Saturday, January 23, 2010

Eden Sanctuary, Rochester Park

The friend was in need of a safe sanctuary to talk about some issues and hence we snuck off to this quiet little hideout tucked away in a nook of Rochester Park. Eden Sanctuary is a little café serving the Body With Soul healthcare and wellness group, so naturally the cuisine also falls into the “wellness and healthy living” category.

I went for the three course set lunch at $20.90, starting with the orange feta cheese cashew nut salad. The salad dressing had a shot of what I thought was orange juice but turned out to be calamansi juice instead, and had a nice sour tang, just the thing to perk up the appetite. I enjoyed the very sweet and juicy orange segments tossed with the salad leaves (calamansi dressing and orange segments are a good idea for replicating at home!).

My main of spicy chicken with mango basil salsa sounded exciting but it was an anticlimax. The flavours of the chilli salsa had not permeated the chicken meat and I could hardly find any mango. The nice touch was that there was more of the delicious salad on the plate.

Finally, tofu cheesecake for dessert which I shared with my friend who had by this time finished downloading most of her troubles. This was passable but forgettable.

You wouldn’t find gourmet food or sophisticated cooking here – indeed the food would only be considered average, but the privacy and leafy green surroundings are ideal for a good goss with friends. Add to that the virtuous feeling one gets from feeding your body with healthy foods, and I wouldn’t mind coming back again.

Eden Sanctuary
44 Rochester Park

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