Singapore Restaurant Week was held from 18-24 Mar 2013. Took the chance to visit Salt grill & Sky bar since they are situated on top of ION Orchard which boosted fantastic view.
Last year I had visited their sister restaurant, the more casual outfit – Salt Tapas & Bar and quite enjoyed the tapas dishes although I find the price slightly costly.
Good to make use of the opportunity during Singapore Restaurant Week for dinner at their full fledge restaurant for a pocket-friendly price of $55++ per person for a 3-course meal.
The reception of Salt grill & Sky bar is located on level 4 of the ION Orchard shopping mall. There is a lift lobby specially catered for restaurant guests.
The full glass fascade of the extended high ceiling of the dining hall allows one to enjoy an expansive view of Singapore’s night sky (though most of the main hall faces away from Orchard and financial skyscrapers area).
Other than the 3-course meal we additionally ordered an appetizer – Pan seared scallops, black pudding sausage, crushed peas, red wine reduction. The 4 slices of scallops cost $32. The scallops were much thinner and wasn’t as juicy as I expected thou the crushed peas were soft and not mushy.
From the restaurant week dinner menu, we had the following:
- Chicken liver foie gras parfait, truffled butter, toasted brioche – generous portion of the smooth foie gras parfait.
- Crab omelette, pickled enoki salad, miso mustard broth – mildly warm broth covering the light and fluffy omelette.
- Maori lakes tenderloin, blue cheese pressed potato, spinach, red wine jus – very smokey char-grilled taste, juicy tenderloin
- Crispy skinned salmon, crushed potato, summer vegetables – my fav dish for the evening, the outer rim of the flesh was crispy and well-cooked while there was still a tinge of pinkish flesh at the centre of the salmon keeping it slightly raw.
- Salt grill dessert tasting plate – wasn’t told what was the first sorbet, had brownie next and creme brulee last. Only enjoyed the creme brulee.
- Floating island, Frangelico anglaise – taste like fruits with yoghurt
With 2 glasses of wine, the above meal for 2 pax cost close to $200 during restaurant week promotion, which is quite reasonable.
During normal days, there is a minimum spend per person: weekday lunch $40; weekend lunch, holiday lunch and dinner $60. Don’t think its a problem for any one having dinner there since I would estimate that it will cost an average of $120 per pax for a 3-course meal (ala carte menu) w/o alcoholic drinks. Their degustation course is much more reasonable at $140 per person.
Somehow I prefer the food at the Tapas place compared to their restaurant. In addition, for the price to pay for a meal at the restaurant (non promo price), I would think that there are many other places which are more worthy.
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