Looking for some good ol’ italian? Then you must check out this new restaurant that offers a highly palatable menu of modern italian fare. 8 at Green, as its name already describes its location, is situated at 8 Greenwood Avenue just behind the National Junior College (NJC). Like its sister restaurant, Buttercake n’ Cream, it has the perfect setting for those who want to escape from the bustling cityscape. We quickly engaged Daphne, one of three young passionate partners of the new establishment, to assist us and had entrées served to us promptly.
We started with a Soup of the Day/Carrot Soup ($6.90) and Thai Seafood Salad ($15.90) that was refreshing. Both food presentations were enough to keep us excited for what our meal would bring. The combination of different vegetables in cream soup complete with white truffle oil was light on the taste-buds, which makes it ideal to have before a main course. It also came garlic and herbs infused focaccia bread that was oven crisp on the outside and so soft on the inside. The salad had fresh chunky scallops and prawns drizzled with special homemade sauce that delivered a unique taste.
Thai Seafood Salad
Their lightly fried entrées, White Bait ($12.90) and Onion Rings ($8.90) were made upon order using the restaurant’s own unique batter and spices. They turned out very crisp and springy, unlike those squishy ones that are common elsewhere. As we always recommend, relish lightly fried entrées with light beer or white wine. For some reason, they always go perfectly well together.
We also had Black Mussels in White Wine Sauce ($14.90). The black mussels were sauteed and stir fried with tomatoes, creating a rich broth that accentuates the taste of fresh shell fish. Occasional hints of pepper spices made it all the more enjoyable.
For main courses, we had Beef Tenderloin ($25.90) which remains our favourite rave for the restaurant group. Well marinated and perfectly cooked to medium-rare, the meat was moist, juicy and very tender. Complete with potato and mixed vegetable on the side, we reckon this dish every bit worth it. We also had Pork Knuckle ($40.90), huge in serving and recommended to share between two. Dip the crisp and tender meat into special homemade brown sauce for a wholesome taste, or pair it with pineapple slices for a bright, fruity taste.
As someone who does not like the strong taste of garlic, I thought the Seafood Aglio Olio ($18.90) served me well. The garlic is oven-baked and not fried so that it does not explode with its natural and sometimes overpowering flavour. I was able to savour the generous serving of scallops, prawns and clams without having to battle the strong taste of garlic.
Finally, we had desserts, Sticky Dates Pudding ($12.90) and Apple Crumble ($12.90) both served with delicious homemade vanilla ice cream. Compared to elsewhere, the Sticky Dates Pudding was one of the best we’ve had. It was not too sweet, very soft, served at a perfectly warm temperature and spongey. You must really try this dessert otherwise you might as well not have gone to 8 at Green. The Apple Crumble also made a wonderful closure to our meal with its bright taste and different textures, given that the apple slices were thick and crunchy.
We washed down our meal in between with an Iced Mocha that was bold and smooth, with a lovely blend of sweet chocolatey sauce in chilled milk. And a Brother’s Cider from United Kingdom (UK) that was sparkling and refreshing.
Currently, the restaurant has a well planned menu of a la carte dishes and sets meals (Lunch $18.90/Dinner $25.90). Starting July, it will further introduce a new brunch menu – that will also see opening hours extend. Similar to its sister restaurant, Buttercakes n’ Cream, 8 at Green is open to private functions and birthday parties, and can hold a capacity of 50 to 80 people. If you are looking for premium food at affordable and valuable prices, then 8 at Green it is!
8 at Green
8 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6219 9151
Operating Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Daily)