Monday, October 13, 2014

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky: Mount Eden's mystery

When I went there, Scarlett Slimms had just opened its doors for a week.  Situated on Mt. Eden Road, the main road of the namesake neighbourhood.  According to one of the waitresses, this business is under the same management team, but has been remodelled and renamed.

This eatery is quaint and charming, as befitting its small and cozy size with its crime fiction atmosphere.  There are only a few tables indoors, so if it's a sunny day, then it is worth it to sit outside at one of the long tables.  They remind this writer of those in his boarding school's dining hall.

However, this does not mean that Scarlett Slimms serves dining hall food.  In fact, it's the very opposite!  The kitchen team prepares and cooks each menu with care.  The plates are very muted, and it is this very reason that the colours of the ingredients appear more vibrant.  Please have a look at the accompanying photos of this post and you'll see what I mean.

Nonetheless, there are two (trivial) issues regarding the food.  Please bear in mind that these are my personal opinions, based on my personal sensory perceptions.
  1. In the main dish, the verjus enhances the bitterness of the Savoy cabbage.  There should be an option for the diner to have the sauce in a small gravy boat.
  2. The lavender flavour in the "caviar" was rather muted.  It would have been a nice contrast to the sharpness of the lemon sauce, but this dimension was lacking because the lavender aroma wasn't strong enough.

Price-wise, Scarlett Slimms offers decent deals for being located in the picturesque neighbourhood that is Mt. Eden.

Appetisers:  NZD12.00 - 15.00
Mains:  NZD 25.00 - 35.00
Desserts:  NZD 12.00-15.00

Overall grade:  4/5

Unique charms:
  • Fast and friendly service
  • Indoors: small tables
  • Outdoors: big tables with benches and high tables with bar stools
  • Outside dining area is separated into 2 parts by a plastic see-through awning - this helps in case of rain
  • Creatively named menu sections

I highly recommend this restaurant!

A murder mystery style menu booklet

Filet of crispy fish with clams on a bed of Savoy cabbage and bacon

Profiteroles filled with lemon custard - served with edible flowers, lemon sauce and lavender "caviar"

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