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Miss Anise and I usually had a pact to bring each other to a nice place for dinner in celebration of our birthdays. This year, she turned a notch up by organising a dinner at Chefz Table, which I have seen rave reviews on TV, and also on Urbanspoon. Needless to say, I was excited!
The concept is simple. You give the chef a list of ingredients that you’d like to have in your meal, and the chef will create a menu (it starts from 4-course all the way to even 10+ courses!). At the start and in the middle, you’d get an amuse bouche and the palate cleanser too.
Upon arriving, we were promptly brought to our seat, with a nice view out into the sunset. Our wine order was taken – which was for the evening, a glass of red wine, from South Africa. I am regretting not writing the name of the wine down because we were both blown away by how good the wine was! Light, fruity, and complemented our food so well, we were delighted that we decided that wine over the Pinot Noir that was on the shortlist.
So, before I go into the dinner itself, the list of ingredients I had chosen included:
- Smoked salmon
- Marron (prompted by Chefz Table themselves)
We were first served with some bread, and home made butter. Served at such a lovely warm temperature, the butter simply melted right into the bun, and made for such a beautiful start to the evening. Nothing better than some home baked bread and home made butter.
The amuse bouche for the evening was a Tomato Lamington. It looked all springy but when you placed the little cube into the mouth, a burst of flavours came through the foamy soft texture of the ‘lamington’. That said, this was actually the least favoured dish of the evening.
We then had Smoked Salmon Mousse, Smoked Salmon Salad, Lemon Curd, Balsamic Foam. Already we were seeing such a delightful amount the ingredients in our list in this dish! It was also awesome with the wild rice giving it a variance to the overall texture of the dish.
We had not included cod cheeks in the list, but Chefz Table sought our thoughts on this, and we thought, “why not?”. So this dish was Cod Cheeks, Marron & Confit Garlic, Rocquette Soup, Duck Ham, Almonds. This was probably my favourite for the evening. Contrary to what I thought, the cod cheeks actually had a texture like chicken, and with the garlic, rocquette soup, ham and almonds, this was an aromatic dish filled with loads of good stuff! Yummo.
Our cleanser for the evening was a Watermelon & Mint Sorbet (with a hint of cinnamon). Very refreshing with the mint, I wanted more than just the scoop we had!
Our mains were next, which was Lamb Topside, king Oyster and Potato Ragout. This was the only ingredient we had that was different to the list we had, but what a beautifully cooked lamb it was. The mushroom element was further accentuated by a powder that was sprinkled on the lamb, giving it an additional oomph to the overall flavour of the dish. I personally loved the potato ragout and thought it went beautifully with the meat.
Dessert was the biggest surprise for us. Hazelnut Cake, Strawberry Textures, Lemongrass. The first surprise was lemongrass in a dessert, but the real surprise was that there were celery bits in the dessert! These bits were soaked in strawberry flavour, and it was just wonderful having that additional crunch. This dessert was so good I forgot to snap a photo! But mark my words when I say it was absolutely delightful.
Being a birthday celebration, they surprised us even more by coming out with a little birthday cake to celebrate the occasion! How sweet! We got to take it home too since dessert was already included in the standard Chefz Table menu.
We ended off the evening with some home made Petit Fours, which were basically some truffles. It was lovely but by that time, I was bursting with so much food in the tummy that it did become a tad rich.
Service at Chefz Table was superb, with just the right amount of attention given to us throughout the night. The host of the restaurant was a lovely lady who took the time to make the whole experience a special one.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Chefz Table, and would recommend this place for a special occasion, or just for a beautiful meal away from home with all your favourite ingredients.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg