As a financial blogger and a secret food explorer myself, there is one common attribute that I am always on the lookout. That attribute is Value. I have tasted plenty of great food with great ambience in my life, but they usually come at a high price to it. It is rare that I find a truly good value deal for money for a restaurant and when I do find it, I usually try to share my experience so that others can experience it as well.
If there is one thing good about killing two birds in one stone, it is to find a wife whose birthday is around the corner of Valentine's week. Just kidding. I celebrated my wife birthday today at a restaurant called Joie by Dozo. It is located at the Orchard Central on the roof garden where you can reserve a private room with view facing the garden. Amazing view with a great ambience for a casual fine dining.
|Amazing Garden View|
When we reached there, we were greeted by a very welcoming host who led us into the private room. The temperature inside the room is a little cold for the two of us, but we were more excited about the environment and the menu than anything else. The menu for lunch comes in 6 course meal at a price of $38.80++. As there are a couple of choices that we have to choose in between the appetizer, soup and main dishes, we were thoroughly explained by the waiter who had provided us extremely good service all around. In the end, we went with most of the recommendation he suggested.
As we were waiting for our first dish to come, we were given a welcoming thirst quencher which makes up of some pineapple cocktail to start with. Taste really refreshing.
Divine (Dish 1)
The first dish was the appetizer which is standard across the selection.
They are made up of some Vanilla pancake with some carrots and Aloe Vera at the center. The last on the left is cooked cranberry twiddled with some green teas powder.
|Chef's Selection of Assorted Platter|
Prelude (Dish 2)
The second dish looks like still an appetizer to me. I don't really know how many appetizer prelude does a fine dining has but it looks really good to me.
Mrs B was having the Transparency of Manchego Cheese where it is basically a cheese at the cover with some rocket salad, mushroom, red and green pepper, walnut and black olive at the top. I tried a couple bite of those and it does taste pretty good considering that I am not a big cheese fan to start with.
I was having the Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella where it has button mushroom gratin served with tennessee heirloom potato puree and an endive focaccia to it. I really like this dish a lot and no regret choosing this set for this round.
|Transparency of Manchego Cheese|
|Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella|
Elixir (Dish 3)
Next up is the soup on the agenda.
As soon as I tasted the lady choice, I knew I was going to lose this round by a huge knockout. Mushroom, Cepes and Truffle soup are my favorites and they do not disappoint for this one. I was going to choose this for my selection but I wanted to try out different soup and I ended up with the Green pea espuma which basically is made up of green pea in powder foam and a couple of baby sprouts. It tasted quite weird at the beginning but slowly grow as you finished up on the last drop.
|Infusion of Cepes and Truffle|
|Espuma of Green Pea Cappuccino|
Crescendo (Dish 4)
By this stage, we were pretty full already so we took some rest and photo before going to the main dishes.
Mrs B chose the Trio of Spheres for her main dish which made up of fresh wild mushroom with truffle oil and onion puff pastry and butternut pumpkin risotto ball with curry mayonnaise. Again, I took a few bite of hers and I like it very much with all the fried stuff in my mouth.
For myself, I chose the Truffle Risotto and Morel for my main dish and after glancing at it, I realized that it was very similar to the kind of food that Little B Jr is eating everyday. The taste is rather good with the mascarpone cream and parmesan crisp mixed with it, though my mind was thinking about my boy as I was eating it. We had a little laugh missing our little one on this occasion.
|Trio of Spheres|
|Truffle Risotto and Morel|
Sweet Endings (Dish 5)
After the main dish, it was the everyone's favorite section of the dessert.
We saw the waiter pushing out the main dessert cart and advises us on the selection of the desserts available. We were told to choose in between a few selection of cakes, chocolates and macarons. These were really good!!!
Potion (Dish 6)
Last but not least, we have the refreshing potion drinks towards the end of the meal.
Somehow, when I think of potion, I am reminded of those RPG games I used to play in the past where it can store some energy.
|Ice Mallow Apple Melody|
|Ice Fruity Refresher|
Birthday Cake (Courtesy of the restaurant)
Knowing that it was my wife birthday, the restaurant gave a small cake on their complimentary so we can take a photo together and capture this moment in memory.
On top of that, the restaurant also gave a complimentary tea glass that we could bring home.
|Photoshoot together :)|
|...And a kiss from the Mr. to the Mrs.|
Overall, it was a really great dining experience for a great food with a great service at a great ambience with an excellent company. At $38.80++, I think this is one of the few restaurants which is very value for money and I think the restaurant and staff deserves more credits for their effort to make each customer happy.
As I was writing this, hmm maybe I could do a food blog once I am closer to financial freedom. Food for thoughts.....Anyway, give it a try.
From a food explorer who is a financial blogger at the same time :)