Annual Food Bloggers Dinner 2010 @ Michaelangelo’s

Sigh. There’s a scary backlog of posts piling up. I shall do the unusual and start backwards.

Part of the reason is because this post was such a fond memory. This year’s gathering wasn’t as big as the previous year’s, but this meant we could have more cosy interaction.

Sundried tomato bread with 3 dips

Sundried tomato bread served with hummus, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil

The event was meticulously organized by Ivan, who had taken the trouble to do a prior taste-test and put together a special menu for us. Thank you, Ivan! 🙂

Kicking off dinner was homemade tomato bread. With crackly crust and warm, fluffy insides, the artisan bread was really addictive. I’m sure we polished off at least two large baskets of bread! [Thanks so much for being my beautiful hand model, Eevon! :)]

Crabmeat Cake with Avocado top with Mesclun Salad, Beetroot Paint & Balsamic Reduction

Crabmeat Cake with Avocado top with Mesclun Salad, Beetroot Paint & Balsamic Reduction

The crabcake — delightfully thick, juicy, bouncy, and bursting with savoury, umami goodness — was a unanimous crowd-pleaser.

Short Tube Pasta with chunks of Tuna in Homemade Tomato Sauce with Capers, Olives, Chili, Garlic, Basil, White Wine & rich Fish Broth

Short Tube Pasta with chunks of Tuna in Homemade Tomato Sauce with Capers, Olives, Chili, Garlic, Basil, White Wine & rich Fish Broth

Next up was pasta. This was indeed a very luxurious pasta course. See how superbly fresh and pink those thick chunks of fresh tuna were! Loved the rich tomato sauce which had great complexity of flavors.

Sea bream blanket with crispy Brick Phyllo on Butternut Pumpkin Puree top with Tomato Salsa

Sea bream blanket with crispy Brick Phyllo on Butternut Pumpkin Puree top with Tomato Salsa

Main course was a choice between fish or veal. Most of us picked veal. But when we stole bites off the plates of the fish-eaters, we regretted our choice.

Breaded Veal Scallopine pan fried in Butter glace with Veal Jus, Cherry Tomato Salsa & Lemon Wedge

Breaded Veal Scallopine pan fried in Butter glace with Veal Jus, Cherry Tomato Salsa & Lemon Wedge

The breaded veal was well-executed. But flavor-wise, the entire dish was a tad rich and gamey for my liking.

Pistachio Financier with Strawberry Salsa & Mint

Pistachio Financier with Strawberry Salsa & Mint

By the time dessert came, we were already very stuffed. The previous courses were rather hearty in size (especially the pasta), so ending off the meal with this dense financier meant we weren’t able to give it due appreciation. Most of us also commented that it was very sweet.

Miss Tam Chiak in action!

Besides the bloggers, we had two guests from Pantry Pursuits, who very generously sponsored some prizes for a lucky draw!

Great food, but even more wonderful was the company we had. I was really happy to see old faces – some whom I’ve not seen for ages – as well as new ones. We should do this again more often, peeps! 🙂

Some bloggers have already put up their posts. Check them out (I’ll add on to the list when other blogs are updated):

  1. Miss Tam Chiak
  2. The Dirty Stall

Michaelangelo’s
Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-60 Chip Bee Gardens
Singapore
Tel: +65 6475 9069

URL: www.michaelangelos.com.sg

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Comments

  1. says

    Love your photos too! And it was nice to meet you too 😀

    Totally agree with what you said about the regret when we tried the fish course instead hahaha