25th October 2014
I can’t fly First Class Suites on Singapore Airlines with mileage or money….but on Restaurant Week, the closest one get to ‘sky-high’ dining would probably be at Salt Grill and Sky Bar, located at the top of ION Orchard. Compared to Stellar, Salt Grill and Sky Bar, its interiors designed by designphase dba, has a more spacious feel with the high ceilings and a full glass façade around the restaurant which allows one to see as far as Batam.
I had been to Salt Grill and Sky Bar on an invitation once in the evening but I have always wanted to revisit the place in the day time. Expectedly, the view was great but what about the food beyond a food tasting?
Seizing the restaurant week’s value-for-money set lunch, a couple of my architecture friends and I booked an early lunch at Salt Grill and Sky Bar yesterday. The usual bread was served with their house spice dip and I had the signature ‘Glass’ Sydney Crab Omelette, enoki mushroom and herb salad, miso mustard broth for entrée. It has a very subtle play of flavours from the mustard miso broth and the herb salad which complements the near perfect omelette.
My friends had the Tuna Sashimi with ponzu, smoked enoki and puffed rice. I was amused by the rather sharp smoky flavours from the enoki which my friend thought was both interesting and overwhelming the tuna sashimi at the same time.
For mains, I had the Grilled Snapper with Israeli couscous, cucumber, and tomato and dill broth. This was pretty decent. The snapper on its own isn’t impressive per say but paired with the tomato-herb mixture of couscous and tomato & dill broth, it turned out to be pretty good. The cucumber with dill also provides a contrasting flavour and texture to the dish.
The other option is a Cape Grim Striploin with caramelized endive, eggplant and salsa verde (and a range of mustard)
As for desserts, there was the Raspberry Cheese Cake with berries and raspberry sorbet and there is also the Banana Parfait, Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Mousse and Salted Caramel Sauce.
The cheese cake is not bad but I still prefer the more interesting Banana Parfait with peanut brittle. The combination of peanuts and a mildly sweet, smooth banana parfait works pretty well with the salted caramel sauce and chocolate mousse.
Finally, we finished our meal with a cup of coffee and off we go to admire the fantastic panorama the 55th floor of ION Orchard has to offer.
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard, #55-01 & #56-01