The Hostess With The Mostest
August 15, 2011 § 16 Comments
Saturday 6:00pm. MM and I are lost for ideas as to how to feed our rumbling tummies (well, not really lost, just L-A-Z-Y in an idyllic sort of way). “Why don’t you name a place and I’ll take you out for dinner,” says MM. I do a double take. Is my hubby asking me out on a date? Why, I think so!
Suddenly faced with a lack of dining suggestions, I searched for reviews and recommendations online via HungryGoWhere (a community website for foodies in search of good eats in Singapore and select cities in Southeast Asia). What do I see greeting me on the homepage: an August deal-of-the-month promotion at an F&B establishment called Hosted–On The Patio
- “Tranquil garden landscaping”
- “Delectable bistro cuisine”
- “Live band”
With descriptors like these, I was hooked. I called and made a reservation for two then, sneaking a glance at MM, I asked the receptionist, “Is the restaurant pet-friendly?” I know. I know. This was meant to be a special night-out just between the two of us, but I couldn’t bear to leave Lil’ Miss Maple alone at home. I rationalized the decision with reasons such as how Maple could benefit from: (1) exposure to a new environment, (2) socialization opportunities with fellow diners, and (3) special bonding time over candle light with Momsy and Popsy.
The decision was immediately sealed in concrete when the receptionist replied with, “Yes, the outdoor dining area is pet-friendly.” Pawtastic! The three of us hopped into the car and made our journey to the restaurant. Upon arrival we were greeted by lush greenery, ambient lighting, and the sound of running water from the Koi pond—a little oasis in the middle of an urban jungle.
After settling down, we ordered the Atlantic Crab Salad (S$16) followed by Smoked Duck Linguine (S$24) and Three Cheese and Mushroom Pizza ($14). MM devoured the salad, announcing it as the best plate of lettuce he ever had—I think what he meant to say was that the savoury crab meat, tangy citrus segments, sweet roasted cherry tomatoes, and spicy black pepper combined to make a merry experience on the palate. We can’t wait to try an improvised version of this tasty salad at home.
The Smoked Duck Linguine sounded like it had a lot of potential to be an all-star favourite. While this cream-based pasta certainly packed a flavourful punch, I found it lacked the presentation zeal that would take it up a notch. The Three Cheese and Mushroom Pizza, on the other hand, was a winner with me but fell short of MM’s expectations. What I liked about this thin-crust pizza was the generous topping of arugula over the amalgamated fusion of cheeses: mozzarella, parmesan, and blue cheese. For MM, the added mushrooms were too few and far between—a shame because their earthy flavours would have given the pizza a whole new dimension.
Dessert came and went too quickly for me to snap any photos 😉 We ordered the Molten Dark Chocolate Fondant (S$14) and Warm Apple Crumble (S$12). Of the two desserts, the one that received the most praise from MM was the crumble. MM exclaimed that the crumble was excellent. In his opinion, the crumble topping was perfectly sweet and crunchy, and nicely balanced the soft apple filling. The vanilla ice-cream that accompanied the crumble, unfortunately, lacked character—I think I would have given this dessert two thumbs up otherwise.
Hosted–On The Patio is a rare find, given its: (1) hidden location away from the hustle and bustle of the city, (2) family-friendly environment with a wooden swing and Koi pond to amuse the little ones, (3) acceptance of pets within its outdoor premises (a little known fact…for now), and (4) reasonably-priced and -portioned menu items. We will definitely be adding Hosted–On The Patio to our personal list of favourite pet-friendly restaurants and return when another occasion for a lazy weekend arises…hopefully soon!
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