Talya Stone •
04 Oct 2013 • 74 reviews • 34 followers
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The latest concept restaurant from The Lo & Behold Group has come gliding into the CBD like, well, a swan. Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, it's quite unlike the other restaurants in the group (Loof, Tanjong Beach Club & The White Rabbit); or for that matter other restaurants in the CBD in terms of aesthetic, and there I suppose we have the meaning behind the name - The Black Swan.
Stepping inside feels like entering into the grandeur of New York circa 1930 with high ceilings, bold geometric shapes, lavish ornamentation and an atmospheric interior holding court here, in a building that was once home to Kwangtung Provincial Bank. Think old world glamour combined with new world sass. It somehow manages to pull off a rather grand yet welcoming feel. Yes it's all very Great Gatsby dahhhhling!
But don't feel intimidated - this setting isn't for fine dining; instead you can expect bistro classics executed with a contemporary twist at affordable prices with offerings from the oyster bar, charcuterie as well as small and large plates.
On our visit, we were there for lunch - and were happy to see a very reasonable lunch set at +28++ for two courses or $34++ for three, with items being pulled off the main menu.
If you're dining at The Black Swan, be sure to order the Chilled Gazpacho
($18 a la carte). One of the best gazpachos we've had in Singapore, it has a fantastic sweetness to it, and the dish is given an extra lift thanks to the roma tomato sorbet.
The Crab Salad ($21 a la carte) was a little pedestrian, but if you do decide to go off menu, the Char-Grilled Beef Tartare ($26) is a good introduction to those who have not yet ventured into the realm of raw meat. Flash grilled and minced by hand, it has a subtle smokiness to it which down-plays the raw aspect. Our one request: a little tweaking on the crostini for next time please.
The French Onion Soup
($19 a la carte) is a solid rendition with oodles of the mandatory stringy Gruyere cheese but given a slight twist with the use of granny smith apples.
On the Mains, The Black Swan Burger
($26 a la carte) is one mighty, meaty, and quite marvelous chunk of the good stuff and packed with mature cheddar, sunny side up egg and streaky bacon. It might just make it onto our list of top burgers in Singapore! The burger runs out fast here, with CBD-ites quick to devour it on their lunch break - so get your order in early to avoid disappointment.
For those who are more about the fish and less of the meat, try out the Seafood Linguine
($32 a la carte).
A hearty bowl of pasta with plenty of prawns, calamari and clams enveloped in a rich tomato-chilli sauce.
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