Skip to main content


I was going to have lunch with my brother one day and he wanted Italian so we decided to go Zambuca, taking advantage a 1-for-1 promotion. It was a 4-course lunch for $28++ that makes it sound like a really good deal for 2 people. But alas, the food was nothing to shout about really, and the portions were on the small side, even for a skinny epicurean.

The complimentary bread roll seemed to be an interpretation of the foccacia. It was soft and had a mild herb taste. It was not too bad but I looked forward to the first course, which was a small bowl of mixed greens with artichokes and cherry tomato, slightly overdressed in a simple oil and basalmic mixture.

The second course was soup. That day, we had chickpea and tomato soup. The soup was slightly viscous and studded with plenty of whole chickpeas. I thought it tasted a little like canned tomato soup - a little too heavy on the salt that covered the pure sweet taste of tomato. But it was still a welcoming dish as the day was quite grey and cold.
After the soup, the tummy was primed up for the main course. I had chosen the barramundi with mash and vegetables. The dish had 2 small fillets (each piece had a length of ~2 inches at max?) that was panfried to a crisp. I thought the fish was not particularly fresh. The mash actually tasted quite delicious at first but soon, I found it a little too buttery to finish them all. There must be obscene amounts of cream and/or butter in that bit of mashed spud.
The dessert of the day was a passionfruit parfait. It was erm, not very smooth with icy bits although fortunately it was not extremely sweet so I still ate about half of it just to cleanse the palate a little.

Ending the meal was a choice of coffee or tea. The lunch was not exceptionally great to justify going out of the way to eat at Zambuca. I guess that would be my first and last time deliberately lunching there.

Level 3
Pan Pacific Hotel
Tel: 6337 8086


JY said…
I went to Zambuca for dinner last month with my dad, the a la carte dishes were very good, I love their signature porcini mushrooms risotto! Think it's perhaps some restaurants skim on their dishes when it comes to set lunches? The desserts menu was quite unexciting so we didn't have any desserts.
M. said…
Yeah, I have a feeling the set lunches are pretty pathetic. But personally I feel restaurants should not have such differing standards between set lunch and ala carte/dinner.
brad said…
eh, so its a 4 course lunch for 28++. and one for one? so one person pay 14 yeah?

need any credit card or whatsoever?


Popular posts from this blog

Towards Weaning.

Since my last post, I have tried to implement a few changes to make things better.  For one, I have decided to stop feeling so stressed about pumping enough milk for A.  Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, after 9 months of pumping without mastitis (blocked ducts yes, mastitis no), I suffered not 1 but 2 episodes of mastitis over 2 consecutive weeks, right boob then left. The supply tanked after the first episode and I decided to take the opportunity to slow things down and gradually wean.  Even though the mental determination was there, it was still affecting me psychologically. I mean, after going through the first few months of suffering through the 3-hourly pumping schedule and building up a decent supply, and then reaching a nice maintenance mode where pumping became easier and a way of life for me, it was hard to let go.

Nonetheless, after the second round, and the supply continued to tank, I thought enough is enough.  Final straw was when the Spectra …

The Wedding Gowns

The Man and I tied the knot on 1.3.14, a popular date because of the homonym when read in Chinese: 一生一世, which literally means, a lifetime, if I am not wrong. Anyway, just for the record, we didn't select the date because of that reason, but on hindsight, it made a very nice coincidence and we won't easily forget our wedding anniversary I suppose. When we got engaged, we went researching for the wedding banquet venue right away (more on that later), and then followed by the wedding gown.  After consulting a few recent brides,  unsolicited input from others, and research on bridal forums, I decided I would like to go ala carte. I also eliminated the Tanjong Pagar bridal studios because I admit I am biased and my mind conjures up an imagery of a typical Tanjong Pagar bride that is wearing a tiara, white gloves, a big poofy ballgown and lots of bling.  I shudder uncontrollably at that thought before and even now that the wedding is over.
Eventually, I visited the following few and…

How do you juggle it all :( ?

I just feel that I don't have enough time - for the husband and  much less for myself!

During the workday, I make sure I try to go home on time so I could spend a couple of hours with A, and put him to bed. Then it's time to have my last pump at about 9pm before I just want to  zone out and crash.  The boy wakes up at least 3 times ever since his last leap when he learnt how to stand. Additionally, he fell really ill for the first time (i.e. antibiotics).  Prior to that, he cries 1-2 times but easily soothed with pacifier or with some milk. Because of these frequent interrupted sleep, the man and I took turns to fall ill as well, and it is difficult to recover. I still have the head colds and occasionally coughing spells.

On weekends, our schedule revolves around family events, and then I try to plan so that A can try to get a nap or 2 as well as to plan our routes throughout the day so I would end up somewhere comfortable to pump when I needed to.  Often the nap part fails,…