Mitzo @ Grand Park Orchard

Last weekend, we enjoyed a lovely meal at Mitzo. There is a weekend dim sum buffet where each adult pays $68++ for food, and you have the option of paying an additional $60++ for free flow of cocktails, champagne or beer.

In the days leading up to our brunch, I felt a mixture of excitement and dread. Excitement because it’s been a while since we had nice dim sum (the last time was in August, before Goopy was born). Dread because there is always a point of saturation when one goes for a buffet. One needs to time and properly portion their earlier meal (breakfast in this case) and pace oneself during the buffet itself. Eat too quickly and you will be stuffed before a satisfactory sampling of the spread.

I steered clear of the alcoholic drinks, opting instead for pu-erh tea as my palate cleanser. I also stopped myself from ordering dishes that I’m usually tempted by because they sound nice, even though I rarely enjoy them once they arrive e.g. fried chinese yam with fillings.

The most noteworthy was Mitzo’s signature barbecued pork – a must-have each visit. When you bite into it, you can taste the sweet, caramelised skin and very tender meat. I like that the caramelised skin is slightly crispy because it shows that the pork has just been freshly barbecued. The joy of eating freshly barbecued pork superseded the need for photo-taking, so no photos of pork from me. Here’s one from Mitzo’s website instead:

food

We ordered a decent amount and had a good variety of dim sum. The presentation of more common dim sum (such as siu mai) wasn’t significantly different from other restaurants so I didn’t take too many pictures. Taste-wise however, it was clear that Mitzo used fresh, quality ingredients.

Stir-fried abalone with asparagus in X.O. sauce, Braised abalone with egg tofu in carrot broth

A few dishes were listed as Supreme Special Dishes, abalone being one of them. Complimentary 1st serving, $8 for additional orders. Good, ol chewy abalone.

Cheese baked lobster with creamy seaweed sauce

I also ordered the lobster (complimentary 1st serving, $15 for subsequent orders) even though I’m not a huge fan because I wanted to get our money’s worth. Unless I’m eating lobster wrong, there isn’t a whole lot of meat on each claw. What a deceiving dish. I also got the Singapore-styled chilli lobster. The sauce was similar to Tunglok’s chilli crab. No complaints.

Steamed garlic bamboo clam in soya

Another Supreme Special: bamboo clam. I’ve definitely seen bamboo clam in restaurants but I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried it before. The meat is actually just the thin white strip at the top while the bottom were enoki mushrooms. Chewy and didn’t taste fishy. I would’ve tried another variation of bamboo clam if only I had remembered to place an order.

For dessert, I had the chilled rock melon mango sago cream and loved it! It didn’t taste artificial and was just the right level of sweetness. What a refreshing end to a meal.

Hokkaido milk cheese tart

We also got to try the cheese tart. These were served to us even without us placing an order. I didn’t catch the wait staff’s explanation but I suppose it hae something to do with the long time taken to prepare these. Instead of having diners wait too long, or serving stale tarts, they are instead served whenever ready.

Stir-fried scallops with egg white and fresh milk

We really enjoyed the meal though there were some dishes that I wouldn’t order again. The stir-fried scallops with egg white and fresh milk was one of them. I thought there would be big scallops with some egg sauce but instead, there were tiny bits of scallop mixed in with frothy egg white. The eggs overpowered the scallops, which were reduced to rubbery bits that stuck in your teeth. Accompanying the dish was blanched broccoli, another reason this dish wasn’t a favourite.

The crispy duck roll wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t very good either and didn’t leave much of an impression.

I’ve been to Mitzo three times now but this was the first time I noticed they had a well-furnished kid’s play area. There was a movie playing on a projector screen, toys and padded play mats. Goopy is too young for this right now but it’s nice to know that we can still enjoy a meal at Mitzo in future while Goopy entertains herself.

Check out their weekend brunch menu here, and make your booking via Chope.

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, 238857

 

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