Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sky on 57 II - Adieu To Our Favourite Chicken Rice

Sky 57 has closed for good (since June 2017) so I thought I would remember the place by doing a writeup on our not too recent weekend lunch experience. 

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The Place

We got a semi private table in one of the partially enclosed corners so it was nice and quiet with a great view of the surroundings.

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Complimentary Bread

We were offered 2 rolls this time round; a baguette and a bun topped with furikake. The latter was interesting but both were merely stop gap measures in staving off our hunger.

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Tomyum Infused Pumpkin Velouté

Relatively spicy (for me at least) but creamy with a touch of sweetness from the pumpkin. Shreds of blue swimmer crab provided an alternative texture. Pretty good.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté

This was as good as I remembered it to be. Mildly sweet yet savoury without coming across as too nauseating. Coupled with a generous serving of crunchy artichoke cubes and crisp, very buttery croutons. One word. Delicious.

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Organic Egg

A wobbly egg with an oozing center served with iberico pork belly, mushrooms, chives, potato espuma, truffle butter and rice krispies; an explosion of texture from creamy to chewy to crispy. Flavours were very good too; mildly savoury, salty and earthy with the smooth finish from the egg yolk. Only small gripe I had was that the rice krispies seemed a wee bit stale.

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JQ’s Signature

JQ's signature foie gras xiao long bao didn't quite live up to it's name in this instance. Although I thought the flavours were good (though a touch muted), unlike our previous visit, the skin was overly dry and juices were a little lacking. A case of inconsistency?

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Singapore "Sakura" Chicken Rice

The chicken rice wasn't in the lunch set and they had to make an exception (thankfully at no extra charge). The breast meat (as per our request) was very tender and moist with minimal fat under the skin whilst the rice came across as fragrant but not too oily. Very good!

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Bill

We didn't quite take to their desserts during our last visit so we skipped it this time round. Service was good and we're really going to miss the chicken rice.


Final Verdict: (CLOSED)

Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7/10 (8/10 for the chicken rice)
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 7.25/10

Address: Sands SkyPark, Tower 1, Level 57

Contact: 6688 8857

Opening Hours:

Breakfast:
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 11:00am

Lunch:
Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm - 2:30pm

High Tea:
Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner:
Daily 6:00pm - 10:30pm
(Dinner is served exclusively indoors.)

Flight Bar & Lounge
Sunday - Thursday 6:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday 6:00pm - 3:00am
Last order for bar bites at 1:00am

Website: http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/sky-on-57.html (CLOSED)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gunther's Restaurant Part Deux - Excellent Food Generally But Watch Out For The Prices

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A revisit 8 years in the making. And here we were, finally. Somehow we had never really made it to Chef's Gunther Hubreschen's eponymous restaurant because of all the new and "exciting" restaurants that had been popping up ceaselessly in the last decade or so.

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Interior

The restaurant is divided into 2 dining areas and we were seated in the one with windows. Tables are spaced comfortably apart but due to the enclosed nature of the room, private conversations can be challenging unless one speaks in hushed tones (that's assuming the adjourning tables extend the same courtesy as well).

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Daily Specials

On a tray and alive (at least the lobster was). I like how the wait staff goes to every table with this platter and introduces the daily specials (Morton's used to do this until they got acquired by Landry's - shame really). 

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Complimentary Bread & Amuse Bouche

Things got off to a decent start with the complimentary bread; warm and crusty baguette served with a side of salty butter. Would personally prefer a fatter baguette though as that would highlight the contrast between the soft interior and crusty outside. 

Amouse bouche was a singular prawn tempura with a dollop of mayonnaise. The batter came across as light but a little excessive so no great shakes.

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Cold Angel Hair Pasta, Oscietra Caviar

One of Gunther's signature dishes and rightfully so, the decadent Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar. Served chilled, the pasta, doused with truffle oil and finely diced porcini mushrooms, came across as aromatic and al dente with a smorgasbord of flavours; savoury with a hint of saltiness and fishiness from the prized caviar. A most excellent dish.

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Daily Special #1

White asparagus was in season so we had it with morel mushrooms. Moist and tender with a rich nutty and earthy flavour from the morel mushrooms; simple yet delicious.

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Daily Special #2

Hokkaido scallops, shaved truffle and angel hair pasta; it sounded absolutely "droolicious". Well it sure would have made for a magical combination if the scallops (huge by the way) had a more robust sweetness to them. The angel hair pasta came across as warm and firm (though a little less al dente than the previous dish of chilled pasta with caviar) while the light butter sauce provided a nice creaminess with a fleeting hint of the earth from the truffle shavings.

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Roasted Rack Of Black Pig, Gratin Potato, Forestiere

Another of Gunther's signature dish, the Roasted Rack of Black Pig was very well done with a good fat to meat ratio; juicily tender and flavourful with just a dash of salt and pepper. Served with a token of mushrooms and tempura long bean on a bed of roasted gooey cheese. Nothing too complicated and absolutely delicious.

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Fine Apple Tart “à la dragée”, Havana Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Yet another of Gunther's signature and with good reason. Suitably sweet apple puree enveloped within a ridiculously crisp and thin shell sprinkled with a generous serving of crushed nuts and served with a scoop of rather strong rum and raisin ice cream. Definitely one of the best rendition of apple tart I've had in recent years.

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Petit Fours

To end off, petit fours to further cram our already bursting tummies. Decent.

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Bill

Food overall came across as grounded; nothing fanciful and generally excellent. Prices are a little dear though, at close to $395 for the both of us. But well worth the money in my humble opinion (if only for a special occasion!). Service was personable and unpretentious so that's another plus. Definitely coming back!

ps: Please note that portion sizes reflected in the pictures above are half portions as the both of us were sharing. So to have an idea of the actual portion size, just double it up.


Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 8/10 (9/10 for the Cold Angel Hair Pasta, Oscietra Caviar)
Value for money: 7/10

Overall: 7.5/10

Address: 36 Purvis Street #01-03

Contact: 6338 8955

Opening Hours:

Mondays – Fridays
12pm – 2:30pm
6:30pm – 10:00pm

Saturdays
6:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed on Sunday

Website: http://www.gunthers.com.sg/