Before we talk about The Summerhouse, we would like to point out that in recent months, we found ourselves getting more and more interested in wines. Buying more wines, going for wine tasting, wine glass tasting and ultimately buying a wine chiller.
Hence, going for wine related events is just the new normal for us. Winelust caught our attention. It is a month long event in the month of August calling out to wine lovers. It’s basically a series of wine tasting events organised by restaurants and wine distributors.
The Summerhouse is one of the restaurants that are participating in Winelust and we decided to give it a try because it’s near where we stay and also it’s our anniversary. The event is basically a brunch and wine tasting event. Pretty similar to one the whiskey food pairing at Meat Smith x Maker’s Mark.
We reached the venue before they finish setting up the tables so we waited and looked at the parade of wines on a table.
Some of the items comes off their brunch menu and the selection of wine comes from Crystal Wines. The wines that we were about to taste are going to sell at a lower price compared to buying them at full retail price.
The server explained that we can order anything from the menu and we can order as many servings as we can finish since it’s a buffet style. So what we did is to order almost every dish!
Sweet Potato Leaves wasn’t available hence, we got the other four starters.
All the starters were delicious and pretty generous in portions considering the fact that it was a buffet, we thought they will serve the food in much smaller portions. We felt full just by having four starter dishes.
The Chicken Confit tastes goes well with the salad and the onsen egg adds a different layer of flavour to the salad. The US Prime short rib were in cubes and easy to chew. We did not take a photo of the Smoked Salmon salad which is a pity. It was the most salty of the starters but once again, the taste blended well with the salads. Lastly, the eggplant wasn’t quite enticing.
All the mains tasted delicious and the flavour of each main dish and distinct and contrast against each other. The seaweed buerre blanc pairing the Seared Seabass tasted very strong, I even mistook the seaweed for miso because it was very flavourful and salty. The Miso Shiitake Linguine is lighter on the taste and the ingredients were well portioned. Pulled Chicken Slider is tasty with the BBQ sauce and the pulled chicken meat is well shredded and tender. The last 2 mains were grilled beef and grilled pork collar with mashed potatoes. Both were well grilled with a certain tenderness in the meat.
We ended the food with Praline Cake which wasn’t anything fancy and you can probably get this in most cafes. The Raspberry sorbet gave the French Toast a refreshing zesty taste to an otherwise plain toast.
This wasn’t our first time eating at The Summerhouse. The food as expected is pretty good standard and it was more worthwhile with the buffet option even though we did not exploit it.