Thursday, December 21, 2006

Top of the 'M' Revolving Restaurant

Standing at about 173 metres about Orchard Road, Top of the 'M' Revolving Restaurant is one of two revolving restaurants in Singapore and it also happens to be the highest. Mention Top of the 'M' and most people will have heard of it. That goes to show how strong the brand is. But we are not here to talk about branding or top of mind recall. Its food we are concerned about. So I took half a day off work and got my gf to accompany me for lunch at this much talked about restaurant.

The express lift zooms you right up to the observation deck (38th floor) where you have to walk up a flight of steps to reach Top of the 'M', which is on the 39th floor. Floor to ceiling windows and classy black glass tables with high back chairs greet you and sweeping views of the areas surrounding Orchard Road are offered. Simply breathtaking. The restaurant, as it name suggests, rotates at a slow, almost unnoticeable pace and allows views all round. But I had a slight grouse about this. The rotating mechanism didn't seem very smooth. There were times when I could feel the restaurant jerking, albeit slightly. Still it got quite annoying after a while. After some deliberation, I had a 3 course set lunch which included a salad, main, dessert and coffee/tea while my gf had the 2 course set lunch which came with a soup and main.

The complimentary bread was served and I found the bread extremely crispy, which made it a little difficult to bite into at times because the bread crumbs would just start dropping all over. Coupled with the smooth and light butter, it makes for a great snack.

My salad was the La Caesar Salade au Magret de Canard Fume et Brioche Grillee - Caesar Salad with smoked Duck Breast and toasted Brioche. The greens were fresh and the almond shavings added a nice touch to the salad. No more need to be said about the slices of Pigeon except that they were fantastic. Lightly smoked with no discernible fowl taste yet tasty and soft. Even my gf found it good! My gf's Bisque de Homard - Lobster Bisque Scented with Cognac and a Dash of Dill Snow, was extremely flavourful, although I couldn't really taste the cognac. The soup did seem a little runny as well. However, there were small slices of lobster in the soup to give it that extra chew factor.

My main was the Cassoulet de Canard - Confit of Duck Leg slowly cooked in a White Bean Stew. The duck was done medium well and responded very well to my fork. Getting the meat off the bone was as easy as slicing through butter with a knife. The fowl taste was very distinguishable though and it proved a little too strong for me at times. As for the white beans, I honestly have never tried or even heard of them, but they tasted and looked to me like those Heinz baked beans you buy from the supermarket, minus the soft exterior and tomato sauce. The white beans were hard on the exterior and tasted bland. My gf's Bar de Ligne Roti, Puree d'Aubergine au Caviar, Sauce au Cidre - Oven Baked Wild Seabass, Eggplant Puree with Caviar and Apple Cider Sauce was a much better bet. The fish was baked till the skin was hard and crispy, while the meat remained soft, moist and sweet. A feat if you ask me! The accompanying Apple Cider Sauce was a little creamy yet light on the palate. A good combination indeed! The Egg Plant Puree tasted a little smokey but a pity the Caviar didn't stand out.

Dessert for me was Top of the 'M''s signature Black Forest cake. You get to choose your dessert from a tray of desserts that is pushed to your table by the way. The cake was moist with the berries a little sweet, which is very appealing to people who have a sweet tooth. The whipped cream was also minimal, which allowed the Black Forest cake to really shine. I prefer this rendition to the one at The Chocolate Factory.

Lunch for 2 pax cost a respectable $84.45. In case you are thinking that it's expensive, it actually isn't. More than $20 went to the drinks, which is a total waste of money (just ask for ice water). So that brings down the meal to about $60-$65, which is a good deal considering the food, ambience and service. I must mention that the service is attentive and excellent. Try it if you are in the area. As for me, lunch beckons again.



Stairway to the top



View from the top



View from the top II



Interior



The lunch menu



Fruit Punch



Complimentary bread



Bisque De Homard



Salad with Pigeon meat



The Seabass



The Confit of Duck Leg



Pinkish duck meat



Take your pick of dessert



Top of the M's signature Black Forest cake



The bill




Final Verdict:
Ambience:8.5/10
Service:8/10
Food:7/10
Value for money:7/10

Overall:7.625/10

Address:39th floor, Main Tower
Meritus Mandarin Singapore, 333 Orchard Road.

Contact:68316258/88

Notes: If anyone needs the menu, just leave your email in my chatbox.

60 comments:

icewine said...

Hi. I came over from KT and before visiting your site, I was filled with dubious sense, thinking that you were merely trying to promote your blog.

But what I saw here is really awesome, I like the way you write, and I really enjoy the recommendations. It seems you are quite a gourmet. Keep it up, I really appreciate the reviews.


~Bianca

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Just wondering how's the dinner's like and also its pricing. Coz i'm considering treating my friend at the restaurant on his birthday.

Thanks,
Michelle

Angel_Paradise said...

can u send me the menu at stressygal1986@yahoo.com.sg ? Best before today 12noon.

Angel_Paradise said...

thks ^^

fatpig said...

Hi Bianca, thanks for your compliment :)

Michelle: sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. Cheapest dinner is at $88+++/pax. If you need more information, maybe you can post in my shoutbox instead of here? Cause Blogger doesn't really inform me of any new comments. Thanks! :)

angel: sorry didn't see your comment as well. Will email it to you now. Cheers :)

musicguy said...

