyness kick to it) and mayonaise. You can eat it plain or dip it with both sauce. Also comes with side-salad. Good sharing snack! (3.0/5)

6. Flaming Wings: Comes with 4 wings on a platter with a side salad. Crispy mouth-watering wings covered with spicy sauce (aka Charisma secret sauce). It is a 'Must-Use-Hands' kind of dish so please prepare to get your hands dirty! The spicyness of the sauce is just nice for me considering I love spicy food but its NOT for the 'faint hearted'! (4.3/5) -Winner-
After the Starters, then came in the Main Dishes:
7. Bandung Pasta: An 'Indonesian-inspired' dish consisting of linguine pasta with a spicy tomato sauce mixture of prawns and beef. In addition, there is a poached egg sitting perfectly on the top of the dish. The sauce tasted quite familiar to me as it reminded me of bolognese beef sauce. Delicious nontheless! (3.0/5)
8. Ong Bak Pasta: This is a Thai-inspired dish (the 'Ong Bak' is a giveaway!) consisting of linguine pasta covered with creamy seafood tom-yum sauce. To me it was mildly spicy (you can see the chilli flakes) and made me full easily since it was a cream-based pasta. Good for tom-yum lovers! (3.5/5)
9. Ocean D'Venue: Some sort of fish and chips with garlic rice dish. The cod fish was fried nicely but felt soft and not flaky. I preferred the garlic rice than the chips (the chips that were sprinkled with red cayenne pepper tasted normal to me) because the flavour of the rice mixture complements the cod fish taste nicely. Additionally there is a strawberry-infused mayonaise sauce that was really good! (3.0/5)
10. Lamb Shank Briyani: The STAR of the show! The Showstopper! The Heart-Stealer Dish! This plate is big enough for 2 to share but I can eat 1 plate by myself. You can cut the tender braised lamb-shank easily with your utensils. The spices used to cook the lamb is VERY flavourful and is cooked to (nearly) perfection. The Basmati rice was slightly dry but the lamb shank made up for it. Comes with a side of Mango Chutney and bowl of Dalcha. (4.5/5) -Winner-
Last but not least were the desserts!:
11. Charisma Fondue: The fondue consisted of sliced fruits like pineapple, rock-melon, strawberries and marshmellow. In-house dark chocolate is used as the fondue-dipping sauce. Nothing fantastic to me but it should be a good sharing dish with the kids! (3.0/5)

12. Waffle with Ice-Cream: This dish was beautifully plated. Vanilla Belgian waffles had an 'eggy' taste but was made crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and drizzled with both Chocolate and Caramel sauce topped with ice-cream. Although the ice-cream was not made in-house, it mixes well with the waffles once the ice-cream melts and 'absorbs' into the waffles! The accompanying strawberries and sliced bananas just make this dish look prettier! (3.5/5)
13. Chocolate Overload Milk Shake: This milksake is suitable for ALL chocolate lovers. The shake isn't that thick but is topped with whipped cream, chocolate waffle sticks and chocolate-covered biscuit! Once you mix the whipped cream and milkshake together, it'll taste good. The presentation is not over-the-top unlike other milkshakes (like Cake Spade or Benjamin Browns) but taste YummY otherwise! (3.5/5)
Verdict: Although this restaurant does not serve many dishes, what I can say is that the dishes are ,IMO (In-My-Opinion), no-doubt value-for-money unlike your regular western restaurants (like Swensens, Fish & Co, MFMS and etc). Service by the friendly staff was tip-top and the atmosphere was nice too. A good place to bring your family and friends and have a wonderful time eating great food! Thank You Charisma D'Venue for hosting a delicious food-tasting event and to OpenRice for the invitation! (Final Verdict: 4.0/5)
Other Info. : Live acoustic music every weekend! Weekdays Special Promotion: Premium High Tea Buffet! Fasting (Ramadhan) Month: Buffet at around $20++ with different dishes every week! Event Menu for all occasions available! (Call to enquire!)
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  • Lamb Shank Briyani
  • Flaming Wings Ong Bak Pasta
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We were here for a food-tasting session on a thursday evening. The location is not so accessible via the public transport. It's not near the MRT station and there's only 1 bus number at its nearest bus stop. But if you drives, it's still ok since the restaurant is facing a open air carpark.We were served 3 drinks - Nojito, Thai Milk Tea and Lemon Tea. I opted for Nojito since it was the most unique among the drinks. It's a non-alcoholic version of the commonly known Mojito. It was refreshing but
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We were here for a food-tasting session on a thursday evening. The location is not so accessible via the public transport. It's not near the MRT station and there's only 1 bus number at its nearest bus stop. But if you drives, it's still ok since the restaurant is facing a open air carpark.
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We were served 3 drinks - Nojito, Thai Milk Tea and Lemon Tea. I opted for Nojito since it was the most unique among the drinks. It's a non-alcoholic version of the commonly known Mojito. It was refreshing but lack the punch if you are used to Mojito. On a good side, it's safe for both kids and drivers. =p
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Next, we had 2 sides - Portbello and Fried Calamari. Both were okay, although I thought the calamari was kinda bland. The accompany side salad left a better impression on me with its special strawberry vingar sauce. Oh ya, if you are a non-spicy eater like me, please do not attempt the 'harmless' looking sauce that came with the Portbello. My tongue was burning throughout the session (and they dont served iced water here) =(.
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Do bear with the photos, lighting here was really bad for food photography.  It was changing coloured lightings. But if you are just here for the food, it does give you a romantic ambience? Sorry, I disgress.

