Overall Score 9/10
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The review is on a restaurant named 99 Rest Backyard Café. This restaurant was fairly new on my first visit (April of 2011). It is owned and operated by a famous chef in town, Chef Ian. He also owns the well known restaurant in the CBD, named Hyde & Seek. The 99 Rest is located in front of a community project under the name of 99 and something. With its location, nearby the Praram 9 road, they had put together a cool name. Then for the latter part of the name, Backyard Café; you will understand when you go there or see the photos. A simply mind soothing and comfortable set up of their garden deserve to be called the Backyard Café. So tranquil and cozy; it would make you feel right at home. They have both outdoor and indoor dining areas. During the later time of the year when it is less hot, sitting in the outdoor would be quite a relaxation. On this day in the middle of the rainy season, please let me be in the air-conditioned and enjoy the garden through the windows.
I have read about the architecture of this restaurant, I recall that the architect who designed the 99 Rest is the same as the one who did a famous and exclusive hotel in
Today I ordered four dishes. The first one was the Rocket salad and Italian sausage. This one was looking fabulous. So much of the many condiments, it was very kindness of the chef. In terms of the deliciousness, I sort of had a high expectation but I still think it is better than Rocket Salad of many restaurants that I have been to. The second one was the Angel Hair stir-fry with the crab. It was not as good; so bland that I could barely taste anything. There was not enough crab, mostly scraps of crab meat. Lucky we had the just enough drib of sauce to cover the noodle (I like it more saucy). With the sauce, this one became passable. The third one was a steamed white fish with the seafood dressing. I was a bit confused when I first saw the dish; it didn’t look like a fish fillet. Once I had the first mouthful, was convinced that it’s a real fish. But I had no idea what was the reason for the unknown orange color sheet to be on the fish. The texture was like the skin of some meat, I still don’t know what it was. Anyways, this one was yummy; fish was soft and juicy, intensely splendid flavor, especially with the unknown orange sheet.
And then the last dish arrived; the Hong Kong pork over Rice. Many reviewers recommended this one, so I could resist to trying it myself. Wow! Unbelievably outstanding, I wanted to cry. The taste and the experience was similar to eating the Kao Ka Moo (Street dish-Braised pork shank over rice) but it was a thousand times better. The pork was so tender, savory, and juicy. I could not describe more; you have to try it for yourself. The side vegetable was the tip of kale, which I believe to be a Chinese kale; so fresh, it was revelation. Most importantly the broth over the rice, top grade jasmine rice with the heavenly dark sauce; all united to a flawless dish. Let’s give Chef Ian a big round of applaud for this culinary creation.
We had two desserts; The Crepe Cake and the Guava & Apple Crumble. Due to the fact that I am not an expert over the sweets, I didn’t have my hands on them so much. Well, I don’t know how to put this. Let’s just say that I didn’t like them. I have had better.
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