May 02, 2015

The Royal Mail (TRM) Restaurant & Bar @ Ascott Singapore, Raffles Place ~ Where Delectable Modern British Cuisine Awaits!

As the multitude of footsteps hurried towards Raffles Place mrt station to leave the CBD area during the happy after-6 office hour, I braved mine in the opposite direction and headed for The Ascott Singapore. I was just as happy, because that's where The Royal Mail (TRM) Restaurant & Bar is located and dinner is waiting for me.

In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, TRM is giving a 20% discount off its dinner ala-carte menu everyday from now till 30th May 2015! Woohoo must hurry!

The tranquility within TRM was quite in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city that's right outside. On the ground level is a bar for that much-needed after-work drink, a walk up the stairs leads to the restaurant on level 2 where modern interpretations of classic British cuisine awaits. I heard they're well known for their Roast Prime Ribs ($58, 200g / $72, 280g / $82, 340g). Yes, we are going to come for you!!!

I was pretty much excited about the signature beefy delights, but guess it will have to wait till my next visit upon knowing that TRM has just revamped its menu recently and our dinner will be focused on the new dishes.

But this is not to say that I was disappointed. On the contrary, some of the refreshed offerings delighted me so much that I feel it deserved to be mainstays as well.

Take for instance the Seafood Bouillabaisse ($28) featuring a whole langoustine, red Malabar snapper and Blue Mussel. Though I thought it needed just a little more heat of black pepper to elevate the taste further, the stew itself was undeniably lip-smacking enjoyable in all its loadful of crustacean flavors. The freshness of the seafood medley was also indisputable. It was altogether hearty and wonderful as a warm starter to line the tummy and fire up the appetite.

But if you prefer to start on a lighter note, Trio Of Tomatoes ($18) with Bocconcini (egg-sized Mozzarella cheese), and Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio & Tuna ($26) would make good choices. The former could be deemed a tad pricey for its portion and simplicity, but quality of the latter was worth every single penny.

Oh, and if the waiter comes around with a basket of complimentary Gruyere Cheese Bread, do not resist, do not reject. You will be thankful for its warm and soft fluffiness and will hanker for it before the next round comes (we all did :p).

Porcini & Bacon Risotto ($32) was the one dish which I did not enjoy that evening, it being excessively creamy and leaving me with a dreaded surfeit feel even with just a few spoonfuls. But for the rest of the main courses which I tried, each has its own merits.

I especially liked the Honey Glazed Kurobuta Pork ($56), a generous slab of premium meaty goodness which was cooked to just the ideal juicy texture and bite. Those parts where luscious fats abounded were even better, filling my mouth with a savory richness which was tamed by delicate sweetness of the accompanying apple butter sauce. The carnivore in me would unhesitatingly recommend this for the carnivore in you.

Another addition to the new menu which had the whole table swooning over was the Miso Black Cod ($42). With beautifully snow-white meat and subtle flavors, cod is an easy-to-like fish to begin with. When executed to moist, melt-in-the-mouth tenderness and paired with Japanese miso, seaweed butter and leek fondue with a sprinkling of bonito flakes, it was like a match made in heaven and to say the entire union is sublime would be an understatement.

The Whole Roasted Japanese Yellow Sea Bream
($78) will appeal to you who prefer a greater intensity of flavors from herbs and spices.

Desserts definitely did not take a backseat at TRM, but are scene-stealers in their own right. Just look at the Peanut Butter Jelly ($18) with toasted brioche, cranberry jelly, chocolate ganache and caramelised banana, it even came with an edible "dessert spoon"! So pretty!

Sticky Date Pudding ($18) with vanilla Brandy sauce, Eton Mess ($18) a traditional English dessert consisting of strawberries, meringue, hazelnut crunch, salted caramel with Devon cream made a sweet end to our meal too, but my favorite among all has to be the Bergamot Earl Grey Jelly ($15). Refreshing frozen yoghurt, tangy passionfruit coulis and macerated berries uplifted with a hint of bergamot and the lingering tea fragrance of earl grey jelly, this is one dessert to live for.

Given the more than satisfying dining experience at The Royal Mail, a return visit is almost warranted. Whether it's for the Weekday Set Lunch ($35/$38), or Ala-carte Dinner Menu (20% off from now till 30th May 2015), I would say it's indeed good value for our money considering the food quality rendered. Brave through the CBD crowd again? No problem at all :p

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar
Address: The Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green, Singapore 049247
Contact: +65 6509 3589

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri Breakfast 6.30am-10.30am / Lunch 12pm-3pm / Dinner 6.30pm-11pm
Sat Breakfast 7am-11am / Lunch closed / Dinner 6.30pm-11pm
Sun & Public Holidays Breakfast 7am-11am / Lunch closed / Dinner closed

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