as i grow older (and greedier), i no longer that look forward to birthday presents – i rather asked my friend to spend that money on a good meal. this is what k did for me!
its been awhile since i went to wild rocket and i thought this will be a great opportunity to revisit this little restaurant.
wild rocket is located at the uphill “budget” hangout hotel. once we were there, we noticed that wild rocket just went through a revamp. k and i concluded that we did not really like the new layout. there was a lack of openess and the decor was a bit too chi-chi for me.
as we did not make any reservation, we were placed near the entrance (blah). once seated, pipping hot homemade bread were served to us. i am just amazed that after all these years, the standard of the bread never dropped – delicious and moist. served with extra virgin olive oil (with balsamic vinegar) or/ and butter.
we ordered a beef carpaccio for starter. the thing is i am not a big fan of raw beef (or raw meat in general). however among all the choices, only the beef carpaccio caught my eyes. i braced myself for the first bite – it was good. very good. the beef carpaccio was done in thai style – a bit tom-yumish flavor, topped with olives, peanuts and wild rocket leaves (duh). it was not bloody and it did not have a raw meat taste. the thin slice of beef was tender and surprisingly juicy.
for my main, i ordered a crabmeat linguine. i love the creamy tomato sauce. however the sauce was rather rich thus the subtle flavor of the crabmeat was buried in it. the pasta used, i suspected, was not not your usual plain flour pasta – i think it made of whole wheat and maybe buckwheat. thus the pasta was much chewy and “meatier”.
for k, she ordered a soy sauce pork ragu. wild rocket is famous for their fusion cuisine – refining/ desconstructing local favorites and classic dishes. for the pork ragu, its a rehash of a classic hokkien kong-bak bao aka plain bun stuffed with braised pork belly. instead of the bun, cannelloni was used instead. looking at k, i think she was pretty happy with her dish.
we also ordered a side of crabmeat mash potato to share. k love it. as for me, it was alright. my ideal mash potato involved lotsa of cream, butter and salt. the wild rocket version is more upscale – the potatoes were not fully mashed to retain certain texture. despite me having a bland palette, i find their mash was not well seasoned.
as always, we needed to end the meal with dessert (each of course) to feel complete.
i got myself the classic strawberry cheesecake and k got the salted caramel kaya banoffee pie. both desserts were clearly in their descontructed form. for my cheesecake, the graham cracker base was used a topping. the rest of the cheesecake components were mish-mash together. they also used creme fraiche to go along with the cheesecake – which i quite like – the sourness of it cut through the sweetness of cream cheese.
for the salted caramel kaya banoffee pie, k was rather sad that it did not come in the form of a proper pie. the salted caramel and kaya were subtle; i felt they were overpowered by the bananas that were added in the pie. the kaya was stuck at the bottom the glass – perhaps they should have layered more so that the flavors of salted caramel and kaya could be more pronounced.
of course we finally ended the sweet meal with a lovely present from k. it was not exactly a surprise as i selected the pouch at my friend shop (SHOUT OUT: if you are a lover of retro vintage loots or just looking for some unique great gifts or need a new bag (we always need bags!), please go to I WANT THAT. its a phenomenon store. go go go.) still it always good to have a present (just ignore what i said earlier. ha).wild rocket hangout hotel
10A upper wilkie road
+65 633 99448 tue-sat – 12pm – 3pm and 630pm – 11pm; sun – 1130am – 3pm and 630pm – 1030pm (closed on mondays)