Where To Eat This Week: Skai, Blue Lotus, Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Manhattan, Astor Bar
It's going to be hard to get back into work mode back following the relaxing long weekend. Thankfully, there are loads of sumptuous food and drinks options to look forward to. Here are just a few more to consider.
It’s nice to park yourself here for a leisurely lunch or dinner; admire the gorgeous city views while tucking into executive chef Paul Hallett’s new a la carte and set lunch menus.
Hallett is a master at inflecting his produce-focused modern European fare with Japanese nuances, evident in the dish of glazed salmon teriyaki with a side of charred broccoli and wakame, and also the Skai wagyu burger accompanied by crisp hand-cut fries. Both are available in the lunch set.
From the à la carte menu (for both lunch and dinner), you will find equally stunning dishes, the likes of the hand-dived scallop crudo, where the thinly sliced molluscs are soaked in a yuzu marinade. The heaviness of the seared foie gras, another must have, is offset with something aptly fruity, specifically persimmons sous-vide in sake, kumquat, and garnished with popcorn.
2/5 Blue Lotus
If making a trip to Sentosa Cove for its signature chilli pomelo crab is a little out of the way, a visit to Blue Lotus' Tanjong Pagar outlet is recommended. It's also offering a new menu featuring their signature crabs that have deliciously succulent flesh bathed in a spicy-tangy sauce. Other new chilli pomelo crab creations include a crispy soft-shell crab alternative as well as a chilli pomelo crab tart.
That being said, there is a host of sharing starters to consider that include the signature lemongrass prawn sticks, served with a zingy-spicy dressing; kurobuta pork cutlets glazed with honey and smoked using hickory wood, and crispy fried salmon skin, coated with salted egg yolk and lime zest that make for an addictive snack.
Blue Lotus | 5 Wallich Street, 01-13, S(078883) | 6996 0880 | Bltp@Bluelotus.Com.Sg
3/5 Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Beautiful wines will elevate any dining experience, so it’s not surprising how wine pairing dinners have become commonplace in Singapore. The latest one to be excited about is set for May 23, and features sips from winemaker Dave Powell of acclaimed winery Powell & Son, paired with a delectable five-course menu by head chef Jake Kowalewski.
You’ll need every bit of space in your stomach for the likes of the sustainably farmed kingfish beautified with salmon pearl, avocado cream and herb oil, enhanced with a glass of Eden Valley Riesling, and the lip-smacking Westholme wagyu tongue and cheek ravioli, which tastes even better with some of that gorgeous 2016 Barossa Valley GSM blend.
Blink and it'll be the weekend soon, so don’t hesitate to treat yourself to a delightful meal with drinks. In fact, that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Manhattan, the best bar in Singapore, now that it has enhanced its Boozy cocktail brunch, held every Sunday (12 to 3pm).
You’ll still find the spiced milkshakes and Bloody Mary at their individual stations, as well as a compact spread of seafood, breads and cheeses, salads and desserts. But you can also look forward to the Crepes Suzette prepared à la minute, and even a selection of gin & tonics (featuring a range of juniper spirit bottlings); you can even choose to DIY using an array of garnishes.
Cocktails are still the main attraction here, and the bartenders have prepared exclusive tipples for brunch. Two are inspired by Thailand, namely, the Th-aiquiri concocted with bird’s eye chilli tincture, kaffir lime and lemongrass cucumber syrup, and the Mango-Rice. The latter tastes like the famous dessert it's named after, except that it’s infused with pisco, housemade mango cordial, lemon and egg white.
Manhattan | 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 Regent Singapore, S(249715) | 6725 3377 | firstname.lastname@example.org
5/5 Astor Bar at the St Regis Hotel
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to pop open a bottle of champagne. Celebrate—and elevate—any day at the Astor Bar at St Regis Singapore, with some extraordinary bubbly, namely the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, now offered by the glass.
The partnership between Maison Ruinart, the world’s first champagne house, and the House of Astor is also marked by the “white pairing”, which runs until May 31. Guests who order a glass of its Blanc de Blancs can also enjoy a luxury white canapé, specially created to enhance the flavours of the exquisite champagne. Santé!
Astor Bar | The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, S(247911) | 6506 6859