Since my first dining experience at Dean and Deluca, it has always been a fantastic place for my gatherings with friends and colleagues. The location is conducive and the food was reasonably good.
This time, I went with a group of girlfriends for dinner. It had been a long time since we last met and it was time to catch up with one another. Each one of us ordered a dish to share and the total bill cost us S$110 for four ladies. Not too bad. We were really big eaters!! :P
It was a pity that I was not able to eat my favourite berries & flapjacks. They said that it was "sold out". I hope to order this when I come back again.
Sautéed Brioche French Toast with Salted Caramelized Bananas and Fresh Berries was a very interesting dish. The dish was served with french toasted drenched with caramel sauce and then sizzled with more caramel sauce. If you are not into sweet desserts, you may want to skip this. The fruits - bananas, strawberries and raspberries were all drenched with caramel sauce. Surprisingly, the vanilla ice cream came to the rescue. The rich vanilla somehow helped dissipate the overpowering sweetness of the caramel sauce.
For starters, we ordered Truffle Fries as it was easier to chat and munch before the entrees arrived. When the fries were served, the mouthwatering truffle aroma started to disperse around us. The fries were not too oily as if they were baked. The truffle oil was generously sizzled onto the fries. You could eat it on its own without any condiments. (Food rating: 4/5)
Pasta of the day - Meat balls with Spaghetti in Tomato sauce was rather ordinary amongst the delicious dishes. The pasta was a little too soft and the meat balls were so so. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Smoked Duck Salad is a must try. Even though I do not like vegetables a lot, I enjoyed the salad. I could not taste the bitter and sandy duck meat. Instead, it was tender and soft. The vegetables and herbs in their homemade sauce were delicious too. Together, the salad was immensely enjoyable. (Food rating: 3/5)
This was another sweets we ordered too - The Belgian Stack served with waffles, berries and vanilla ice cream. The waffles were fragrant and the berries tasted great with the sweet vanilla ice cream. Yummy!! (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Raspberry Vanilla Tart was too pretty to eat. It was served first but was the last to be eaten. If you break the tart into two sections - raspberries with sugar icing, and tartlet. I prefer the tartlet to the fruits. The raspberries were a little sour but when eaten with the sugar icing, it was slightly better. The tartlet on the other hand was sweet and delicious. The thick vanilla crust with custard was superbly yummy. Together, this dessert was a fantastic blend of both worlds. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
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