Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 14:30
Mon: 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Thu: 17:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 01:00
Eve of PH: 17:00 - 01:00
Mon - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
The Powder Room
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 1:00
Closed: Sun & PH
The Black Swan injects new life and glamour into the core of the Central Business District serves a fresh take on European bistro classics executed with a contemporary twist.
I was looking for a place to catch up with a long lost friend, and found one at The Black Swan.
The wonderful thing about this place is that it goes to the wee hours in the morning. Thus, one can get a full meal and chat it out over some wine. Despite having a rather posh setting, one can get a bottle of wine at a little more than $70, which is very reasonable.
My meal started with a Gazpacho ($18), chilled tomato puree, kept even more chilled at a longer temperature thanks to a frozen ball of gazpacho "sorbet" in the middle of the soup. A bite into the mashed ice ball will also contribute to opening up the palette for the rest of the meal.
I also had a small plate (starter) of Crispy Calamari ($18), fried squid without batter that was not too overfried and was able to retain its natural flavours.
For my main course I could not decide to go sea or land, so I did both with the Lobster and Striploin ($58) combination. Half a large Maine lobster with about 250grams of quality medium rare beef was hearty enough for me.
By then I was too stuffed for dessert, so I just spent the rest of night chilling with some Cabernet Sauvignon. Overall, an enjoyable evening in a chic setting in the CBD area. Service was also very professional.
Escargot with bone marrow - average / Bread - over toasted (Have to order separately for $6) / Spaghetti Vongole - Over boiled soggy pasta with an Asian fusion twist with sesame seeds and bonito flake broth, which doesn't go well with the rest, as the rest is not Asian fusion. / Beef steak - Very good. / Glass of Pinot Noir - OK $18 / Tables - too close with your neighbors. / Reservation - tells you that you have your table only for 1hr 45mins only 5 hours before the booking time, despite I spoke with them twice over the phone about booking beforehand.
The Black Swan is situated in an art deco building in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), a distinctive building that has changed hands a few times, including having housed the exclusive all-females only W Law Firm some years back. The cafe, restaurant and bar concept evolves around muted gold settings, giving the place a sophisticated feel; they serve European classics dishes.
For starters, we had the Farmer's Salad, comprising of arugula, apple, celery, red onions, walnuts, cranberries, Fourme d'Ambert and balsamic vinaigrette. The lightly-tossed salad was devoid of sauces, so it was light, crispy and refreshing with rocket leaves and dices of cheese. It was a lovely starter.
I chose the Pan Roasted Red Snapper with egg sauce and leeks two ways. The snapper was pan-roasted to a crackling texture, peaking its texture and flavour. The creamy egg sauce gave the crispy fish a smoother edge, making for a sumptuous dish.
Finally, we concluded the meal with Dark Chocolate Dome. The beautiful cake had a glossy, sticky layering of dark chocolate, and a soft chocolatey interior with a vanilla heart. It was saccharine without being overly sweet, bringing out the richness of chocolate very well. The velvety texture melted easily in the mouth as well.
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