This is a Foodie Fridays- TGIF! It's time to get fat on Fridays!entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about this Singapore Food themed blog posts, do read the entry here.
Remember my previous entry about Halia with Fidelis? This time I returned with Esther for an invited tasting to try out their Communal Feast Dishes.
A quick Outfit of the day :p
This time, instead of the high tea that I was used to, we had a very different experience.
The communal feast, which we experienced, is served with a number of dishes in the centre of the table where everyone could help themselves to the food. Kinda like how you'll eat at home and when mama whips up a whole bunch of dishes. Well, something like that. Not the usual restaurant style of serving an individual dish per person.
They even had specially designed oversized mats with multilingual renditions on the word ‘delicious’ as well as colourful, tongue-in- cheek artwork impart much vibrancy. I love the porcelain crockery sporting the familiar “rooster” motif, grandma’s aluminium kettles as well as old-school metal tins for the cutlery. Super #throwback!
My personal favourites would have to be the Goats' Cheese Mousse which was served with a salad of heirloom tomatoes, dehydrated olive and dried brioche with wild honey which was extremely delightful. The combination of Goats' Cheese and wild honey helped to tone down the cheese which could get a bit overpowering for some!
Truth to be told, I wasn't a fan of the House Smoked Salmon Pate comprises salmon infused with Hendrick’s gin smoked with wood chips as I felt that it was a bit.. well, fishy for me.
Esther really relished the Twice-Cooked Spatchcock of Spring Chicken as it was not only tender but extremely juicy!
But my number one favourite dish was the “Gunpowder” Wagyu Rump (Mayura Station Signature Series 9+) which was marinated for 6 hours with ‘gunpowder’ seasoning of charcoal and nitrate salt for that added smoky flavour dimension before it is sous vide and finished on the grill. Wagyu beef. Need I say more?
I love the whole idea of a communal dining experience as it's a great way to share food that you like or do not like. For example, Esther can't eat beef for religious reasons and I'm not a huge fan of fish so we made a great pair as we tackled the dishes that we really enjoyed!
The Communal Feast Menu serves four persons and is available in ‘light’ ($160++) & ‘hearty’ ($270++) versions. Both sets include a non-alcoholic communal jug.
Both menus are available during these timings:
12pm - 10.30pm (last order 9.30pm) from Monday to Friday; 2pm – 11pm (last order 10pm) on Saturday;
2pm – 10.30pm (last order 9.30pm) on Sunday & Public Holiday.
Check out The Halia at Raffles Hotel if you'll like to try out the Communal menu!
#01-22/23, 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel, Singapore 189673
(t) 9639 1148
A few of us were joking about #taitaitime previously. It started when Esther, Fidel, Jace, Carrie, Rachie and I were having yummy cakes at Crowne Plaza Hotel. We were enjoying ourselves drinking tea and nomming on cakes. We thought to ourselves, how nice it was to be able to spend some time with our girlfriends.
Thus began the term #taitaitime. From now on, most of us will be searching for lovely places to enjoy tea and "taitai" time with our gfs!
Fidelis and I visited Halia Restaurant located at Raffles Hotel not too long back. We ordered the Afternoon Tea Set.
The tea set is priced at S$35++ per set and consists of the following:
Savoury yummies like the:
Irish smoked salmon, blini, creme fraiche, caviar, Grilled halloumi, smoked avocado, cherry tomato, Blue cheese, apricot chutney, pickled celery, honey walnut, Foie gras mousse, rosemary, flaky puff pastry, red onion jam, Savoury mini muffin and Finger sandwiches.
Sweet yummies like the:
Flourless orange cake with chocolate ganache, Apple cake with ginger butter icing, Macarons, Apple rhubarb crumble, Lemon meringue tart and Freshly baked scone with seasonal jam and clotted cream.
The presentation is so lovely!
I think it's the perfect set to order with your gfs. Lots of variety and a little something for everyone.
We also ordered tea and spent the lovely afternoon chit chatting about our nonsensical significant others (both of them are born on the same day!), houses (we both are gonna stay in Punggol) and our upcoming weddings!
The good folks at FoodNews and The Halia invited me down for a food tasting last month. When they sent the address, I thought that they had either sent the wrong address or I got the name of the restaurant wrong. I mean, everyone knew THE Halia was at Botanical Gardens right?
Turns out I was wrong on both counts. There was a new Halia branch at Raffles Hotel! I was really pleased by that news. As an eastie, Raffles Hotel is prime location for me, easier to get to as compared to the Botanical Gardens branch!
As I have never been to the Botanical Gardens branch, I can't really compare how is the decor, food different from there.
First up! Some pictures of The Halia at Raffles Hotel!
I like the whole decor of the place. LeRoy from FoodNews mentioned that The Halia at Raffles Hotel was positioned as an urban-casual restaurant, serving up contemporary European cuisine with Asian touches. It looked like a pretty cosy place, suitable for friends and partners. The place wasn't too brightly lit, which gave it a bit of a romantic feel. LeRoy even mentioned that there were two proposals that happened there!
