Hui Yuan •
15 May 2010 • 681 reviews • 90 followers
Shutters is an elegant all day restaurant serving contemporary Asian and Western dishes. Shutters Restaurant open it’s door in 2007 (3 yrs) but it has not receive enough publicity.
The restaurant boasts of a romantic outdoor terrace area with a breathtaking view of the Amara skylight feature and an open-concept kitchen where diners can watch chefs work their magic.
The interior is quite spacious. There is a chef counter where you can observe the chef displaying their cooking skills. Please be reminded to bring along a bottle of mosquito repellent when you dine here! This is for protection and it will come in handy. I think I lost a few milimetres of blood having lunch there( stung by mosquitos). I feedback to them and they told me they are looking into this issue. Well, I hope this situation would improve when I happen to come back for lunch again.
The menu is short and simple. Their cuisine focus on Fusion…. Japanese, Western. Peranakan, Asian.. Think of wagyu beef satay, Roasted Chicken breast with , chempedak creme brulee…. you will get what I mean. Though the menu has limited dishes but I can guarantee the unique factor and every dish is well-executed. I just hope that they will incorporate more dishes in the menu in my next visit.
3 types of bread being served- The Kalamata Olive , Onion roll and Sesame Crisp.
The bread rolls were served warm and crusty. It is soft in the interior and I like my bread warm. I like the onion roll which has a nice aroma of onions in it. The kalamata olive is also not too bad, lots of black olives in the bread roll.
They served Truffle butter here which is rather unique and seldom seen in restaurants. This truffle butter makes magic to the bread rolls! It is slightly creamy but not too heavy and I can taste the intense flavour of truffles…. very delicious! I requested for extra…
Complimentary Salad with Asian Vinegrette
It was the Asian Dressing that makes this salad different and stand out from the rest. The normal salad that I always had was balsamic/ chamagne vinegrette dressing. But this Asian dressing taste like the Japanese sesame dressing but I think it was not ( could not find any sesame seeds). Anyway, I like the light and refreshing taste which goes well with the salad leaves.
Chilli Crab Gratin ($ 18++)
Fresh crabmeat & roe served in a crab shell, topped with calamansi Hollandaise sauce and a side Frisee salad. This is the typical taste of Singapore Chilli Crab. They revamped it and created a new dish using fresh carbmeat… an innovative and brave attempt.
I must admit that the crabmeat is very fresh and chilli is well-balanced. Bites of dried shrimps were used in the chilli. It would taste even better if you eat it with some mantou.
Codfish with Otah Otah Brandade ($35++)
This is the only fish item listed in the entrees. It’s another interesting dish, Incorporating Peranakan Otah Otah to Codfish. The chef certainly loves to play around with the different ingredients.
The cod fish is topped with a piece of Otah Otah , fish mousse and slightly baked, resulting a crispy layer at the top. Don’t worry if you can’t take spicy food as the otah otah only has a hint of spiciness.
The cod fish is slightly baked, soft and tender in the interior but crispy on the outside. I am salivating just looking at this delicious piece of cod.
The cod is then served with leek & scallion puree which I thought it was a broth . Hint of lemongrass flavour can be tasted….nice aroma as well. Accompanied by some vegtables- Brocolli, brussel sprout, carrots, asparagus and radish, I absolutely love this dish!
Overall verdict: The dishes are well-executed (imo). However, there were just too few selections on the menu. I just pray and hope that they would think of some interesting dishes to be added in to the menu list.
Some of the waiter/waitresses are trainees (Just graduated from the hospitality sch) and my friend is one of them. Their service is generally ok and needs a little improvement. Well, give them a chance to learn.
The restaurant is kinda of secluded and quiet and perhaps some publicity would help. I hope the management would do something to resolve the mosquitoes issue soon.