My Secret Garden – The Birthday Surprise

19 05 2010

R, JW, A and myself were planning a large scale surprise Birthday Dinner for T. We needed to keep it a hush affair so what better place to hold it than at the hidden gem known as My Secret Garden(MSG), hence the purpose of this recce/dinner. This post is 1 month late to avert any suspicions should T had accidentally come across it.

Having dined at several eateries around the area such as Basil Alcove and Victor’s Kitchen, I was astounded that I had entirely missed out on MSG. Even with address in hand, it was by no  mean feat that we managed to navigate our way there. Later on, I found out from Paul, the proprietor of MSG, that the compound which now houses MSG and an art gallery used to be a small chapel, which adds on to the surreal tranquility and serenity echoing within the premises.

The quiet interior is great for nice little conversations with your dinner date or for housing private functions should anyone decide to book it in it’s entirety.

I didn’t really like the Cream of Mushroom Soup. Too lumpy…

The Lobster Bisque here wasn’t that bad, just unlucky that I ate the one at The French Kitchen for lunch earlier that day.

The Squid Inked Ravioli Stuffed with Mushrooms($20++) was hearty though the presence of squid ink was miniscule. The Creamy Mushroom Sauce was a treat in itself. We requested for additional bread to wipe the plate clean of it. It’s just a pity that even for an entree portion, there was only 5 pieces of Ravioli(3 pieces/$12++ if you order it as an appetizer).

I was pretty much the only one in the table of 4 who took a deep liking to the Carbonara($20++). The rest seemed to think it was only so so and didn’t like the fact that the bacon was more chewy than crisp. To each his own I guess.

Australian Lamb Rack($36++) has to be the most awesome dish here. “Roasted, coated in a light mustard sauce, encrusted in macademia and pistachio nuts, served with sauteed garlic, capcicum and red wine sauce”, the tantalizing amalgam of contrasting flavours that flooded my palate was unimaginable. The lamb itself was cooked to a nice tender medium rare, devoid of any gaminess. This has to be the best Lamb Rack I have eaten! I was secretly happy that R doesn’t eat lamb and I was in no hurry to persuade her to try the one here, she didn’t know what she was missing out on and that just left more for the rest of us. Shoot, good food just brings out the worst in me…  

I’m a sucker for all Sitcky Date Puddings with Vanilla Ice Cream($12++). JW was concerned that it would taste like the army red date meusli bars but decided to try some upon my reassurance. Actually, I didn’t really enjoy the Date Pudding here too much. The taste of red date was a little too overkill to what I’m comfortable with.

“Highly recommended by Wong Ah Loke himself” came the description of the Triple Choc($12++). If you don’t know who that is, shoot yourself first then pick up The Sunday Times and flip to the Lifestyle section on food, then shoot yourself again. If you are still alive by then, head down to try out the Triple Choc. In a nutshell, it’s a warm chocolate brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream but that’s pretty much an understatement. Orgasm-inducing aphrodiaisiac would be more like it!

Some like it with lots of rum and brandy, others prefer the teetotaller version. Some adore the creamy layers, others for the biscuit. For me, the Tiramisu($8++) here was enjoyable with thick creamy Marcapone layers and robust espresso.

I’m not sure why MSG has such mixed reviews in the online community. I had a great time here and can’t wait to go back for my next indulgence.

As for the T’s surprise birthday party, it went off without a hitch except the fact that the birthday boy himself and his gf R arrived 1.5 hours late which incidentally resulted in me having a serious talk with S and getting attached to my her as my first gf thereafter during the arduous waiting meaningful anticipation…but being T’s birthday, I kept this news from him since it was his big day. It was our secret in My Secret Garden.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

MY SECRET GARDEN

161 MIDDLE ROAD, SCULPTURE SQUARE

TEL: +65 6337 5338

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6 responses

19 05 2010
Bern

OMG, I live so near and I’ve never known about this place! Thanks for reviewing this hidden spot.

20 05 2010
drpiggy

hello hungrybunnie! hope you have a great experience there too!

21 05 2010
T

isn’t it really palatable that I as your bro shared your secret in my secret garden with S. isn’t it more so that years down memory lane this special day of yours and S will long live in amiable association with my birthday(: cheers to my secret garden (all of ours, actually) haha! now you have two gifts to buy on 15 May HAHAHHA

22 05 2010
drpiggy

one for S and one for R’s sister to congratulate her for finishing exams?

30 05 2010
Sparkling or Still

Wanted to try this out tonite after reading your review. Fortunately checked they are closed on Sunday. Will check out this place soon on a weekday. The food looks quite good!

30 05 2010
drpiggy

yesh plz go visit soon and review it! need to read food blogs to while away time during working hours!

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