Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Marmalade Pantry - Ladies Night

Went to the Marmalde Pantry cos my sister wanted to eat sticky date pudding. Sadly, her first choice, Brussel Sprouts, didn't have sticky date pudding on the menu anymore. So we ended up at Marmalade Pantry. I've realized I haven't gone to Marmalade Pantry for eons - the last time I vistied MP was in Holland V, but it has since closed down (probably due to the insane rent!).
We were pleasantly suprised to find that Marmalade Pantry has Ladie's Night(s) (from Monday to Saturday) promotion - ladies get 20% off total food bill and even better - cocktails and house pours are only $6. Lychee Bellini - usually $18, now $6. I'm definitely coming back later this week (and not driving)!
Sweet red pepper and Tomato Soup ($10++), my favourite soup from Marmalde Pantry. I like the bread that comes with it cos there's a delicious wad of cheese inside. Plus, the bread always comes toasted and warm.
Linguini with Crabmeat tomato chilli and pinenuts ($22)
Sadly, the one and only picture I had of my Crabmeat Linguini was blurred! I think all the dishes arrived at the same time, and in my haste, I only managed one shot of my dish and proceeded to take pictures of other dishes.
Crabmeat linguine is one of my most favourite pastas of all time. I like how the crab meat makes everything so sweet and tasty. MP's version doesn't have any cream inside, and uses a generous sprinkling of cheese for more flavour. There's also pine nuts inside, which gives it more bite.
I think I'm starting on a crabmeat linguini craze. Thinking about the Da Paolo's crabmeat vodka one! And wild rocket/relish as well as the delicious Cromato one from Raw Kitchen Bar.
Crabmeat Caesar Salad ($22)
The portion of salad is really generous - and so is the crabmeat. There are chunks and chunks of crab meat tossed into the salad. The best part about the salad is the crispy romaine lettuce are sliced into just-right sizes - too big and it'll be messy, too small and it'll be a pain to pick up. The crunchy pine nuts added texture to the salad. Best of all, the salad was well tossed - each leaf was evenly coated with the delicious caesar salad dressing and served refreshingly chilled.
Pan Roasted Red Snapper with Almonds Herb crust and Chickpea Salad ($24)
Red Snapper has never been my favourite fish. This one was passable, not very memorable. I'll stick to my crabmeat linguini anytime. Chickpea salad was soso - just oily chickpeas.
Salmon Teriyaki with Chilled Soba ($18++)
The soba was al dente - but the marinade was way too lemony - I could only taste lemon and a bit of soya sauce. Salmon was juicy, fatty and tender, and it didin't have the usual sickly brown layer of teriyaki sauce coating it. Sticky date toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream ($10)
Sticky Date Pudding is my default dessert at MP. I like how they give a humongous blob of vanilla bean ice cream (probably the same size as the pudding). Best of all, the pudding is sugary, sweet and sticky (of course). This is probably the sweetest dessert that I enjoy. I usually can't stand overly sugary desserts, but this is an exception - it is probably something to do with the texture of the warm brown pudding embedded with dates. Till today, I haven't found a restaurant that serves better sticky date pudding than this.
On days where I don't feel like eating something so sweet, I'll be torn between eating the lemon tart (probaby the only lemon tart I like alot, since I don't usually like lemons unless it's in lemonade) and the sticky date pudding. Usually, I'll just solve the problem by sharing lol!If you do know a place which serves better sticky date pudding, please share the love:D
Basil Crepes with Caramelized Bananas ($12)
This one was interesting, but for me, it can't beat my usual order of sticky date pudding or lemon tart (depending on how much sugar rush I feel like getting). The crepe had lots of basil in it, as evidenced by it's dark green hue. The bananas weren't as caramelized as I had expected, but overall, this dessert was pretty interesting.
Great place for lunch/dinner though it's pretty pricey, the food standard is consistent, service is pretty efficient and the food is delicious. I should really rest my legs here more often

Marmalade Pantry
390 Orchard Road
#B1-08 Palais Renaissance
Tel: 6734 2700
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11.30am - 9.30pm
Sat: 10am - 9.30pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm (All day brunch)


ice said...

I love the sticky date pudding here too. :) It's the best!

ice said...

Oh yes dear, they serve Kapiti vanilla bean ice cream here.

m said...

ice: yup! my fave too!I haven't found a better one. I also like the generous scoop of ice cream :)