Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rösti, oh glorious rösti!

Rösti, oh glorious rösti.

I guess the only reason why I’ll visit Marche, the Swiss market-style restaurant, is for its Rösti. After all, it was at this very restaurant, yes, the one at Vivo, that I had my first Christmas dinner with my very special one some 2 years ago. We had Rösti then, too.

I went back 3 days ago for a farewell meal for one of my intern mates who was jetting off to coniferous Canada. What else, but Rösti?

Excuse the food porn. You ARE aware that food tend to look better as images, aren’t you? I was in the mood for fish, so I thought Rösti with smoked salmon (S$13.90) would satiate my nagging craving. Unfortunately, due to the monstrous line at lunchtime, the chef behind the counter had to babysit 9 frying pans of shredded potato bubbling in shallow oil. Mine was slightly burnt, so I was a little sore when I saw the chef scrapping my Rösti with a spatula to detach it from the pan. Bad move, I thought. But he then proceeded to greet me with a huge grin (maybe because he’s guilty of burning my Rösti), asked if I wanted cream to go with my Rösti, and topped it off with a generous serving of smoked salmon. I think I got a larger portion of fish than the others in front of me. ;)
So you wanna hear less of my babbling and more about my Rösti. It was, unfortunately, a little crispy on the edges, bordering on being burnt. So I slathered the crispy parts with cream, topped it up with a slice of smoked salmon and, voila, THE TASTE came back. I wasted no time gobbling down the rest of my revived lunch.

I didn’t order this, but it’s something I thought would go down well with Rösti and Gavalax Salmon. Bundaberg’s Lemon Lime & Bitters (S$4.50). I’m always reminded of Boyfriend whenever I have this around, because he’s always begging for this during BBQs with seafood and fish.
And I actually enjoyed conversation with the lady staff who was attending to my table, who was immaculately polite and would strike up short convo with us just to make the moment last while she cleared away our dishes. Damn, I forgot her name.

Ambience: 3.4/5 (can get rowdy and crowded during meal hours)
Food: 3.7/5
Price: $$
Service: Mediocre/Satisfactory/Good/Excellent

Eat where:
Marche, Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk #03-14
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat, Sun & P.H.: 10am – 11pm
Tel: +65 6376 8226

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