Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Fern and Kiwi @ The Cannery + Five & Dime @ River Valley Road

The second day back in Singapore after the travel madness in December and I would kill to eat local food.
Except that my girlfriend just had her China project nightmare and would die if she had to eat anymore Chinese food.
She wanted pizza.
And so here we are.
At Fern & Kiwi at The Cannery in Clarke Quay.
Besides subtly sounding like a swear word,
it was a cute idea.
Fern and Kiwi.
The two most representative items of New Zealand.
I knew about the latter but didn't have an inkling about the former.
In any case,
as long as they were actual food offerings on the table.
I was easy. :)

So what is New Zealand food?
You've watched all those cows grazing on limitless and luscious fields of green right?
That's basically it.
Quality food untainted by the advancements of agricultural steroids and toxins.
It isn't hard when they receive the best in rainfall, crystal clear waters and mineral rich volcanic soil.
Their physical proximity to Australia would explain for their apparently choice of food but they have a traditional tribal influence from the Maori ancestors inherent in their cooking style.

Simple and uncomplicated.
So let's have some of them ribs, shall we?
The Classic Pork Spare Ribs- A Lone Star Classic as a entree came with 4 counts of ribs. 
My girlfriend had this on her previous visit and wasn't impressed.
Apparently, just four ribs could be stacked till they hit the top of the metal racks.
For what it lacked in quantity,
it made up in quality.
Coated with honey BBQ orange glaze,
the meat fell off the ribs in a thoroughly satisfying way.
The soft bones of collagen, the tender pork rind and juicy meat.
I love not having to fight with my food.

And on the waitstaff's recommendation,
we had the Aucklander with chicken meat as our pizza order.
More bread than sauce it's obvious from here.
The base was good but would've been better if it wasn't soaked through with the tomato base sauce.
It became so soggy that you couldn't possibly pick up a slice and murder it without looking like you actually committed a massacre with all that sauce dripping all over you.
All those flavours were rich and intense.
I love every fork of pizza that I had. :)

And they should be bringing you hot sauce and this uber cute sauce called Rocket Fuel or was it rocket sauce.
With raisins as a main ingredient, it was a thick sticky sweet sauce that was so addictive...
You really should ask them to take it away after a certain time.
And no, it shouldn't be taken away only after the meal.
*Looks disapprovingly at you.
I mixed both hot sauce and the rocket fuel together.
Hot and sweet.
Oh my yum!

And the service there was excellent.
Fun loving staff and we had a few rounds of checking in to see if we liked what we were having and topping up of water without being asked.
It might have been also that we were one of the two tables filled downstairs.
The dining/ bar area upstairs area wasn't yet open at 7pm it seems.

I was happy with dinner but my girlfriend was not impressed with their dessert offerings and not about to settle for TCC desserts so away we went to this place with awesome Nutella brownies.
She was bubbling over with excitement I couldn't bring myself to say no.
Welcome to the Five and Dime.

So chocolate yourself out guys.
Earl Grey chocolate tart.
I love all things Earl Grey and this was not an exception.
Thick and rich chocolate infused with the smell and subtle taste of Earl Grey,
topped with cinnamon crumble and a lonesome berry.
The crumble wasn't buttery enough for satisfaction but provided a distinction from just pure chocolate decadence.
Share this.
Or end your dessert here.
The nutella brownie with Fig and Honey ice cream.
So have the ice cream. And maybe two scoops of it.
Bits of honey and fig in a deliciously creamy vanilla ice cream base.
I didn't like those chocolate pop balls because they weren't -that- crunchy.
I'm really picky with dessert it seems after our Parisian adventure.
The nutella in the brownie was only evident on the top layer and well, that's just it.
I put a scoop of nutella on a slice of brownie cake.
Just a note though,
we realised too late that you could request for the brownie to be served warm and they'd very conscientiously put the scoop of ice cream on the side when it's served.
Maybe that would've impressed me more.

Sent home a very happy girl.
These are what girlfriends are for.
Pig out, hang out, hearing out.
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