January 02, 2014

BlissHouse ~ A Pretty Garden Theme Restaurant at The Central, Clarke Quay

If what is written holds true, then be ready to be abounded in supreme happiness because "A spell has been cast in Blisshouse that allows anyone who steps into it to feel bliss." So fairy-tale-like! I was at Blisshouse, a garden theme restaurant situated in The Central, Clarke Quay for a dinner tasting of modern European cuisine, when this line from their printed menu caught my eye's attention.

Entering Blisshouse is like a step into a whimsical dreamland planted with numerous photo opportunity spots, from the carriage, water fountain, porch swing as we walked through the indoor garden area, to the grand piano set in the house area which I only had a slight glimpse of as there was a wedding solemnization taking place.

A venue offering an ideal al fresco-like setting with the comfort of air-conditioning and 100% protection from Singapore's humidity and unpredictable weather, Blisshouse has played host to not just wedding solemnizations, but many events such as product launches and workshops, birthday parties and various artiste meet-the-fans sessions as well.

Besides offering a list of red and white wine, Blisshouse has their own resident mixologist to conjure cocktails and other blended drinks too. We enjoyed our non-alcoholic Amaretto Oreo Bless ($12) and Yogurt Rose Perfume ($12) tremendously, and I'm making a guess that the light and refreshing Somersby Apple Cider would also be a hit with many ladies.

I was initially hesitant about ordering two different soups as recommended, for I do not wish my stomach space to be filled up too quickly but was assured that portions are manageable. Indeed, the serving size of Wild Mushroom Soup ($8) and Soup De Pesce ($10) are just nice as a prelude to the upcoming dishes.

While the former can be stronger in mushroom and truffle taste, the latter was a statisfying bowl of creamy seafood soup brimming with fresh clams, mussels, prawns and squid. Very appetite whetting with the pleasant tang of tomatoes and highly enjoyable!

Blisshouse's food menu is considered to be extensive with a wide selection of starters, pastas, pizzas and mains. For starters, we had the Baked Mushrooms ($10) which are tiny morsels of baked button mushroms stuffed with ratatouille, wonderfully juicy and easy to pop one after another into my mouth.

The Pan-seared Marinated Scallop and Prawns ($22) is another choice well-made. Fresh scallops and prawns are marinated with lime, garlic, dill and olive oil, before being pan-seared to perfection and served with a sauce of balsamic reduction.

It was so difficult to resist the urge to tuck into the plate of Pork Belly Confit with Latte Tagliatelle ($20) as soon as it arrived at our table (must take photo first!) because the aroma of bacon was so extremely intense! That's the most beautiful part of the dish as the meat could perhaps do with a longer braising time for better tenderness, but the pairing of tagliatelle in its delish lightly creamed butter sauce was a redeeming one and had us finished it entirely.

The Tomato Pesto Oven-baked Cod Fish ($38) was well-executed to soft, moist deliciousness and accompanied with a subtle mornay sauce, roasted new potatoes and baby asparagus. Tomato Braised Lamb Shank ($28) was wonderfully fork-tender and flavourful after an overnight braising session, definitely worth an order.

We did not go for any pizzas though the Wasabi Pizza ($18) sounds interesting with its teriyaki base, smoked chicken, cheese, bonito flakes and wasabi aioli, as we were already too full by then and still have desserts waiting for us.

Though Bacon & Eggs Créme Brulee ($9) sounded like an interesting combination of sweet and savory, the bacon scent was barely discernible but still good enough as the custard was smooth with a top layer of caramel crust. Tiramisu ($11) is a perennial crowd pleaser with a kick of Kahlua liquor and dust of dark chocolate coco powder.

Overall, the food at Blisshouse is decent with affordable pricing and diners gets 15% off their àla carte menu when they become "friends" of Blisshouse by liking their facebook page. The weekday 3-course set lunch ($12.50++) is a deal worth checking out too. For casual dates, girls night out gatherings and private functions, this would be a place worth considering.

May everyone be filled with dining bliss at Blisshouse!

Thanks to Street Directory for the invitation and Blisshouse for the hospitality.

Blisshouse Theme Restaurant
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-21 The Central, Singapore 059817
Contact: +65 62255532
Website: http://www.blisshouse.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlissHouse.sg
Opening Hours: 12pm-11pm Daily

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