Daily: 11:00 - 23:00
Pool Grill offers alfresco dining by the pool with a view of the Singapore city skyline. The restaurant serves international cuisine, with specialities of pizzas, burgers and steaks.
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You have to try their Pan-Fried Cod Fish! This was really the BEST Cod Fish that I had so far. The exterior was fried to perfection, extremely crisp, yet the meat remained tender and juicy. The texture was the perfect consistency. The natural sweetness of the cod went so well with the buttery shiraz reduction sauce. Just heavenly...This was too good that the staff told me they only left with the last piece that evening so I asked the staff to quickly key in this order immediately for me! Kiasu me.. Haha.. So happy that I managed to try this!
Service here was polite and good! I was very satisfied with the high quality food and dessert here! Ambience was very relaxing as the songs that they played here were soothing resort style music. Prices are quite steep for ala carte order. Go for their set lunch or set dinner with a smaller portion but affordable prices if you have a budget. This place is great for special occasions (Provided you don't mind it's non-aircon)
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Get ready to be tantalise by Flavours Of Spain, brought to you by Pool Grill and Guest Chef Albert Ortiz. Chef Ortiz was born and bred in Barcelona, is a 3rd generation of restaurateur. For the last 3 years, Chef Ortiz has expand his horizon to Asia, and incorporate the colourful flavours of Asia in his cooking.
From 15 February to 13 March 2016, you can taste the characteristic of Chef Albert cooking at Pool Grill. I was fortunate enough to be the first few to sample his gastronomic delight in 4 course dinner ($58++)
Appetizer - Pan-seared scallop, “sofrito” puree, chorizo “migas”, caviar oil and dill. The scallop is nicely seared, sweet and brainy. The texture is so soft, like cutting through a butter with hot knife. The sofrito puree, made from capsicum and olive oil provided a subtle companion to the scallop. For crispy, crumbly texture, Chef Albert added aromatic chorizo migas, which is a traditional dish in Spain made from day old bread. The touch of caviar helps brings out the flavour of the sea in this dish.
Starter - grilled octopus, crusty pork jowl, buttered mashed potato and smoked Spanish paprika oil. Chef Albert version of surf and turf. The octopus was sous-vide before it was grilled to add texture and flavour. It has a delicate springy texture and succulent as well. The pork jowl has the perfect ratio between fats and meat and basically melts in your mouth. Love the buttery flavour of the smooth mash potatoes, and the paprika oil add a subtle spicy kick to the dish.
Main – braised beef cheek, olive oil crashed potato, baby carrots and passion fruit. A must try dish for a beef lover. The beef cheek was so soft, I only need my fork to peel each layer of this dish. Accompanied with sweet baby carrots and rustic feel of crushed potatoes. The intense sauce is beef stock reduction finished off with red wine and passion fruit for a twist tanginess.
Dessert – dark chocolate ice cream, char-grilled banana, gorgonzola cheese and caramelised butter. It was not the ending that I expected. The heat from the grilled banana actually melted the ice cream. Instead of dark chocolate ice cream, it turn out to be dark chocolate cream. The pairing of intense pungent flavour of gorgonzola cheese with dark chocolate “cream” provided a unique yet pleasant finish to the dish.
Dining at Pool Grill, you will have a great view of the swimming pool of Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza Hotel and the view of surrounding buildings in Orchard Road, such as Ion Orchard and Shaw House.
Overall, the menu of Flavours of Spain at Pool Grill is a reflection of Chef Albert new insight to Spanish Cuisine. His signature of fusion of Spanish food with Asian ingredients. So don't miss out on Flavours of Spain at Pool Grill.
Thank you very much to the team at Marriott Singapore for the tasting invitation.
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Marriott’s Pool Grill is a lovely spot to enjoy a relaxing lunch or romantic dinner. Singapore’s unforgiving weather is always a consideration when dining al fresco, hence we dressed light. However, we were surprised how cool the restaurant was, thanks to some of the air-conditioning flowing out from the hotel (especially if you sit closer to the entrance) as well as powerful ceiling fans.
I came with expectation that everything would be very casual at the Pool Grill, but again was surprised with its sophisticated elegance. Luckily, I dressed up for this lunch appointment my friend.
