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Novelty is.........

........the quality of being new and it is rather subjective. Currently, both Wacha and Basil Alcove fall under this category.



The former is a Japanese tea house selling exquisite teasets and beautiful lacquerware. I believe classes are conducted on Japanese tea art. There is a dining area which serves light snacks and a set meal everyday. The rather quiet and off the track location at Ann Siang Road, eye-pleasing dainty little portions, unique presentation and beautiful serving ware make it for Wacha. The food was just average really, but coupled with a smooth Hakkaisan, the dinner was still nice and relaxing. I noted the 4-course set dinner has already increased from $30 to $38 in a matter of weeks after a famous blogger's mention.

Wacha
14 Ann Siang Road
Tel: 6438 1553

The latter has been much blogged about. The capabilities of the young chef, having fine food in a not so fine place etc. has inevitably set a certain expectation that failed miserably. I'm sorry to say this, but there was nothing impressive about the food we had - sauteed mixed mushrooms ($6.80), pan-fried mackerel and shrimp pasta in orange and cheese sauce (both $8.80). To cut them some slack, the food was edible, and notably, their plates looked expensive and the servings were indeed rather generous. But after this dinner, I felt silly going out of the way there one day during the CNY period, eager to give it a try only to find it closed for vacation.

Basil Alcove
190 Middle Road
Fortune Centre
Tel: 6336 1318

Comments

Wow, I am impressed by the tea basket! I really love japanese cusine and thanks for blogging such a noteworthy trip there. Thanks too for yr well-wishes. Really appreciate that!

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