Saturday, November 19, 2016

Savour Christmas 2016

The last annual event for Savour happened just this year about six months back and before we knew it, Savour Chrismas 2016 is already here. So here's some thoughts on the food they were hawking for this event.

Baller Breakfast (Artichoke)
1 Pide O’ Fish, 3pc Nugget Royale, 1 Crab BLT 
Artichoke's Baller Breakfast consisted of Nugget Royale - which are nuggets of breaded and deep fried duck with their toum garlic whip, Pide O' Fish - which is pide with burnt cabbage tartar, pink peppercorn and smoked swordfish and the crab BLT - spiced bacon chop with crab & lettuce tzatziki, tomato and breakfast muffin. All pretty good. Things that I'd eat again.

Smokin’ Daddy (Three Buns)
Aged 100g UK Hereford Beef Patty, Dingley Dell Black Beer & Treacle Streaky Bacon, bbq Sauce, Ketchup, Smokey Mayo, Bread & Butter Pickles, Cheddar Cheese, Bawang Goreng, in a Toasted Wagyu Fat Brioche Bun
The description of Smokin' Daddy was pretty tempting so that's what reeled me in. On hindsight, I still couldn't fathom why that beef patty which was griddled well done and subsequently overwhelmed by what they were trying to stuff between the buns. While I could taste some of the items and liked them, the meat could have done better without the bbq sauce, ketchup and possibly mayo. That aside, it wasn't too bad; just not the burger for the purists or even me under normal circumstances.

Grilled Tiger Prawn (Stellar at 1-Altitude)
Risoni, Pancetta, Bone Marrow, Foie Gras
The grilled prawn was delicious. The parts for the risoni where the head fat from the prawn had leaked onto was amazing too. While I liked the risoni, this was definitely a case of too much of a good thing. I mean, bone marrow and foie gras. I liked it, but I couldn't taste them individually so I'm not sure if it was so smart.

Half Roasted French Quail (Saveur Art) 
Pearl Barley & Forest Mushrooms Risotto,
Pickled Shimeiji, Japanese Buckwheat, Shallots 
Saveur Art has always done well in my opinion so this quail was just the slightest let down because it was just - well, roasted quail. Here was me hoping for a little more pink and juiciness. The barley and mushroom risotto on the other hand was really flavoursome. Awesome with the pickled shimeiji and onions.

Ravioli Stuffed with Saffron Risotto and Ossobuco Ragu (Buona Terra)
Homemade Ravioli Stuffed with Saffron Risotto and Bone Marrow Topped with Ossobuco Ragu and Gremolata (Chopped Parsley, Lemon Zest and Garlic)
This was not bad though I could imagine how it tasted like before actually tasting it.

Some Asahi Kuronama to help beat the sweltering heat.

Donut Softie (Bird Bird)
Sugared Donut, Egg Nog Soft Serve, Chicken Floss
The one thing that really got us mmm-ing was Bird Bird's donut softie. The sweet light cinnamon from the egg nog soft serve was a new level of good with the salty chicken floss. While I wouldn't say that the combination was weird or exotic or unimaginable, the pairing turned out much more pleasing that we had expected. So the vote went to Bird Bird.

And look what we found in the Christmas market? The most insincere goodbye gift in the world larger than ever.

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