This was their Korean version of fried chicken. Tender but spicy. Hey, I aint fan of korean fried chicken. 
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Bandung Pasta, which I didnt get to eat coz there was only 1 serving of each dish to share among us. 
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Briyani Lamb Shank. It smelt really great when it was served on the table, but the taste fell short. The rice was okay but the lamb got a strong mutton taste which the spices didnt manage to conceal. The portion was big (meant for 2-3 pax to share) but we didnt manage to finish it.
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Ocean D Venue. In other words, fish n chips. The fish was okay without having a thick batter although I prefered the fries. Haha. 
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Ong Bak Pasta. This was probably the best dish that I had that was worth recommending. It was creamy with a tinge of tom yum taste. It was actually better than the one that we had at 49seat which was recommended for tom yum pasta. 
Waffle with Ice Cream
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We had waffles and chocolate fondue for desserts. Dont really like the waffles which was too soft/soggy for me, I like my waffles to be crispy at the outside and fluffy inside.
Chocolate Overload (milkshake)
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Chocolate Overload Milkshake. This was quite disappointing as it tasted more of chocolate milk than chocolate milkshake. 

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Charisma started out as a company offering malay bridal service 10 years ago. In recent years, it has expanded to makeup services, followed by catering and lastly a restaurant called Charisma D' Venue in Feb 2013. The restaurant is located at Joo Chiat Place, which is quite near to Geylang Serai neighbourhood, known as the heart of the Malay community here in Singapore. Charisma D' Venue is semi-fine dining restaurant which offers Halal western and local food, prepared by its in house Chef Fauzi
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Charisma started out as a company offering malay bridal service 10 years ago. In recent years, it has expanded to makeup services, followed by catering and lastly a restaurant called Charisma D' Venue in Feb 2013. The restaurant is located at Joo Chiat Place, which is quite near to Geylang Serai neighbourhood, known as the heart of the Malay community here in Singapore. Charisma D' Venue is semi-fine dining restaurant which offers Halal western and local food, prepared by its in house Chef Fauzie.
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With its grand decoration of the place and the wedding stage for the bride and groom, the restaurant is also often used as a wedding venue for malay wedding. During the fasting months, the restaurant offers Ramadhan buffet with dishes changing regularly. Currently for the month of March, the restaurant is having performances on Sunday night at $35 per ticket which includes a complimentary drink. The restaurant is quite big, with both indoor and outdoor dine in area.
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With the ground floor as the restaurant, the second floor is currently being used for bridal service.
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Menu was a big pinkish booklet with lots of delicious looking pictures of food in it.
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Iced Thai Milk Tea ($4)
It was made with brewed tea. However I felt the drink was quite watered down as I could not taste the tea in it.
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Charisma Lemon Tea ($3.80)
Out of the 3 drinks, I felt that this had the strongest taste. Strong tea taste and lemony. It was made with brewed tea.
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Nojito
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It was made with freshly squeezed juice upon order. A refreshing soda drink with a minty taste, although I wished for a stronger lime taste.
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Portobello ($7.90)
Chef Recommendation
Crispy battered mushroom accompanied with sweet and spicy soya sauce.
It looked like another battered mushroom dish, but it was one of the best dishes of the meal. Dipped the simple battered mushroom in the dark sauce, the taste simply exploded in the mouth. It was juicy, savoury, sweet and spicy, all at once.
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Fried Calamari ($8.90)
Crispy battered squid ring with Arrabiatta sauce.
The spicy tomato based sauce went quite well with the battered calamari.
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Flaming Wings ($7.90)
Mouthwatering Crispy fried chicken wings with Charisma secret ingredient sauce! For the wild hearted!
It was the restaurant's version of korean style fried chicken but in a more spicy way. Finger licking good.
Tom Yum Pasta
$10.9
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Tom Yum Pasta ($10.90)
Sauteed linguine pasta in a creamy seafood tomyum sauce.
