Saturday, March 30, 2013
Amuse @ Orchard Hotel
We first came to know about Amuse after reading the news that the former Les Amis head chef has opoened a new Spanish tapas restaurant in the Orchard Hotel building facing Orchard Parade Hotel. Unfortunately, it was located in one of the most boring corner of Orchard Road, and we have never thought of visiting this place until a rainy weekday evening.
The rain was very big, and hence it was only 30% occupied.
The Amuse restaurant is located just next to its sister restaurant Esmirada. And unknown to quite a few, you can actually cross order the Spanish dishes from both restaurants.
Mint Tea (S$5)
Roasted pumpkin soup with prawn, pumpkin seed and cilantro (S$11). Soup was delicious, and was full of sweet roasted pumpkin puree.
Many people came for this signature dish. Crispy pork crouton with (a) Iberico pork belly - S$14, (b) lightly smoked eel - S$21. With horseradish, Dijon mustard and greens The smoked eel version was "brought over" from Les Amis. We find it good, but not really over the top good. Not sure why everyone was raving about this dish here.
Grilled Spanish octopus with heirloom tomatoes, Austrian pumpkin seed oil (S$19). The octopus was juicy and not "leathery".
Ciabatta wrapped crispy egg with prosciutto, spinach and mushroom ragout (S$15). Another dish "brought over" from Les Amis. We like this one better. A very comforting dish with a very pocket-friendly price.
Braised pork ribs with dark beer, potato, balsamic onions and celery (S$16)
Char grilled wagyu cubes cooked in hay (S$39).
Some may not be able to accept the "smokiness" of the beef. But all agreed that the beef was juicy and tender.
Paella Valenciana. Spanish saffron rice with chicken, seafood and chorizo (S$35). We cross ordered this dish from Esmirada. It was okay we feel. Nothing to shout about.
Ended with a super tiny Tiramisu (S$6).
442 Orchard Road
at 11:15 AM