Clearly, you can't find any trace of Italian or French cuisine here. It's really the kind of comfort hearty rich British food that reminds me of Jamie Oliver.
The service was apt and the ambience is like an old school style. Very simple but quite 舒服。perhaps because we were the only ones there on a quiet wkday, it was as though we booked the entire place for our makan trip...hehe:)
Starters 一人一个 感情不会散
We ordered one to share. Just nice there were 3 of each.
The crab cake is nicely seasoned and crunchy with the onions inside.
However, I would prefer if the entire is pan fried longer so that the outer layer is much golden brown and crispy. So for the quality and size, I think this dish is overpriced.
Main: Fisherman Pie
The filling of salmon and prawns were quite generous too.
I am not too confident of it's freshness but most of the fish chunks were baked nicely. However, the prawns were overcooked and way too hard to chew.Like a rubber, probably because the size of the prawns are small, tiger prawns were not used.nonetheless, it was quite an enjoyment to have this dish.
Berkshire Pork Cheeks with White Bean Casserole
There is a lump of pureed watercress or some veggies. It looks odd as well but it had a natural sweetness to it. The mash potato was totally different from the fisherman's pie as it was lighter and less savory. But still creamy and soft. There were also beetroots in the dish so overall I still find the looks of this dish rather strange. Pink, white, green and red or meaty red??
Beef shin with bone marrow and potato cakes
The potato cakes were great. Taste like savory pancakes that are toasted just right. The beef shin is again so fork tender and I like that better than some beef stew. The shin had a little fats here and there that literally melts in your mouth.
My companion was adventurous to choose this as none of us had actually tried bone marrow. But ooh...this is so buttery fatty and rich. I think supposed to pair with potato cakes because it is like what my friend said, eating butter. Nope, should be that kind of lightly salted butter. There were some sour capers to balance the richness but I think the creaminess will just linger on......But an interesting dish.
Desserts....we were already bloated as we did not expect the mains to be so filling. We wiped
all plates clean. Hah...but of cos desserts are a must for greedy people like us.
Meringue with Whipped cream, Gula Melaka and Mangoes
But each spoonful literally just melt in your mouth. No need any effort to chew.
Eccles Cake with Homemade Rum and raisin ice cream
And for the portion of the 2 Eccles cake, I think they can afford to give bigger scoop as the size of that day's ice cream seem rather pathetic.
In all, given that most food there was something that I have not tried before, I think it seems like a exotic food journey. Of cos, our options were rather safe, as we did not try the unusual pigtails or black puddings(猪血糕） There is not many places like this in Singapore I guess so it is difficult to compare standards. But nonetheless, it was a satisfying and enjoyable rustic gourmet experience.
40 Duxton Hill Singapore
For Menu: http://www.thejacksonplan.com/index.php
and not to forget the sweet treats i received that day from 两位美女.....
Assorted Colourful Crackers from Thai