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Review for Salt Grill & Sky Bar

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31 Mar 2012
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Dining at Salt Grill during the course of Restaurant Week was a obviously more viable option considering the cost of an ala carte main was almost the same as the cost of the restaurant week dinner. I was initially rather peeved when the staff at the 4th floor reception made us wait 15-20 minutes when the restaurant wasn’t ready yet. So much for bad management.

Bread with Luke Mangan Olive Oil & dukkah

The bread arrived lukewarm at best, while I really hated the brittle crust of both varieties, I resorted to peeling of the crust, and the fluffy bread actually tasted pretty solid when dipped with olive oil and some curry powder, where the experience was practically as good as dipping the bread into the real thing.

Sea Tasting: Tuna, Scallop, Kingfish

The meal started of with a trio of sashimi, which showcased the very best and freshness of Australian produce. My favorite of the three had to be the kingfish which possessed a similar flavor to yellowtail, where its silvery texture paired with the complex and funky flavors of feta was sublime. The lightly seared scallop was juicy and succulent with a hint of green chili for some kick. The wafer thin slice of tuna had some Japanese influence to it with the use of seaweed and wasabi fish roe embodied the clean and extremely fresh flavors of tuna.

Grilled Barramundi, Coconut Broth, Sydney spices

One of the parentals decided to play it safe that night and opt for the seafood choice. The skin of the barramundi was overly charred for my liking, despite the fish being cooked properly. The use of Sydney spices infused in a coconut broth embodied a striking resemblance to Thai green curry, which made the overall dish rather interesting.

Maori Lakes Beef Tenderloin, Grilled with Celeraic Puree, Green Beans

A substantial portion of steak was given for the main which was pretty impressive, considering a quality cut of beef was served. Grilled to the requested doneness of medium rare, the steak had a wonderfully charred flavor on the outside, while the flavorful meat was so good on its on that no sauce was required at all. The restaurant manager kindly offered us a quartet of mustard’s to go along with our steaks, where I chose the French & Horseradish which were actually in fact pretty redundant considering the melt in your mouth steak was already mouthwatering on its own. The base of celeriac puree was a refreshing change from the usual mashed potatoes, where the subtle sweetness of the puree complemented the savoriness of the steak wonderfully. I honestly hate beans, but the crunchy green beans with a rich buttery flavor were actually pretty good. Overall, definitely the better choice of the two.

Luke’s Liquorice Parfait, Lime

The dessert of the day was Luke Mangan’s signature dessert, the Liquorice Parfait. The semi-frozen dessert surprisingly wasn’t as bitter or excessively sweet as other reviews had made it out to be! In fact, the parfait was extremely palatable which the wonderfully balanced flavors, where the zestiness from the lime peel, slices and syrup, neutralized any excessive sugar added. Definitely a rather pleasant dessert, considering it was my virgin attempt sampling liquorice

A choice of Coffee or Tea ( Non-refillable) came with the dessert, where I for a change had a Cappuccino while the parentals had their usually Earl Grey Fix to cleanse and wash all the food down. One of the restaurant managers, a french lady, deserves special mention for her stellar service where she took the time to slowly explain each and every course, asked for feedback and promptly got our glasses refilled without being intrusive. Portion sizes were a little on the small side, besides the steak which I felt was pretty substantial considering the two slabs of goodness were easily 180grams combined. Nonetheless a very pleasant meal overall with great food and great ambiance definitely made a perfect ending to restaurant week.

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Perfect location for special occasions

We had our lunch in this wonderful place 3days ago for my partner's birthday celebration. I've made a reservation a week ahead and one of the staffs (beth) who picked up my call helped me prepare as I've pre ordered a dessert for my partner with customized "happy birthday" words on the plate. We were greeted warmly when we reached the 4th floor reception, we took the lift that was quite dark and when we reached the main area we have to wait a little before someone could attend to us and usher us to our table. As I requested, I was given a window seat with such a perfect view. The food was awesome! We ordered glass Sydney crab omelette, tart of eggplant, barramundi and steak for our mains, ordered wines and latte that goes well with our main course and dessert. I really love this place however some of the service staffs were not so cheerful and no one had bid us goodbye. But overall this is the place you should go if you are looking for a good food with a beautiful ambience.
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Intrusive staff, poor food for price

Having heard good things about the Salt Grill from friends, we decided to try it for out anniversary.  Unfortunately, the view was the only good thing about the place.

We were very unhappy with the service provided by the staff.  We felt that the staff were alway interrupting us at inappropriate moments while we were deep in conversation.  On one occasion, while we were only half-way through our main course, we were interrupted by one staff member asking if we wanted our plates cleared on a Sunday evening when the restaurant was still half empty!  This was only one of the many interruptions that we had to deal with.  While the staff may have been attempting to be attentive, however being interrupted every 5 minutes with pointless questions was too intrusive and spoiled our night.

The food wasn't very good either during our visit.  For a starter, I had the trout tapas, which came with pork crackling.  While the trout was nice, the pork crackling was anemic parody of crackling as it was simply an excercise in chewing, with no flavour whatsoever.  The main courses of duck and red snapper with thai salad were also disappointing.  The fish had little flavour and more than half of it was returned to the kitchen.  The duck wasn't much better.  The only dish that was enjoyable was the Pork croquette starter.

Overall, we felt the evening was ruined by poor service and poor food that was nowhere near value for money.