Sunday, 16 February 2014

Valentine's Day Dinner @ The Flying Squirrel

I don't believe in spending extravagantly on overly commercialized and exploited dates such as Valentine's day as prices tend to be jacked up everywhere. Don't get me wrong. I agree that Valentine's Day is a great day to do something extra for your loved ones (actually, any day is a good time). CC wanted to have a good meal so he booked a dinner for us at Flying Squirrel on Valentine's Day.

Outfit of the day. Love this simple black lace dress that can be worn for any occasions and yet not look under or overdressed! An LBD is indeed an essential in every girl's wardrobe! Carrying the DKNY bag that CC got for me last Christmas :)

Entrance (on the left) to Flying Squirrel.
Flying Squirrel is located along a backlane that somehow gives me foreign vibes. It makes a good spot for ootd but since I already had my ootd shot done... HAHA. 

It is a small and cozy restaurant with unpretentious service. 



We had the 7-course couple set meal at $266 and they even gave us a rose. Sweet! CC was telling me how the other girls looked so elated to receive the roses except me. Told you I'm a flower kind of person already but if you want to give me an edible bouquet of roses made out of bacon and vegetables I will gladly accept :)

First up, "Aphrodisiac".
1/2 dozen oysters served 3 ways - lime juice, lemon juice and tabasco.
This was served with a glass of sakura prosecco. It was a waste as my body hates alcohol so I only had a few sips and CC couldn't finish his too. The oysters were fresh but there were bits of sand (?) in it unfortunately. My favourite has got to be the tabasco one because it was spicy! 

"Some Like it Raw"
Chef's personal selection of premium sashimi - Fatty Tuna, Ebi Shrimp, Ark Shell, Sea Urchin, Amberjack sashimi
Best one had got to be fatty tuna!! Although it wasn't the fattiest tuna with a melt-in-the-mouth feeling, I really love the taste of the fatty tuna. It tasted so different from the normal tuna sashimi. The ebi shrimp had a mushy texture and I didn't like it. Just my personal preference. It was my first time trying sea urchin and it smelled gross and tasted gross as well. The taste of the Sea Urchin lingered on my tastebuds and I had to gulp iced water down to get rid of the taste. It was slightly pungent, very soft and mushy, and not at all sweet. Totally different from what I had expected. I have never tasted anything like it before. It is certainly an acquired taste!

*UPDATE* After trying a couple of uni from different places, I can safely conclude that the uni that I had here was not fresh at all. The taste was very unpleasant, unlike any others that I had tried :(

"Chawan-mushy"

chawanmushi with dried stingray strips and edamame beans
The chawanmushi was smooth and it was quite a unique rendition as compared to the typical chawanmushi with chicken/crabmeat/japanese fishcake.

After we finished the chawanmushi, it was a not-so-pleasant 30 minutes wait or more for our next course (the sushi). I was really hungry because it was such a long wait that I felt was unacceptable. We enquired and they apologized, telling us that there were other couples around and it was full so they were really busy. Okay... But still, a (at least) 30 minutes wait? Really?

"That's what Sushi Said"
5 varieties of premium sushi - fatty tuna sushi, salmon belly sushi, raw scallops sushi, ebi shrimp with uni sushi and hamachi sushi.

I wasn't feeling very well due to my virgin experience at eating uni (ugh.) so when the sushi arrived, I couldn't really enjoy myself and I forced myself to eat the ebi shrimp with uni sushi. Bad move. My favourite sushi was the fatty tuna (of course!) and salmon belly sushi. They were sweet, delectable and kept me wanting more.

There were 2 main courses to choose from so we took both.

"Hamaguri D'Amore"
linguine with clams tossed around with asparagus and garlic butter sauce
Their linguine was the first kind that I had tried. The texture resembled a mix of linguine and udon. It was quite chewy too. Is linguine supposed to be like that? :/ The garlic butter sauce was fragrant and acceptably oily.

"A Love Tori"
Sous Vide Chicken, topped with a creamy, mustard sauce
The chicken was really tender and it was complemented well with the creamy sauce. Love the potatoes too.

"Hot Tub"
Assorted fish soup - This tasted average and there were a few cubes of fish in it which tasted fresh yet fishy and slightly sweet.

"Happy Ending"
Milk pudding topped with green tea laced with azuki beans & milk pudding with raspberry syrup.
The green tea milk pudding was a tad sweet for me while the raspberry flavour was alright. The milk pudding tasted average, nothing worth mentioning.

There was also a secret surprise and it was supposed to be a shot of sake served with the desserts. I couldn't drink so we had sparkling orange and sparkling apple juice instead. Correct me if I am wrong but sparkling means carbonated right? I couldn't taste any hint it being carbonated and I didn't fancy the taste of the juices too as it tasted rather artificial.

Overall, service had its ups and downs. Once, I had to go to the toilet but the pathway leading to the toilet was rather small. A waitress was just serving the course of sushi to the customers and was about to explain what types of sushi there were on the plate and I was there standing beside her waiting for her to give way to me for a second to let me cross. To my dismay, I just stood there awkwardly waiting for her to finish explaining to the customers before letting me cross. That aside, service was good, amiable and friendly.

Will I come back again? Food didn't wow me and I could get better deals at Teppei or The Sushi bar so no thank you. It is a nice place though but it doesn't justify another special visit. 

2 comments:

  1. Based on your review, this place isn't really worth that $266! :/

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    1. I'd rather spend $266 on fine dining!

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