Oops… Seems like we’ve been having a lot of rich, “sinful” food lately! Except I don’t feel too guilty about it. How could I be, with so much good food and so little time?
Alright, I am aware that I need to incorporate more “healthy stuff” into my life. To digress a little, the other day at French class we were studying a couple of posters. One of them features a food pyramid with seven levels (!), “pour une alimentation équilibrée” (for a balanced diet), and the other tells les enfants to consume “5 fruits et légumes par jour” (5 fruits and vegetables a day).
“Michelle, est-ce que tu manges (do you eat) 5 fruits et légumes par jour?” the professor asked in his usual candid manner.
“Non, mais j’essayerai.” (No, but I will try.)
At this point he burst out laughing. I don’t know what to make of it.
Anyway… Edwin and I celebrated our two and a half years anniversary earlier this Monday, and we had one last Groupon voucher to redeem, so we found ourselves in SML once more.
Bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, basil, and bocconcini cheese. The slices of bread were thicker than expected (in a good way), and they were soft and fluffy. An excellent starter!
Chicken confit and foie gras salad with toast and truffle oil. Let me take the toast away…
Ta-daa. I could only taste balsamic vinegar in the dressing, and didn’t detect any truffle fragrance. Then again, I don’t know what truffle oil tastes like. I’d have liked a bit more foie gras, but the toast was so good even on its own!
Just like the last time, the mains were a little disappointing. The lemon garlic chicken with sage and bacon stuffing was dry and under-seasoned, and you can see that parts of the skin were burnt. The accompanying peppercorn sauce was a weird gloopy mess. Edwin’s comment was that it tasted like chicken fat (although he doesn’t eat chicken fat so I don’t know how he knows what it would taste like).
The grilled baramundi with an orange and fennel salad fared better. The fish was cooked perfectly, and while it was bland on its own, the oregano and citrus marinade (under the fish, of all places) perked up the taste a little.
This time, we saved some room for dessert!
The molten chocolate cake, served with hazelnut ice-cream, satisfied the cocoa craving that I have after every meal. It would have been even better if it were warmer and more “oozy”, and the ice-cream a bit colder to have that textural contrast. But hey, dessert is dessert.
I don’t think we’ll be back at SML anytime soon, unless they’ve got more offers on Groupon, since their prices aren’t exactly wallet-friendly, and the food just isn’t what it used to be. If they bring back their oxtail risotto, apple crumble, and mango pavlova, I’ll be there faster than you can say, “What’s for dinner?”
Besides, apple crumble and mango pavlova count as two out of the five required “fruits et légumes“, oui?
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