Food Review: Marmalade Pantry at the Stables at 55 Fairways Drive, Singapore

Once again I had the fortune to be invited for a food review this time round at Marmalade Pantry at the Stables. Taking over the defunct Mimolette, Marmalade Pantry used to be at Palais Renaissance, before moving to ION and expanding with 1 more branch at Bukit Timah. Great job!

On a Thursday week day, the sun was just setting as I made my way in with the cab (only way to get in). It was quiet and serene.

Some cupcakes (that they are famous for) on the table! I had a refreshing Pomegranate and Apple Soda ($8) to whet my appetite. It wasn't too sweet, so that's good.

There is also a cool alfresco sitting. Romance level 100.

 Here's a better look of the place with a professional photograph.

I also heard that the place is pretty popular for brunch and afternoon tea. With a setting like this, of course! From Tuesdays to Fridays, 3-6pm they have a $20++ afternoon tea which more than 10 types of tea and scones, sandwiches and cupcakes. That sounds really indulgent and I would love to try it one day.

Well then on to the food! Between the 2 of us we shared the dishes - luckily too! First up was pan-seared halloumi with roma tomatoes and watercress herb salad ($21). I am such a tomato and cheese fan so this dish was perfect. I first tasted haloumi at Open Door Policy - it is a very dry and salty type of cheese that looks like a piece of "tau kwa" (dried tofu) that is perfect with a salad. The tomatoes were really succulent and flavourful that night. Super good! 

Next up was the mains - crabmeat linguine ($22)! I can't believe this costs just $1 more than the halloumi, but seriously this dish was also really good. The pasta was al dente - that is very important when it comes to tomato-based sauce. The crabmeat was also quite generous and not too salty, with the right amount of seafood goodness. Pick this!

We also picked probably one of the most sinful items on the mains menu. The crispy pork belly with celeriac and apple slaw, french mustard and natural jus ($32). It. was. perfection. On a plate no less. It actually looked rather dry and unappetizing when you see it, but put a sliver into your mouth and hear the skin crackle and the fats melt into your tongue. Then judge. The skin! It was done just right with it being crispy but not too dry. The taste of the pork also wafts through the shreds of meat fibre. Well, it is probably too sinful for just 1 person to have it, but as a sharing dish to add some protein in the diet, this is probably a good choice. 

And then we come to the desserts! We had their signature sticky date & toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream ($12). This was super gorgeous and well-done. In fact probably one of the best stick date puddings I've ever had. The pudding was moist and infused with the sticky date flavour while maintaining a hint of burnt coffee/caramel taste. I really liked it.

But then, another dessert dish tried to fight for my attention! The lemon brulee tart ($14), looking all unassuming, was a refreshing and tangy hit to my taste buds that screamed in protest at how amazing the combination of the zesty sour lemon and the sweetness of the lemon tart filling.

I would 100% recommend this place for a romantic or quiet but pleasant dinner out in the greenery of the stables. You need to drive in, but the food was a surprise hit compared to the impression of it as just a tea-and-cakes place at ION.

The Marmalade Pantry (Fairways Drive)
55 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286846
Tel: +65 6467 7748
Tue–Fri: 3pm – 11pm, Sat–Sun: 10am– 11pm (Closed on Mon)

This is an invited food tasting but all opinions are personal and my own.

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