Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year Eve dinner at Myiiki

When I saw Sihan's entry on Myiiki and her recommendations on Myiiki, I knew I couldn't miss this place out, particularly it is pretty accessible for me. When I read the reviews on HungryGoWhere , I was impressed by the praises of their food and desserts. Before I continue, I was having a brief chat with the manager and I realized he actually read Sihan's blog so people in the food industry do care about blog reviews...

Mykii


Mykii adopts a very casual and comfy decoration of the place, taking a blue and white theme, in a similar manner as the bright blue sky upon the shinning sunlight. Such neutral colours provides a very light and refreshing mood to dine in the day and a romantic breezy alfresco dining at night. In short, blue and white are great combinations and I simply adore the lime whitewash tabletops and blue cushioned seats.

Interior of Mykii


I was aliitle disappointed as they didn't serve the a-la-carte menu since I have intention to try their BBQ baby back pork ribs and the Mezze Platter but on the other hand, it saves my trouble from deciding what to order. Since we are in the group of 3, it is just ideal to try out all the dishes offered on their festive menu.

Interior of Mykii (II)


Before I move on with the dishes ordered for the evening, all the petite desserts seen on the glass display costs $2++. Pretty steep since it is only a mouthful.

We did try their Pistachio, Matcha and Rose macaron, it does has a chewy shell but as mentioned by Sihan, it lacks the crispy exterior shells. Since buttercream was used, the flavours were strong on the shells. I would say it is one of the better few macarons but I would prefer to top up alittle more for Canele's macarons for a stronger flavour punch.

A display of Mykii's petite desserts


The festive menu costs $35++ per pax and is available till 4th Jan 2009. Each package consists of an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. Since there were only a choice of 3 appetizers, 3 main courses and 2 desserts. This entry will cover all the food offered.

Appetizers of Festive Menu 2008/09


Belgian Styled Mussels Braised in White Wine and Tomatoes was Evan's and my favourite. The white wine sauce is similar to the seafood platter of Sweet Indulgence which is sufficiently flavoured with herbs and white wine but the only disappointment with this dish is that the flesh of the mussels are small which lacks the juicy punch.

Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Ring with Chicken and Capsicum tossed in Cocktail Sauce was Yuan's favourite for its crispy skin of the potato ring and the soft and well-seasoned core. The fresh garnish with its bright colour sure makes this dish mouth-watering.

Grilled Pork Sausage Cucumber Salad and Red Wine Braised Cabbage has a lighter taste and was served on a piece of tau kua. Since the other 2 appetizers have a stronger taste, this was nice but not memorable as the rest.

Main course of Festive Menu 2008/09


Generally, the manager would not like to term their food as fusion since this genre of food has a bad name of small serving and odd taste. He claims that Mykii is basically European cuisine flavoured with Asian culture and I definitely agree with him.

Home Baked Butterfish with Okra Casserole and Tomato Sauce in Banana Leaf nearly gave me a shock as it looks like BBQ sambal stingray (I can't take spicy food) but was the direct opposite. The sauce has a tint of tomato sourish which goes pretty well with butterfish but butterfish, being oceanfish has a fishy after-taste. Yuan and Evan doesn't like it but I am fine with it since I like mackerel for its chewy texture and fishy taste.

Pumpkin Mashed with Roasted Sirloin Steak, Grilled Asparagus and Red Wine Sauce was a nice piece of seared steak (of decent thickness) but tenderizer was not sufficient. Thus, despite being medium done, the meat is on the chewy side. I am ok with it but not all people fancy a tough steak but I do have to give credits to the sauce for its decent strength of red wine.

Rosemary Duck Confit with Greek Mint Garlic Yoghurt Sauce Sided with Oriental Rice was Yuan's choice but the duck was overdone. The meat was relatively tough. The fried rice with the mint sauce was good and I have to resist myself from the second helping (sharing with Yuan and Evan).

Desserts of Festive Menu 2008/09


Fresh Strawberry with Snowy Sago in Coconut Milk and Crunchy Maize Cereals is an alternative version to Bo Bo Cha Cha or Morning Breakfast Cornflakes. The cornflakes served were crispy and the overall taste adopts a refreshing light coconut dessert.

Santarina's Homemade Chocolate Cheese Cake Box with Berry Compote has a strong cream cheese after-taste which wasn't to Yuan and my liking. Evan liked it though.

