October 16, 2011

Martini mania

Oh what a night it was last night! My head is still buzzing!

We had gathered at No.5 for a martini night in honour of John’s birthday and there was a big turnout, I think close to 20 of us.



There was me, Swana, Kevin, John, Ajen, Thanesh, his friend Karuna, Caryn, her new boyfriend Edgar, Sajini & Mac, Kenny & Felina, Kaelash & Jeanette, Vinoth & Sophie and Bernard & Rachel.


We had sooooo many martinis, the bar counter ran out of space! At $16 nett for 2, they’re cheap and good!



Kaelash and Jeanette had celebrated their anniversary before joining us, and had a new Canon camera which I helped show them how to operate. Can’t remember what else we all talked about but I know a good time was had by all, Kevin was wasted and Kaelash apparently puked on the way home!

I had only about 6 martinis and 2 shots of Bacardi Ice but it was enough to make me high, especially the 2 shots in quick succession.


This evening we ate out with the in-laws for a change. Ben and I had agreed to check out Enoteca L’Operetta at Boat Quay and I had high hopes for them based on some reviews I had read and the photos of their interior, and so decided to check them out on the last day of Restaurant Week.

This was their dinner menu:

Appetizers
GARDEN FRESH TOMATOES, BUFFALO MOZZARELLA CHEESE AND LUSCIOUS PROSCIUTTO HAM

or

ROMANA STYLE BEEF TRIPE SERVED WITH TOMATO MEAT SAUCE AND PARMESAN
or

OVEN BAKED HOKKAIDO SCALLOPS FLAVOURED WITH AROMATIZED BUTTER

Mains

FETTUCCINE SERVED WITH STEWED TENDER KURO-BUTA PORK WITH PORCINI
or

RIGATONI SMOKED DUCK WITH CREAMY TOMATO SAUCE
or

"CATCH OF THE DAY" GRILLED AND GARNISHED WITH VEGETABLE STEW
or

BREADED LAMB SERVED WITH TOMATO SALAD AND BALSAMIC REDUCTION

or

PAN-ROASTED VEAL WRAPPED WITH PROSCIUTTO SERVED WITH MARSALA WINE SAUCE

DESSERT OF CHEF'S SELECTION


However the experience was marred by the apparent lack of coordination amongst the staff based on their Restaurant Week menu commitments and their Sunday operating policy, plus the lack of manpower to manage what was probably a busy night for them.

When we arrived, they explained that actually on Sundays they only served pizzas and said we could order any pizza from the menu, even the most expensive ones.

We questioned why we were not informed when the reservation was confirmed, they went on to say that they were hosting an event on the inside and their kitchen was busy and that the mains would take a long time, possibly up to an hour or 90 mins.

When we explained that we had booked them based on the promised menu, they eventually relented and said they would try to expedite. In the meantime we were fed bread and some complimentary appetizers, the minestrone was different - in a good way.

Our food actually didn't end up taking that long. The scallop was the biggest one I've ever had – the size of my fist, though a bit too raw for my liking. I was happy with my grilled fish as a main though it was petite but the pastas the rest ordered was so-so.



Dessert was just sorbet that melted too fast. I would give them the benefit of the doubt and try them again but perhaps not anytime soon. The interior was lovely though! Rating 3/5.

The kids would not sit still throughout the dinner so we couldn’t really eat in peace, hence the lack of photos. Every 2 minutes had to bring them for a walk to see lobsters or fish tanks etc...aaargh!

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