Sunday, December 22, 2013

LE Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar @ Suntec City Mall

The newly revamped Suntec City has reopened with quite a few brand new restaurants, and one of them is Le Restaurant which is by the people behind the Paradise Group of restaurants.

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At the centre of the restaurant is this light-changing Buddha statue, creating a mystical ambience.

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The entrance to the restaurant. I think 90% of people who pass by this entrance would have no idea that this place serves Cantonese food and Dim Sum.

For lunch today, we ordered their S$188 and S$138 set meal, where we can try all the various dishes.

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Started off with the Chilled Mexican Abalone with Soy Sesame Dressing. A refreshing appetizer to start off our feast.

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Another appetizer was this Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio with Soy Vinaigrette. Scallop was fresh and sweet.

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Brewing a pot of special glutinous rice tea

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Something for the cold weather - Double boiled Porcini fungus and cordyceps flower soup

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Another abalone dish - Pan seared Foie Gras accompanied with braised 6-head abalone

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Red Garoupa poached in lobster broth. You can imagine how sweet the soup is.

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Pan fried French duck thigh with Thai salad and shallot. Very interesting dish and very flavourful.

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Pan seared grade 9 Australian wagyu beef with lemon zest. The beef was juicy.

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Stir fried angel hair with lobster. Really enjoyed this dish. If I could, I will order one big plate next time!

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Chilled noodles with king crab in Teochew broth. This pales in comparison to the former dish.

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A look at the interior seats. Although the décor is dark, but the chairs and tables are rather bright.

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For dessert, we had the Crispy custard lava bun with vanilla gelato

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Sweet temptation of mango sago, avocado cream, Yakult pudding and fruits

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Adjourned to bar area for house cocktail. Double Happiness : Bombay east gin, kaffir lime.

The restaurant wasn't crowded when we were there on a weekend lunch. The food is good, but maybe the décor is confusing for some who thinks this is a western food restaurant.

LE Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar
Suntec City Mall,
3 Temasek Boulevard

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Lawry's The Prime Rib @ Mandarin Gallery

Ever since Lawry's moved from Paragon to Mandarin Gallery, we have not been there. The place looks much bigger than previously, and is more spacious.

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We were here for brunch on a weekend, and as it was raining there were not much diners here.

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For brunch, we ordered the Signature Prime Rib Brunch (S$88) and the Weekend Brunch (S$88)

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We were recommended this Sake MIO (S$25 per bottle), which is a kind of sparkling sake. This a very delicious and easy to drink sake. Almost like a soft drink, but with the fragrance and taste of sake. Highly recommended.

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The famous original spinning salad, where the server keeps spinning the metal bowl to "spin" out any remaining water from the lettuce.

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Pretty good. The lettuce was fresh and crunchy. I enjoyed their salad dressing too.

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Also ordered a bottle of Vecchia Storia Moscato (S$95 per bottle) to go with the steak.

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Next comes the soup - Cream of Black Truffle Mushroom with Garlic Toast (for Weekend Brunch)

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Before we knew, the chef rolled out the special portable carving station where the beef is freshly sliced in front of diners.

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Yorkshire Pudding, which is baked in small skillet until puffy and golden brown (for Prime Rib Brunch)

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Sides - Idaho Mashed Potatoes, Workshire Pudding and the Lawry's Cut (285g for Prime Rib Brunch). Beef was juicy and we had it medium done. It may not be as good as the popular "Wagyu" grade of beef served elsewhere, but the beef here remained juicy and full of "beefiness".

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Grilled Wagyu Quarter Pounder Burger (for Weekend Brunch). We find this so-so only.

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Dessert Sampler (for Weekend Brunch) - Strawberry English Trifle, Blueberry Yoghurt & Lychee Sorbet.

This place is great for a lazy brunch or relaxing dinner. Good service and rather okay steaks.

Lawry's The Prime Rib
Mandarin Gallery,
333A Orchard Road