The revolving restaurant situated in the Marina Bay area has three private dining rooms with KTV suite facilities on Level 8, and eight private dining rooms and four dining areas on Level 10, offering unhindered views of the city in a private setting.
With a price-fixed menu that changes quarterly, Tóng Lè is a modern Chinese restaurant serving dishes that please the eyes and palate. Veering away from communal dining style, portions here are served individually, similar to western cuisine courses.
Presentation of dishes is impressive, such as the appetiser of abalone and caviar on momotaro tomato served on a black stone slate amidst a cloud of fluffy white smoke emanating from the dry ice beneath. The sweetness of the fresh tomato strikes a balance with the rich seafood flavour of the abalone and caviar.
Served in a three-legged Chinese cauldron, the Bird’s Nest soup with a base of smoked ham and melon delivers umami flavours, which accentuates the otherwise mild-tasting bird’s nest.
Expect a twist in the taste profile of the steamed fish through the addition of sweet black garlic to the regular soy sauce. Thoughtful touches, such as the addition of a sorbet palate cleanser in the middle of the meal helps to tone down the richness of the various courses.
The restaurant also provides unique creations, such as the three-layered tofu (edamame, charcoal and regular-flavoured tofu) served atop orange fish maw and pumpkin “risotto” broth. The subtle-tasting tofu is a perfect canvas for the richly-flavoured broth to shine, with crispy seaweed adding briny flavour and additional texture to the dish.
For dessert, the yam paste dessert served in a young coconut with coconut ice cream is unexpectedly smooth and light. The sweetness and textures are beautifully balanced to provide a light finish to the delectable menu.
For a Chinese restaurant, the wine list is well stocked with a wide range of labels from Old and New Worlds. Though wine by the glass is not offered, there is a half-bottle option that is great for sharing between two people.
Upon entering the restaurant, a staff member enthusiastically greets and promptly escorts guests to the table pre-allocated during dining reservation. During the meal, the staff are attentive; replenishing drinks and serving each dish with a short introduction at a comfortable pace. However, they may be unfamiliar with the preparation methods of the foods.
Price-fixed menus with four options range from $80-$250 for lunch, and $120-$380 for dinner. À la carte options are not available and special requirements can be specified in advance.