Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fresh Garden Cafe at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital #01-18 S(329563) - The Honey Lime Chicken Caesar Salad

This is the Honey Lime Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Caesar Salad dressing priced at S$10.90 & served here at Fresh Garden located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital #01-18. 
About Fresh Garden 
Fresh Garden located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital #01-18 is a cafe that serves up pretty decent gourmet style composed salad, healthy soup, hearty sandwich, delicious wraps, fruity parfait. Both husband & wife team of Henry Kiong, 36 & Filisa Ngoh, 34, come from Financial Banking Industry for more than 10 years. The kitchen & operations is handled by Henry Kiong. 

The Signatures include Smoked Duck Salad with Honey Djion Dressing, Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Caesar Salad, Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Salad, Egg & Mayonnaise Slider, Tuna & Cheese Slider, Ham & Egg Slider.
The Core Ingredients used in this salad includes - Honey Lime roast chicken, Zucchini, walnuts, croutons, hard boiled egg, fresh avocado, Romaine lettuce, Japanese cucumber, diced potatoes, homemade Caesar Salad dressing. 
How it is prepared - The Chicken Caesar salad is prepared by layering the core ingredients into the salad bowl ala minute as per order. 
Co-Founder Henry Kiong gets his frozen chicken thigh from his supplier Gan Teck Kar Investments, marinates it & grills it at the kitchen here at Fresh Garden daily. The dressing is homemade from scratch using Henry Kiong & Filisa Ngoh's secret recipe. 
Tasting Notes - This Honey Lime Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade Caesar Salad dressing has all the trappings of my favorite ingredients, namely, roast chicken, walnuts, avocado, Japanese cucumber or zucchini, croutons, hard boiled egg, Romaine lettuce. 

The chicken is roasted to perfection under the careful eye of Henry Kiong, is tender & juicy on the inside, yet crispy fragrant at the skin. The walnut lends a nutty crunchy texture & sweet flavor to this salad, whilst the avocado gives an added level of smooth & creamy texture & balances the savory flavor of the chicken. 
The Japanese cucumber (zucchini) & lightly mildly bitter tinge of Romaine lettuce gives a refreshing crunchy bite to the dish & balances the savory crunch of the croutons which soaks in the Caesar Salad dressing to hold a strong mustard tinge. 
The fresh hard boiled egg adds to a fragrant sweet flavored protein to this salad. The diced potatoes are cooked al dente to lend another crunchiness to the salad. Altogether a wholesale heartwarming refreshing combination of flavor inclined towards a lighter flavored salad - the avocado gives refreshing creaminess, soaks in the mustardy citrus flavor from the Caesar dressing made in house at Fresh Garden. 
I am almost torn between the former sweet Smoked Duck salad & this latter savory Chicken Caesar salad. But in the end the dressing sort of sealed the ultimate winner - the savory Chicken Caesar Salad.
Fresh Garden Cafe is located at : 
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital #01-18
38 Irrawaddy Road, S(329563)
Tel : 94504579 
Tel : 66942275
Email :
Nearest MRT : Novena 
Opening hours :
Mondays to Fridays  8 am to 7 pm 
Saturdays - 8.30 am to 1.30 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays (Closed) 

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