The Pump Room, Great World City

We double-dated with Beeps and her hubs again tonight at The Pump Room. They are probably the only couple that I know would agree to have dinner with us at 9pm because the BF and I go to the gym late. You wouldn't think that Beeps and I have that much to talk about because we see each other in the office everyday, but we do! A LOT. As usual, dinner lasted till the wee hours because we simply lost track of time yakking away.

We got dishes to share communally so we could have a taste of everything. We started off with the Pork Belly ($23), charred tender roasted pork belly with lemon-apple chutney, baked potato and savoy cabbage in light star anise glaze. The fatty pork was meltingly good, and blazingly flavoursome.

The Grilled Cod ($29) was next, served on top a bed of light garlic mash, sauteed spinach, oven dried cherry tomatoes and an olive tapenade sauce. The delicate but oily fish was moist and flaky, and absolutely addictive. This cod and the pork belly are the better dishes on the menu.

We got one of the new menu additions, the Grilled King Prawns ($25), crunchy sweet prawns with coconut-infused pilaf rice and an eggplant marmalade. The heady aroma of spices engulfed the dish and provided an Indian twist to the contemporary Australian dish. The concoction of spices weren't really my thing though.

We also got the newly added starter dish of Seared Sea Scallops ($18), served with wild rocket and toasted crusty bread, and a drizzling of a Dijon mustard vinaigrette. The scallops were appropriately succulent and sweet, but the dish was unmemorable.

The last main was the Ribeye Steak ($32), prime grain-fed red meat with sauce Diane, fresh veggies and mash. The steak was very American-style, full-bodied and robustly beefy. This was decent but also unspectacular.

We got extra sides, the Assorted Fresh Vegetables ($8), a medley of green and yellow zucchini, baby french beans, broccoli and carrots tossed with butter and sea salt. I loved this.

We also got Beep's fave, Creamy Mashed Potatoes ($6), this was chunky yet creamy.

If there's one thing I'd recommend as a must-try, it's gotta be the Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding ($10), warm chocolate pudding served with premium vanilla ice-cream and dried fruits. This combination of molten bittersweet chocolate with cold vanilla is a marriage made in heaven. Absolutely divine.

The Pump Room
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Great World City
Tel: 6338 0138
Website: www.pumproomasia.com/gwc/index.html
Open from Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 1am, and Fridays to Saturdays and Public Holidays from 10am to 2am.
Meal times from 11am to 10pm and bar bites to closing hours.

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