Back when I was still in school, I used to come to Star Vista often and Morganfield’s was one of the places I hang out at for their value-for-money set lunches. A year on, I’m back to try their new and exclusive Christmas Menu (oh how time flies)! The restaurant exuded a laid-back and unpretentious atmosphere, with a rustic decor that brought me back to Aussie. Also, their al-fresco area was exceptionally windy, thanks to the clever open-air infrastructure of the mall.
Beer Candied Bacon ($8.90) – Every man’s dream. And ladies’ too! The bacon slices were thin, thus after sitting in the oven, they become a little crispy and charred at the edges. It’s almost like eating bakkwa but with this X-factor derived from its coating of beer caramelisation. Sinful, yes. But how can anyone resist good stuff like this?
Basketful of Pork [Beer candied bacon, pop corn pork & sliced pork bratwurst] ($15.90) – Just for Christmas, this platter is introduced to satisfy all you carnivores out there! What’s more, your pop corn chicken is so passé. Get ready for pop corn pork instead! Dip them in the homemade garlic aioli and you’ll be hooked. The pork was fork-tender, with a pop of fragrance to it (just like your favourite fried food). A great starter to share for the table I would say.
Bourbon Marmalade Glazed Leg of Ham ($168.90/4-5kg) – This is for takeaway only. If you’re looking to host a Christmas party, look no further and bring home the whole leg home already! Having tried hams from supermarkets to five-star hotels, this is by far the best I’ve had. It’s amazing how well-seasoned such a huge slab of meat can be. Cut it up roughly and you’ll find the texture and taste consistent throughout. Most importantly, it was not dried out. The meat had a nice sweet tinge to it (don’t you just hate those salty ones?) and was really easy on the teeth. Now, don’t you miss out on the Early Bird Discount (more on that below)!
Christmas Hazelnut Roast Chicken ($28.90) – Available for takeaway and dine-in. The chicken in contrast to the ham was on the dry side. I do appreciate the fact that healthier spring chicken was used but to me, the size was a little small to consider it a hearty Christmas dish. Great for health-conscious folks I guess!
Morgan’s Christmas Feast [4 Sausage platter, cranberry sticky bones, hazelnut sticky bones, bourbon marmalade glazed ham slices, smoked turkey legs, sides of roasted potatoes, carrots, onions, beans & corn bread] ($149.90/4-5 persons) – What a visual feast! This dish is available for dine-in and takeaway! Isn’t this simply a meat heaven? First up, let’s talk about the gorgeous ribs. They were perfectly cooked – well-marinated, extremely tender, so much so that the meat falls off the bones, topped with a desirable caramelisation on the surface that makes up the ‘Sticky Bones’. Wow. It was a show-stopper. Next on, the turkey legs. Surprisingly, I find myself liking these at Morganfield’s. The only experience I had with turkey legs was at theme parks so this was obviously a far cry from those. My only gripe was that the ham slices weren’t as tasty as the leg of ham.
Cranberry ‘n’ Peach Crumble ($13.90) – Crumble seems pretty old-school now with all those fancy desserts out there, but haven’t you heard? Old is gold. Admittedly, it has been years since I’ve last ordered a crumble dessert. This one here has certainly changed my outlook of the humble dessert. Served fresh out of oven, the crumble was warm and crunchy, drawing a huge contrast to the ice cream. A perfect finale to any Christmas meal.
L: White Christmas Sangria [White wine, peach puree, diced green apples & orange] ($16.90) – Similar to Peach Bellini, white wine is used here instead of champagne. Still, I love it! R: Red Christmas Cooler [Lemon, watermelon, cranberry juice w blackberries] ($8.90) – You know how mocktails are usually packed with colourings and sugar, without any decent taste to it? This lethal concoction at Morganfield’s has just set the bar higher. The taste was not what I had expected. While it’s difficult to pinpoint this pleasant surprise, it was no doubt refreshing and a delight to the tongue!
Virgin Watermelon Mojito ($8.90) – Muddled watermelon? Anytime!
It was a joy to be the first ones trying out the Christmas menu at Morganfield’s. I really appreciate this rustic barbecue tradition that is held by this American diner. Furthermore, they provide an extensive list of crafted beers to go along with your favourite meats too! Morganfield’s have just opened an outlet at Suntec City, so if you’re an Eastie like myself, head over to their latest space! Also, kids get to dine for free on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Now, remember the Early Bird Discount I was telling you about? Confirm your orders by 30 Nov and receive a 10% off! Delivery and collection starts from now till 28 Dec. Orders can be made via phone (The Star Vista: 6694 3635/ Suntec: 6736 1136) or online: www.morganfields.com.sg.
The Star Vista
#02-23, 1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-645, Tower 4
3 Temasek Boulevard
Many thanks to Juliana for the invite Karna for being the awesome host!