Thursday, May 03, 2007

Lunch @ Wild Rocket

Wild Rocket at Hangout Hotel (10a Upper Wilkie Road) wasn't an easy place to find. Even with an idea of where it is located from the map, it was a much longer walk than I had expected up Mt Emily. The restaurant looks much nicer in the photos than in reality. Sort of reminded me of Jaan. Anyways, there is a lunch 3 course here at $26++ that comes with a starter, a main and a dessert. I'm actually here today for the Wild Rocket Burger which is only available for lunch.

salad grilled aubergine, baby spinach and yasai dressing

deep fried soft shell crab with sweet thai chilli sauce

The starters for their lunch menu looked meh, but since it came with lunch, we did pick something. Those grilled aubergines are pretty much what they looked like. I had though that the soft shell crab looked to be another boring item. To my surprise it was pretty good. Instead of being dried out, greasy logged and chewy, this was actually juicy and quite meaty. Quite impressed with this even as I was thinking of just how much more unimaginative it could have gotten with their sweet thai chilli sauce that is so cliche. That sauce was really not bad with the crab. Never always trust what you perceive in the menus. Lol!

behold the Wild Rocket Burger

I liked this and I can see the possbility in the future where I might just trek up this place to eat this again. The burger looked in real life, a little smaller than I thought but the glistening patty was thick as I had imagined. Any thicker, I wouldn't be able to fit it into my mouth. And it was so juicy that each bite I made, had to be accompanied with the sucking of all the leaking juices that dripped and trickled down the chin. Damn juiciest burger I've ever had. The only condiments in it are a supposed sun dried tomato relish, some light mustard and sprigs of wild rocket. The sides that come with the burger are just some token salad of mixed leaves and papadum.

Desserts were a mixed bag with a very good "fresh Pandan infused" panna cotta with gula melaka taking lead over a much less interesting chilled black glutinous rice topped with coconut ice cream. I'm not too sure what fresh pandan infusion would be like since I've never actually had it before, but this panna cotta does have a very distinctive flavour of the leaf that can almost be described as 'awakening'. On it's own, I thought it stood out well. The gula malaka was definitely an icing on the top. It wasn't overly sweet and it was also fragrant with crunchy bits of crystals. Nothing too heavy. The glutinous rice on the other hand was quite uninteresting and the hint of coconut in the ice cream was....well, barely discernable. Nothing special.

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