As I took a step out of the car, smelling of stale cigarette smoke, I was unexpectedly greeted with a traditional church sign that read “Praise the Lard” – humourous for all, I suspect – before I gawk at the amazingly beautiful architecture.
I believe my friends and I were the oddballs, thorns among the roses. The other diners seemed to be businessman/woman or at least of the affluent sort while we looked like kids trying something a little out of our range. But in all seriousness, the service staffs were professional and efficient. I really love the splendour interior with the warm incandescent glow of the lights adding on a romantic touch to the atmosphere.
Fast forward to the food, for the appetizers, we ordered the Truffle En Croute ($18), Lobster Bisque ($38) and Ocean Trout Tartare ($18). Can I just say that the Truffle En Croute is a bit of a disappointment? I know truffle has a very delicate flavour but there was not much flavour at all, only a hint of fragrance at the end of a sip. Lobster bisque pretty standard, not too bad. Out of all the appetizers we tried, the best has got to be the Ocean Trout Tartare. Trout was fresh, served with – what looks very much like traditional condiments for caviar – accompaniments, the only comment I have, outstanding. For a non-raw fish eater like me to appreciate trout tartare is a feat on its own!