Six & Seven celebrates our first media invite and to commemorate, we’re naming our Events tab after the said Mandarin Orchard event: Glitz & Sparkles!
We were treated to an entertaining and enjoyable lunch affair (never too early for champagne!) filled with games and camaraderie. There were caroling, lucky draws, food and music! Though I was not smarter than an 11th Grader, let’s say that it was compensated by someone‘s big win in the lucky draw.
Bread, oh glorious bread! Our table was probably the only that asked for so many refills of our bread basket. In our defense, it was pouring outside and carbs keep you warm.
Lunch kicked off with a salad of prawn appetizer. While the balsamic dressing and roe served mostly to enhance the dish aesthetically, I enjoyed the extremely fresh and succulent prawns seated atop some artichoke.
Next came the wild forest mushroom soup. I’ve been pretty much spoiled with various types of soups so I’m hardly impressed with any. This wasn’t mind-blowing, but it wasn’t bad.
A Christmas meal is never complete without turkey. As one of the leaner meats, turkey dishes may come out a bit dry or bland, which is then test on the chef’s execution. Of the 3 slices I was served, only half of the last slice, which I believe was closer to the cooking surface, was a tad dry. The flavourful gravy solved that, so it wasn’t much of issue.
The cranberry sauce was tart and tangy and went surprisingly well with the interesting traditional chestnut filling (chestnut, potato & raisins), lending the roasted U.S. turkey ($198 for 6kg/$218 for 8kg) a nicely-rounded taste. I wiped the plate clean using the filling as a spread on my turkey!
The highlight of the event was definitely the ‘Lady Gaga Dress Up’ game! It was fun watching everyone letting their hair down and putting on a different persona, especially the lady (center in pic) who really went all out and won the our votes.
The green tea & Hokkaido azuki Yule log (S$72 for 1kg) served as a sweet end to the meal. I have come across desserts where the green tea flavour was too overwhelming or artificial. Happy to say, the green tea in this slice of Japanese-influenced log cake was light (though it almost prompted Saunders to think ‘pandan’) and allowed the Hokkaido azuki bean paste to shine through.
We loved the tiny Santa sugar-figurines so much, we kidnapped some for a photo! PS. They’re quite hard, so I pray you have strong teeth before biting into one!
That’s not all! Mandarin Orchard generously handed out door gifts bearing a HUGE slab of ham and a rosemary roasted Sakura chicken ($88)! The chicken was executed well and stuffed with wild rice; flavourful and juicy, you should have seen how fast it disappeared from the dining table!
The honey glazed Gammon ham ($285 for boneless 4.2-4.5kg) was beautiful and it was almost love at first bite! Served hot or cold, the ham is able to stand alone as a dish, without the pineapple sauce, with the spices cooked into the meat. Definitely a good choice for Christmas parties.
Six & Seven would like to thank Mandarin Orchard for the invite and great time we had!