Service is attentive, warm and polite. However, the staff failed to inform us that they ran out of bone marrow and replaced it with vine tomatoes without checking with my friend. It’s an understatement that she was upset as she was looking forward to the bone marrow with much anticipation.
Lunch started with complimentary Onion Foccacia. We loved its soft innards and crispy exterior.The Pool Grill Signature Caesar Salad ($19), is prepared and served at your table. The whole affair is rather pageantry, but sadly the salad tasted pedestrian. You can opt to add grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon and grilled prawns for an additional $6, $7 and $8.50 respectively. Order this if you have a thing for fanfare.
In the background, is Beer Battered Potato Fritters ($7) seasoned with truffle salt. This could have been nicer if it was less greasy.
After waiting for ages, my dining companion’s 400 day grain fed Australian Wagyu Ribeye ($69) finally arrived. She requested for medium, but it turned up well done. What’s more, the roasted bone marrow which accompanies the steak was replaced with vine tomatoes without her knowledge. Her only comfort came from the melt-in-the-mouth Foie Gras ($15) add on and lobster butter, one Pool Grill’s home-made condiments.
Do yourself a favor, skip desserts here. Both desserts we tried, did not follow through their projected image, The Banofee ($14), a dessert with toffee, banana, crumble and chocolate balls was average at best.
The Chocolate Raspberry Trifle ($14) yielded nothing but disappointment. The jelly was served warm and the sponge cake was absent of the typical moist, soaked consistency associated with trifle.
Tonight all four of us are having the dinner set which costs $48++ per set. With the entertainer mobile application, one is also entitled to 1-for-1 dinner set. It is a great deal for us, as it means that we will be paying half the price of the original price. The set dinner consists of a starter, a main and a dessert. We start the meal with bread, served with butter, olive oil and assorted nuts. Both are refillable. I like that the bread is serving pipping hot and the texture is soft and pillowy. We can't help asking for a second serving. We are also served lemon flavoured iced water which is refillable regularly.
For the starters, there is 3 choices available.
Wild Mushroom Soup, Shaved Truffle ($14.50 A-la carte)
The soup is rich and creamy, and great with the truffle oil on top. There is a sizeable piece of shaved truffle in the centre.
Caprese Salad, Buffalo Mozzarella, Pickled Onion, Zucchini, Pesto ($22 A-la carte)
The plating is very nice. The cheese is soft and not too strong in taste and balance quite well with the pesto sauce.
Pool Grill Caesar Salad ($19 A-la carte)
Romaine lettuce, parmesan, anchovy dressing, croutons We do not get to see the salad being made in front of us as reported in other blogs. The salad is presented in a simple way, but tastes refreshing and crisp.
For the mains, there is also 3 choices available.
Homemade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Fresh Tomato, Basil Sauce (V) ($26 A-la carte)
The ravioli looks a bit dry when served. Inside it is filled with rich and creamy filling. The taste is not too strong in the cheese taste.
Norwegian Salmon, Heirloom Tomato sauce Vierge ($32 A-la carte)
The salmon is cooked just nice, juicy and meaty, while the skin is light and crispy.
Roasted Baby Chicken Breast and Confit Leg, Potato Puree, Shimeji Mushrooms ($32 A-la carte)
Its serving is the biggest among the 3 mains and one can barely finish it. The chicken is quite tender and flavourful.
Lastly for the desserts, there is 3 choices available.
Banoffee, Toffee, Banana ($14 A-la carte)
This is the recommended dessert from the staff. It is quite a well balanced dessert without feeling too sweet or creamy. Like the popping effect of the chocolate balls in the mouth.
Chocolate Raspberry Trifle ($14 A-la carte)
It looks like strawberry flavoured jello-o, topped with whipped cream. Not too sweet and quite nice.
Vanilla Creme Brulee, Fresh Berries ($16 A-la carte)
This is the least favourite out of the 3 desserts as most of us feel that it is a bit too sweet. I feel the sponge cake which the fruits sit on, is lacking of texture.
Overall the food is great and well valued for money. I am surprised that the place is not crowded. Through out the whole meal, there is only 3 other tables occupied besides us. So it is easy to get the attention of the staffs. The staffs are friendly and make good recommendation. The place is quiet and cooling. Great for one to enjoy a meal smoothly.