Hoongy ! •
10 Dec 2014 • 1971 reviews • 260 followers
Looking for that place for a special occasion, I decided to pay a visit to The Corner House at Botanical Gardens. After many years, Les Amis Au Jardin may be gone, but The Corner House serves up a similar fine dining fare that pretty much targets the same market.
At a recent visit, I decided to go for the six course meal ($148) which has four starters, one main and a dessert.
For the starters, I tried the oyster. Served in a plastic oyster mould the fresh oyster was marinated in gelatin. Despite the rich sauce, it could not cover the slightly fishy after taste.
Another starter I had was the Carabinero Prawn (+$18). This thick slightly sweet Japanese prawn was paired with tomato and vinegar as well as a little "palette cleanser" in a tomato ice cream to finish.
For something lighter, go for the beetroot, a colourful dish of sweet (beetroot) and savory (small slices of saltwater eel).
Still on the starters there is the Maine Lobster (+$18), a chef favourite in which the lobster is placed on its own broth with risotto.
Moving on to the main course, I tried the Cod Fish with Fried Scales. Here, the scales of this fish was fried separately and then placed back on a slab of the fish. Unfortunately, I believe that the fish served was more of a seabass than a cod, mainly because its meat was really firm and lacked the fattiness.
Better was the Omi Beef (+$45) in which A5 wagyu is used from Japan. Really thick marbling in which two small slices is more than enough.
Finally for dessert, the chocolate tart topped with a gold leaf is really thick and would do well with chocolate lovers. Those looking for something more interesting would do well with the chef's rendition of kaya toast, which is a light kaya tasting ice cream coloured in cream wrapped in between two biscuits. Both desserts were good.
Overall, a nice experience, with good service to match. Ideal for that birthday and anniversary celebration in a slightly rustic environment.