Best-kept secrets - Tribute

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 2005, 12:00am

Tribute


13 Elgin Street, Central


2135 6645


The fare


Value-for-money Continental fare with a creative touch.


The ambience


It is like walking into a residential flat that has been dressed up to look like a restaurant. Comfortable, and any threat of dullness in the decor is lifted by the presence of abstract paintings.


The cost


Reasonable at $400 for a five-course meal with a glass of wine.


Who to bring


Whoever you wish to woo with a candlelit meal and opera music.


Turn-ons


The chef here is ingenious at reinventing dishes. The surf-and-turf had a doodling of passionfruit sauce on the side to give it extra zip. The salted cod balls, which we expected to be like Portuguese bacalhau, are made of diced fish meat rather than minced fish. The result is a triumph in flavour and texture. The prawn and tomato consomme is, in fact, a serving of fresh prawns topped with jellied tomato broth. The duck leg confit has a crisp skin sealing in deliciously tender meat. And the chocolate cake with a liquid core is divine.


Turn-offs


It took us quite some time to find this restaurant, with its unremarkable exterior.


The extras


The table d?hote menu changes periodically.