Pan-fried beef tenderloin with veal jus
From many of the cooking shows on TV, there seems to be a few basic principles of running a successful restaurant. Keep the menu limited, and do what you do well, use only the best ingredients, don’t forget your front of house and love your what you do.
Mag’s Wine Kitchen ticks all these boxes – with a smiley stamp and a gold star on each of them for good measure. Which is probably why it’s still around 15 years after it first opened its doors in 1996.
Creamy artichoke soup
Nestled in the quieter part of bustling Boat Quay, you walk in to this charming French bistro and are greeted by either Mag herself, who has an uncanny knack of remembering faces and names, or Seth, her maitre d who has been there since Mag’s opened.
The kitchen is open for all to see, the menu small and focused on using the best seasonal ingredients that Mag travels to acquire – we once visited to have fresh umi – Japanese sea urchin that she had just purchased from a trip there, on top of chawanmushi – steamed egg custard – delicious.
Kurobuta pork chop with pineapple salsa
D and I visited during the Christmas period for a quiet lunch and had the two course set from the menu of the day. I had the artichoke soup and the beef tenderloin with a veal jus and D had the beef carpaccio and the kurobuta pork chop with a pineapple salsa.
The soup was fresh and light while creamy and warming at the same time, and the beef – oh my goodness – the most tender and tasty piece of meat I’ve had in a long time, perfectly cooked medium rare, perfectly seasoned and accompanied with velvety mash and roasted vegetables.
Wagyu beef carpaccio
D’s wagyu carpaccio came served wafer thin, with parmesan shavings and rocket and the kurobuta pork came with what tasted like a hoisin glaze and the meat was tender and moist – not an easy task for such a large cut of pork.
Mag’s also has an terrific wine selection to complement all her food, or if you just want to go in for a drink. What more could you ask for ?
Mag’s Wine Kitchen
86 Circular Road
Lunch Monday to Friday – 12noon to 2pm
Dinner Monday to Friday – 6pm to 10pm
Saturday 6pm to 10pm only (Closed for lunch)
Closed on Sunday