For Tiff's birthday 2 weeks back, we decided that we should go semi-atas. After reading favourable reviews of Mitzo, we looked forward excitedly to this dinner meet up the whole week.
We (or I, rather) were so drawn to the beautiful, sexy interior decor of Mitzo. With hues of rainbow reflecting from the sea of blue and green glass, I've fallen completely in love with the elegant and contemporary design.
I could see how this restaurant transforms into a bar at night. A lounge-like feel permeates the air as we walked through panels of glass and mirror while being shown to our seats.
The ceiling was made up of large panels of mirrors. We decided to have a mirror wefie in the most unusual fashion.
"Mitzo breaks the mould of Chinese dining by combining a contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine with an artisanal cocktail programme." - mitzo.sg
I initially chose Mitzo coz of the 20% discount with my staff pass in November. However upon reservation, the cordial lady over the phone informed me of 2 different one-for-one promotional set dinner to consider.
Tiff: "Wah... I'm so touched that you're treating me at such an atas place!"
Jo: "Ya... don't be so touched. It's one-for-one!"
We chose the 6-course Mitzo Signatures Premium set at $128++ per pax. The dishes in this more expensive set include their signature bbq pork and roast pork belly, abalone, cod fish and wagyu beef and is definitely more value for money than the other set. The total bill after the one-for-one promo, together with a pot of pu'er tea, came up to $162.43. $81 per pax is a really reasonable price to pay for semi fine-dining cuisine with such a lovely ambience.
This wasn't quite the usual nuts served at the start of the meal. Anything dusted with seaweed powder would get the thumbs up from me.
~*Double-boiled abalone soup with cordyceps flower, chicken and king oyster mushroom*~
I love almost all clear Asian soup and this nourishing soup was delicious.
~*Roast platter Mitzo special barbecued pork*~
I do not usually fancy barbecued pork (better known locally as char siew) but I could see why this is their signature dish. The tender pork was coated with a crispy later of sweet caramelized sugar (or honey, I reckon) that's charred to perfection. One thick piece of pork per person tasted heavenly for sure, though I'm not very sure if I would have diminishing marginal utility when given a larger serving.
~*Roast platter crispy roast pork belly*~
I love crispy roast pork belly (better known locally as siu yuk) in general and I love this for the right amount of crisp crackling skin, juicy tender meat, and delicate melt-in-your-mouth fats. Crispy roast pork belly is one of my favourite unhealthy Chinese food ever and the ones here at Mitzo sure didn't taste unhealthy to me. Not to mention, I always feel that such roast meat has a refined atas air when dipped with mustard sauce.
When Tiff asked for chilli without specifying what type of chilli she wanted, the wait staff came with red chilli, green chilli and chilli padi. That's called going beyond customer's satisfaction.
~*Steamed cod fish with minced ginger in soya sauce*~
Cod fish is one of my favourite fish and I would always love any cod fish dish especially Chinese style with soya sauce. Likewise, I enjoyed this cod fish. However, I didn't quite like it with minced ginger and I felt that there could be more soya sauce.
~*Stir-fried wagyu beef with asparagus in osmanthus sauce*~
Tiff found the wagyu beef tough; I felt it was tender and pretty good. However, one undisputed view from both of us was that this dish was a little too sweet for our liking after having eaten more than 3 pieces of beef. The asparagus was a welcoming balance to the dish. Overall, I liked this dish.
~*Fried rice with ginger, shrimp and tobiko*~
This dish tried to be many things all at once and the amalgamation of ingredients made us really confused as to what should the unique selling point of this dish be. That aside, we Asians always need our rice to complement the whole meal!
Tiffy was really happy with the dinner, the ambience and the company so far!
Then came our dessert. I took a video of this where Tiff was acting silly, pretending that she was conjuring some sort of magic. The silly video is for private viewing. =P
Ya, I had no magical smoke coz I'm not the birthday gal. But I got to eat my dessert faster! Hehehehe...
The fumes from the dry ice finally settled down and it was time for a proper human and dessert shot.
~*Chilled cream of mango with sago and pomelo topped with ice cream*~
We could finally see the dessert after all the "smoke" dissipated. The mango cream was flavourful without being cloyingly sweet. The tangy pomelo sacs were refreshing and another thing I remembered about this dish was Tiff asking if the flower petals could be eaten. -_-|||
While other restaurants serve cake on birthdays, Mitzo serves longevity buns! I think that Chinese character there is 寿 which means longevity.
The staff at Mitzo sang Tiff a birthday song after presenting her with her "cake". It was a pleasant surprise for the both of us. The elderly lady at the table next to us went over to hug Tiff saying that it was her birthday as well! So sweet! The Mitzo staff then mentioned that she was going to get the same treatment too. Lol! We assumed it could not be kept under wraps since we were just beside them. When it was the old lady's turn, we also sang the birthday song together and for that brief moment we felt like we were family.
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The buns were really delicious! The lotus paste was smooth with the right amount of sweetness. It was awesome! It reminded us of mooncakes with silky smooth lotus paste.
We were both really happy gals with such good food in our bellies.
It was a bestie telepathy that we were dressed in blue that evening!
And somebody just wanna have a wefie with the snowman... *rolls eyes* Ok, birthday gal would get whatever she wanted. As I'm doing up this post, I realised that I've completely forgotten to blog about my birthday dinner with Tiff. And then I realised that we've got so many other photos together that I've decided to do it all in the same post next time.
All photos taken using iPhone 6
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