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Vanilla Pod Restaurant, Mandai Orchid Garden

March 3, 2010

Absolutely Beautiful Flowers at Mandai Orchid Garden.




 Far beyond the ordinary restaurant, Vanilla Pod is a cosy garden atmosphere restaurant at Mandai Orchid Garden.

Due to its serene location, it’s actually a good place to consider for wedding solemnization.




The usual complimentary butter and bread.



At Vanilla Pod, there’s pasta, pizzas and a few choices of their chef’s special.

For Starters, we went for the Portobello mushrooms and the crab cakes.


Portobello Mushroom served with Scallion Butter

A plus-sized crispy Portobello mushroom, complemented by the subtle flavours of their in-house Scallion butter.

  The Portobello mushroom was crispy, fresh and juicy on the inside. 



Crab Cakes

Home-made Crab Cakes made with lightly pan-fried sweet Australian crab meat 

  To pick one dish that I enjoyed, it has to be the crab cakes.




We had both the linguine Aglio Olio and  Spaghetti Vongole.

Vanilla’s rendition of  linguine Aglio Olio was decent. The linguine was al dente and neither too spicy or dry.

The Spinach was nicely done and not overcooked. The use of sun-dried tomatoes and Portobello mushrooms,  enhances the flavour of an otherwise ordinary Aglio Olio.



 Strawberry Mille Feuille

My sweet tooth told me that i would very much prefer a sweeter version of this. 🙂



 Overall, Our experience at Vanilla Pod  is pleasant . We enjoyed the casual yet beautiful garden-atmosphere and the beauty of the fresh orchids.




  I love the place for its serenity. The food , however, wasn’t that impressive to me. It was good but it’s lacking in a distinctive taste and flavour.

And if you are worrying that there might be mosquitos. Fret not. You can always opt for their indoor comfortable air-conditioned dining.


And lastly, can you spot the smiley face? 🙂



Vanilla Pod by Chef Peter & Company
200 Mandai Lake Road
Mandai Orchid Garden
6368 0672
Sun–Thu : 12pm – 10pm
Fri–Sat–PH : 12pm – 11pm
6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 17:51

    You are really good at finding ulu places.

    And needless to say, I still love your photos:)

    • Reiz permalink*
      March 5, 2010 13:36

      🙂 Happy Fridays! Thanksssss for the very kind words!!! Have a good weekend yeah!

  2. March 3, 2010 20:31

    Your pictures are beautiful. Love the smiley orchid!

    • Reiz permalink*
      March 5, 2010 13:36

      Thanks girl. 🙂 me too! But a pity, it’s not in focus!

  3. Eilen permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:02

    Dear all fan of Mandai Orchid Garden

    Please help to save this casual yet beautiful garde. Understand the garden might be close down by end of this year!! I love the garden & do not wish to it being close down. This is a history for orchid!!


  4. November 22, 2010 11:15

    I heard from the workers there that there is a high chance that the orchid garden will be closed down recently. I was rather sad. So, I created a virtual tour of the Mandai Orchid Garden just in case it closed. Who knows, in the future, the Mandai Orchid Garden will only exist online here as a virtual tour:

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