Carvers & Co. is a one-month old infant along the dining belt of East Coast Road. With the intention of encouraging parties and groups of people to connect over hearty meals and comfort food, Sarah Lin, chef-owner of the cosy bistro has carved the menu such that diners can enjoy brunch from 10am – 2.30pm on its opening days, and then a weekly-rotated menu of featured roasts, its pride and highlight of the space, during the rest of the hours.
Coffees served here are brewed with beans roasted by Common Man Coffee Roasters, and the bistro will be offering pour-overs featuring single origin coffee beans from reputable roasters from all around the world. We heard that the barista has some mad contacts that can get him exotic and intriguing beans. We got to have a taste of some of them as well. The barista is a serious coffee enthusiast, and good to chat with if you would like to learn a little about the industry.
Paprika Candied Bacon Chips ($6+) :: Deep-fried bacon to crisp, with a sweet layer enveloping the bacon chips, and hint of paprika all around. A good, addictive muncher that taste like bak-kwa before the meal begins. If you drink beer, this may be a good complementary snack.
Truffled Egg-in-the-Hole Toast with Bacon Jam ($15+) :: The highlight of the dish should have been the truffle, egg and toast all in one. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the truffle was strong nor sufficient enough. I also thought it tasted, surprisingly bland. Available only during brunch hours from 10am – 2.30pm.
Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast ($11.90+) :: Further drenched in maple, and topped with some toasted walnut, I thought it was still slightly pricey and not worth the order. It was plain ordinary peanut butter and banana, and I didn’t think the french toast was eggy enough (or maybe it was just overpowered), nor does it take much effort to prepare this at home. Available only during brunch hours from 10am – 2.30pm.
Roasted Turkey ($30+) :: We started with the roasted meat, their signatures. It was as if Christmas came early when the whole Turkey was presented. It was roasted with rosemary, sage and thyme, and served with delicious creamy mash and candied carrots. The meat though, wasn’t exactly the best. It was dry and wasn’t the most flavourful. I was disappointed with the first roast.
Porketta ($30+) :: The porketta was stuffed with rosemary and garlic. While I like the stuffings, the meat came a little dry, only made better with the apple chutney, which helps with the taste as well. The skin was certainly crackling though. Still wasn’t quite impressed with their roasts.
Wagyu Beef ($40+) :: The star of the night is hands down, the Wagyu Beef, complete with caramelised onions (and the juice that follows) and garlic confit. The Australian Wagyu Beef from Margaret River came beautifully medium rare as requested. I thought it was pricey, until I had a bite of it and deemed it worthy. The meat was tender, and the only accompanying ‘sauce’ is from the juice of the caramelised onions, one that is not too strong to overpower the meat, but instead, just briefly giving flavour. Love it. It’s $75+ for two (400g). A must order here, and probably the only one worth the money.
Warm Blueberry & Banana Crumble ($9.90+) :: At such a small pot, I only wish this could cut a few dollars off the current price. The crumble is made in house, and may feature blackberry / strawberry instead, depends on the available produce. I didn’t quite like the dessert as I thought it was way too sweet, though a comforting, homely bake regardless. Comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
—> Note #1: Only cash payment.
—> Note #2: Only service charge is imposed.
What’s worth paying for:
Paprika Candied Bacon Chips.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 43 East Coast Road
Telephone: 6348 0448
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tue – Sun); Closed on Mondays
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