Of bang for the buck, photogenic food and “What the heck is a chef’s kitchen?” (Sweet Pea: A Chef’s Kitchen)
February 13, 2011 1 Comment
What the heck is a chef’s kitchen? (Google, you failed me…)
The first time we had dinner at Sweet Pea was November of last year. It has been one of the new additions to Piazza’s resto offerings and we decided to try it in spite of the slightly pricey menu. It’s a good thing the food measured up to expectations. If you know me, you’d know that I won’t mind pricey food if it’s cooked well and if it fills me up (i.e. Chilli’s). This is also why I’m not a fan of Cibo and CPK.
On our first visit, we had these:
I dare say the salmon at Sweet Pea was better than the one at Shangri La’s Heat, and is one of the better salmon dishes we’ve had to date. The pasta dish on the other hand was satisfaction on a plate: the fish (sole?) was crispy on the outside but was kept perfectly moist inside. The sauce I would describe as marinara and not puttanesca but hey, it tasted good, so no complaints here. Very, very filling indeed…
A couple of nights ago, we decided to try some more menu items and we were not disappointed.
Apples plus pineapples plus pomelo plus tomatoes (yes, tomatoes are fruits…) equal assorted fruits. They threw in some watercress and crispy wanton strips on top of the greens for good measure. The sesame dressing was thick and flavorful but was a bit bitin for the amount of salad in that plate. The applesauce on the porkchop dish reminded me of Gerber. Hehe. The meat itself appeared to be the standard cut, was a bit on the thin and fatty side but H told me it tasted good. The grilled tomatoes had a pat of pesto which made it a bit interesting. Finally, the prawns puttanesca was an awesome win. The real thing was true to the one pictured in the menu. The prawns were sizeable and were cooked perfectly; it was almost buttery and was (thankfully!) not rubbery at all. The ciabatta served with it was humongous too! I had to split half with H. I’m going to be redundant here: very, very filling without sacrificing the taste levels.
Sweet Pea, thank you for not failing me. I hope consistency’s part of your game. Here’s hoping the many next visits will keep on satisfying.