We came here one weekday after work because J wanted to give me a treat for my birthday, and I wanted to choose some place affordable. This is touted as the “cheaper” version of Savour in Purvis street, and the prices were indeed very reasonable. The portion size is a little smaller than normal, so you do get what you pay for. However that means being able to try more things, which is always a good thing in my book.
We started with the buffalo mozzarella and tomato bruschetta – pretty creamy mozzarella. It was J’s first experience with tomatoes and Italian cheese and she liked it. They seem to use a lot of this dark rye bread for their crostini.
Another starter we had was the caesar salad with an onsen egg. The anchovy in the salad was overwhelmingly salty, even for salt loving J. I liked it though I think they could have toned down the salt and perhaps made nicer garlicky croutons.
For the mains we had a creamy pork pasta – a roasted pork belly with linguine alfredo and a poached egg. I liked this one best out of everything we tried!
The crab risotto had a really paltry amount of crab meat. It’s better than Jamie’s crab risotto but that’s not saying a lot. I think the seafood flavour here is a little muted although I’m not sure how one can up the ante.
For dessert we had some basil ice cream with a strawberry fruit tart – we all thought it would be an open faced fruit tart but it turned out to be the sort with a lot more crust than we were prepared for when we ordered a fruity dessert.
The pistachio panna cotta is definitely worth ordering though! It’s got a beautiful color and beautiful taste.
This is definitely one of the better places to eat at in the Cathay although anything in that location would generally not do too well or only be frequented by SMU students. At least this place has student friendly prices!