Lunch at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

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Today my mum brought me to Alkaff Mansion Ristorante at Telok Blangah for lunch, to celebrate my 29th birthday. :)

She chose it for its unique location and promising looking food.

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The picturesque lawn makes a perfect backdrop for a garden wedding… if only Singapore’s weather wasn’t so scorching hot, sigh. 

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Anyway, we got there at around 12pm and were one of the first customers to reach for their lunch service. The interior was quite charmingly decorated and had an old-world kinda feel.

The servers were polite and warm, and got me a big cushion to support my back when they noticed that I was pregnant. How sweet. :)

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We had some bread to start our meal, and unlike other restaurants, this was served fresh, warm and fluffy. 

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We got the set lunch which was priced at $36++, with a starter, main and dessert. Coffee/tea was not included in the set, which was disappointing. Considering wines were $10++ to add to the set, coffee/tea at an additional $8++ seemed like quite a ripoff. But oh well…

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We both had mixed salad, which included light mozzarella, olives, oranges and greens. It was a refreshing contrast to the hot weather outside. Unfortunately, this is where I run out of good things to say about our meal.

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My mum’s sea bass was nicely flavoured but miserably portioned, even for a small eater like her. The 3 minuscule slabs of fish hardly qualified for a main course.

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I had the fish ravioli, which tasted so fishy/not fresh that I couldn’t stomach it and left it untouched after eating 2 pieces. The ravioli took up around 1/3 of the bowl, and the rest of the space was filled with tomato after tomato. Let’s just say I won’t be having tomatoes for a while now.

I wanted to return the dish, but the place was full and I probably would have had to wait for a long time for the replacement to arrive, so I just ate whatever I could. But really, the standard was quite bad.

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Dessert was a hazelnut chocolate cake with some sort of creamy center, and it was alright I suppose. Nothing extraordinary but very edible.

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We still had an overall pleasant experience, but it’s not somewhere I would return to very willingly, haha. Maybe I’ll give it another try one day before writing it off for good? Since I really love places with gardens/greenery.

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And it has a whimsical large rocking chair outside too!

 

 

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