It was also known as Ong Bak Pasta. One of the best dishes of the meal. The pasta was well coated with the creamy spicy sauce, although I felt that the sauce reminded me more o green curry than tomyum as it was not sour enough.
Bandung Pasta
$9.9
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Bandung Pasta ($9.90)
Chef Recommendation
Sauteed linguine pasta, minced meat and prawns in a spicy tomato sauce topped with poached eggs.
Although it looked quite spicy and oily, it was one of the best dishes of the meal. There was sweet and spicy flavours in the dish.
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Briyani Lamb Shank
($19.90)
Chef Recommendation
Braised lamb shank in Briyani sauce served with Mango chutney, flavoured Basmati rice and Dalcha.
The lamb was quite tender without much gamey taste. The vegetables in the dalcha was soft and well flavoured.
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Ocean D'Venue ($10.90)
Battered tempura fish, coleslaw, fries, Garlic rice with a side of Arrabbiata sauce and Mayonnaise sauce.
As there was only one serving of this dish, I only managed to eat some crumbles of the battered fish, as most of the fish was taken by the other side of the table. Based on what I had, I could only remark that the fish was quite mushy, which was quite disappointing. The coleslaw was interestingly coated with a pinkish sauce.
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Charisma Chocolate Fondue ($9.90)
Chef Recommendation
Chocolate Fondue served with assorted seasonal fruits and Marshmallow.
The chocolate fondue was served quite hot but not quite thick to coat the fruit. We were served strawberries, grapes, rock melon cubes, pineapple cubes and mango cubes. I felt that mango cubes was a bad choice here as it was cut too small and quite difficult to coat with. The rock melon was also too juicy to be coated with.
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Waffles ($9.90)
Vanilla belgian waffles with fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and topped with choice of ice cream.
The dish was prettily presented like a piece of art. However I disappointed in the texture of the waffle was not the crispy, airy and fluffy type, nor was it the eggy and sponge type.
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Chocolate Overload MilkShake ($6.50)
The chocolate milkshake was topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, chopped nut, wafer roll, chocolate wafer bar, marshmallows and chocolate coated pretzel sticks. It looked quite huge and its just $6.50. What a steal! Way cheaper than the overpriced overflowing milkshakes sold in other cafes. However the milkshake did not taste as chocolaty as I would prefer. But for this price, I have no complain.
Overall there was both hits and misses in the food, although the pasta dishes were really very delicious and reasonable priced here. The prices of the dishes here were very attractive. If you are driving, there is a public car park area just behind the bus stop opposite the restaurant. Only thing that may keep me from coming here often is that there is only one bus service which is bus service number 33 stopping at the bus stop opposite the restaurant.
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
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Date of Visit
2016-03-17
Dining Method
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Type of Meal
Dinner
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Level4
Charisma D'Venue is a Halal semi-fine dining restaurant offering a unique gastronomic experience blending local South East Asia cuisine with western technique at an affordable price. Chef Fauzie is the Chef in charge of the innovative menu, with the ever popular Charisma Biryani (or Briyani)Located opposite Kwan Im Temple in Joo Chiat, this place can be very catchy in the evening. The restaurant decided to use purple lighting and you can spot this place from far away. The decoration is simple,
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Charisma D'Venue is a Halal semi-fine dining restaurant offering a unique gastronomic experience blending local South East Asia cuisine with western technique at an affordable price. Chef Fauzie is the Chef in charge of the innovative menu, with the ever popular Charisma Biryani (or Briyani)
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Located opposite Kwan Im Temple in Joo Chiat, this place can be very catchy in the evening. The restaurant decided to use purple lighting and you can spot this place from far away. The decoration is simple, yet modern and sophiscated. Once you enter the restaurant, you can see at the end there is chairs displayed for Malay wedding function. Oh ya, did I mention that Charisma D'Venue can also cater to your special events, such as wedding.
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As catchy as the purple lighting is, it is the bane for photographer. It made the colour of my photos out of whack. In respect to other people dining in the restaurant, I always try to limit the use of flash as much as possible. Therefore, my apologies if the picture looks weird.

