Friday, February 09, 2007

Buko Nero

C says:

After quite a long hiatus since our last visit, we were here again on Friday night, where the menu was:

Amuse Bouche: tuna baked with egg white
Veal Loin and Salted Ricotta Salad with (something I can’t spell) Salsa
Cauliflower and Basil Soup
Mango and Lime Sherbet
A’s main: Home-made pasta with bacon, turkey sausage and olives
C’s main: Crusted cod with a saffron reduction
Milk chocolate and hazelnut cake with caramel coulis

The salsa in the salad was a pesto-like dressing, but slightly more tart. It went very well with the very tender veal loin and watercress leaves, and we mopped up every last drop with the yummy bread from the bread basket. What blew me away was the cauliflower soup. Tracy said that it was made without cream, just milk and vegetable stock, and it was amazing – for something with no cream, it was still really creamy, thick and rich, and was pureed to an almost unreal smoothness.

My cod was perfectly cooked; no easy feat for a slab of fish that thick, but it was evenly cooked all the way through, and perfectly timed so it wasn’t overcooked and dry. The saffron reduction was almost like a lobster bisque, and thanks to some fried shallots tasted almost Asian. As A would say, too Asian for him… His pasta was tomato and cream-based, and although we initially cringed at the olives, surprisingly they went perfectly with the turkey sausage. Their mellow saltiness somehow paired with the stronger and spicier flavours of the sausage really well.

The cake was surprisingly light and moist, with the slightly burnt edges being the best part. Went really well with the latte that A ordered. They’re already fully booked for 9 March (can you imagine?!) so gotta try calling next week for the following Friday in March.

A says:

Everything was good as always but the only thing that blew me away this time was the soup. Still highly recommended.

Buko Nero
126 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088534
Tel: 6324-6225
Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
Lunch: Noon to 2pm (Thursday to Saturday)
Closed Sunday and Monday

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