Anyway, both desserts were not overly sweet.

A-la-carte desserts orders


Although it only costs $35++, the serving is small so we definitely have room for more desserts. Luckily, the a-la-carte dessert menu was available during the festive period.

Random a-la-carte orders


We decided to try one of Mykii Signature Granita Bee Stung. This is basically a strawberry, yogurt drink blended in southern Italian style and $8.80++ for a signature drink in a comfy restaurant was not too expensive. According to Sihan's entry and other HGW members, Granita is popular in Greece particularly in the summers and the ice blended in this drink is suppose to be chunky.

Nutella Squares With Salted Caramel was well-received by HGW members but we beg to differ. Evan felt that it might be from cake mix or simply a steamed chocolate cake while Yuan thought that the texture of the cakes didn't justify the price of $7.80++. Basically, the texture was not extremely soft nor springy, neither was the chocolate rich but I guessed the appealing factor was that Nutella was used in making this dessert. For those who love salted caramel, this is bound to disappoint as salted caramel exists only as drizzle on the plate.

Granny Smith & Aloe Vera Crumble ($9.80++), on the other hand was the most well-received dessert among the entire lot. This consists of stew fruits topped with cookie crumbles. What is good about this is the sweet fragrance of the crumble used but note that the apple syrup might be a tad sweet to some folks. In short, if you like the strawberry vanilla streusel cake from Shangri-La , this is indeed a Mykii’s signature dessert not to be missed!

As for Yuan, he wasn't full after the meal and thus is pricey to him.

For foodies that wants good food, it can work both ways since a unique way is adopted in cooking their dishes.

For a boyfriend that is trying to figure a place to impress his girlfriend, this place can be considered.

For a daily meal, this is pricey.

Depending on which perspective you look at, you may like this place for its ambience or its unique way of east-meet-west cuisine but on the other hand, it might be just too expensive for a small portion of food... And I have to say that I appreciate the attention given by the manager and his warm hospitality.

Anyway, Evan's entry can be viewed from here.

Mykii (closed)
17d Lorong Liput
Holland Village
Singapore 277731
Tel: 6468 2838

Operating hours:
11:30am to 10pm (Sun to Thurs)
11:30am to 11pm (Fri and Sat)
http://www.mykii.com.sg/

17 comments:

evan 이벤젤린 said...

wow thats fast!! nice pics, i love them. i dunno why i always feel ppl's pics are better than mine haha. i totally agree with u about the food & service, but u forgot to mention they took my credit card for a ride b4 returning it to me after sometime haha!

btw, the duck confit kinda resembles those malay style ayam goreng, really bad.

Fen said...

Lol, guessed you caught some of the drama of Yuan's attempt to re-size the picture... Thank you for your flickr advice, now we have a rough idea of how to upload sharp pictures...

I thought I have showed you the original photo, nothing to rave about, so don't feel inferior...

True, forgot all about the credit card, they shouldn't get you to sign before swiping the card...

Hmm... duck confit was overcooked but I do miss the fried rice that comes with it...

Cheese, Cake, Cupcake, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Claire, Clementine, Cookies and Cream said...

Oh EvaN!!! Dun be so humble!! Your pics are great!! So you should really feel proud of them!! Like I said, I feel good just looking at your slide show!! It looks really good though.. Sorry I couldn't join ya both... But...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

ice said...

hey fen & evan, now you gotta teach me how to upload sharp pix from flickr. I don't link my pictures to my flickr pictures that's why mine aren't sharp. Added you on flickr.

This set of pictures is awesome! haha it's weird that this post is written from your point of view but "posted by SLYuan". :P

Fen said...

Hey Claire, come help me boost Evan's confidence... She is too perfectionist liao, I think what she needs is photoshop, her camera and macro lens is quite a powerful combo... plus her pictures has the composition...

Evan, for something different, maybe bring along your kit lens, the crop feature is very powerful once you have grasp it, it brings a different perspective but of course, kit lens will never produce extreme crisp pictures...

Ice, this entry was posted by Yuan as he was uploading the pictures via flickr... I think he copied the html link from flickr and pasted in the entry's html... Evan taught us about linking the photos from flickr while Yuan did the alignment and re-sizing of photos... I only type my comments in...

So the credits goes to Evan and Yuan for the lovely photos...

As usual, Yuan is the photographer for this entry...

