August 01, 2013

Black Pepper Lobster and Hotpot Feast @ STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar, Bay Hotel

PinkyPiggu is back again at STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar, this time to enjoy a scrumptious Black Pepper Lobster and Hotpot Feast!

The most extravagantly celebrated event every August has to be the birthday of the nation! As we wait in anticipation for the dazzling display of fireworks in celebration of Singapore's 48th year of independence which is approaching soon, STREET 50 has already launched a special commemoratory dish, Black Pepper Lobster ($48++) which is just as spectacular in its own ways.

Available from now till August 11, 2013, the Black Pepper Lobster is a global twist to the the local favorite, black pepper crab, with the use of a whole Carribbean lobster instead. I'm a non-fan of black pepper crabs as the usually dry peppery coat does not really resonate well with my palate, but this lobster rendition is dressed in a robust Chinese-style black pepper gravy made from fresh black peppercorns. It won me over effortlessly.

Wok-fried to perfection, the meaty and succulent pieces of lobster flesh goes fragrantly well with the gravy and accompanying white rice. I couldn't stop nibbling on the fresh gingko nuts which more than fulfilled its duty as a show stealing side. On the whole, this is a very delicious creation not to be missed!

The black pepper lobster is perfect for two persons, but if you have a hearty appetite like me and my dining companion, perhaps you would want to order a round of Hotpot & Asahi Beer Dinner ($50++) too.

Available as an ongoing promotion, it includes a hotpot set of Premium Meat Platter, Premium Seafood Platter, Vegetable Platter, Noodles and a bucket of 10 mini cans of Asahi Super Dry Beer. Portions are generous enough for 2 persons to share.

The array of ingredients was brimming with freshness! I would say it's a very worthy match to the clear yet tasty Imperial Chicken Broth which had been painstakingly boiled for 5 hours.

I also tried the other soup base option, Siamese Luck, a Tom Yum broth which will suit the tastebuds of those who like it fiery hot. Made from all natural ingredients, the mixture of chilli padi, lime leaves, dried shrimps, blue ginger, chicken, lemongrass, coriander leaf and root resulted in a broth that is intensely thick, rich and heat inducing.

A wide assortment of dipping sauces are available to complement the hotpot. Boring me prefers to stick to the coriander chilli, but nothing's stopping you from concocting your own unique combination. :)

An air of chinoiserie chic is evoked with these intricate mini cauldrons in which the hotpot is served. So exquisitely lovely in their royal blue and yellow shades, we got one each for our individual dining pleasure. No more worries of what I've placed in the pot will go missing again haha.

Overall, it was a quiet and enjoyable evening at STREET 50, completed with delicious food.

Thanks to the team at Craft Communications for the invitation.

STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar
Address: 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828
Contact: +65 6818 6681
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 6am to 4am

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