Dinner @ Restaurant Ember

November 14, 2012 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

Truth be told, I’ve been wanting to check Ember out for the longest while. But as time went by, I forgot as Ember got pushed further down in my long list of bookmarks. Till I read about Ember recently on The Straits Times. And thankfully I was able to make a reservation for Monday evening when I called on Saturday.

It’s a 15 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT. I will actually recommend coming here by public transport as it may be a challenge to find a parking lot in front of the shophouses.

And from the menu (which by the way gave us a really hard time cause we wanted to try everything!), my 2 girlfriends and I ordered the set dinner and a few a la carte:-

1) 4-course set dinner, $85 comprised of:-

(A) Pan seared scallops wrapped with parma ham, orange and tarragoh vinaigrette (above) – The Hokkaido scallops (1 of the choices for the set dinner menu) was no longer available. However, we were told we could replace it with the normal scallops (from the a la carte) which we were more than happy to! It could be because it’s served as appetizer portion under the set menu, there were only 2 pieces. The scallops which were fresh, looked deceivingly small wrapped with a strip of parma ham.

(B) Pan roasted foie gras with fried maitake, porcini sauce, 1 hr poached egg and truffle salt (above) – I really like this! From the melt-in-your-mouth foie gras which had a little crunch from the salt to the nicely cooked mushroom that was placed at the side. This also came with a very thin slice of deep-fried parma ham which we were told to break into smaller pieces to consume with the poached egg. Nice!!! Definitely a must try. We saved a portion of the foie gras to be eaten with the york. Yum!

(C) 12 hour cooked pork belly with savoy cabbage, apple purée and spiced calvados sauce (above) – This was an impressive dish upon presented. The sight of a long strip of pork belly with its golden crispy crackling. Visual look, check! There’re 3 sauces to dip the meat into. 1 of which came in a test tube. Interesting. We were told to pour the sauce at the side, instead of over the pork belly to prevent the skin from becoming soggy. The meat is tender and an absolute delight to eat. Taste, check! A must try!!!

(D) Warm valrhona chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream (above) – The melted chocolate oozed out slightly as we sliced the chocolate cake into two. Dark chocolate is used which is a little bitter for my preference, but a joy to my girlfriend.

2) Pan seared foie gras with caramelized apple and clove, port and raspberry glaze, $25 (above) – Of the 2 dishes of foie gras, I prefer the other in terms of taste although the 2 dishes proved the chef’s consistency in dishing out melt-in-your-mouth foie gras.

3) Crispy tofu with foie gras-mirin sauce, white truffle oil, $17 (above) – We would not have ordered this, had it not been for the waitress who strongly recommended this. Cause frankly, who would have thought tofu can taste so good! Slightly crispy on the outside and silky soft on the inside. This Japanese influenced dish was so good! A must try.

4) Cold angel hair pasta with konbu and shaved abalone, $32 (above) – This dish was surprisingly delicious. 1 of my girlfriends is hot for pasta, and we are glad we listened to her. So, so good! Every mouthful was flavourful. The cold pasta, which was served on a bed of sliced abalones, went extremely well with the kelp. We almost wanted to order second for this. It’s so good. A must try!

5) Angel hair pasta with sakura ebi and lobster oil, $27 (above) – This was what our waitress called the hot pasta. However, this dish was a let down. The pasta was dry despite supposedly tossed in lobster oil and slightly hard.

6) Marinated cod with black miso and herbed potatoes, $32 (above) – The cod was fresh, but I felt the sweet marinate overwhelmed the sweet taste of fresh cod by a little.

7) Crispy caramelized pear tart with homemade bailey ice cream, $13 (above) – This is another delight! It was non-stop attacking of the flaky pastry topped with the not-too-sweet pear and crumbs for me! I like!

I’m highly recommending Ember for their food and service. Though it was a little hard to get their attention to place our orders, we finally understood when it got to our turn. The staff is patient and gave her recommendations once she saw us hesitating when we were not sure which (more) appetisers to go for. Haha.

One incident stood out which made our efforts to make reservation all worth it. Behind our table is another for 4. The tables are arranged such that when 1 moved their leather armchair back, there’s sufficient space to not bump into the person sitting behind. However, a 5th person turned up unannounced to the restaurant. As arranging another bulky chair will either block the passageway or leave no space for us to get out, the restaurant got her those red plastic stool. As I was seated right behind them with my bag on the empty chair (since there were 3 of us), I suggested to the waitress to exchange the leather seat (which had my bag) with the lady’s plastic stool. But the staff went, “No, it’s okie. She chose to came unannounced. Had she called at least 10 minutes earlier, we could have arranged a bigger table. We’re restaurant, not cafe.” The staff was nowhere arrogant as she said that. In fact, she earned my full respect. It made us, the other diners who made the effort to call, special and exclusive.

50 Keong Saik Road, Hotel 1929, Singapore
6347 1928, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
* Closed on Sun
Service: 9