October 12, 2012

The Sleeping Rhino... Yawnzzz...

** Guest Post by BFF **

It’s SINGAPORE RESTAURANT WEEK! Relatively valued priced 3-course set meals for both lunch and dinner across Singapore! This will be a first of a three part review of the participating restaurants.

First stop! The Sleeping Rhino! Located in Klapsons Hotel (be sure to check out the hotel lobby), The Sleeping Rhino is a bistro-styled restaurant serving local and European casual dining.

Hot Steamy Buns (no pun intended). This bread roll served piping hot has hints of dried shrimp infused in the bread, creating an interesting unami flavour usually not associated with this deceptively simple looking roll.

Roasted Mushroom Soup. Hot thick creamy soup with drops of truffle oil. By using roasted mushroom, the flavours of the soup is further intensified and concentrated.

Roasted Almond-Crusted Salmon Fillet
. Salmon fillet served on a bed of vegetables and mash potatoes. Unfortunately this dish had too many things gone wrong. Mash potatoes tasted exactly like KFC mash potatoes right down to the sauce, fish was over cook resulting in a chalky flaky texture. The almonds did nothing in terms of flavour to the dish and there was just a confusing mix of mustard sauce on top and white cream sauce at the bottom. Strangely we could not find the basil pesto sauce as described in the menu.

Double-Cooked Pork Rib
. Pork ribs coated with chef’s secret BBQ sauce, served with vegetables and mash potatoes (KFC styled). Cooked to the right doneness, the meat was tender but yet firm enough to gnaw it off the bone which I feel is the best way to appreciate ribs. The secret sauce was slightly caramelized on the ribs providing a nice sweet and tangy flavor to the ribs.

House Tiramisu. Decent average tasting tiramisu, nothing really to shout about here.

Overall it was a disappointing start to our restaurant week. My partner and I left the place feeling short changed as the portions were small and the food was just average at best. It felt like we had just eaten at café-cartel but instead at $35++ per pax.

The Sleeping Rhino @ Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel

Address: 15 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089316
Contact: +65 6521 9000
Website: http://www.klapsons.com/dining.php
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 7am - 10.30pm / Sun & Public Holiday 7am - 11am

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