The Black Swan has emerged in Raffles Place, giving diners and drinkers more options.Rising fast and furious above the waters and becoming the place to dine at made us all quite curious.The newest under the Lo and Behold Group, I am sure interest was piqued further because of their illustrious alumni that I could have raved nonstop before.
Enter into a world of tall ceilings, women in chic black (cocktail dresses and suits) and a bar counter that is as welcoming as the seats.
Mondays bring about a host of blues and even as the day draws to an end, nothing quite beats swiveling a glass of bubbly and slurping Canadian Rock Oysters and wishing this luxury would never end. 18 buckeroos for a decent swig and creamy aphrodisiacs, #mondaybluesaway indeed. May I add then that, that only applies during happy hours from 530-730pm
When can I return for these again? I could have the happiest hour around just sitting around slurping oysters and guzzling champagne all night long.
Crispy fries doused in truffle oil - as overpriced as it is, we all enjoyed it.
Crab Salad ($21)
handpicked crab, avocado, mango, orange, grapefruit, toasted sunflower seeds, citrus vinaigrette
If I could, I would have this over Caesar salad. Citrus vinaigrette worked for me without being too acidic for the tastebuds, infact, a light and delightful dressing over the fresh bed of greens and crabmeat.
Seafood Linguini ($32)
prawns, calamari, clams, tomato, garlic, chilli
Clams were not good so ours came with more prawns. Tastes quite like black bean sauce tossed with linguine, the strong flavours made this outstanding and worth seconds.
Duck Leg Confit ($34)
36 hour sous-vide, bacon potatoes, fresh thyme, mustard sauce
I find duck hard to ignore at a French restaurant and this was a really decent effort with crisp skin and succulent meat. Bacon potatoes were a huge distraction, speckled with bacon and panfried - no better way to have it.
Stockyard Australia Wagyu Ribeye Steak (for two persons) ($96)
16-18oz, 400 days grain fed beef, béarnaise, fries
Wagyu certainly did not shine through with parts that were not as marbled as desired but they do good steaks.
Date and Toffee Pudding ($14)
caramelised banana, medjool dates, rum, vanilla ice cream
A tad sweet and dense which resulted in a slightly disappointing dessert, definitely expected better.
Dark Chocolate Dome ($16)
70% varlhona chocolate, vanilla crème, seasonal berries
Somehow, this looks like any other dessert that the patisseries can produce. Coated with chocolate, the vanilla creme was a nice contrast. This is not quite a dessert I would order again.
We could have been spoilt rotten by the other restaurants to expect bread baskets and were met with none. Yet this gave us more reason to try the dishes on the menu. The meal was fulfilling and somewhat riveting at some points, desserts could have been dealt in a better manner but there is room for improvement for sure. Dying to be back to attempt more oysters, burger and lobster!
steak for the carnivores
oysters are the perfect aphrodisiacs
oysters,seafood pasta,crab salad,champagne
Date of Visit: Sep 02, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $80(Dinner)Other Ratings: