Monday, March 23, 2015

Victor Restaurant + Bar [Iron Chef Dinner]

This past weekend I went on a dinner date with some girlfriends at Victor Restaurant + Bar (@victorlounge). It was an Iron Chef Battle theme dinner, where we got to choose an ingredient "Lemon" in advance and each chef will prepare one dish. This sound exciting, how come I have never heard of this before.

5 course Dinner for $85pp 
 Each of us got to judge each course by 4 element: 1) How well was the theme ingredients incorporated into the dish 2) How original was the dish or how authentic 3) Presentation 4) Taste.
Oh, sorry in advance if the picture are not that great since I took in with my iPhone, not wanting to carry my camera around.

Lemon & Roasted Garlic Hummus w/ Preserved Lemon Tabbouleh and Grilled Pita
No idea how original this dish could be, I hate when I eat something at a restaurant and think I could have made it or made it better. That was definitely how I felt for this dish, things that I could easily pick up at supermarket and just add lemon to everything.

Lemon Chicken w/ Sesame and Fried Rice 
Being a table of 8 our of 9 Chinese girls, we were rather opinionated about this dish. This was a rather food court style Chinese dish and we are paying a lot for this tasting, we were joking how they could at least gave us more rice.

Lemon & Cod Mousseline w/ Chilled Cucumber and Yogurt Soup
This was probably my fave dish of the night although the cod had a rather fishy taste that a lot of us didn't enjoy. But this was something that I won't make at home and have more layers of flavors that the other dishes.

Lemon Marinated Flank Steak w/ Salt Cod Brandade and Lemon Glazed Carrots
We just had cod in the previous dish and here you go again and the portion of that fried Brandade was humongous. The steak was well done and the only thing I like about this dish was the glazed carrots. Enough said?!

Lemon Mousse w/ Lemon & Gin Marmalade, Lemon Curd and Sable Breton Cookie
This was the fave dish of all the girls but I thought it was so one dimensional in taste... I love tart but this is just that and nothing else.

My score for this meal - failed miserably.
With the lack of any expensive ingredients and skills, this was a very overprice dinner.
Personally I think they took the theme too literally, too much lemon in every dish and that was pretty much they only flavor you can taste, nothing else.

Even their service was horrible, first we were not given full description of the dishes (good thing my friend had a copy of the menu when arranging this dinner) and no one even came to fill our water or wine glasses, not to mention ask if we wanted another bottle.

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