August 28, 2011

Dinner with a different Nicolas

It’s been a looooong day. It was polling day for the Presidential Elections, I cast my vote for the first time, but alas, Dr Tan Cheng Bock came in a very close second, a difference of less than 0.5 % from Dr Tony Tan, whom I don’t mind being our head of state lah.

Voting was ‘bawah blok’, at Blk 105 so that was convenient. The whole process took less than 5 mins from queuing to checking my name against the electoral roll and casting my ballot.

I joined Swana, Rachel, Monica and Yvonne for dinner at Nicolas le Restaurant. It’s been on my list of places to try and it was an excellent meal I must say, although service could have been more attentive.

They only serve a set menu which changes every 2 weeks priced at 98++ each for around 6 courses. We had:

Organic Hen Egg ‘A La Coque’ with Crunchy Pastilla of Blue Prawn and Light Orange Reduction

Confit Hokkaido Scallop with Ravioli of Chuka Wakame, Light Crustacean Consomme and Scallop Chips

Wild Catch Atlantic Cod Fish, Crusted with Masago, Spanish Iberico Chorizo, Asari Clams Bouillon

Homemade Tagliolini Pasta, Ragout of Organic Vine Tomato, Piment D’Espelette and Quail

For my main, I opted for a Slow Roasted Tasmanian Rack of Lamb with Warm Quinoa and Lamb Jus infused with Rosemary and dessert was a trio of raspberry parfait, chocolate gelato and pistachio panna cotta.

Everything was tasty, I especially liked the crustacean soup which didn’t look appetizing with its greenish gray colour but the tiny shrimp lent a nice crunch.

During dinner we kept using our phones to check on election results, TT and TCB were neck and neck and all 5 of us were rooting for TCB.

After dinner, we walked down Keong Saik and decided to head to Clarke Quay on foot. Ended up at Madama Butterfly, no crowd but music was decent. Seems to be a hangout for escorts and ladyboys though, we had a good view of a tranny trying to pick up an ang moh, don’t think the guy could tell the difference!

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