Sunday, September 18, 2005

Equinox - foie gras

First day (15/9/05) :

We had a quick lunch at singapore airport ~ 11.30a.m. We proceeded to the vendor's plant in Yishun and started our 'work' per agenda ~ 1.30 p.m. - 6.00p.m. It was tiring in overall but I got to learn a lot too.

Then we were brought to The Equinox, Swissotel The Stamford for dinner. Altogether 6 of us. Hoho...the food was very good indeed but I must confess that the panaromic view stole the show. Standing high up at the 70th floor, the night view of Singapore from the top of Swissotel was simply spectacular! The restaurant's three-tier design and floor-to-ceiling windows promise every table has a view. Our table was overlooking the whole downtime Singapore, the business district, the Esplanade and the Singapore River.

I would say that this was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had so far.

Each of us ordered the set dinner except one lady who is a vegetarian. It is very thoughtful of this restaurant to take care of vegetarian diners too.

Our set dinners started with lip-smacking hors d'oeuvres:
~fresh oysters (per additional order)
- very juicy and solid, from new zealand(?!). The best part is they did not seem to have that kind of 'weird' sea-taste.
~smoked salmon
~cream soup with lobster in stick
~foie gras (goose liver)
- this is my first time on 鹅肝. Actually none of us knew what this dish on the menu stated was until the dish came and people started asking what this dish was actually. Someone mentioned "it's liver." "Er.. it is the duck liver" "Er...Goose liver ". Then all of us especially me started "Oh! that's 鹅肝 lah! Aiyoyoh...". I have seen many culinary programmes mentioning on it many times but I have never tasted on it so far. Just one week ago, I came across a TVB8 chef programme in which one chef was interviewed on what his favourite dishes were and he recommended another chef's on this foie gras dish at one of the Lan Kwai Fong's (兰桂坊) restaurants at HK.
Main dishes : Either tiger prawn with scallops set or lamb ribs set.
(I ordered the tiger prawn set)
Dessert : sorbet. (hmm...this is definitely a lot better than normal ice-cream or pudding)
Also : Savouring red wines throughout the whole dinner. :)

This whole Equinox dining took us more than 2 and 1/2 hrs. It was served in slow pace albeit the concern of us desiring to leave at 9.00p.m. Hmm...ended up nearly 10 p.m.when we reached the hotel. That of course also meant -no Takashimaya for me. :(

Upon finished checking in, it was already ~10.30p.m. (we actually waited kinda long to check in due to over-booked rooms). I went straight to the 7-11 at Paragon to 'shop' first before returning to room for shower and joining them back later at Rose Lounge, Level 1. I did not order drinks anymore as I have really had enough for tonight. We just sat there and chit-chat for a while before the 'cinderella' time hit off.

(The follow-ups of this post are Johor, Night View of Singapore and 精致菜肴 ).