Restaurant week has just concluded and I’m glad to have tried 2 restaurants with the boyf this time round :) Thanks to Michy for the Amex code so we got priority booking before it was open to public! For those who have never heard of restaurant week, it’s an event held twice a year, where good restaurants offer a set menu for lunch/dinner at really good rates. Lunches are usually $25++ and dinner priced at $35++.
We chose lunch on two Saturdays so we could start the day off with a good meal. The two restaurants we picked are Taratata Bistrot (French cuisine) and The Royal Mail (Modern European cuisine).
Here are some of the dishes we tried!
Taratata Bistrot, 25 October, Lunch at 1pm
Arrived at our given timeslot and found a long snaking queue outside. Turns out the previous seating was a little delayed so they were still setting up the tables inside. We were finally seated and waited for quite a while before we got our bread and butter.
For appetisers, the escargot drizzled with butter and garlic was melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
For mains, I tried the cod while he had the chicken. The cod was smooth and cooked to perfection, complete with crisp skin and tender succulent meat. Didn’t like the pea puree that came with it though. The poached stuffed chicken was a little too dry and the only redeeming factor is the mushroom sauce that comes with it.
Dessert was a huge portion of warm apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. The combination of something warm and cold is always delightful, like molten lava cake & vanilla ice cream. This apple crumble was a little sour, but goes well with the ice cream. Maybe a smaller portion of this will be better, as my ice cream melted before I was even halfway through with the crumble.
Overall, good experience at Taratata Bistrot and I will revisit for the food again. It has a very authentic french vibe, which could make it a good location for a romantic saturday date night.
35A KEONG SAIK ROAD
Tel: 6221 4506
The Royal Mail, Ascott Singapore, 1 Nov, Lunch
Have never been to the Ascott prior to this and was pleasantly surprised that there’s such a stylish hotel in Raffles Place. We were greeted and seated promptly upon arrival. The air-conditioning was a little too cold and the waitress helped to change our seats promptly when we made the request.
For the appetisers, I had the pan-seared foie gras while my partner tried the pan-seared scallops. The portion of foie gras was substantial, and I still can’t get that buttery and silky goodness out of my mind. The scallops were soft and tasty, but paled in comparison to the foie gras.
For the mains, I had the pan-seared salmon while the partner tried the braised beef cheeks. The salmon exceeded my expectations. It had a crisp finish on the skin yet the meat was moist and succulent. The orange sauce gave it a very fresh, zesty taste. The braised beef cheeks were melt-in-the-mouth with a tinge of bitterness, probably due to the red wine chocolate sauce.
For desserts, I tried the white chocolate panna cotta while he had the chocolate fondue. The panna cotta was a little too sweet for my liking but the consistency is good. Nothing fantastic about the chocolate fondue; just cut fruits with a dark chocolate sauce. The kiwi was slightly too sour.
Overall, the food was good and worth every bit of the $25++ we paid per pax. More than often, the service and ambience of a place also determines whether one will revisit. And The Royal Mail’s service was definitely prompt. For a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, I will recommend The Royal Mail.
The Royal Mail
Ascott Raffles Place Singapore,
2 Finlayson Green, 049247 Singapore
Phone: 6509 3589