As a hard core west-sider, I’m hardly in the east. Although many of my twitter friends would disagree with me, I think the west side has tonnes of awesome food to offer too!
Nonetheless, upon the invitation of a few tweeps, I went for a tweetup at The Garden Slug at Telok Kurau (Eunos), proudly hosted by @danielchant whose third tweetup that was (the first two were @BrewerkzSG).
The Garden Slug is not quite as sluggish as one would imagined but it does have an admirable laidback atmosphere and casualness that makes it a great place for a relaxing brunch with mates (or as my colleagues keep chirping these days “relak one korner”).
Light fills the cafe as one entire side of the place is covered in floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the food a beckoning glisten and making it much easier for my iPhone to take nicer pictures! 😛 Nonetheless, with all that light and heat coming through the windows, it can get a little warm.
The menu at The Garden Slug can get a little overwhelming. There are 193 dishes to choose from!
Being the meat-lover he is, Nick ordered a bowl of Spicy Sausage Gumbo ($8.90). This hearty stew of tender grilled spicy sausage, sweet carrots, rice, barley and tomato was the “bomb diggity” or truly the dish, I feel, The Garden Slug is worth visiting for. The bowl of tangy goodness was elevated close to Heaven with a kick from just the right amount of the black pepper.
After tasting the success of a tomato-filled Gumbo, I decided to order one of their recommended pasta dishes, Rustic Bolognese done The Garden Slug Way ($9.90). Unfortunately, with the stew as my benchmark, it seem a little lacklustre. Big eaters will rejoice at The Garden Slug’s pasta portions because they’re massive! I’m all for stuffing people till they can’t move but that was more linguine than sauce. The lightly flavoured tomato sauce with ground beef and carrot chunks was slightly too runny to coat the pasta adequately. After about 1/4 of the plate, I gave up and decided to wait for dessert instead. (A better pasta option that @alkanphel ate within minutes was Buttery Garlic Pasta topped with Grilled Chicken Strips.)
Then comes, as @inrsoul and @danielchant term it, “The Man Meal”. And of course, ma man had to have it! If you can’t find “The Man Meal” on the menu, it’s really called “The Garden Slug Mixed Grill” ($28). This plate of meat, meat and more meat is enough to give your cardiologist a heart attack. Ribeye steak strips, lamp chops and sausage were all tossed on the grill and sizzled to succulent perfection, accompanied with a very quiet salad in its lonesome corner. The only regret is that the steak ended up tasting like lamb, perhaps because they were cooked together.
With the statement on the menu for you to ask for anything else that’s not on the menu, a very hopeful @danielchant ordered the platter with a hot girl on the side. They couldn’t find the girl but they gave him his food nonetheless.
Ahh finally, dessert! As Nick says, “in desserts, calories don’t count.” That’s why we ordered The Sweet Sweet Slug ($13.90).
Here’s what’s on the plate: Tiramisu, Brownie Popsicle, Pear William with Gelato and Berries. The way The Garden Slug put the brownie on the stick is so cute! Nonetheless, of all the desserts, only one stuck out to me – Pear William, or Stewed Pears in White Wine & Cinammon. Stewed with its skin on, the pear slices are bursting with saccharine delightfulness. Devoured with vanilla gelato, Pear William was well-balanced and great for the sugar fiend.
The Garden Slug was certainly worth the visit. If not for anything else, go for the Gumbo. Then again, I’ve never been to Louisiana so try it out for yourself. (The Garden Slug is having a Valentine’s promotion that promises a candlelight dinner and a live vocalist/guitarist! Check out the slug on the web! )
The Garden Slug
55 Lorong L Telok Kurau,
#01-59/61 Bright Centre,
Tel/ Fax: 6346 0504
Mon – Tues 6pm-10pm
Wed – Thur 10am-10pm
Fri – Sun 9am-10pm or late
Public Hol 9am-10pm or late
Follow the slug on twitter! @thegardenslug (I like their tweets. They talk about making pineapple tarts and their soups of the day. Nice stuff!)
The afternoon was originally intended to be continued with a pilgrimage to Chin Mee Chin Confectionery but unfortunately, the old school bakery wasn’t likely to be open at that time. So it looks like another trip to the east is in order. Yikes! But till then, I’m staying in my cosy west or in town.