Graze @ Martin No. 38 – Contemporary Australian Cuisine

13 11 2011

I have only been to Graze @ Martin No 38 once and it was for lunch. At night, the setting and ambience mirrors that of daytime, quiet, cosy yet classy, a perfect venue for that special date or simply catching up with friends and loved ones. The menu revolves around contemporary Australian cuisine, offering a Charcuterie section and meats off the grill as well.

Chance brought G and myself here today. Our original dinner plans were set for Le Bistro du Sommelier, a quaint french bistro located at Prinsep Place. Unfortunately, our reservations got screwed up somehow and we took a detour to Graze instead.

For starters, we were recommended the Upside down Duck Pie, Dried Black Olives, Mash & Pickled Vegetables ($24++) which we both found really pleasant. Soft creamy mash forms the base of this dish, followed by a middle layer of buttery filo pastry and topped off with marinated duck meat that carried with it a distinct Indian influence.

Another recommendation by the staff, I had the Spiced Baby Chicken, Cracked Bulgar, Broad Beans, Soft Herbs, House Sea Urchin Butter ($34++) as my main. I was expecting to be hit by a wave of intense flavours at first bite but it wasn’t so. While the mild flavours failed to excite initially, my tastebuds quickly adjusted to the natural flavours and I was soon smitten by the complementing urchin butter and bulgar (a type of grain like couscous). I couldn’t make out the taste of urchin but the butter does possess a mild cheesy undertone which I adore. It does help too that the chicken was executed skilfully, succulent and tender with a crisp layer of skin.

G had no complaints about her Pan-Seared Barramundi, Chorizo Broth, Watercress, Salad of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Avocado & Mint ($34++). A common feature that I have noticed about Graze’s cuisine is that they rely a lot on natural fresh flavours, in this case letting the sweetness of the fish speak for itself rather than littering the dish with excessive seasonings and spices.

Graze’s wine list isn’t extensive, featuring a selection of less than 20 wines. We tried 2 different whites today to complement our white meats, the delicate Italian Torresella Pinot Grigio Trentino 2010 ($18++/glass) which was smooth and mildly sweet,  and the Australian Corriole Chenin Blanc, McLaren Vale 2010 ($14++/glass) which we found much too tart.

Bon Appetit!

Graze

38 Martin Road

Tel: +65 6509 1680

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2 responses

14 11 2011
wiseguyrerg

no set lunch menu?

14 11 2011
drpiggy

nope not that i know of.

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