For lunch, Equinox serves up a semi-buffet with a single order of a main course flanked by both appetizers and deserts buffet. Lunch at Equinox usually goes for S$59++ but for restaurant week a special price of S$40++ applies instead. Sweet!
Besides food, Equinox is better known for its astounding view that enables diners to glimpse beyond Singapore to the isles of Malaysia and Indonesia. We were lucky to get a table that was only a seat away from the window and was able to enjoy the magnificent view without the glare of direct sunlight upon us.
The appetizers impressed with the variety as well as freshness of the offerings. From sashimi and sushi to cold seafood and foie gras and smoked salmon, the dishes were mostly well-executed and were the highlight of our meal. In particular the foie gras pate with jelly was exceptionally delicious albeit a little too rich for me to enjoy more than a single portion. The spread of cold seafood included two types of oysters, prawns, crabs as well as mussels and clams.
On to the mains, which our server politely informed us would require 20 minutes for preparation and which we could request at any time while enjoying the appetizers. My guest had the Grilled Salmon Fillet with Herb Crushed Potatoes, Caper, Shallots and Tomato Salsa while I had the Roast Breast of Chicken with Pommes Purée and Chasseur Sauce. After the excellent appetizers, we were severely disappointed by the mains. The only praise that I could give was that both the chicken and salmon were cooked just right. However, this is underwhelmed by the sauces which were overpowering and which did not go well with the dishes at all. A rather uninspiring attempt and we would have been glad to skip the mains completely.
Deserts consisted of ice-cream, cakes, pastries, cheeses and a chocolate fondue, among other things. I especially enjoyed the chocolate fudge with caramel and mango panna cotta which looked pretty and tasted delicious.
For more photos and the full review visit https://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/equinox-swissotel-the-stamford/
The usual disclaimer and font size 0.001 print applies: this review applies only to High Tea. You may have better luck at other meals; judging from our experience, you'd need lots of it.
Equinox still has not learned over the past few years. The complete lack of any sort management response to the many reviews speaks volumes. If it was located on anything lower than the fifth floor, it would have turned turtle long ago.
Let's start with the positives. Oh, actually make that singular. Bring your camera; not for the food, but for the spectacular view that makes you realize how small Mount Faber and Bukit Timah Hill are.
Let's be a little fair and find whatever positives we can. The service was friendly enough and they do try. The chinese-style cooked vegetables with oyster sauce was good; I actually went back for second helpings. One or two desserts were of decent quality. The tea is of very high quality, being from TWG.
This is where the positive(s) end, really. The tea pot and accompanying tea-leaf filter is a complete failure. Ditch the filter and just put the tea leaves straight into your teapot. Chewing a few tea leaves is better than having tea that tastes weaker than Polar distilled water.
Virtually everything else looked like it was sourced from a $15-per-person low-budget high-tea company function, the sort you get after an extremely tedious and boring company seminar when you're hungry and so much looking forward to the food which you know will turn out to be disappointing because your company secretary thinks Kong Guan biscuits are very high-class and/or your company is on a budget tighter than UBS after its recent rogue trader debacle.
The sushi looks like it came from some run-of-the-mill supplier and not made in the kitchen. There was no sashimi at all. The fried spring rolls and related items were probably made by an underpaid Chef's assistant's assistant who is still thinking of the fateful day he signed on the dotted line; I sincerely hope he is not thinking about Bedok Reservoir. Maybe the words "foreign untalent" are most appropriate here. There was no love at all in almost all of the cooking; most of the food should not be called food, but nutrition. Maybe some of the other reviewers were right; the food could have been outsourced and simply reheated. Either way, it brings back lots of old memories; that of being in your secondary school tuckshop ordering from that corner stall where the Auntie always throws the change at you.
Sure, it filled the belly; but I'd rather have quality over quantity anytime. I've done my job; unless you're the most undiscerning diner in the world, if you have to pay for the high-tea, run away as far and as fast as you can. At S$42++ per person (read: S$50 is the amount that enters your credit card statement), there are better ways to spend your hard-earned money. Unless of course you're Mr. Adoboli; in which case, even so your prison grub would probably beat Equinox hands down.
72 floors! Right? My ears were popping on the way up to Equinox @ Swissotel!Anyway, my mother decided a mother-daughter treat was in store so we made use of the expiring [email protected] voucher which entitled us to complimentary high tea at the Equinox!
High tea to me is still an idea i can't fully grasp. In between lunch and dinner, it doesn't really fit in much and after today's high tea experience, i must say that i'm not much of a high tea person and i was unable to have dinner :( My stomach doth protest.
Okay moving on, for those of you who are interested in EQUINOX HIGH TEA BUFFET, here is some of the treats I remembered they had, it's very conquerable because it is after all high tea and the spread is not very overwhelming.
Drinks : TWG Tea ( so many kinds!), Coffee, Apple Juice, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Iced Water
Pasta: Aglio Oglio, Cream, Tomato with a choice of Spaghetti, Penne or Fusilli. I recommend the aglio aglio fussili which comes with diced clams and because it is an olive oil and garlic based pasta, it does not fill you up much!
