Chilli Padi Degustation Menu
The table had been laid with white table cloths and napkins, and a touch of festivity was added with the presence of 'Noel' candles and some bonbons that we had brought along. Although the setting was lovely and the staff attentive, the food was a little hit and miss.
Fish with Ulam Sweet Chilli Sauce and Rice:
The fish was too dry for my taste although the others found it okay.
Beef Rendang with Crispy Roti Fingers and Tomato Sambal:
The rendang had a great flavour but the beef was not as tender as I had hoped and the roti fingers were dry, not fluffy. I didn't see any tomato sambal.
Twice-cooked Duck with Plum and Cranberry Salad and Shitake Mash:
I had been really looking forward to this dish but unfortunately the duck was rather bland and not falling off the bone as I had hoped it would be. The salad was really tasty though and the mash was more-ish.
Cold Berry Soup with Fruit Cubes and speckled caviar pearls and truffle wonton:
This was a lovely refreshing end to dinner. The caviar pearls turned out to be just sago, despite the exotic sounding description. I enjoyed this dessert very much after the meal.
I also baked Pierre Herme's Faubourg Pave (baked in a round tin) to serve as part of the meal. This is one RICH dessert! He suggests using Valrhona Manjari (bittersweet) and Jivara (milk) for the ganache but I had used the Callebaut that was in my pantry instead. My goodness - what flavour! Also, I marinated the apricots with szechuan as well as black pepper. Mmmmm...
Although I wouldn't be tempted to try the degustation menu again anytime soon, I would come back to check out the hawker-style dishes that they serve at Chilli Malam. It looks like a great place to sit down with a group of close friends for a late meal.