Sunday, August 26, 2007

Lazy Garage Sunday

Sunday brunches tend to be an uncommon event for me. I'm either tired out from fatigue and dehydration the night before (read high, dry and almost wasted) or that I find it a Herculean effort to peel myself off the bed just to head out someplace. A day without work is the only time I get to forgo the regimental reminder of my alarm clock and since there is precious little of that going around, I would usually prefer to lounge the morning off in bed or just at home. I'm just back from a mind numbing obligatory cruise, courtesy of work so the early check out hours meant that I'm wide awake on my normally lazy Sunday morning. And since I'm up, there's no reason not to make the best out of it. Yep, it's a brunch, not a jog or a walk in the park.

Wine Garage (30 Merchant Road, Riverside Point, #01-07), a upmarket restaurant opened by the group that does Brewerkz just next door does a very tasty brunch offering which I've never had the opportunity of having because of my usual indoor Sundays. A selection of wines are available at a noticeable discounted price along with an array of modern European culinary offerings. Alright, that's enough introduction from me at this point. The short of what I want to convey, is that the food is supposed to be good and it comes coupled with a matching service. Wait a minute......I think that last statement didn't sound quite the way I wanted to say it. I had meant that service at the restaurant was great.

Wine Garage cheese slate

This cheese platter is literally served on a wooden slate. The options for the cheese comes in one ($7), three ($18) or five ($28) different cheeses. These ones are the Montgomery Cheddar, Grana Padano and Stilton Blue (left to right) with accompanying buttered toasts, sliced green apple, white honey and fig jam. The cheddar was rich and of full bodied flavor, Grana Padano fruity and the blue was pungent the way I like it. 

Pumpkin hotcakes with mascapone and maple syrup ($18)

These hotcakes were a reminder of the pretty good banana pancakes which I've had from Graze. Excellent comfort food to be eaten served hot.

Zucchini fritters with smoked salmon, feta and mint ($19)

I didn't really know what to expect out of zucchini fritters before this arrived and I had imagined that they might be battered and fried whole zucchinis. Much like goreng pisang. Lol. This however was a flour based patty like tapioca cakes made with mashed zucchini and it turned out pretty damn good. The medium done smoked salmon bits with crumbled feta cheese topped really well on the zucchini fritters with their tangy, smoky zest.

the "Garage" burger

This burger was awesome. A awesome. I mean, it's going to be on the tops in this blog. Here's a little description I shall plagiarise from the forums of Makansutra by a poster who claims to have received it from Wine Garage's chef Travis Masiero

"160 gr. freshly hand ground chuck (pre-salted the night before), homemade sesame bun, aged Irish cheddar, homemade zucchini pickles, French's mustard, Best mayo, dill pickle relish, shredded cos lettuce, and diced red onion.
They griddle the burgers in american diner fashion to "crust" the outside, lightly toast the bun, and use only whole chuck they grind themselves (never frozen).
That's the standard burger and it costs S$21 and come with a side order of hand cut fries which have been double fried with sage leaves and sea salt.
For $4 extra you can add homemade bacon, which is homecured Kurobuta (Black Pig) Pork that has been cured for seven days and then smoked over hickory chips."

The description alone, I found was tempting enough, so I really had to try it myself. Here's a burger that is excellent with an E. The waiter had made mention of a slow cook process for the patty to preserve the juice in the meat which was also tender enough. This is a world from the poor, bland and /or crumbly attempts like my home made ones, and comes with enough of a bite to satiate beef-lust. I went without the Kurobuta pork bacon option since I'm not so sure that baconized Kurobuta was how it was intended to be eaten. And I like my burgers beefy. This is truly, a good one. And one of the best.


Junie said...

sounds good... would i haf liked it?

LiquidShaDow said...

I think you would. You should give it a try.

MystiKaL said...

Pity i'm not a wine person... but the burger looks good as hell..

btw i finally found Fulgrim. Any idea where i can get Ravenor Rogue without ordering it online?

LiquidShaDow said...

Actually, you needn't be a wine person to visit Wine Garage. One can simply drop in on Sundays just for the food. The wine is simply an available option should you or your friends enjoy them.

As for Ravenor Rogue, the usual best bets are San Bookstore or Kinokuniya. It's usually a gamble trying to find Black Library stuff there, but it's definitely less costly than getting them from the site.

MystiKaL said...

I found Fulgrim at a San bookshop.. Ur right about it being a gamble man.. the stuff are clueless.. they simply pointed me a random shelf with like 7 books.. I accidently knocked over a couple books near the counter on the way out.. and as luck would have it. Fulgrim was one of them

"Oh yeah.. we keep the new ones on that shelf" the staff then informed me.. It was second from the bottom.. -_- lol..