If you haven’t heard of restaurant week – it’s an event held twice a year, where good restaurants offer a set menu for lunch/dinner at very affordable rates.
Lunches are usually priced $25++ and dinner priced at $35++, with diningstar restuarants costing more.
We booked lunches on two consecutive Saturdays so as to 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).
Arrived at our given time slot 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, we enjoyed ourselves at Taratata Bistrot and I don’t mind revisiting 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
Neither of us have been to Ascott prior to this and was very 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 he 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, the pan-seared 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.
The panna cotta was a little too sweet for my liking but the consistency is good. Nothing fantastic about the chocolate fondue; just sliced fruits with a dark chocolate sauce.
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