Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cafe de Amigo, Funan the IT Mall

Heard this place mentioned a few times and decided to check it out with my brother whom uncharacteristically asked me out for dinner. Nothing against my bro, but he's usually not into traveling out to eat unlike me. Lol.

What I read about this place was that it had recently shifted from Specialist Shopping Centre to Funan. This restaurant is located on the 2nd story and it's relatively easy to find. Overheard from a conversation at a neighbouring table from ours, I learnt that it was just opened here about 4 weeks back. The restaurant looked pleasant, had a wine section and even private dining rooms. Each seated table is served with a basket of warm baguette. And warm baguette with butter and sugar tastes good. :p

The menu is separated into their specials, salads, soups, mains, desserts and wines. The specials looked interesting so we ordered on the priority of sampling.

Angels'n Horseback

This item which comes from the specialty section of the menu is interestingly called Angels'n Horseback. These fritter like things are actually oysters wrapped in bacon which are breaded, and then fried. They were actually quite good. The bacon wasn't too salty and the oysters didn't have too much of the oyster-ly flavour. I've had some bad experiences with fried oysters before and I suppose I'm twice shy. These ones here were fortunately rather good and definitely worth a try. 

Oysters Florentine

The Oysters Florentine came out in very short moments after the orders were made. So I'm guessing that it's all prepped to baked and probably wasn't baked for a sufficient duration. If you're wondering why I thought so, it's because the cheese didn't really melt properly. Though the char marks of the cheese meant that very high heat was involved. This oysters were shucked, filled with creamed spinach before the oysters are placed back covered with parmesan cheese for baking. The menu describes the creamed spinach as spinach moose. I really have no idea what is spinach moose. On a whole, the Oysters Florentine were decent. Just not remarkable.

This was when we waited really long before the soups arrived. Choice of soup for tonight were the French Onion and the Not the Same Potato.

French Onion soup
Not the Same Potato soup

Damn straight this ain't the same potato soup. This is the first of these kind of potato soup I've ever had. This tasted like just a potato flavoured starch drink that's made from powder. I just had this very distinct impression that everything was pureed by machine because of the creamy smooth texture. Didn't think it was that good.

The French Onion soup was on the other hand was heart warming. I found it amusing that it was served in a small clay pot instead of a regular soup bowl. It's also starchy but the flavours of the onion was distinct in each mouthful. There were real onion shreds swimming in the soup. What scored was the generous portion toasted cheese which really did it for me.

An unexciting dish of Soft Shell Crab
An even more unexciting Seafood Platter

I was disappointed with the Seafood Platter. It was sad and it's really not a platter. Not even close. It's a piece of fish, a single prawn and a piece of squid. I always think Fish & Co when it comes to seafood platters and anything else that isn't close or better really doesn't deserve to be called that. In fact, I felt cheated. The garlic sauce used tasted suspiciously like the jarred variety which is used in teppanyaki in food courts. I'm totally unimpressed. In fact, I'm negative about it and urge everyone not to order it.

Apple pie

I liked this apple pie. It came with light flaky crust on the sides topped with thinly sliced apples and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It would have been really good if the apples were thicker sliced. It all went down quite easily even though it was big.

In retrospect, Cafe de Amigo was a bunch of hits (Angel's N Horseback, French Onion soup and maybe the apple pie) and misses (the rest). I proabably would think better of them if they were less expensive. Couldn't shake the feeling that most of what made it filling for dinner were fried flour and oil.


Junie said...

hahaha.. that receipt! u're really gonna compete with kelv eh?

LiquidShaDow said...

Nah....I just thought that with so many "not so positive" things I had to say about the food in this place, I should let the readers also know how much it cost. I usually don't do the receipt shots.

Anonymous said...

Ate at this restaurant couple of years back while they still at Specialist Center and the most memorable dish I still can remember is the Apple Pie.

Unable to recall what the main I had but the ambience is nice and the restaurant is not crowded.

LiquidShaDow said...

I guess the ambience is still pretty much the same. It wasn't very crowded when I was there and throughout dinner. If my memory serves me, there were about 2 other tables, that's it.

RubenPotter said...

Planning to book this restaurant for a company event.. came across yur blog when I googled for "Cafe de Amigo", they don't have a website do they?

PS: Lovely blog u hv there ;)


LiquidShaDow said...

Hey ReubenPotter,

They do have a website. The restaurant has been renamed to Bistro Amigo.