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2010-07-06 14 views
I didn’t pay attention to the rustic sun-dried tomato bread since the appetisers were served almost immediately after that, heh.The pan roasted scallops with spiced pumpkin puree and shellfish vinaigrette($20++) put a big BIG smile on my face. I love scallops and pumpkin so this is a pretty much a dream dish! The fresh and nicely seared scallops tasted so good with a smear of sweet pumpkin puree. Lovely plating too =)If I thought that the scallops were good, the crispy tofu with foie gras-mirin
The pan roasted scallops with spiced pumpkin puree and shellfish vinaigrette($20++) put a big BIG smile on my face. I love scallops and pumpkin so this is a pretty much a dream dish! The fresh and nicely seared scallops tasted so good with a smear of sweet pumpkin puree. Lovely plating too =)
If I thought that the scallops were good, the crispy tofu with foie gras-mirin sauce and white truffle oil ($16++) was even better! I don’t eat foie gras but I reckon a sauce doesn’t count, hah, since I really wanted to try this. The thick and creamy sauce is the magic here, ultra packed with full-on flavour. Don’t expect any sublety from this!
Just thinking about this now makes me sigh with longing…
The excellent starters just heightened my expectation for the main, pan seared chilean seabass with truffle-yuzu butter sauce ($34++), as there are so many raves about it.
Mine was sans the mushroom and smoked bacon ragout and it’s still so awesome! Like the tofu starter, the sauce for this was so flavorful. I mean, how wrong can you go with truffle+yuzu+butter?? Plus, the oily cod was perfectly cooked!
One of the specials for the night was the barramundi with pea puree ($29++) which was decenly safe. I’ve always thought that barramundi is a boring fish and this didn’t change my mind.
This was printed on the menu: “warm banana tart with homemade lavender ice cream” ($13++). But vanilla ice cream was served instead, with no explanation given. I had the best lavender ice cream in Hokkaido so I wanted to see how this measures up but I guess it was not to be, hah.
Anyway, I didn’t like the tart cuz it was too banana-y for me. Or I just don’t like tarts in general =)
A signature dessert of Ember is the warm valrhona chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream ($14++). The chocolate shell was cracked so the liquid lava gushed out without any prodding. Which took away all the fun of poking it =(
This was standard stuff, nothing I’d crave for in the middle of the night.
Like Sage the Restaurant, Ember’s desserts are rather weak compared to its orgasmic savoury dishes. I’d definitely skip the desserts for the starters next time. Portions are just nice to have 3 courses without overstuffing myself, or even 4 courses if I’m feeling hungry.
I wouldn’t classify Ember as a fine dining place since it’s quite a casual and informal restaurant with a very relaxed vibe to it. We even spotted an uncle wearing shorts and unglam slippers so no issue on dress code, I guess.
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