Once in a while, the husband and I will head out for dinner.
Just the two of us.
No kids. No chores. No distractions.
The ideal place is somewhere quiet with good food where we can relax and enjoy each other's company. Normally, the fact that we are out of the house helps put us in the mood for deeper conversations.
On these special nights, I particularly enjoy trying new places and so we decided to visit Museo which did not disappoint.
Nestled in a quiet corner within Sentosa Cove, Museo (which means museum in Italian) is located at Quayside Isle which houses a number of hip and new restaurants. It was my first time there which made the place feel all the more charming. I love exploring new places with the husband. Often it feels like we have been transported out of Singapore for that brief moment.
We chose to sit by the window on one of the day beds which overlooked the yachts that were berthed in the marina. After a quick browse of the menu, we ordered our drinks.
As our drinks were being prepared, I took a walk around the restaurant and snapped a few photos.
I was drawn to the painting studio which was situated right in the centre of the restaurant. The canvas stands were lined up on a raised platform that overlooked the bar and provided a bird's eye view of the marina. I have always found the sea to be very calming and I could picture myself painting there for hours with a cup of lychee tea by my side. What a perfect retreat that would be! Unfortunately, my husband was not into painting on that particular night so I will have to head back there someday.
But apart from the unique dining-in-a-cup concept, I couldn't help but notice the quirky art (pictured above) and the unusual bathtub plants (image below). I love character in a restaurant and for me, it is these details that make the place memorable.
In fact, there was a separate dining area that would be suitable for hosting a party of 12-20 guests. I thought this would make the ideal place for a bridal shower tea party or a birthday celebration. Wouldn't it be fun to have guests indulge in a spot of painting while enjoying a decadent high tea buffet spread?
Back to our meal that night, we began by ordering the Mezzanine set which were appetisers individually served in double walled glasses. Each appetiser was artistically named to tie in with the museum theme.
We selected the Picasso's Blues (Deep Fried Prawns flavoured with Lavender), Smile of Mona Lisa (Deep Fried Camembert Cheese served with Cranberry Sauce), The Great Wave (Tuna Tataki) and Flaming June (Salmon Curry with Ladyfingers).
All the dishes were delightful.
The deep fried prawns were succulent and juicy served with mayonnaise that was flavoured with a hint of lavender. We also enjoyed the unusual addition of salmon to the rich curry which had the right amount of heat although the salmon was a tad dry. My husband favoured the deep fried camembert cheese dipped in the sweet cranberry sauce while I couldn't help polishing off the light and refreshing tuna tataki. The crusted tuna and fresh crabmeat was tossed with the right amount of tangy dressing and greens which truly whet my appetite for more.
We were so taken by the dining-in-a-cup concept that we decided to try a couple more instead of an entree. So we ordered the Miro Fields (Lotus Chips served with Basil Cheese Dip), Joys of Life (Smoked Roast Pork Belly served with Hot Sauce), Monet's Garden of Lilies (Mango Prawns served with Micro Greens) and Three Musicians (Soft Shell Chilli Crab served with Sweet and Savoury Tomato-Chilli Sauce).
Of the four, the crisp and juicy roast pork belly really stood out which was perhaps unsurprising given that it was one of their signature dishes. I personally enjoyed the lotus chips which was an unusual twist on the ubiquitous potato chip. I thought it would make the perfect companion to any of their 30 specialty cocktails.
But the two dishes that really stole the limelight were the Creamy Asparagus Soup with Roasted Bacon and Herbs and the Pan-Roasted Cod Fillet.
The piping hot asparagus soup was deliciously creamy and silky smooth and hidden inside were tiny morsels of crunchy asparagus and crisp bacon bits. Let's just say not a drop remained.
Thankfully, we had decided to share just one entree and were glad that we chose the Pan-Roasted Cod Fillet. I will admit that I was skeptical about the relish that was served on top of it but was sold after one bite. The grilled scallop was cooked to perfection and we also found the risotto to be hearty and comfortingly creamy.
Then it was time to end the meal with something sweet.
I had read a number of reviews and knew the Vodka Chocolate Lava Cake was a winner. So even though my husband wasn't keen on dessert, I insisted that he order it and in the end, he finished it without any help. I chose the Green Tea Creme Brulee served with the Yuzu Gelato which was a perfect end to a fine meal.
The ambience and the fine food at Museo made for a very special evening out that day because the truth is, we don't normally dine like this on our regular date nights. After the meal, we took a short walk along the boardwalk to soak in the sights and sounds before we headed home.
Thanks Museo for the sweet memories and I hope to be back again soon.
This post is linked up to the Foodie Friday series.