Dining at the Reservoir is one event which I would probably not think of immediately when asked for an exclusive place to dine. After all, the first thought about Reservoirs in the Singaporean context would be all the Sports’ Days held as part of the school’s initiative to get students back to nature and keep fit at the same time. However, Macritchie Reservoir is proud to host the next instalment of exclusive yet friendly dining called Lavaedge. Amidst all the greenery, to wine and dine is truly an experience, perhaps peppered more so with a few monkeys when it is not raining.
Travelling to Lavaedge at Macritchie is definitely not the most straightforward. From the Carpark, I was deciding between turning left or right. Fortunately, I noticed a couple of signs put up by the restaurant to aid lost guests to finding their way back to the right path.
The most straightforward way to Lavaedge would then be to scale this little hill, almost scenic I tell you if the weather was nicer and the hedges a little trimmed.
But to all its rustic nature and simplicity, the outfit of Macritchie Reservoir definitely is clear with the occasional quaint Pavillion here and there.
Along the route to the restaurant, one gets a pretty much good vantage point overlooking slightly over a span of the reservoir.
I was really thankful that by the time I reached Macritchie, the torrential rain had already ceased for the day. Lavaedge, positioned as a restaurant bar has both indoor and outdoor dining areas. For now, the outdoor bar would do better with an awning or two as it clearly strikes me this will be a great place to share a couple of drinks while taking in the serene quietness of the reservoir.
The interior nothing too fancy with simple recreations of brown to blend in with nature is exceedingly beautiful to dine in during the day, making Weekend Brunch Buffets here all the more worth it.
Seriously, another shot of the interior.
Upon sitting, all guests are immediately served with a glass of complimentary 6 flavoured tea. Made from the blends of Taiwanese Oolong, African Sunset to the spiciness of ginger touched up with a dab of honey, this is one quencher excellent to calm the spirits after the short hike up the hill.
Otherwise, start off the evening dinner with a serving of Rock Star ($12). Made with Fruit Punch, Mango Juice, Lychee and Grenadine, this mocktail is easy to drink with light refreshing flavours throughout.
There is also the Nano Crush ($12) made from Lychee, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Syrup, Cranberry and Apple Juice.
To start off the meal proper, the option of Hokkaido Scallops ($14.90) could be an option to indulge in. Four pieces of pan-seared scallops topped with pieces of pomengranate for that burst of tangy sweet flavour are served with a centre of Mesclun and base of Cauliflower puree. Scallops are always a favourite with that juicy sweet sea outlook, except that it could have been better paired with a slightly thicker Cauliflower puree which could also be more pronounced in flavour.
The Sauteed Mussels ($12.90) is a smorgasbord of meaty goodness seeped within a whole serving of white wine cream sauce. Decent, though I would envision juicier mussels and the dish served in a crockpot with the lid on, steaming upon serve.
The Crab Cakes ($11.90) was really much a huge bread crumbed cutlet. I thought the flavours of lemon were a little too strong within but in overall an excellent way to settle that craving for meat. Two huge pieces, with thick chunky filling. Albeit in retrospect, it could do with more sauce to moisten things up a little.
Eventually it was the Roasted Sage, Pancetta and Mushroom Salad that made me smile. The thought of a giant portobello mushroom seared and grilled to perfection, topped with Italian bacon and Ricotta cheese, it was almost a dream come true for all things I love about mushrooms, cheese and bacon. The sides of confit tomatoes were a burstful delight and the drizzled vinaigrette dressing was good enough to flavour up the mushrooms in a twist of tangy sweetness.
An impressive main to start with would be the Cod Fillet ($29.90). Served oven-baked, the chunky cod fillet is smooth and oily within in all its natural flavours. It is only the base of tomato puree that comes as a supriser to flavour things up a notch. A simple dish yet one which carries more elegance fitting for the reservoir.
My favourite main goes to the Shrimp Spaghetti ($16.90). Al-dente, pesto style with a tossing of walnuts throughout, this is one dish rich in flavour of basil and garlic yet slightly scented with the sweetness of shrimp. Easy enough to please me.
The star of the entire menu is perhaps the Paniolo Steak ($32.90) for some. A whopping 450g Bone in Rib eye steak char grilled to the required doneness, the steak is served with sides of tomato relish and rosemary potato. Meaty on the first bite with a good amount of fat all over. I just wished mine was a tad more medium rare. Blue is fine, but not for everyone.
The Lamb Shank ($22.90) takes on a local twist with the topping of Rendang gravy. A little hot, I deeply see how the complexities of flavour would pair well with the melt in the mouth crumbly shank. Although the portion I had was drier than what I expected.
The Baked Pork Belly ($20.90), oven crispy with sides of pickled vegetables, pumpkin puree and mustard sauce. Looks traditional I must add.
For another meaty creation, there is the Duck Au Vin ($24.90). A whole serving of braised duck thigh, carrots, button mushroom, golden potato topped with a pinot noir sauce makes the entire dish sound mouthwatering altogether. Could have been a bit better if the meat wasn’t that gamey or the sauce slightly overwhelming the flavours of duck, but that’s a personal thought.
A must try on the menu is really the South of the Border ($14.90). Your typical Beef burger made excellent with simple ingredients. Nothing too fancy except a real juicy patty, topped with a strip of bacon, caramelized onions and a slice of melted Jack Cheese. Thoroughly enjoyed this as the explosion of flavours leaves one initially sated, only to discover the sweet ending brought about by the caramelized onions.
More drinks before starting desserts. One particular drink in red which I cannot remember the name for and the Monkey Affairs ($15). The Monkey Affairs will really pack on the calories as it comes as a combination of Baileys Cream, Creme de Menthe, Milk, Vanilla Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies. But that’s too good to not have right?
Desserts at Lavaedge are kept simple yet with a flavours wide enough to leave a memorable impression to the entire dining experience. I started with the Lemon Meringue Tart ($7.90), and really savoured each bite of the lemon citron curd. Sour to the tip, then mellowing out in sweetness, the lemon meringue tart was nicely balanced throughout.
The Le Cerisou ($10.90) of Cherry Puree Sorbet, Chocolate Mousse and Hazelnut Dacquoise surprised me with burstful berry flavour combinations and an icy cold sorbet. Indescribable.
The Apple Crumble ($8.90) is more traditional homely fare but one that is rich with chopped apples caramelized and tender within. Reminded me of the time where I made Apple Crumble for my class bake sale. The memories!
But for a classic that will always be good, there is the Pineapple Brownie with Hot Chocolate Sauce ($10.90).
Having dinner at Lavaedge at Macritchie is really a combinatory experience of both the tranquil environment and the meal as an accompaniment. The focus is really towards the surroundings as the overall immersive experience acts centre stage. I did not notice any monkeys when I was there, and perhaps it was already too late for them to be out in the open. Still, Lavaedge is one more spot on the local dining map for an exclusive getaway with more friendly prices to partake in.
Thank you Lavaedge for the invitation
|Lavaedge at Macritchie
181 Lornie Road
Macritchie Reservoir Park
Contact : 9298 2301
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