Barossa

March 09, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Barossa
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-11 Esplanade Mall

22 Lorong Mambong


http://www.barossa.com.sg/


Hearty Meat Fest

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 5
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $60 per person.



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Barossa is an Australian-inspired restaurant and bar. I always find the words 'Australian-inspired' somewhat unsettling when it's used to refer to cuisine, as Australian cuisine still takes very much after British cuisine, and on the surface, is almost similar in style. Australians are big meat eaters, and Barossa carries on this tradition in the form of an all-you-can-eat Australian beef buffet, every Wednesday and Sunday, 6pm - 10pm.

At the Esplanade outlet of Barossa, ambience is pretty good, being situated near the outdoor stage and the Singapore River, though you can't actually see either from the restaurant. You can most definitely hear any performance going on in the background though. Most of Barossa here is outdoor seating, and indoor seating is still open concept in nature. Much of the furniture is stocky and wooden-looking, reminiscent of the rough outback.

Service at Barossa is average. I didn't have much trouble, but neither did I notice anything outstanding. I did observe that only certain staff will take orders though, and even if you signal to the rest for an order, they'll still refer you to the 'official' order takers. Staff also aren't very knowledgeable about the food on the menu.

Food portions at Barossa are large, and sharing is recommended for small eaters. Prices are relatively high as well, but so is the food quality. Food tends to take awhile to arrive even during non-peak periods, but each component of the dish is tasty and flavourful.

Expect to see mostly British cuisine at Barossa, although they do have a few true Australian dishes as well. Will try the beef buffet at Barossa next time!


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Barossa Menu



Archi Pelago Irish Ale



The Grilled Grain Fed Australian Sirloin With Cream Spinach & Cheese, Garlic Fries And Brown Beef Gravy is served on a cutting board. The Grilled Grain Fed Australian Sirloin was cooked perfectly, still juicy and pink in the middle, with a nice bite and beef flavour. The Cream Spinach & Cheese was excellent, the sauce adding a new dimension of flavour to the vegetables, though the consistency of the sauce was a little too thin. The Garlic Fries were well-seasoned without being too overpowering. The Brown Beef Gravy was alright, as the beef was good enough to stand on its own.

Grilled Grain Fed Australian Sirloin With Cream Spinach & Cheese, Garlic Fries And Brown Beef Gravy



Grilled Grain Fed Australian Sirloin



Cream Spinach & Cheese



Garlic Fries



Brown Beef Gravy



Chocolate Lamington is a traditional Australian dessert, consisting of squares of vanilla sponge cake coated in chocolate sauce, and covered in desiccated coconut. This version differs slightly by omitting the cream in the middle, and substituting ice-cream and fruits instead. Named after Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie 2nd Baron Lamington, or Lord Lamington, though ironically, he actually disliked the dessert, calling it "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

Chocolate Lamington 01



Chocolate Lamington 02



Chocolate Lamington 03



The Oven Roasted Kurobuta Pork Rack was cooked perfectly, and was juicy and tender, coming off the bone quite easily. It's served sitting on a Green Apple Salad, with Majoram Pork Sauce. This dish doesn't have any starch or carbohydrates! The only issue I had with this dish was that the sauce from the salad and the meat sauce made for a messy plate.

Oven Roasted Kurobuta Pork Rack, Green Apple Salad, Majoram Pork Sauce 01



Oven Roasted Kurobuta Pork Rack, Green Apple Salad, Majoram Pork Sauce 02






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