Chili Padi •
11 Dec 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower
What a hidden gem we found in Sapphire last Friday night! It was as much fun for the kids as it was for the adults, and my boys are still asking for more of their Pappardelle with Duck in a Cream Sauce.
We went mostly for the Christmas fare: Santa happily ringing his bell and making the kids merry, a little show that runs every half hour for 10 minutes and a bubble machine that not only my 5yr old, but even my 9yr old loved. What I didn't expect was the quality of the food & wine AND some great music. A small band came on around 9pm and did somewhat acoustic renditions of Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and others - the vocalist had a beautiful cry in his voice and the tempo and volume were just low enough to let us enjoy our meals, have conversation and still feel like we were in a classy place.
As for the food! I can recommend everything we tried but I will cite the big favourites in order of highest votes from the whole family:
Pappardelle pasta with braised confit of duck. This is the one my kids gobbled up. It sounds sophisticated but the flavour is just creamy and delicious.
Asian style crab cakes with wasabi mango: yummy. Crispy on the outside but not fried. Juicy inside. Sauce piquant but not unduly spicy. Stood up to red wine.
Grilled hoisin rack of lamb with sweet potato mash: scrumptuous. The cut was so thick, I feared it would be tough; but it was tender and juicy, rich and cooked perfectly all the way through. The hoi sin flavour is subtle. My 9yr old son loved sucking on the bones!
Sauted prawn cappellini. Tasy prawns and super-thin pasta. My sons found this a tad spicy but the adults thought it was just right.
Now for the desserts...
We could only manage two, although they all sounded good. We loved both of these:
Coconut panna cotta. An interesting local version, with red beans - the beans were a little tough but the flavour was yummy - and the panna cotta had just enough coconut: I ate every speck of the panna cotta.
Chocolate ecstasy with passion fruit coulis. Fab! Very rich and deep. Real dark chocolate. I could never have finished it on my own but with all of us dipping it, it soon disappeared.
The atmosphere is wonderful. It's open-air, up on Mt Faber, and the air is definitely cooler than you get anywhere else in Singapore. It feels like a 'special' place. The staff is lovely. I got chatting to a waiter who told me many of the staff have worked there for ten years or more. They really approach their jobs as a career - which is so rare in a Singapore restaurant.
We arrived at 6.45, just in time to see the sun setting in the west. The first thing my kids did was feed the fish (88 koi!). As I mentioned, tons for kids to do. At one point I sat all alone, looking out at the twinkling lights of Sentosa while sipping a nice glass of red wine, knowing my kids were entranced at the little show, close by and safe... perfection!