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Located at the top floor of Orchard Central is this restaurant. It offers vegetarian cuisine, not the usual ala carte type chinese style, but in set meal mordern Japanese-European style. To get to the restaurant, one could the service lift at the far end of the shopping mall to the 12th floor or the normal lift to the 11th floor, follows by the escalator to the 12th floor. Remember to get a table by the window when you dines at the restaurant. You will be rewarded with the a great view of the ca
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Located at the top floor of Orchard Central is this restaurant. It offers vegetarian cuisine, not the usual ala carte type chinese style, but in set meal mordern Japanese-European style. To get to the restaurant, one could the service lift at the far end of the shopping mall to the 12th floor or the normal lift to the 11th floor, follows by the escalator to the 12th floor. Remember to get a table by the window when you dines at the restaurant. You will be rewarded with the a great view of the calming pool outside, as well as, a great view of the orchard road stretch. If you make reservation, one tends to get the private room.
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As there is many different categories of vegetarian cuisine these days, remember to request for the special menu. The menu above is catered for chinese vegetarians who do not take garlic, onion and spring onions. The restaurant serves 6 Course Set $38.80++ for lunch, and 7 Course Set $68.80++ for dinner. Tonight the family is having dinner at the restaurant.
Starter
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Before the start of the meal, we are served Spaghetti-like bread stick, which is crunchy with a hint of wasabi taste. We are also served lemon flavoured ice blended drink as palate cleanser.

For the 1st course which is Starter, everyone starts with the Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter. It consists of salmon sashimi, wasabi cracker and raspberry sphere. The sashimi is yummy that I could not taste that it is made of carrot. The sphere bursts easily in the mouth with a bite and filling all with raspberry taste.
Side Dish
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For 2nd course which is Side Dish, there is 4 choices available.

Transparency of Manchego Cheese
cherry tomato, red, green and yellow peppers, croutons, walnut and black olives
Very colorful looking with flowers on top.

Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella
button mushrooms gratin served with Tennessee heirloom potato puree and Belgian endive, focaccia
Rich and creamy with lots of mushroom in it.

Tempura Platter on Mash
charcoal coated yam, eggplant, apple, banana with Japanese orange sesame dressing
It is the most unique out of the 3 dishes. First time having black colored tempura. Interesting.
Cold Dish
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For 3rd course which is Cold Dish, there is 5 choices available.

Zucchini Tower
zucchini stuffed with crème cheese, truffle mayo, medallion of puff pastry, beetroot sphere
Interesting presentation as a tall tower, but can easily press down for easy eating.

Dragon Fruit Lotus with Truffle Vegetable Garden
Dragon fruit perfumed with orange extract, with truffle vegetable garden
Refresh tasty dragon fruit with sesame oil on. The side salad is perfumed with rose taste.

Vegetable Sashimi on Ice with Quail Egg Shooter Glass
coconut, konjac, aloe vera, pear sashimi with quail egg sake shooter glass
This is the best out of the 3 dishes which we ordered. Served on a bed of crushed ice, and looks like the real sashimi. The texture is really very good, although it does not taste like the real fish.
Soups
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For 4th course which is soup, there is 4 choices.

Infusion of Cepes and Truffle
cepes mushroom perfumed with white winter truffle oil and black truffles
Rich and thick soup with lots of minced mushroom.

Pumpkin Velouté
pumpkin velouté with tomato ciabatta and edible petals
The soup is creamy and sweet.

Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo
tomato and chickpea with orzo pasta and spinach dumpling
It is like a vegetarian version of minestrone soup. Lot of vegetables in tomato soup.
Main
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For 5th course which is the main, there is 7 different choices available and we tried 3 of them.

Hedgehog Summer Mushroom
braised and fried monkey mushroom with oriental spices, celeriac purée, and truffle foam
The mushroom gives a crispy and crunchy texture.

Duo Ravioli Platter
duo of pumpkin and spinach ravioli, flower emulsion, basil cream sauce
The pumpkin stuffing is sweet and creamy (tastes similar to the above pumpkin soup), covered with thin soft skin.

Grill Bai-Ling Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone
bai-ling mushroom serve with mash and tempura fan
The huge piece of mushroom is like a steak here, served with black pepper sauce. Interesting. The best out of the 3 mains.
Desserts
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For 6th course which is the dessert, there is 3 choices : Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee Creme Brulee
Cheese Cake, and Red Wine Poach Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream.
The desserts are not bad, especially the creme brulee.
There is minced mushrooms at the bottom of the creme brulee which gives an interesting savoury sweet taste.
POTION
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For the 7th and last course which is POTION (drink), there is 4 cold choices and 3 hot choices.

Ice Mallow Apple Melody
an invigorating blend of mallow flowers, apple and guava juice
A fruity ice blended drink. It would be better if it is blended smoother.

Hot Roselle Rhythm
a flavored brew of citrus peels, herbs and roselle flowers
It tastes like a hot version of Ribena.

Hot Lavender Tea
a relaxing brew of lavender flower, with a touch of mint
A light and refreshing tea.

Overall the food is very unique and delicious especially it is all vegetarian. One can hardly remember meat while having these dishes. I like that there is no mock meat or the usual chinese vegetarian food being served here. The only thing that will prevent me from coming here often is the high price cost for each person to dine in here.
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
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Date of Visit
2015-10-24
Dining Method
Dine In
Spending Per Head
$81 (Dinner)