Huay Mei said...

Hey Fen,
After reading your entry, I am really impressed with the pics and food description. I had always wanted to visit Myiiki whenever I passed by the restaurant. The exterior's colour combination of blue and white seems really welcoming. I can't wait to try the food you mentioned in the blog!

evan 이벤젤린 said...

hahhaaa no la, i think maybe i look at my pics too often until no feeling liao lol. but fen, what can i use photoshop for, since u say i need it? i oredi did adjustments to my pics b4 i upload leh. do u mean i need it to add some effects, do collage, add words or something?

claire, join us nx time!!!!!!!! or ok la, we go yr place n find u.

Fen said...

Hey Huay Mei, thank you for dropping by...

Yeh, the decor of the restaurant is very pleasant so we can pop in for a drink after lunch... but stuff are not cheap... so it can only be a once-in-a-while affair...

Note that the stuff posted on the entry is their festive menu so after 4th Jan, it will be back to their a-la-carte menu with more varieties :)

Evan, your Mykii pictures are good already... but if you want a change, you can do
- decolouration of backgrounds (which I have mentioned in the cbox),
- collages effect (if u have look closely on the 3rd picture of this entry, it is the effects of gradient and feathered edges),
- words can do the trick such as didally's pictures for storytelling effects...

So you won't end up looking at your photos till no feeling... You will be satisfied with the final results...

evan 이벤젤린 said...

haha, once in a while affair, heng not once-in-a-lifetime affair lol.

dunno leh since u say i'm a perfectionist, think if do effects + collage liao i can still look until no feeling one la haha. i'm doing collage now but its only just simple pieceing of 2-3 pics into one. the rest of the effects, not so keen...coz i just wanna keep my pics simple. but when the mood comes, i'll try it! ya i love didally's photos, the words on the photos. but then i'm already very bad with words liao, not creative enough (can tell from my blog entries). so if ask me do storytelling sure die!

Fen said...

Yeh, doing PS can be eye tearing, brain wrecking and mental draining... That is something Yuan can never understand why I got the patience to do it when I screamed the moment the html codes go haywire...

Save your brain juice for inspirations of where to go for desserts and the fun will be much more than just taking pictures, thinking of what to blog and the chore of Photoshop. Right?

evan 이벤젤린 said...

lol maybe the interest? u hv more interest in PS compared to html haha. actually i don't find taking photos or PS a chore. but thinking of what to blog is! haha. but dearie u saved me the trouble of having to note down the food names, prices, addresses hehe, so thx :p

ladyironchef said...

hahahaha nice photos. and did i tell u i love the new design of your blog? i did right? haha!

myiiki looks tempting, my friend actually wanted to go there on new years eve too, but in the end we went somewhere else. lol!

the additional desserts are quite on the pricey side eh? as in considering that you all dont find them good

Foodies Queen said...

Hey! I had wanted to go myiiki for lunch today but went somewhere else instead as my colleague wanted to have soup. LOL. We could have met!

Fen said...

Evan: No problem, the blog is meant to share, go ahead and take what you need :)

LIC: Thank you for the compliment... The a-la-carte desserts weren't too bad after all, particularly the apple crumble...

FoodiesQueen: Don't worry, I know you frequent HV. You will get to try it soon and blog it...

Hmm... Somehow or rather Mykii might be able to survive in this jinxed spot... Quite a handful of my friends heard of this place... The Mediterranean blue and white decor must be eye-catching...

evan 이벤젤린 said...

it IS eye catching! i fell in love with it the moment i stepped in there. no in fact i was already in love when i was outside. guess the jazz music enticed me haha. yes, i think the blue & white is really airy & relaxing, in fact one of the flickr ppl asked me if the cafe is near the beach/shore lol. nx time must consider migrating to greece instead of places like australia or new zealand lol.

so where did u go today? dessert hunting again? :p

.elaine. said...

i am eyeing that aloe vera crumble already! haha =D have been wanting to visit there after reading sihan's entry, and now im more convinced that i will go. really adore your photos! (:

Fen said...

Evan: Yeh, I saw the comment on flickr... The choice of white and blue is good... Hmm... dessert hunt... nothing much... you will see my hunts throughout the week :D

Elaine: Thank you for the compliment... and the Granny Smith Apple Crumble is unique... worth a try but not the Nutella squares...

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