That’s me, I hope! 🙂 I meant to write this post last month (!) but as usual, work got in the way, as well as motherly and wifely duties at home! Now that I have some time during lunch, let me quickly jot this down before the next year comes. 🙂 So I grew another year older last month, and celebrated it with my small little family. On the morning of my birthday, we attended a friend’s daughter’s birthday party! It was at this nice park where Little J had the time of his life playing with the swing, the slides and bubbles! For the actual celebration, since Little J was older, we decided to have a nice dinner in a somewhat classy place with him in tow. We went to Trevi Lakeside Restaurant, which was really located next to the lake, and had a nice dinner there.
Upon sitting down at our table, we requested for a high chair for Little J. The staff told us that they were out of high chairs but promised to get us one even if he had to borrow it from another restaurant. 🙂 Now that’s going out of the way for the customers, and it made us feel really welcomed. A few minutes later, he came back saying that he found one in the store room that he didn’t know he had before! They actually wiped the chair down before placing it next to us for Little J to sit in it. Once we’re all settled, we took a look at their menu and placed our orders. We chose the Scallops for our entree, and the dish came with confit pork belly, 3 pieces of juicy sea scallops, carrot and plum sauce. The scallops were seared nicely and were really plump. The pork belly interestingly had a piece of crispy crackling on top, which Saucer and I both enjoyed. It was overall a nice start to our dinner.
For Little J, we initially ordered the kids meal of Pasta with Tomato Sauce, but I decided to change his order about 5 minutes after placing it because I thought my dish would have pasta in it, so we could share. I called the wait staff and politely asked if it’s too late now to change the pasta order to a calamari dish. He said he would check with the kitchen first. 5 minutes later, the pasta dish actually arrived on our table, so I was confused and a bit disappointed. The same staff came back to me and apologised because it was too late to change my order at that time, but he came with a small plate of complimentary calamari to make it up for me! That was a really nice touch. Best of all, the calamari was deep fried to perfection – crispy, tender and not at all chewy. We’d definitely order this again.
Saucer had the Confit Duck Breast which came with hazelnut mash, heirloom carrots and mandarin napoleon reduction, with a ravioli on top. This dish was totally up his alley because he loves vegetables and healthy dishes, and it’s a bonus when everything tasted delicious. The only thing he would have preferred was if the duck had crispy skin, but otherwise, the duck was tender and moist, and the sauce was flavoursome too.
Last but not least, I was really surprised when my order of Seafood Hot Pot arrived, because it was gigantic! It was literally a mountain of calamari, fish, black mussels, balmain bug and octopus on a bed of tagliatelline in napolatana sauce. This dish could easily feed 2 persons, especially if you’ve had starters. Even before the plate touched my table, I could already smell the gorgeous aroma of all the seafood with the beautiful sauce. It was creamy and tasted like the sea, with a hint of heat to it. I was glad that Little J had this tomato pasta now because the sauce actually had a kick to it after a while! But I wasn’t complaining, I loved it! The seafood was fresh, the portion was huge and the pasta was still al dente. Both Saucer and I enjoyed this very much.
Halfway through dinner, Saucer surprised me with a gift! I was genuinely shocked, because he had already got me another present earlier. 🙂 Anyway, who doesn’t love to be spoiled? 😉 I was more touched with the fact that he took the effort to get the present without my knowledge and wrapped it as well! The wrapping paper was a leftover from Christmas last year (LOL) but that was the only wrapping paper we had at home so, A+ for effort! And oh, the present was a beautiful white Seiko watch which I really like! It’s solar-powered too so no more changing batteries for me. Yay!
Back home, he also gave me the second present (which wasn’t a surprise) that arrived a few days earlier all the way from the US. This was the present that I was expecting because I actually chose it myself and told him that I’d like it for my birthday. 🙂
Last but not least, what’s a birthday celebration without a cake? I was really happy with the choice of cake as well because it’s an ice-cream cake (only the best type of cake) in my favourite flavour (strawberry). Triple brownie points for Saucer this time! It was truly a night to remember – I had fun and most importantly, I was surrounded by my loved ones. Here’s to another year of being wiser!