2 birthdays ago, some of my friends got me a book entitled “Asian Bar And Restaurant Design”. That’s where I first came across Graze (Rochester outlet), which is featured on pages 224-229 of this book. Sadly, Googlebooks doesn’t allows us to preview so far into these copyrighted books so if you want to read more, you just have to purchase the book or borrow it from the library or if you’re adventurous enough, drop me a mail or comment and you can just borrow the book from me!
Although I haven’t been to the Rochester Park branch (mainly due to my refusal to travel so far from home), I’m really loving the pictures and contemporary concept of the place. There’s a sheltered al fresco dining area surrounded by lush greenery, an outdoor lounge for movie screenings, indoor dining areas featuring different themes and walking up to the second storey, you will be greeted by a long outside balcony, a cigar section and a bar. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
So awesome that CW and myself decided to pop by the the newly opened 1-month old Graze branch at 38 Martin Road, slightly off Robertson Quay.
Personally, I really love the Robertson Quay area. It’s where I first learnt how to mambo jambo when Double O (with their Saturday retro nights, similar to Zouk’s Wednesday’s Mambo Jambo) was still operating there. On many occasions, I also saw myself sitting amongst the expat crowd in the fountain square of Fraser’s Service Suites, watching live soccer on projector screens while indulging in a beer or two. If that’s not all, the entire vicinity is littered with happening pubs and eateries, my favourites being Laurent’s Cafe & Chocolate Bar for chocolate and ice cream and Cafe Epicurious for brunch. I have also been dying to try out Boomerang Bistro & Bar which I hear serves a kick ass Sticky Date Pudding but that’s better left for another post.
Anyway, I was at Graze for lunch and was surprised at how large the seating capacity was. The combination of the main dining area, dim-litted romantic private dining area and the al fresco area probably fits 80-100 diners easily.
I had the Pan-roasted Barramundi, Orange & Beets Salad & Green Chili Almond Mayo ($24++) for lunch. The fish was fresh and its skin crisp, and the mayo complemented the it well. It’s a simple dish executed well.
CW just had the Pavlova ($10++) served with Fresh Berries, Thickened Cream, Passionfruit Sauce & Mango Sorbet. It’s a native Australian and New Zealand dessert that is meringue-based, chewier than the average meringue but just as sweet. I didn’t try the one here but CW seemed to like it. Best for people with sweet tooths.
The drinks here are rather pricy. My Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and CW’s Watermelon Juice cost $8++ each which is quite a rip off. CW’s Cafe Latte ($4.80++) was also underwhelming.
Being newly opened, I wasn’t surprised that the number of diners was rather sparse, yet I found the service staff way too chill. They didn’t bother taking our orders when we first arrived, totally forgot to bring the bill after we requested for it and charged for an extra latte in the bill. Teething issues or not, I think that’s pretty much pushing it.
38 MARTIN ROAD
TEL: +65 6509 1680