Saturday, June 09, 2018

Are you "Ambush-ed"? Enjoying European dishes without travelling overseas

As much as I enjoyed The French Table, Ambush is equally good. Focusing on European dishes from France, Italy and Spain, the restaurant surprised me with not only a nice ambience but also great food without traveling overseas.

Starting with Tapas, the Calamari Fritti with Thai Mayo Dip (S$7.80) tasted very well on its own. The light flavourful marinated calamari were delicately pricked into the bamboo sticks. The calamari drizzled with lemon was absolutely good. The Thai Mayo Dip was too heavy which was not a good choice. If you were to order this tapas, it is recommended to eat it on its own. (Food rating: 3.5/5)


Baked eggs, Bolognese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cheese with Herb Ciabatta Bread, priced at $15.80, was an interesting dish. The beef bolognese, cherry tomatoes topped with baked eggs and cheese was absolutely delicious. The Herb Ciabatta Bread was perfectly seasoned with herbs and toasted, making the dish extremely pleasant. I took the bread, broke the egg yolk and scooped a small portion of bolognese with runny yolk. This action took me by surprise. The taste was fantastic. This dish is not recommended to eat it on its own as the bolognese was very rich. I would love to add pasta into the dish. Two slices of Ciabatta bread are not sufficient to tone down the heavy flavour. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

36-Hour Oxtail with Potato Puree, Braised Vegetables and Au Jus (gravy), priced at S$18.80, is highly recommended. Loved the oxtail which was so soft that it disintegrated when cut. The meat was tenderly soft and melted as soon as it is in the mouth. The Potato Puree could compete with The French Table, which was silken soft and rich in flavour. Unfortunately, the braised vegetables could be cooked longer and cooked in the rich Oxtail Stew. It seems as if the vegetables were cooked separately from the stew. However, discounting the vegetables, the overall experience was great. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Truffle and Pancetto Risotto with Button Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano and Au Jus (S$14.80) was equally good though it took sometime before it was served. The rice rich in stock stayed "al dente", making it to have a bite and not being soft once cooked. Loved the rich stock and the texture was superb. The truffle oil was subtle and the button mushroom aroma was rich. (Food rating: 4/5)

This is definitely one of the best tiramisu I had in recent months. The tiramisu, priced at $7.80,  emits three layers of taste. Each layer gave a different experience whilst enjoying the cake. Firstly was the bittersweet chocolate powder, followed by the sweet mascarpone cheese and finally with the biggest punch, the coffee liquour. (Food rating: 5/5)


Address: 9 Bishan Place, #02-19/20/27, Bishan Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Singapore 579837
Pricing: $
Rating: 4/5
Ambience: A very nice ambience with attentive service staff. 
Recommended dishes: 36-hour Oxtail Stew, Calamari Fritti, Tiramisu and of course, the truffle risotto.

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