I loved the place so much, I made plans to visit it soon with my neighbour Le-Vonne! (Who sells gorgeous accessories by the way!)
I learnt that The Halia at Raffles Hotel offered a very unique concept of "Small Plates" and "Big Plates" instead of the usual "Appetisers" and "Mains". We can mix and match as many small and/or big plates as we like! Which I thought, made it really fun and flexible!
How can one NOT try the Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel? It is like the iconic drink at Raffles Hotel! This lovely cocktail wasn't as strong as I thought it will be. Something refreshing to start the ball rolling...
Cured hiramasa kingfish
Paprika, citrus, espelette pepper, lemon, daikon and sauce vierge
Super refreshing dish! I thought the kingfish went really well with the daikon. Because of the citrus and lemon, it gave it a rather tangy taste. Me likey!
THIS MUST ORDER! I liked how the Wagyu beef just melted in my mouth! Coupld with the chilli lemon salt and truffle aioli, i had a sensory overload on my tongue. As someone who LOVES beef, this dish was really shiokadoo! The next time I go back, I'm going to order this dish ALL TO MYSELF! Didn't feel that I had enough that day but... can't be too greedy!
When LeRoy first introduced the dish, I was groaning to myself. I heard the word "Lasagna" and thought to myself "Sigh. I can't eat this." Turns out, there was no "carb" here! (as in obvious starchy carbs like noodles, rice and bread. Technically the cream probably might have contained carbs) This is a suitable dish to order for your vegetarian friends! Only vegetables used here!
Oriental pulled duck
Gherkin, caper, micro herb salad, soba noodle, sesame oil
I thought this dish was an interesting marriage of the duck and the classic japanese soba noodles. The sesame oil was a nice touch. I enjoyed the noodles but thought that if the duck was a bit more meatier, I would have enjoyed it a little bit more.
Anything Foie gras has got a huge stamp of approval from me. I thought the salad and apricot chutney went surprisingly well with the Foie gras. It did felt a bit oily but it was damn good! I can't decide which did I like better, the Wagyu beef carpaccio or the Foie gras salad. Hmmm.
Pignolina pasta, basil, parmesan, olive oil
I am such a huge fan of baked lasagne, gratins and rice. Which was probably why I gained a tremendous amount of weight at the past. When I first tried the Seafood gratin, I thought that it was rice!
There was this internal struggle within me. Rice. NO! Pasta. NO! Rice. NO!
In the end, I found out, it was pasta. It really got me fooled! Love the generous serving of cheese. I couldn't help but went for more despite my low carb diet. *HELP!*
Sous vide Baharat chicken leg
Butternut squash puree and roast ginger, coriander red pepper salsa
This dish was incredibly juicy! I always thought chicken legs were rather a dry dish but I was pleasantly surprised by this flavourful dish! The butternut squash puree and salsa gave me a rather tangy flavour!
Halia chilli crab
Spaghettini, spring onion, egg
Personally, I thought this dish was okay. The chilli crab was delicious but I thought that it tend to get a bit "jelak" after a while. I would have preferred if this came under the Small Plates option instead. (Maybe because I take very little simple carbs now and this was way too much for me.)
Javanese spice Maori Lakes rack of lamb
Eggplant Puree, red pepper relish
I loved that the lamb didn't have that overpowering taste or smell that most lamb or mutton dishes have (aka "gamey"). It was really juicy, which you probably could tell from that lovely shade of red in the pic. Sweet, succulent and juicy.
Polenta coated asparagus, basic lemon mayo
Honestly, I didn't really like this dish. Felt that it was way too oily for my liking.
I didn't really enjoy this dessert. Am not a fan of ginger in the dessert form. It was a tad overpowering for me.
Chilled strawberry soup
Sparkling wine, balsamic, lime sorbet, black pepper
It was the first time I have seen such a dish! *suaku* They poured the sparkling wine over the lime sorbet. My first thought was "OH NO! MY SORBET IS MELTING!". And yes, while it did melt, the flavours of the strawberry puree, sparkling wine and lime sorbet danced away on my tongue. Yes, there was a party in my mouth.
WHY HELLO THERE! As many of you guys may know, I AM A HUGE FAN OF CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE. Nothing comes close to me. I was proven wrong that day.
The STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING is awesome. It's better than sex. It's sofaking awesome. It makes you see rainbows. It gives you that little tingle in your fingers.
Okay, I'm exaggerating a little bit too much here. But you get what I mean. Vanilla icecream (I spy vanilla bean specks), date pudding and butterscotch sauce made this dish so good that we all asked for a second helping. Yes, all 4 of us. Who are on a diet. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING?!
Was it a good meal? It was really good. It met my expectations and more. Yes of course, there were some misses but thankfully the hits were way more!
It's great chatting with these crazy charbors!
Another highlight of The Halia at Raffles Hotel is its al fresco bar. Positioned to serve hand-crafted, artisanal beverage products from around the world, the bar has been chosen by William Grant & Sons to become an international showcase for their range of products, and is slated to host all Balvenie & Hendrick's Gin brand ambassadors visiting the region.