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A Magical Night At Hogwarts

James Chan

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A Night at Hogwarts @ Butterworth Lane

Hogwarts The dining table

Hogwarts Magical Paintings

Fancy a truly immersive and magical experience straight from the world of Harry Potter? BonAppetour is proud to present to you “A night at Hogwarts”.

How BonAppetour works is simply brilliant. People interested in hosting events/parties at their own residential homes need to just sign up, come up with a great idea (in this case, a Harry Potter themed dinner) and BonAppetour will take a cut off the revenue generated.

I honestly did not know what to expect with this being my first BonAppetour experience and all. It was pretty pricey too (for something we were unsure of) – a seat at the table costs $68 !

Hogwarts Magical Textbooks

Stepping into the hosts’ home was akin to stepping through the brick wall @ The Leaky cauldron and emerging at Diagon Alley. Everywhere you looked, you could see a Harry Potter element.

Hogwarts Candle Chandelier

It’s hard not to be impressed with the amount of thought and effort going into the whole thematic experience.  I personally loved the candle chandelier that seemed to hover in mid-air.

The Food

Hogwarts The Food

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and move on to the food.

Potter Heads will come across all too familiar food items such as:

  • Pumpkin Pasties
  • Butterbeer
  • Chocolate Frogs
  • Mrs Weasley’s Roast Turkey

Mrs Weasley’s Roast Turkey

Hogwarts Mrs Weasley's Roast Turkey

The Turkey was perfect. Seeing how all 17 of us kept going back for it, there’s no argument there.

When it comes to poultry, the breast meat is an easy tell to whether you’re dealing with a good or bad dish. As soon as I felt the juicy tenderness from the Turkey breast permeate the rest of my mouth, I knew the Turkey was a winner.

Credit goes to Jay for making this awesome dish. It definitely wasn’t done with a simple wave of a wand mind you.

Sous Vide Lamb Rack

Hogwarts Rack of Lamb

All of us at The Mbassadors felt that the lamb was definitely the star of the night. Marinated with mustard, garlic, salt and oil, we only wished that there were more to go around!

The lamb was oh-so-tender and blissfully not overcooked. In fact, it was actually leaning toward the medium-rare spectrum which was great!

I eat pretty darn fast so I had the opportunity to bag a couple more pieces of the lamb. WIN!

Pumpkin Pasties

Hogwarts Pumpkin Pasties

I actually thought these were curry puffs! Can you blame me? They look alike! However, instead of your spicy, coconut flavours, you get mildly sweet notes from the pumpkin with just a slight tinge of salt for complexity.

That’s good and all but what actually sold this dish was the pastry. The way it crumbled and sort of melted in my mouth when I bit into it was amazing.

Butterbeer

Hogwarts Butterbeer

When I first read about it in the books, I’ve always envisioned Buterbeer to be a piping hot butterscotch beverage that warms your soul.

At Mark and Jay’s they’re version of Butterbeer also involves butterscotch but with cream soda and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My god, the calories in this drink is no joke!

It’s a really heavy and rich drink and I couldn’t for the life of me go for another one but, it’s great tasting nonetheless!

Making a Reservation

It’s insanely popular. Just giving you a heads up.

You can check out THIS LINK for availability and read up more on the event itself.

If you thought it ends after dinner, you’re wrong! Think you’ve got what it takes to be the ultimate Harry Potter fan? Get sorted into the 4 different Hogwarts houses and participate in a challenging Harry Potter quiz! Winning houses will get a wonderful prize!

This will definitely be something you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

Thanks Jay & Mark!

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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James Chan

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Platform 1094

Hello muggles, this week, we’re reviewing a Harry Potter themed café down at Boon Keng Road . First off, some sites tell you it’s a mere 5 minutes’ walk from Boon Keng MRT station. They lie.

Next, their café is so obscure that it can be quite easy to miss if you’re not aware of your surroundings (pretty much like the three broomsticks).

In terms of thematic value, think The Great Hall but a miniscule version. Unfortunately, unlike The Great Hall, food doesn’t miraculously appear at your table at Platform 1094. They do have wizarding props like a robe, wizard hats and Harry’s round framed glasses and of course wands but you don’t have lots of options to choose from.

Kudos to the wooden board menus! Looks and feels great!

The Food

The Food’s western fare that does not remind me anything of Hogwarts at all. They didn’t even bother being creative with the naming. I didn’t even see a single chocolate frog!

Platform 1094 tender Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs

Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs, $22

Butter-cream poached pork ribs drizzled with pesto mayo, served with grilled vegetables, corn, pickled beetroot and mango mustard espuma

They were pretty light on the pesto mayo but generous on the meat portion. Preferably shared by two people, the slab of meat is HUMONGOUS! They should have coined it Hagrid’s Rib Lunch or something. The pork is tender and slides off the bone and the mango mustard espuma gives it a nice tangy twist (that should be more of that stuff instead of a single dollop).

Honestly if not for the mango mustard, this dish feels pretty normal.

Platform 1094 FFL Classic Da Bomb Burger

FFL Classic Da Bomb Burger, $19

Homeade beef patty (220gm), cheddar cheese, Spanish onion, gherkin, tomato, lettuce, sliced bacon, sunny side up, served with fries

So here you have your classic cheeseburger on steroids. Nothing that particularly sets it apart from its less BEEFED (get it?) up clones. It tasted good, don’t get me wrong. I guess I had a certain level of expectations for this themed café. I did read the books like a gazillion times when I was younger.

Platform 1094 Goblet of Fire drink for a magical meal

Goblet of Fire, $15

I was sincerely hoping that they would have Butterbeer. But nope, they don’t serve Butterbeer. Instead, they have the Goblet of Fire.

The Goblet of Fire is one unique drink. They literally set your drink on fire right in front of you. Note to all, anything that involves alcohol and fire means it’s a really potent drink and should not be consumed during office hours.

They use Barcadi 151 which is a 75% alcoholic spirit and submerge it in Blue Curacao liquor (more alcohol) and “INCENDIO” the mixture with a blowtorch. If you want more flames, they provide you with cinnamon powder to sprinkle over. Don’t sprinkle too much or your drink will taste a little weird.

Like most themed cafes in the industry at the moment, they’re riding on the fame of big pop culture icons but missing the essence completely.

If I were a wizard, I’d cast ENERVATE on myself from remembering this CRUCIO experience.

That being said, I’m fairly certain this place is popular due to the novelty of it all but with time, it will pass. It’s quite insulting to Potter Heads really.

ACCIO Money! – For those who don’t understand the spell, I meant “Give me my money back!”

 

Platform 1094
Address: 1094 Serangoon Rd
Singapore 328192
Tel: 6204 6003
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11am – 10pm | Sat – Sun: 10am – 11pm | Closed on Mondays

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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