Grazed, thrice in a month.

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I have a slight obsessive culinary disorder and I have my phases.

Like visiting Ootoya five times in a month, since I fell in love with their charcoal grilled pork. Or my sweet obsession with apple pie, that saw me baking it for every potluck party or celebration. How about the time I saw ja jang myeon for the first time in a Korean drama serial and compulsively whipped up my own pseudo ja jang myeon (using japanese miso, dark sauce and a few other things I can’t remember).

Of course there are those days when a craving hits and I have to answer it no matter. I don’t mind travelling for food. Just last month, Dot & I went on a ‘coffee rampage’ and visited several cafes in an afternoon (more on that in another post).

These days, I’m obsessed with Graze’s second outlet at 38 Martin Road. So  obsessed that I dined there 3 times last month. I do remember my one and only visit to Graze at Rochester Park. The food was lovely and I especially liked the dessert platter – it was made up of small portions of all the 9 desserts available in the dessert menu.

So I was expecting the same quality from Graze’s second outlet. And I was not disappointed.

I started off with a prawn caesar salad (pictured above) which by the way, is now my favourite dish at Graze. I do not normally order caesar salads because I picture them to be a nondescript collage of measly pieces of lettuce, lots of cloying caesar sauce (which I don’t like at all), overly fried croutons and way too much cheese.

But this one. Oh boy, it silenced me. I savoured slowly, the generous bits of pancetta, with the beautifully seasoned pan-roasted prawns, crisp lettuce, and of course, the oozy poached egg. It’s the salad of all salads, not in magnitude but in taste & quality.

Go try it for yourself. Me describing it isn’t enough for you to imagine how it tastes like.

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If a restaurant can make a caesar salad this appetising, then you’ll have lots to look forward to from the rest of their menu.

Even their beverages. Like their mocha. Which was brilliant, by the way. There was an equal amount of chocolate & coffee and I was pleased.

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Their butternut squash soup was really comforting – thick and smooth. It comes with a herbed garlic toast, great for dipping.

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Duck confit with baby potatoes, sauteed spinach and maple pan juice.

The duck was fork tender and incredibly tasty. It married well with the maple pan juice.

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Roasted barramundi with orange, beets, green chilli almond mayonnaise.

The fish was pleasant. I liked the crisp skin. The accompaniments adds a tart finish to each bite.

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Pavlova with berries, passion fruit sauce and mango sorbet

Desserts were divine, as expected. It was what I remembered. The pavlova was well done – crisp shell with delicate fluffy insides. Simple but excellent combination of passionfruit, mango and berries. I like sour fruits, so I loved this.

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The warm apple & blueberry crumble was lovely. No surprises. I adore warm desserts, especially a good wellmade crumble, with a crisp oat, butter, sugar & flour topping. It was served with a pot of cream. A nice touch. Naturally, I polished it, with each forkful of the crumble.

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Graze serves artisan coffee brand, Graffeo. I thought my Graffeo espresso was terrific.

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The decor is a treat for the eyes. I loved the ample sunlight that shone through the ceiling to floor windows, the zig zag parquet floor, quaint chairs and tiled countertops.

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This is the ‘Chair Room’. I love the touch of whimsy.

Below is their ‘Plate Room’, perfect for holding private dinners.

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The space was designed by the Melbourne-based award winning interior design firm Hecker Guthrie.

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Housed under the same space, is Provisions, a gourmet retail store that stocks gourmet teas, artisan Graffeoo coffee, fresh baked goods, organic produce, and pre-packaged food from Graze & Kha (a Modern Thai restaurant next door to Graze)

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Their baked offerings. I love the cake stands they used.

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A percolator on display.

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Graze exteriors, in the afternoon.

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Graze, at night. With a dinner menu. Such a pretty menu holder too.

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They serve bread before your meals come.

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The white wine vongole pasta I had on my third visit to Graze. This time, I was with Dot and we lapped it up well and good. The prawns were perfectly cooked, the sauce well seasoned, leaving only smiles on our faces.

I have yet to try Graze’s weekend brunch menu. It is apparently better than their daily offerings. I’m already planning my fourth visit as I type this.

Good delicious things are worth obsessing about. I’m crazy this way.

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Graze at Martin No. 38
38 Martin Road
Singapore 239059
Tel: (65) 6509 1680
Email: info@graze.sg
www.graze.com.sg

Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 3pm (last order at 2.30pm)

Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 6pm – 11pm (last order at 10.30pm)

Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm (last order at 3.30pm)

Closed on Mondays and Sunday dinner.

*My first visit was hosted by my dear friend Danielle of Ate Consulting. Subsequent visits, were a result of my independent obsessive cravings for the caesar salad and then some.


Posted on 14th Jun 2011 in Uncategorized

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There Are 16 Comments

 

yixiao commented on June 14, 2011 at 9:25 am


haha, like you, i can always head to my favourite places in a mildly obsessive manner.


 

Soos commented on June 14, 2011 at 10:10 am


Coffee from San Francisco! Great photos!


 

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Jessica Leong ★ (@IMOUSTACHEYOU_) commented on July 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm


You’re making me hungryyyyy ):


 

adel commented on August 24, 2011 at 6:51 am


didn’t realise the interior is so alluring and I passed by a few times thinking it looks very sterile on the outside, the pavlova picture piqued my curiosity…


 

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