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18 May 2014
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Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ ION Orchard

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http://www.thefoodnomads.com/2014/05/18/salt-grill-sky-bar-ion-orchard/

Salt Grill & Sky Bar, renowned for its sky high dining experience at the highest point on Orchard Road, presents several new changes to its establishment and menu headed by Executive Chef Mathew Leighton. Specialising in modern Australian cuisine and executed with celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s signature touch, diners can expect a menu of new and favourite familiar items in a newly renovated restaurant and bar setting that nonetheless, still offers the unique breathtaking view of the city landscape.

 

A number from Salt Grill & Sky Bar that has been on the menu for a very long time, the Sashimi of Kingfish, Ginger, Eschalot & Goats Feta is acclaimed to be a hit with its diners . Once again, I was bowled over by how undeniably fresh and succulent the Kingfish Sashimi was, and together with the Goats Feta- these ingredients were wonderfully bound by the Ginger juice which was a very light yet delightful final touch to the plate.

‘Glass’ Sydney Crab Omelette, Enoki Mushroom & Herb Salad, Miso Mustard Broth, a show-stopping dish that tugged on my heart strings, I enjoyed everything about this favourite dish of mine. With its beautiful medley of sweet and savoury flavours and the gratifying combination of varying textures when had all together- from the Omelette to the Crab filling, to the Miso Mustard broth, all were perfectly executed taste and texture- wise. This soul satisfying delicacy could easily be on my list of my most memorable numbers I have had for the year.

Tea Smoked Quail, Almond Cream, Prunes, Grains, Grilled Shallot, Sorrel, distinctly perfumed with smoke and char, the fork- tender meat was endowed with a rather intense hit of tea flavour. This was further lifted by the aromatic fragrance of truffles when had together with the grains beneath, everything came together remarkably.

Sirloin Rangers Valley, New South Wales, 300 days Grain fed, Moroccan spice, Sauté Spinach, Eggplant puree, Red wine sauce, our last main dish for the night did not disappoint as well. Cooked till medium rare perfection, the centre of the slices were uniformly pink and much was left to the meaty juiciness of the Sirloin steak to satiate the palate. There are several mustard choices available but given how much I enjoyed it on its own, this should be able to please the steak lovers and carnivorous eaters.

Luke’s Liquorice Parfait, Lime, the Liquorice ice- cream was full- flavoured and very well- balanced texturally, but what I was more pleasantly pleased about was the use of fresh Lime to the dessert in which I thought was pure brilliance- it added a refreshing citrusy touch that prevented the plate from becoming one- note.

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glass omelette with crab meat, Sashimi of Kingfish, Ginger, Eschalot & Goats Feta, Tea Smoked Quail, Almond Cream, Prunes, Grains, Grilled Shallot, Sorrel, Sirloin Rangers Valley, New South Wales, 300 days Grain fed, Moroccan spice, Sau
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I had been to this restaurant a number of times, but this was the first I was coming for afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea Platter costs $38++ per person, inclusive of a tea or coffee, or $53++ per person including a glass of G.H Mumm Champagne. It is available from 2.30pm to 4:45pm. The coffee is non refillable, while as for tea one could ask for refillable of hot water. The afternoon tea platter consisted of Crostini, avocado, cherry tomato, olive, Ham & turkey, beetroot, manchego, tortilla, Smoked salmon, cucumber, chive, crème cheese on rye, Chocolate & jam lamington, Coffee macaroon, Tim tam chocolate tart, Red velvet cup cake, Anzac biscuit, Citrus marshmallow, and Scones. The tea set was nicely plated but I felt that it was a bit too overpriced for such little food. May I was expecting much more from this price. The Citrus marshmallow is my favourite as it had a rather zesty taste which peaked one up. The rest were not bad too. I had requested for a table by the window through online reservation, but was showed to a table by the frosted window with no view of the outside. Not sure if it was due to the fact that I was having a 3 years old boy with me at the time. We were seated far away from other customers and had difficulties getting the attention of the staff. As it was between lunch and dinner meal times, there was limited choices for a 3 years old. No children menu, so ended up ordering French fries ($11++) for him.
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Awesome food and awesome view.

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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.