13 Jul 2013

Food Find: Surprise in Nature

In case you're wondering why I love food so much (& this appear to be more of a food blog than a fashion blog), it's simply because I am a great lover of enjoying relationships through food. Culinary skills, creativity and mere divine taste of cuisines is simply one of the best luxuries one can enjoy in life. 

In June, I brought the boy to Botanical Gardens to have his birthday meal after doing tons of research on steakhouses, italian food, french food and more. The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens- rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor in Singapore (!!) is more than a surprise. And I'm just about to reveal why they deserve no less than that. 

Starter: House-cured salmon, English mustard, kipfler potato, cucumber and toasted rye

Mayura Station Wagyu beef carpaccio with frisee, parmesan and truffle oil

Halia chilli crab, spaghettini, spring onion, egg

Apple and pear crumble, salted caramel ice cream
(literally a crumble)
Carrot cake, walnut crumble, black olive, cream cheese ice cream
The food is amazing. And better still with wine. If you think cured salmon is just ordinary smoked salmon, think again. Wagyu, steak, chili crab, oysters... You name it, they have it- better. I can't say more about how I appreciate food art as it makes everything look too good to be eaten up, and Halia's great at it. My heart melted when I put the morsels in my mouth to enjoy their goodness.

I especially like how the dishes come with layers of taste that you won't get bored of till the last bit. Take the starters for example, every single ingredient has a different taste! Really make the whole dish so much more unique and delish. 

The only thing I can possibly complain is that the crumble was indeed quite a crumble (but still yum). The service standard is remarkable and they do remember customers' names. The best thing? Set menus are pretty affordable and the offering is good too. 

We took a stroll around the garden before heading out for rest of the day. If it was cooler, we might have considered an impromptu picnic. Also, we didn't manage to sight the ancient tree printed on the Singapore 5 dollar notes, which would be quite fun. 

That being said, I'm already planning a visit back, this time with a bigger appetite. 

The Halia @ SBG
Ginger Garden @ Singapore Botanic Garden, 1 Cluny Road S259569

The Halia @ Raflles Hotel
#01-22/23 1 Beach Road S189673

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