Baked Goods: Artisan Bread, Chocolate Chip Scones, Blueberry Muffins, Choc Chip and Pecan Muffins. Scones were fabulous, served with clotted cream and jam.
Savouries: Mini Pancakes (Maple Syrup, Chocolate Sauce and Something Else on the side), Roti Prata (Curry on the side), Mee Soto, Fish Congee (Really good! I topped mine with the spring onions, century egg, shallots, pickled veggie), Soba.
Dessert: Ice Cream Counter (Chocolate, Vanilla, Lime Sorbet, Yoghurt Sorbet) with various toppings like mango sauce, chocolate fondue, strawberry sauce, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, gummies, strawberries, banana creme angalise sauce(spammed this on top of everything), chocolate pearls, marshmellows, etc. Mixed Fruit Selection (incl. plums and grapes), fruit salad ( so refreshing), longan dessert, nonya kuehs, this really awesome chocolate mousse that got snapped up really fast (couldn't go for seconds), mango panna cotta, opera cake, chocolate and cream creation thing, sweet pastries like danish patries and some apple lattice resembling thing, Kueh Pie Tee(?)
Hot Stuff: Meatballs (THIS IS DELICIOUS, better than Ikea's), Spring Rolls, Vegetable Pau, Soon Kueh, Chicken Skewers (too greasy for me), cocktail sausages, char kweh teow, mixed stir fry vegetables
Healthy Stuff: Salads! (Blue cheese dressing, vinegarette, thousand island etc.), Roasted Chicken Salad in Honey Yoghurt Dressing, Cold Cuts, Potato Salad, Grilled Vegetable Salad, Vermicelli Salad in Thai Dressing. Sushi ( I liked the one which had mango wrapped around it!)
Finger Food: Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Cold Cuts Sandwich, Tuna Sandwich, Raisin Cream Sandwich. All the sandwiches are served on different breads and were quite tastefully presented:)
Yes, so make your own judgement! The view was astounding, Singapore is really running out of land, I think the view would be nicer at night though...Maybe next time.
Even TOP 10 restaurants in Singapore does not have such requirement which is so last century!
Please read some fashion magazines, formal or high class does not mean have to be 100% covered.
Spoiled our celebration mode!
If I can rate no star I would do so. I will never ever step into this place again!
Equinox restaurant is located in the central business district area and can be easily accessed by the rail. It is conveniently located at the 70th level in swissotel.
The restaurant offers a range of international buffet spread but the focus is on the European/ western side. even though much reviews have said that the standard has been dropping but I think there is still some saving factors for the dessert spread. Nicely arranged and definitely appetizing. Who wouldn’t resist to have more desserts. As what my friends always say… girls or ladies have an additional stomach for desserts. Pricey as it may be but you are paying for the view and ambience that cannot really be experienced else where.
Since 2007, I have celebrated several special occasions at the Equinox. I have to admit that whilst my personal memories of each of those moments have endured with much joy, so has my longing for the level of quality of food and service that I experienced first at the equinox, which has dwindled over the years and seems to be fading into hotel quality, room service food which it appears to be today.
This week I went back to the restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday at the Equinox. Here is the list of things that went absolutely wrong;
1) 4 parties ordered steak in our party of 7. The Prime Rib ordered medium was dry, 2 other plates were served medium well when asked to be served medium and mine was the epic no no of receiving a Prime Rib which was actually cold to touch but cooked to the core - although ordered to be "Hot", "Seared" and "Medium Rare". Best part was that I asked the server to take it back and do it again. Steak comes back by the person who appears to be the manager in 10min with an interesting twist; Same steak has been charred over the grill and now served to me! I ask how is this a "Hot, Seared, Medium Rare steak"... This looks like a lump of coal. He said "well you wanted it hot and seared... it is also pink in the centre". I pointed to small dot at the core of the steak which still resembled a slight colour of meat and said that is not medium rare! that is all that is left that is not black!!
The other 3 guests out of respect for the birthday girl were too polite to send theirs back. but non was at all happy with their $80++ dollar steaks
2) Service staff at Equinox seems to have been replaced by generic hotel staff or never been trained. Our servers attempt at serving Vintage champagne was exemplary when she completely missed the glass on the first attempt. This was further compounded by another service staff delighting the guests with her very fragrant personal body odour (BO) when extending her arms to clear the plates. Not what you expect at a high end restaurant.
3) Despite detailed reservation and instructions for preparation of cake, restaurant prepared a cake much too small for the number of guests. I had insisted that money is no object but wanted an appropriate size of "Black Forest Cake" for the guests. Although, they got the flavour of the cake right, the size of the cake appeared to yield only 2 spoon full per portion for 6 out of 7 guests. where I had to share with my wife (no mains for me and now no cake too).
Well... What was the restaurant reaction when I asked for the check? They decided not to charge me for lump of coal steak, not charge for failed cake taster size and graciously remove my coffee order from the bill. But still charge me for a failed dinner of $855.00 SGD.
You make your own call if you want to go to this restaurant for a special occasion.