The hubby took me out for a birthday dinner on Monday, and all I knew was that we were headed for Labrador Park. After a short walk from the carpark, we arrived at the restaurant – Eco Gourmet Cafe. Here’s a photo of the restaurant’s outdoor seating just opposite the entrance.
At the entrance, cosy bar seating beckons, and the ceiling lights in the shape of bells lazily sway from side to side. My dinner date waits patiently while I take a photo. =P
As we were led to our seats in one secluded corner (there was only one other couple at the other corner of the restaurant) I found myself quite taken by the seclusion, the quietness, the casual yet jungle-like setting. It feels like you can almost touch the leaves of the surrounding trees if you just reach your hand out. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or for a small group of close girlfriends.
The service was nice and easy, the waiters kept their distance but picked up our dishes, and refilled our glasses at appropriate times and without us having to ask. Here’s the complimentary starter.
The cream of mushroom and truffle was a winner in my books. It was topped with slices of grilled king oyster mushrooms and enoki tempura (which is the crispy thing you see in the picture below). Delish…
The medley of root vegetables tossed in ginger soy dressing was refreshing but a little too bland for me. Maybe there was insufficient dressing, I’m not quite sure.
I chose the over-roasted miso cod. The black lumpy mass behind the cod is actually squid-ink whipped potato; the squid ink gives the mash a lot more flavour. The fish was on the sweet side, due to the mirin miso seasoning, but the cod was nice and firm, and the pickled vegetables helped to balance the sweetness.
Hubby had the broiled chicken thigh with pomelo salad, mash, and asparagus. I stole a taste of his chicken because it looked so inviting and it was actually quite good — nice and crisp on the outside and very juicy.
After ordering dessert and waiting for 15 minutes, we got our molten lava cake. I must say it was worth the wait. I enjoyed every bite of the cake — the chocolate was not too rich, and the coconut ice-cream was yummy too.
Everything set us back about $130.
But we had a lovely time. Nothing to complain about at all. The atmosphere was really conducive for some heart-to-heart conversations, as we shared and updated each other about what we’ve been thinking of, dreaming about, and yearning for. That precious time and connection, to me, is probably the best gift he could ever have given me for my birthday.
Eco Gourmet Cafe
30 Labrador Villa Road, Labrador Nature Reserve
Tel: 6479 8885