Friday, November 24, 2006

Sage, Robertson Walk

I've been kinda eyeing this place that is sequestered in the second story of Frasier Place's inner courtyard for some time now, but never got about to coming down. Fatpig suggested lunch here which I was quite glad I didn't decide to wait any further to visit. Sage, which came about sometime in the middle of 2005 is of some renown with of some local food bloggers. I hear that their annual dinner this year was held in this restaurant. That has stirred some of the curiosity that I had of the restaurant. In retrospect after lunch today, it would seem that this was one of those places where the experience was as good as the hype made it out to be.

Sage does an executive lunch at $25++ for a 3 course and $28++ for the 4 course. The lunches include a starter, soup, a choice of main and a dessert. The difference in the 3 course lunch is that one gets to choose to opt out of any of the courses. This makes the 4 course lunch a much more attractive option. The food was very enjoyable, albeit it came in small portions.

The menu for lunch I was told is rotated every fortnight. The appetiser we got for today was a seared yellow fin tuna topped with avocado mousseline, lumpfish roe and an aged balsamic glaze.

This turned out to be a very nicely seared tuna topped with what tasted like a fresh avocado puree. The dark sauce is what I assumed to be the balsamic glaze. But the server claimed to be barbecue sauce (so who's wrong about it?) and it turned out pretty appetising. The lumpfish roe was probably just an aesthetic contrast to the avocado mousseline because I couldn't really taste it. It was on the whole pretty light. And I liked it.

Soup on the menu was a cappucino of cauliflower veloute.

I couldn't think of a better term to describe this but cappuccino of cauliflower cream. The soup was served piping hot with the foam tasting like hot cream. It was definitely a milky cauliflower. Brought a very nice warmth to the stomach especially in a rainy afternoon like today. I was really quite impressed with this.

The mains that were selected by fatpig and myself for today were the pastilla of braised lamb shank with mascarpone cheese, Provencal ratatouille and cassoulet of summer beans and the braised beef short ribs topped with marinated shallots, puree of butternut pumpkin and brunoise root vegetables.

The braised lamb shank was wrapped in what looked and tasted like fried spring roll. It was delicious though. Braised beef was nicely done and very tender. What really did it for me was the butternut pumpkin puree which I thought was fabulous. Someone should turn this into a dish or dessert. It tasted exactly as it was described. Buttery and slightly nuttish smooth pumpkin which was very similar to the soup at Aerin's.

The meal ended with a very enjoyable dessert of vanilla panna cotta with Granny Smith apples and its own sorbet. The smooth and creamy vanilla panna cotta tasted a lot like coconut to me. I'm not complaining though. Paired very well with the very fresh tasting and chilled apple sorbet which was nice like nothing I've ever had before.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,

This might sound a tad strange but you wouldn't happen to have a cousin by the name of Kent would you?


LiquidShaDow said...

Yes I do.

Anonymous said...

What a strange coincidence.

Do you remember meeting him at Robertson Quay last week? I was the girl with him then at Canele.

He mentioned that you were his cousin and a food blogger. Also that your blog has the word 'potato' in it.

A quick check showed that I had bookmarked your food blog some time ago. Small world it is.

Anyway great job on the food blog! I enjoy reading your reviews and posts very much.


LiquidShaDow said...

Hi Nicolette,
small world indeed. :)
Yes, I remember meeting him at Robertson Quay and seeing you too. Thanks for the kind comments. Just curious, how did you happen to come across my blog initially?

Anonymous said...

I think I chanced upon yours from another local food blog. Afraid I can't quite remember which though.

I'm quite a foodie myself and am constantly surfing around for great places to eat.

Thanks to your blog and many others, I not only have a guide as to where to go but what to order as well. ;)