December 17, 2015

Salt Tapas & Bar By Luke Mangan @ Raffles City ~ Make It A King Feast This New Year's Eve!

Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan (Ion Orchard) offers one of the best views for high in the sky fine dining in Singapore, but for a more casual and boisterous meal experience, its sister restaurant Salt Tapas & Bar (Raffles City) would be just as fantastic.

(Read: Salt Grill & Sky Bar By Luke Mangan @ Ion Orchard ~ Quality Modern Australian Cuisine With Fantastic View)

PinkyPiggu was belly happy to have a preview of Salt Tapas' King Feast NYE Menu which is only available for one day only on 31st December 2015! Feast on the seafood centric King Of The Sea or be satiated by King Of The Land for carnivore you? It could be a very tough choice, as both menus have its own merits to boast of.

Each King Of The Sea ($100++ per pax) and King Of The Land ($80++ per pax) menu comprises of a 4-course set with a Starter, light Second Course, a carb dish of Paella, before rounding off with a substantial serving of Main Dish. The items are not available ala-carte and are specially created for this year-end occasion.

For a start, the intense crustacean flavors of the Prawn Butter (Sea) had already captured more hearts than the comparatively delicate Bacon Bone Marrow Butter (Land). Both were great with grilled sourdough, though I prefer the latter just a notch more for its subtle aftertaste and slightly creamier and buttery texture.

Next up, Australian Coffin Bay Oyster (Sea) that was served warmed with a savory Asian-style soy scallion dressing. It worked okay for me as I don't really fancy the briny raw taste, but I wondered about the acceptance level of oysters aficionados who are used to enjoying it cold and unadultered.

The immaculately seared Duck Foie Gras (Land) was definitely pleasing with its lovely crust on the outer and fatty richness upon each bite.

Ooh I must say the paellas were utterly delish! The rice grains were executed to the right consistency and the flavors of both Lobster Paella (Sea) and Spatchcock Mushroom Cepe Paella (Land) were spot right on.

Those chunks of succulent lobster meat which paired exceeding well with the tangy, lightly-spiced rice infused with saffron were well, simply too easy to love.

Though the mushroom paella lose out in terms of aesthetics compared to its lobster counterpart, it was an overall winner for its luscious earthy aroma that enveloped the entire palate. So addictive and umami! There was nothing to fault of the tender chicken pieces too, and the moisture level of the entire dish was just about right. I must say this is one of the best paellas I ever had.

We thought the char-grilled whole Rainbow Trout (Sea) was a head turner, until the humongous Boiled Brown Crab (Sea) made its way to our table, drawing envious glances from other tables along the way.

Though the fish came across as a tad dry, it was made more palatable with garlic dill dip.

The crab tasted as good as it looked with naturally sweet flesh and an abundance of roe. It felt a bit unglam to be tackling the whole crab with bare hands as it is not atypical in a western cuisine establishment, but we enjoyed it neverheless.

Wagyu Sirloin (Land) and Spatchcock Confit (Land) rounded up the courses for the evening, but it somehow didn't feel complete as desserts are not included in the set. Thankfully, we can still order the awesome Churros with Chocolate Sauce ($14) from the ala-carte menu.

If you were to ask me which of the two menu would be my pick, it would slant towards the land side a bit more. But as each set menu require a minimum of two persons to dine, what if couples have differing preferences? My female dining companion quipped, "Let the girl decide. Girls always win!". Oops sorry guys! Haha!

My simple solution: Gather more friends, order both sets, and share the love around. Let us all feast like kings to usher in a brand new year!

King Feast SEA 4-course Set Menu 
  • Price: $100++ per pax
  • Starters: Grilled Sourdough with Prawn Butter
  • First Course: Warm Oyster with Soy Scallion Dressing
  • Second course: Lobster Paella
  • Main course
  1. Boiled Brown Crab with Chipotle Tartare, Crab-infused Clarified Butter with Chives and Garlic & Ponzu Dressing
  2. Char-grilled Rainbow Trout with Garlic Dill Dip

King Feast LAND 4-course Set Menu
  • Price: $80++ per pax
  • Starter: Grilled Sourdough with Bacon Bone Marrow Butter
  • First Course: Seared Foie Gras with Sherry Eschalot Vinegar
  • Second Course: Spatchcock Mushroom Cepe Paella
  • Main Course
  1. Wagyu Sirloin with Smoked Beef Jus
  2. Spatchcock Confit with Thyme & Garlic served with Grilled Asparagus with Saffron Rouille on the side.

Both set menus require a minimum of 2 persons to dine.
Salt Tapas & Bar New Year's Eve Menu is available on 31st December from 6pm to 10.30pm.
Reservations are required for New Year’s menu and pre-orders are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Salt Tapas & Bar By Luke Mangan
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Contact: +65 6837 0995
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm / Sun & PH 11.30am-10pm

Prices stated are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

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