The dinner that was Valentine’s Day

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There is something different about this year’s Valentine, isn’t it? Somehow I just felt the urge to do something special on this date, and that was what I did yesterday with my date.

With recommendation from a friend, I made a reservation for two for the Valentine’s Special at Broth, which is located along Duxton Hill, along Tanjong Pagar.

As both of us walked nearer to the stretch of shophouses where Broth is located at, I was mesmerised by the place. It was hidden from the buzz that is Duxton Hill (you know… where the Filipino girls hang out looking for “friends”), and tucked in a corner along with some other equally non-descriptive outlets.

The moment I walked into Broth, I was charmed.

The staff were buzzing and smiling to customers, all dressed smartly in tight black jeans, personalised belt (with their individual names!) and striped shirt. And they are all so good looking!

We choose to sit inside the eatery. My date and I were both admiring the beautiful deco (photos to follow), before we actually got into programme proper, namely dinner and get-to-know-each-other-better kind of conversation.

Seems like they only serve the Valentine’s special tonight, and I am impressed with what experience. Yeah, so the time lag between each course was rather lengthy, but with the right companion and right music (jazz, bossa nova, anyone?), who needs to rush through their food?

Broth chef has overdid himself – his food was absolutely delicious. Served in just the right portion, each bite was a tantalising symphony of taste and flavour. Grinning as I tucked in, I told my date how much I love the food. The sentiment was mutual.

I am no food blogger/reviewer, so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

The interior of broth

Part of the interior of the place. Romantic, classy and understated at the same time. Nice.

The interior of broth

There were shelves for wine and bottles, and shelves for books, lending Broth a very friendly, cosy feel. I felt like as if I am dining at a friend’s place.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Started off with this glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, accompanied by smoked duck & green mango salad wrapped with sweet & spicy dressing

Cream of butternut pumpkin

Next up was this cream of butternut pumpkin with peppermint & pistachio foam. It was light, tangy and certainly a great appetiser!

Pan fried goose liver

This pan fried goose liver with earl grey poached fig & shiraz glaze tasted very exquisite. I have never tried something like this before – and I liked it.

King prawn & dory fillet

This is my main course – king prawn & dory fillet roulade with green asparagus served with creamy tomato sauce. Yes, I know the portion looks small. But for me I found it to be just nice along with the other courses served throughout the night

Black pepper crusted beef tenderloin

My date had the black pepper crusted beef tenderloin with ratatouille, truffle mash and marble balsamic sauce. As it was cooked as medium, the beef did look juicy.

Dessert

The desert platter – called “Love Bites” – was good! Strawberry port wine jelly in shooter glass with crème fraiche, beetroot chocolate cake with chocolate grenache, caramelized banana tartlets and avocado panna cotta. The choc cake alone shot my diet down the drain, but when you have these along with a glass of orange muscat & flora wine, you’ll think like me. It’s worth the extra minutes on the threadmill!

Coffee

Ended the night with a cup of coffee (which both of us found it to be too strong). This was supposed to come with chocolates, which never appeared, but it was alright because by then we were stuffed to the brim.

Needless to say I am indeed very impressed by Broth The entire dinner cost me S$188 (nett), and I really think it was worth it. In fact I left tips for the waiters (whom looked more and more harassed by the minute, haha).

By the time we leave the place, it was close to 9.30 p.m., which means we spent a leisurely 2.5 hours over dinner.

I wanted to talk a bit about my date, but this time round I really do not want to jinx it. After my last horrendous experience, I am glad that I managed to adopt a more matured, practical approach to dating – taking it slow, knowing each other better before any kind of commitments is made, and keep that aside until the time is right.

I reckon this is the right thing to do. I had a hard time convincing my date that it is, and in the end we compromised.

I am happy. This Valentine’s Day is remarkably improved experience from my last.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all :D

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