It’s funny. I like to eat and drink. A LOT. I guess people who know me a bit also are aware of this fact. But when someone I barely know sends me an SMS and says, “Great meeting you today. Would you be able to give me a few suggestions for brunch on a Saturday, a chilled spot with some ambiance? …”
Do I have hungrygowhere.com tattooed on my forehead? (Though if that guarantees me the payoff they just received, I’d consider it!)
But this is not the first nor I suspect the last time this will happen. So, upon the advice of a very clever lady (thanks, Zurina!), I will attempt to start putting up my favourite places so I can direct people here instead of having to retype things over and over. Have a look, take these tips with a grain of salt please. After all, they are places I like. I am not you, not last I checked, so if something doesn’t gel for you at one of these establishments, I think we’ll all live. Just sayin’
Here we go:
Ok ok, this is not that new any more and everybody and their brother has written about this place. Who cares? I eat really really really well every time I come here. Seriously. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see the multiple meals I’ve had there and although there are a few repeats, there are also new dishes every time. Chef Andy Walsh makes sure to change things up pretty often so that the regulars don’t get bored. And boy are we grateful!
The most recent visit yielded the following…
Left to right:
Heirloom tomato salad with avocado cream, Egg custard with white onions and sweetbread toast, Gambas with orzo, Iberico pork cheek, Pistachio cake.
The dishes were, suffice to say, beyond good. Rich complex flavours, lovely presentation, all around winners. By the way, I always drink every last drop of the gambas broth (an umami bomb!) and the pistachio cake actually made my friend moan out loud!
Cons: A queue for a seat and the quality of the jamón didn’t seem as good as the last time… maybe I’m just being picky?
If you haven’t tried it yet, get thee there quickly!
And just another quickie for this week:
Madras New Woodlands Restaurant (Upper Dickson Road in Little India)
I haven’t been here in absolutely ages, but am so glad I remembered it. Now this is not your fancy, get dressed up or anything at all kind of joint. This is a get stuck in, use your hands and it tastes damn good kind of place. We were actually a party of 5 adult with 4 kids, nightmare right? They couldn’t have been nicer, we were sat down and served within minutes (more expensive restaurants with crap service… take note!)
I had a paper thosai which was exactly the way I liked, super thin and crispy, but still with a few softer, more dunkable areas. Accompanied by lentil sambar, coconut chutney and tomato chutney, I scarfed that pancake in no time and pulled off my best Oliver impression, “May I have some more please?” The table also had masala thosai, roti prata and mango lassi…All fresh and flavoursome.. and with a smile