Just before Christmas I was invited to sample The Marmalade Pantry's newest restaurant at The Stables close to Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Here you'll find yourself right in the heart of lush green countryside in a stylish colonial building and what seems like a long way from civilisation. The Marmalade Pantry also has a location in ION, Orchard Road but eating here allows a true escape from the city. As you dine you might be lucky to see the rare sight (for Singapore at least) of horses and riders, and perhaps a slightly more common one of a monkey or two.
I dined here in the evening and enjoyed eating in the pleasant surroundings outside. Although it had been and was still raining when I arrived the verandah area is fully covered so we could dine and watch the rain as we did so. The Pantry at the Stables promises 'contemporary bistro cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal produce'. Dinner is described as a casual, intimate affair where diners choosing from the all day a la carte menu can enjoy a selection of new signature dishes and some favourites from the Pantry in the City.
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We began by sampling starters of Pan Seared Haloumi Salad, Mexican Chicken Salad and Roasted Pumpkin Soup (from the set dinner menu). The haloumi in the salad squeaked delightfully as I ate it and was served with a delicious sauce and fresh tomatoes. The chicken salad was really inspired and served over the top of tortillas. I could happily eat this as a main course let alone a starter! Finally the pumpkin soup was warming and wonderfully tasty.
|Pan Seared Haloumi Salad|
|Mexican Chicken Salad|
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|Steak and Eggs|
The starters were so good that I think I ate too much of them and began to wonder if I had allowed myself sufficient room for the main courses and desserts. Thankfully though we were able to enjoy a bit of a break between courses to allow us to make room for the rest of the delicious food. For the main courses I sampled Steak and Eggs, Pan Roasted Red Snapper, Spaghetti Carbonara and Parmesan Chicken (from the set dinner menu). They were all delicious but I particularly enjoyed the Parmesan Chicken.
|Pan Roasted Red Snapper|
Desserts were then served and I sampled Granny Smith and Stem Ginger Pudding, Lemon Brulee Tart, Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake and Chocolate Ganache Tart (from the set dinner menu). I'm a big dessert fan and these were all amazing, my personal favourite though was the lemon brulee tart. I love lemon flavoured things and this was suitably tart and flavourful. The Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake was also pleasing, I went to another restaurant recently and sampled a dessert with sea salt in it, not something I would ever have thought of but I'm definitely a fan.
|Lemon Brulee Tart (left) and Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake (right)|
|Chocolate Ganache Tart|
Whilst enjoying our meal I also got to sample several drinks that are available on the menu, two fabulous cocktails, a raspberry daiquiri and a T.M.P. cocktail and some Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc. The daiquiri was heavenly and the raspberry flavour sharp and refreshing. Annoyingly I did not note down exactly what was in the T.M.P. cocktail but trust me it was very good. It was not all about alcohol though as with all that food I was contented to end the night with a Peony Jade Tea.
A fabulous place to dine in the natural setting of Singapore's countryside, well worth the trip out of the city and perfect for any occasion.
|T.M.P. cocktail (foreground) and Raspberry Daiquiri (background)|
The Marmalade Pantry at the Stables
55 Fairways Drive
For reservations - (65) 6467 7748
website - http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
Opening Hours - Tuesdays to Fridays – 3pm to 11pm
Saturdays and Sundays – 10am to 11pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Seating capacity - 64 indoors; 24 outdoors
Dress code - Casual
Modes of Payment - Cash / Major credit cards
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