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Monday, September 1, 2014

Blisshouse @ Clarke Quay, Singapore

Enter the whimsical world of Blisshouse, a fairytale-themed restaurant which serves Western cuisine amongst beautifully crafted gardens and fountains (and even a carriage!) that you might only discover in Disney movies. Photo opportunities are aplenty, making this place a well-desired venue for events such as solemnisation ceremonies, birthday parties and product launches, etc. In fact, the day we were there, there was some ongoing filming where there were parlour chairs and a grand piano set.

Ambience definitely scored high for Blisshouse, and service was pretty good as I would have expected. The service staff were attentive and dishes did not take long to arrive. Food-wise, there were some negative reviews from friends' experience and through my prior research, hence to be utterly honest, my expectations were not high for their offerings.

To start off positively, BBQ Pork Ribs (S$18) was fantastically done. The meat was well-marinated with barbecue sauce which gave it a lovely smoky flavour, and baked in the oven till the tender meat could be practically sliced off the bones. Price-wise, it's definitely more affordable than restaurants specialised in ribs, such as Tony Roma's and Morgansfield's, yet the quality was not far off. It is completed with potato wedges and garden salad.

Seafood Capellini was brilliant, in looks. I am not exaggerating, but this was possibly the worst pasta I have ever had. I reckoned my first aglio olio pasta, which I terribly made a mess out of it several years ago, was still more edible than this. There's two main ingredients to this dish - pasta and seafood. The former was overly cooked, and not al dente at all. The latter was practically tasteless (no, my nasal cavity was not blocked, and to confirm this, everyone tried it.)

Another pasta. Soft Shell Crab Arrabiata (S$20) consists of linguine tossed in spicy tomato sauce, topped with a beer battered soft shell crab. This dish was much better than the previous, but the tomato base had an overpowering Tabasco taste. Nevertheless, the soft shell crab was nicely done up.

If you're a cheese lover, you would love Blisshouse Supremo (S$22) because the whole pizza is literally cheesy and it's packed with a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, in a most unproportionalled manner. Other undermined ingredients include pork salami, roasted vegetables, olives, pineapple and chicken bits. This pizza is like every rat's dream.

Looking for lighter bites? Try their kid's menu which features smaller bites for sharing or well, for kids, such as Chicken Nuggets and Fries (S$5) and Fish and Chips (S$6). Both which could definitely work with more salt. Despite scrimping with salt, they are very generous with their condiments of chilli, ketchup, tartar, as well as BBQ sauce.

Water is charged for 50c per person, which I always found it to be ridiculous. Indirectly promoting your drinks is one thing, charging tap water at half a dollar is another. Drinks-wise, go with their house crafted beverages.

Photos are mandatory and self-explanatory, but basically they have room enough to hold a birthday party, a solemnisation ceremony and yet opened to diners, simultaneously. I wonder how much does their rent actually cost.

All in all, Blisshouse is a nice place actually. In fact, I thought their concept and overall design are of standard already, which makes a good place to hold events and parties. The one thing they could improve on, is definitely their food. After all, the purpose of a restaurant, no matter it is themed or not, is to feed the customers. It is important to note that diners do not return solely for the atmosphere and fancy themes, but also for what they have to offer to fill up their bellies.


Tel: 6225 5532

Opening Hours
Daily: 12:00 - 23:00

The Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street