Do you mind sending me the menu (if u still have!) at musicguy_@hotmail.com ? Appreciated and thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Hi.. can u send me the menu at yongsiang17@hotmail.com.. appreciated and thanks a lot :)

yxr said...

can send me the menu @ nqb_86@hotmail.com ? thanks. appreciate.

Weiwei said...

can send me the menu @ superbread_man@hotmail.com ? thxs!

Anonymous said...

hi can i have the menu too?

noel_is_@hotmail.com

a million thanks

Pyromaniac said...

Hey :),

I've become a big fan of your blog over time. I was thinking of taking my girlfriend to this restaurant on her birthday. Could you please email me the menu so that I can have a look?

My email add is monkey86@gmail.com

Thanks a lot and keep posting :)

fatpig said...

Hi all,
sorry didn't see all your comments. Have already emailed out the menus. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hey. same here. You help is much needed please mail me the menu of this restaurant cos Im thinking of bring my gf there on vday.

eugene.tann@gmail.com

thank you very much!

eugene.

fatpig said...

Sent! :)

Anonymous said...

hi bro,
do you still have the menu? im going there for a dinner.. if u still have it kindly pls send me at andy_yew15@hotmail.com thx u^^

andyew

fatpig said...

Sent! :)

Anonymous said...

can send me the menu pls? thanks!
july_xia@hotmail.com

fatpig said...

Sent! :D

Jia Lin said...

hey here, i like how you blog on the restaruants u visited, it really gives a good review on what we should expect, gj! oh can you send me the menu to me at yeojialin_86@hotmail.com ? thks alot!

Timothy said...

Hi, thanks for the helpful review. I would like to have the menu for this restaurant. Kindly email me at harvested@gmail.com. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

fatpig said...

Sent! sorry I took so long to notice your post.

ping said...

can send the menu to me also... kohweiping@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

is the lunch menu the same everyday?
dun mind can send mi to phantomopera11@gmail.com tks

fatpig said...

Sent folks! Please leave a msg in the shoutbox for any requests as it would be easier for me to see. Thanks! :D

Tricia said...

Hi can send me the menu at shwu_h@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

hi nice review there u got, dont mind can u send me the menu to nlocnil120@hotmail.com
thanks a million =)

Anonymous said...

Hi can u send mi the menu @ sky_black_black@yahoo.com.sg?

Thks...

Anonymous said...

Hi, can you also send me the menu to plueye@yahoo.com.sg?
Thanks in advance!!! Thanks.

huang said...

Would you please send me the menu? Many thanks!
My email: iamvicky@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

hihi,

can you send me the menu at lalaq@singnet.com.sg?

Thanks, Jay

Jeremy said...

Hi could you send me the menu at cktalon@gmail.com
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi, could you send me the menu at bubbly_oinks@yahoo.com? Thank you so much!

DingJie said...

hi, can i have the copy of the menu? angdingjie@hotmail.com

Xiao^Dom said...

Hi can you send me the menu at dgoh_carnage@hotmail.com? Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi can you send me the menu? ;) qwerty_guy88@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

hi can you send me the menu? ;) epk2007@gmail.com

fatpig said...

epk2007, please check your email :)

Anonymous said...

Hi can send me the menu to thavamalar_mohan@hotmail.com.. thanks...

Rance said...

Hi could you email me the menu? Many thanks. email is moreau360@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi can you please send me the menu?
My email address is padipanda@hotmail.com

hurtzsnow said...

hi. i donno y i cant leave my email in ur chaterbox.
anyway do email mi the menu at xi4o_angel@hotmail.com. hanks.

kl said...

can you send the menu to jiektrade@gmail.com

fatpig said...

Sent!

Anonymous said...

can send me the menu @ bluesky_206@yahoo.com? thanks

fatpig said...

Hi Anonymous, Top of the M will close end of the month so I don't think their menus are valid now.

Anonymous said...

hey can you send me the menu pls?
smileey.mmuffin@gmail.com

thanks! :)

fatpig said...

Hi anonymous, top of the M has closed for renovations =)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Can I have the menu for top of the M restaurant?
garytanbw@yahoo.com.sg

star said...

Hi... I would like to have the menu also. you mind send over to me? thiniking to surprise my bf by bringing him there.. thanks. my email is : starry_luvstar@hotmail.com

nadbe11e said...

hi,could u pls email me their menu is possible.
pc_gurL11@hotmail.com
naddz

me said...

can i have the menu at alphadiablo@yahoo.com thanks!

me said...

can i have the menu at alphadiablo@yahoo.com? thanks!

Anonymous said...

Can pass me the menu?
sim_m_f@hotmail.com
Thank a lot!!

Anonymous said...

Hi...could you send me the menu? Thanks! My email: chongster2003@hotmail.com

fatpig said...

Hi everyone, Top of the M has closed.

Leion said...

Top of the M has closed down? OR is it still open? Anyone can confirm?

fatpig said...

Hi Leion,

as of now, it's closed. Chatterbox has taken over its space.

Leion said...

Thank you for your fast response :)

reign said...

is it open on april?planning to have my bday there.

fatpig said...

Hi reign,

I believe Top of the M has closed for good.