Since Biryani is the most popular this in this place, we ordered their famous Biryani Lamb Shank ($18.80). The generous size of lamb shank is well braised, tender and fall of the bone. The gravy is excellent, robust, rich in flavour and goes well with the rice. The rice is flavourful and al dente, without the overpowering spices that you normally find in Indian Biryani. The mango chutney is a good counter balance for the richness of lamb shank. Although the dish is served with dalcha, we find that is just not necessary. The gravy from the braised lamb is enough to bind the rice and the meat. Yummy!!
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Another winner here is Charisma Calamari ($6.80). The fried calamari is crispy on the outside, and it is tender and juicy inside. The curried seasoning on the batter gave a distinct touch to the dish. The salad on the sides is fresh with a nice mango dressing. The yoghurt mint dipping sauce is unique, kind of Greek style, but if it is not that watery, the yoghurt sauce will complement it better.
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While the above two dishes are a winner, the two other dishes that we tried can be improve. Pan Fried Seabass ($16.80) – served with baked potato, mango chutney in mango puree sauce. Firstly they did a good job with the skin, it is crispy, however when they put the mango chutney on top, it just messed up the whole thing. Some part of the skin became soggy, the onion in the chutney is too overpowering for a fish dish. It will be better to substitute the chutney with other vegetables, use more subtle sauce and don't put anything on top of that beautiful crispy fish skin.
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Charisma Grilled Chicken Wing ($7.90) – served with peanut sauce. Good concept, however failed in execution. Although the chicken wings are well seasoned, The wings and peanut sauce were burnt. When we gave feedback to the management, they made a new one for us to bring back. I applaud their service orientated commitment. During our dinner, the service has been good and efficient.
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While the food can have its up and down, the mocktails here is a must tried. With the price ranging from $3 to $8.50 depending on ingredients, it sure is refreshing and flavourful. We tried Sunrise, Nojito (non alcoholic version of Mojito) and avocado smoothie. All get our thumbs up. Kudos to the mixologist.
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Overall, Charisma D'Venue delivered on their promise on affordable price fusion food. With the combination of some winner dish and mocktails, this is a destination for everybody, especially our Muslim friends.

For full review and more photos, please visit
http://www.chubbybotakkoala.com/2013/09/charisma-dvenue-restaurant-devine-and.html

Up to 14 September 2013, Chubby Botak Koala is giving away $25 dining vouchers in this venue. Check out the above link for details.
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
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Recommended Dishes
  • Biryani Lamb Shank
  • Charisma Calamari
  • mocktails