Very Good Dinner @ Level 2 at Killiney on 16Jul2015

chicken karaage

chicken karaage

this evening a RI friend arranged our monthly dinner at level 2 at killiney on 16.7.2015.^^

this friend is the district governor (elect) july2016 term for rotary 3310 & they meet often at level 2 at killiney. indeed the restaurant owner sylvia is also a rotary member at suntec.

it’s a small group this evening. at first there was 7 but 2 could not make it last minute so we had 5pax. 🙂

i guess it’s good to have a big group. still even in a large group, we often talked mostly among a few seated next to each other, so it’s quite fine among old friends, whether a big or small group.

place was small. we had a good chat with the lady server. she said there were 2 in the kitchen & 3 servers, though i only saw her serving.

there were 4 tables including ours occupied. the place can take 40pax for a private function. they have a S$30pax 3-course set dinner menu, and a S$9.80 set lunch menu. 🙂

the server gave us a complimentary tapas – chicken karaage to start. 🙂

smoked salmon canapes

smoked salmon canapes

the organiser arranged for a special menu – 3 tapas, lobster bisque, choice of 1 main & dessert of the day.

smoked salmon canapes

smoked salmon canapes

the smoked salmon canapés was ok – smoked salmon average, the pastry was crisp & good, quite a lot of avocado cream?

sausage with mustard &  pickled gerkhins

sausage with mustard & pickled gerkhins

the sausage with mustard & pickled gerkhins was good too. i had 2 pieces.

sausage with mustard &  pickled gerkhins

sausage with mustard & pickled gerkhins

it’s not chorizo, probably chipolata.

lobster bisque

lobster bisque

lobster bisque was competent, had all the right shellfish & bit of liquor flavours. 🙂

lobster bisque

lobster bisque

i guess not the best i had but certainly very competent. it’s also about personal preferences. i like a much more intense lobster bisque & slightly more liquor.

also for myself i prefer a good vegetable base to balance the shellfish flavours which i do for my own lobster bisque.

but i do also like a standalone just intense lobster bisque. ^^

seafood alio olio linguine

seafood alio olio linguine

i thought the seafood alio olio linguine was excellent. very nice garlic taste, very flavourful & al dente.

there were like 5-6prawns & several pieces of sliced scallops. the prawns were good, texture a bit like the chinese crystal prawns (brine treated?). not my preferred texture but overall it was good.

seafood alio olio linguine

seafood alio olio linguine

the server said they added white wine which was not the usual preparation. that’s what i do too for my seafood alio olio spaghetti.

i had the alio olio at kith recently. i liked both but overall i guess i would prefer this preparation.

braised beef cheeks

braised beef cheeks

the braised beef cheeks is 1 of the favourite dishes here. many bloggers had commented favourably.

another new favourite dish is the steak sandwich which had a ribeye steak (server told me about 2/3 normal steak portion). i will try that next time.

server told me they were braised for 4hrs.

braised beef cheeks

braised beef cheeks

it was a competent braise. soft, tender. i didn’t think it was special. texture wise i guess it was very good. the flavours were ok, beefy, not specially tasty. braises not really my thing, but for such cut of meat, slow gentle braises or low temperature cooking like sous vide are the way to produce a nice tender meat w/o making it too sinewy & to turn tough connective tissues to flavourful gelatine. for such preparation, i would prefer the more fatty meats & more gelatine. i have not made my spanish slow-braised beef ribs for a long time, maybe i will give it a try again.

dinner came to S$192 for 5pax so about S$38nett. we gave S$40ea & a friend decided to top up the remainder & give S$20 tip to the lady server. it was a great gesture & a good habit to have when you are happy with the service. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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