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18 August 2006 @ 12:30 am
this has taken top spot for my favourite dinner of all time so far. :)

so, it was the friday before my dental operation. earlier during the week, i'd rung mel up for ideas for a good dinner on friday, since it would be my last extravagant meal before subjecting myself to dental torture. she suggested [garibaldi]. i took a peek at their menu on their website, and was immediately charmed. within minutes, i had our table booked.

and we eagerly looked forward to friday...

garibaldi bakes its own bread! this bread was heavenly. it was honestly one of the yummiest breads i've ever eaten. we had to hold back from binging on the bread to save space for the good stuff. it wasn't easy.

i had trouble making up my mind on the appetisers. they all sounded so good! i had an insane desire to order four appetisers. mel helped out by ordering one of those i was eyeing, the beef carpaccio. i picked the foie gras, and that leaves two for next time. :) both dishes were flawless. a generous serving of foie gras melted in our mouths, and the raw beef slices were fresh and surprisingly light on the palate with cheese and rocket leaves.

there was considerably less doubt for me while deciding on my main course. when i saw 'tenderloin with truffle potatoes and porcini mushrooms' in the menu, my choice was clear. and with that, lawry's has been toppled from my number one steak place. garibaldi does a superb tenderloin. perfectly medium rare, a tender pink with traces of blood. truffle potatoes was really the cincher for me to decide on ordering this, i love the taste of truffle oil sooooo soooooo much. porcini mushrooms wrapped up the trio of flavours wonderfully. i was in foodie heaven. even though the portion was quite large, i ate every little bit of it, right down to the last mushroom. :P

mel chose the lamb, which is done in three different styles. it's a wonderful idea, but she didn't quite like the lamb cutlets and braised lamb as much as she did the lamb chops.

we had not intended to get dessert at first, but after watching three different people around us order the same thing, we were intrigued. so we jumped on the band wagon and shared a molten lava chocolate cake. i'm not a big chocolate fan, as you all might know, but this was very, very good. the hot chocolate lava oozed out of the cake and went down very nicely with ice cream and pastry.

service was impeccable. i was greeted warmly at the door and sincere smiles were all around. from the minute we stepped in till the last bite and goodbye, we were very well looked after. it was such a beautiful dining experience. definitely one to be repeated.

feelin': fullfull
michelleunpolished_gem on August 17th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
so near yet so far. i'm only a few doors away yet i have never eaten there yet. your detailed analysis of the place tempts me to check it out. okay... i shall make someone buy me dinner there soon. hee hee...
JV: japogothdrag0nette on August 17th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
it wasn't cheap, but it was worth every cent! :)
vanessafridavanessafrida on August 18th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
babes do you remember the pricing? lets say for your entree and main?
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 18th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
babe, you can check out the menu on their website. :) our entire meal plus two glasses of red came up to $219.
vanessafridavanessafrida on August 18th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Hmm...I shall go check out the website :)
.that girl.: LOVEgirlwhowaits on August 18th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
You know I have yet to try foie gras. They all look so yummy :)

And this is how geeky I am: read the name Garibaldi and thought "ooer the guy from Babylon 5!"
JV: shootbirddrag0nette on August 18th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
teehee! when mel first suggested garibaldi, i thought of a guy named gary with a bald head!
.that girl.: feed me chocolate!girlwhowaits on August 18th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
roflol ;)

$219 for the entire lunch seems reasonable by Sing prices.
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 18th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
it was dinner! :) yes, with the quality of food and service as well as some red wine included, it was quite reasonable.
.that girl.girlwhowaits on August 18th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)

I just went for an eye test today too and still read dinner as lunch >_<

JV: shootbirddrag0nette on August 18th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
teehee! i haven't had an eye test in yonks!
.that girl.: feed me chocolate!girlwhowaits on August 18th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Naughty!!! ;)
JV: shootbirddrag0nette on August 18th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on August 18th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
wow. yummers. looks like ive got a nice place to try when i head backies sg next month after sooo long. :)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 18th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
you must! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on August 18th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
*droooolsss all over* :D
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 18th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
have no fear! the nice peeps will wipe it up for you! :P
jolene ang: essayinkpots on August 18th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
purely random chance that i came across your journal and added you (for a while now too). :) i don't normally comment much.. but that bread looks absolutely heavenly. and i don't even fancy bread normally, lol. never had foie gras before, but it looks splendid.

it's really too bad i haven't heard of such a place in malaysia.
JV: speckydrag0nette on August 18th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
hi jolene! welcome to my journal! hope you're enjoying my nonsense here! :) i'm not a bread-person myself, and that bread was out of this world. and anyone who hasn't had foie gras should most definitely have some very soon (unless you dislike eating innards in general).

i'm sure there are good dining places in malaysia too! i wouldn't know where to look, but i'm sure you can sniff it out. :)