Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cheval, Turf Club Riding Centre

Had cause for a celebration of sorts and settled for a place near home in the Woodlands area, we found this decently reviewed place Cheval situated strangely in the Turf Club Riding Centre. Lamenting aloud the strange location but the possible serenity of the place, we arrived to this near empty place overlooking the horse riding area.

No doubt this place would have less trouble drawing crowds on weekdays but probably not so much on the weekends with the lack of races going on? Shrugs. Anyway the food here is pretty standard western fare with a mix of steaks, lamb, fish, pasta and some japanese unagi salad and teriyaki mixed it. I started with the soup of the day.

{ Cream of mushroom ($5) } Le soup with le mushrooms and croutons

Was rather standard fare - while the cream of mushroom does taste home made (as opposed to derived from a can) it was just quite alright, with the croutons overly buttered till soggy-ed.

{ Salmon Fillet ($19) } Pan fried Norwegian salmon fillet, seasonal vegetables, potatoes, soy glaze

Came with rather enjoyable cross-cut fries and some beans with cherry tomatoes. Salmon itself but great - cooked just perfect till the skin is crispy and meat flakes off easily, and a salty sauce and a sprig of mint (presumably) always pairs well with the rich salmon flavour. Pass!

{ Crayfish Linguine (~$20) } Crayfish with garlic, shallot and cooked in XO sauce

Sis had the crayfish linguine which I snuck a bite from - personally I found the pasta to be wayyyyyyyyyy overly crayfish-y. You know that muddy smell you get from the crab / crayfish innards when it's just plain steamed with no curries or chillis masking the taste? Yeah that smell, times a hundred. Was a little off putting me personally, suggesting the crayfish was possibly not fresh (?). Not too sure. Regardless sis said she liked it so all's well.

{ Cheval's Signature Chocolate Lava Cake ($10) } Cheval's homemade warm chocolate lava cake, fresh summer berries, raspberry coulis and vanilla bean gelato

We decided to share a lava cake and ... whoaly shit. I was really impressed by this tiny this little thing. Chocolate lava ooozzeedddd out all over the restaurant when cut into (quite unlike the non-oozing one at Charly's) - warm, bittersweet, rich chcoolate. Combination with the possibly homemade yellowy vanilla bean gelato was a match made in heaven - perfect hot-cold chocolate-vanilla bitter-sweet titanic clash - twas a fantastic end to an otherwise normal dinner.

While the food was not really something to write home about, the desserts and selection of alcohol and serene environment could possibly make it a nice hangout spot for a late night drink if you live nearby. Conveniently located near Kranji MRT with an affordable price tag, it might just be a one-of-a-kind in the area.

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