Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Seventh heaven @ Ambush
Seventh day of the lunar new year and according to the Chinese,
this is the day where everyone celebrates their birthday.
Nowadays, most Chinese celebrate this day with the seven colored vegetables lo hei.
I had two of those lined up for me but first,
let's do a celebration at Ambush's latest outlet!
The Atrium @ Dhoby Ghaut is now opened with even more dining options at Plaza Singapura.
Stepping off the escalator on the topmost floor finds you at Chef Wan's on the right and Hifumi on the left.
Just keep walking straight.
And ambush is right there, smack in the centre.
But amusingly inconspicuous as a dining outlet because their central kitchen is tucked away in a corner away from the dining area.
Now there's a dining place you wouldn't have to worry about leaving with the smell of oil. :)
Now that really impressed me.
I don't know if they do this for normal service but with prices as affordable as Ambush,
I did not expect much on presentation.
And what about taste?
Those delicious pieces of crackling.
The pieces of pork knuckle had a considerably low fat to meat ratio.
It's definitely a bang for your buck.
But I digress.
The satisfying crunch of the crisp crackling.
The juice that oozes out from the meat with every cut of the knife.
This was a good start.
And did I forget the sides?
Thick and creamy mash with additional gravy on the side.
Sauerkraut and mustard was an addition of a new dimension on taste for those less of a carnivore.
I was all ready for a weissbier!
We also had sharing pots of mussels done two ways.
This was the one done Aglio Olio style.
Spicy and full on garlic flavour.
A typically Asian palate would find this to be familiar.
A scoop of the gravy and that full mussel creates a stellar burst of flavours in your mouth.
Eat with caution.
You'll be going for seconds and thirds in no time.
We also had an earlier pot of mussels done the original Vin Blanc style.
Perhaps it was cold by the time all of us paparazzi people were done.
But the sauce had a very strong sour aftertaste that wasn't very pleasing on the taste buds.
I'll be sure to try it hot the next time.
An Earl Grey Vanilla to refresh my taste buds for my much anticipated order of a duck confit.
Perhaps the starters stole the limelight.
But this didn't shine for me.
The duck confit was a good sized duck leg.
Salted and seasoned with herbs, those were very evident in the taste of the meat.
However, the poaching process seems to have been skipped as the meat was not meltingly tender.
Fried, the duck leg had a crisp layer of skin but I had enough of all that skin from the previous starter of pork knuckles.
The Negra Paella which was shared amongst us, was a whole different story.
Served with a generous variety of seafood,
this was perfect for sharing.
Those grains were coated evenly with dark squid ink which aside from staining one's teeth,
could be worryingly pungent if not handled properly.
Which wasn't a valid concern at all.
Every bite was a bite of yum!
Seafood and squid ink coated rice.
Ink black is the new black guys.
And then, with a tummy too full,
I was off for my seven colored vegetable tossing events.
Happy birthday to me and everyone else! :)
“At Ambush, Everyone Gets a Little Taste of Europe”
Perfect for large group dining events with their dining arrangements
and moderately affordable prices,
I'll be back at Ambush soon enough for my next large group gathering!
68 Orchard Road #04-64/66 (The Atrium)
This was an invited food tasting session but all opinions shared are author's own.
Many thanks to OpenRice, Estelle and Ambush for their kind invite to a fun-filled food tasting session.