Last month, the husband and I turned one – though in actual fact, it’s our 12th anniversary! Can’t imagine I actually invested all my youth in this guy and still find him adorable to date, lol. As we were still in the midst of our renovation, we decided to not splurge on any gifts and just treat ourselves to a good date.
We kickstarted our belated celebration with Kooza by Cirque du Soleil!
My first ever CDS was Alegria when I was in secondary school (I think) and was left fascinated with the performance and music for many years.. until Akira always tease me on my love for “circus music”. So glad to finally catch this show with him and seeing him enjoy it too 😊
Not sure if you can guess, but it’s the one-star Michelin restaurant.. Labyrinth!
We actually made reservations for Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, but after many meh reviews from our friends, we decided to go for one of their recommendations instead! Boy was it hard for us to book a reservation~
If I remembered correctly, we tried the “National Day Special” menu which is no longer available – but most are still available in either their classics or tasting menu 😊
First up, we were served snacks of rojak puffs (which is divine I tell ya), charred radish cake and nasi lemak chwee kueh. Sounds ordinary yet it was only the start of our gastronomical adventure!
Next, we’re served deconstructed laksa with a huge ass oyster. Husband and I went 😰😰 cuz we’re not huge fans of oysters, hahahah. And it’s served cold.. unfortunately, this was the dish we both didn’t like. I like my traditional laksa anytime~
This was good though! Bak Chor Mee that’s anything but that. The noodles are made of squid, scallops replacing the fishballs, condiments made of ikan bilis. Yums!
The legendary chicken rice dumpling!!! Seemingly simple, yet our tastebuds were bursting with flavors of our local dish; wish I could have another porton. I love it!
Then comes the next dish that left this chee cheong fan opposite me a little pouty… cuz the rice noodle roll was replaced with squid. Hahaha. I thoroughly enjoyed the surprises constantly sprung on us!
A very famous dish of theirs: chili crab ice cream ❤️ Accompanied with soft shell crab and seaweed.. it’s so creative and a must-try guys!
At this point, I still wasn’t sure if I’ll actually be full from the meal… until mains is served.
Since we were given an “either or” choice each, we decided to give them both a go. Husband had the Siew Yoke Umami Rice which tasted a lot like comfort food (in a good way) but is super filling.
Japanese A4 Wagyu with mochi rice and peanut sauce if I remember correctly? Obviously I prefer the former cuz this just felt like the most lacklustre meal in the entire gastronomical journey.
Imagine my dismay when our tehtarik toast is served promptly after mains. So full already how to stuff another bread in?! But wait, it’s meringue! Now… there’s always space for desserts right? 😜
oOo I was really looking forward to this btw! Cendol xiao long bao – where the vinegar is replaced by gula melaka. Genius!
Next we were served our soft boiled eggs with dark soya sauce and pepper, which is really just a creative way of serving mango sticky rice! Hees.
I was always delighted to guess what’s coming while my hubs just kept complaining that he felt thoroughly cheated with the modern take of our local cuisine
Ending our dinner on a good note with some petit fours~
Overall, I reckon it was money well-spent for the amazing creativity and innovation behind these dishes.. though I must say that the service could have been better. Though informative in explaining each dish to us, a little smile hurts nobody right?
Disclaimer: This is obviously not sponsored. We’re not cheapos who celebrate every milestone of our r/s w something sponsored~ I’ll personally get very offended if my husband ever think of doing that… if a man can’t even bear to pamper you on your special day (but can keep splurging on himself instead), 这种男人不要也吧。