Thursday, September 02, 2010

Raindrops Cafe




Raindrops Cafe at *Scape. One of the newest addition to the eating scene and located at the new Youth area behind Somerset MRT.

Beers





Raindrops Cafe has an impressive list of beers. Especially Belgian beers. Kwak ($15) is a very complex tasting beer with a tint of malt. Amazingly the taste evolves as it is allowed to breathe. Nice and strong that goes well with the dishes we ordered. (4/5)


The Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc ($10), essentially a white beer. Light and cheery, it brings a very refreshing taste. A ladies' beer some would say, but I definitely love this. A great beer to start the meal actually! (4.25/5)


The Timmerman's Framboise ($12) is kind of sour and fruity. A bit too tart for me, but definitely one for those who loves fruitiness in their beer. (3.75/5)

Tataki Tuna


We had the Tataki Tuna ($9) to share while waiting for the rest of the gang. Black pepper coated and lightly seared on the outside, you can still taste the nice raw tuna. The best way I like my tuna served. (unless it's chutoro). The pepper was too overpowering for me though. Takes away the freshness that you would otherwise taste. (3/5)


Portobello with Chicken




The portobello ($7) was nicely fried and crispy even after leaving it on the table for awhile. Well seasoned and juicy, the mushrooms were a delight to have and the chicken stuffed inside the fungi just polishes off everything. A good starter, not spectacular though. (3.75/5)


Chunky Mushroom Soup


Very normal was the verdict. The garlic bread floating on the soup ($5) was a nice novelty but made the eating somewhat difficult. Would had liked the soup a bit thicker, though the chunks of mushrooms is plentiful. (3.75/5)

Mushroom Carbonara

Nice and creamy ($12) though the mushroomy taste could had been more intense. The bacon was nice and not the overly salty kind. Decent. (3.5/5)

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Well marinated and put together. ($9) Nothing special but definitely good enough. Crust was a bit thick for someone like me who like thin crust. At least the ingredients are fresh. (3.5/5)

Chicken Leg Lemongrass Risotto


The chicken leg ($15) is nicely infused with lemongrass and is definitely the star of this dish. Grilled to perfection with the meat still moist and juicy with a very tasty skin.The risotto was however disappointing. Slightly undercooked and inadequately flavoured. (3.75/5)


Crispy Salmon with Asparagus

 

The salmon was served with a thin crispy skin, ($16) which was a great combination with the juicy (and fat) inside. The control of the heat was excellent with the center of the wish just cooked. It is easy to under or overcook a fish dish like this, and I must say this is particularly well done. (4.5/5)

Kurobuta Pork Rack

Had to order the kurobuta pork rack as it had been raved about in many reviews ($24). It came with quite a generous cut with the baby potatoes and a apple-raisin red wine reduction. I thought that the sauce was too sour. I suppose the intention is to cut through the fattiness of the pork, but it didn't work out. The red wine sauce tasted separated from the pork, somehow. One plus point is the great control of the temperature once again. The meat was nicely cooked and still retains it's moisture. (3.75/5)

Meltique Beef


Supposedly the signature dish. ($26) I don't take beef but comments was that it was tender, although tough at some parts. While it didn't really blow them away, it is good value for it's price. (3.75/5)


Desserts



We ordered all the desserts on offer. It's a pity that the chocolate lava cake was out.

Mascarpone Mousse


Simple tiramisu-like dessert ($9). Light, fluffy center with a creamy mascarpone cheese mousse topped with chocolate shavings. The lack of coffee wasn't missed. Superbly done and arguably the best dessert we had. (4.25/5)

Coffee Pannacotta


Nothing to shout about. ($7). Light coffee taste and the pannacotta tasted normal. (3.5/5)

Poached Pear with Ice Cream


The pear ($9) was poached in red wine without the hint of tartness or sourness taste. It is well sugared which really goes well with the wine. Served with ice cream, this is one special dessert. (4/5)

Creme Brulee


Creamy and with the right level of vanilla-ness, the creme brulee was great. ($6). The layer of burnt sugar was nicely controlled and it cracks under the pressure of the spoon. Decent and actually one of the better ones I had tasted so far. (4.25/5)

Banana Sabayon


Blow-torched and served with a great tasting sabayon sauce ($8), this has to be the best dessert of the day. Just slightly edging out the mousse. The sweet banana and the sabayon sauce is a perfect match. Creamy, smooth and very fragrant, coupled with the burnt banana.... Yumz! (4.75/5)

The indoor seating is limited so be sure to make reservations. If the weather is nice and cool, it is actually a good alfresco atmosphere dining out. A sure revisit is on the cards.


Raindrops Cafe
2 Orchard Link *Scape #02-38
+65 6834 4977

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