Loved, loved, loved the ambience.... Right from the intriguing entrance (for some reason I had visions of the LCD screen on the door magically making way for an entrance, if I touched the fluttering curtains!) to the dark dining area, which has an awesome romantic feel.
The cocktail menu is really creative and interesting and I would highly recommend the Silk & Sand (glen morangie, cherry brandy, spice and citrus) and rickshaw (gin, hibiscus and vanilla). Lovely flavors that worked very well together. I found the coffee flavor in the Qing Dynasty cocktail (esprsso, chilli, hazelnut and tequila) too overpowering though. They have an excellent wine list of 100 wines, selected to complement the spicy food... And the French Gewürztraminer that we selected worked well.
The food menu has plenty of choice and is meant for sharing... It was difficult to narrow down to 4-5 dishes ( which is what the waitress recommended for 2 people). The fish drowned in heaven facing chillies was just out of this world! Amazing flavours, and not too spicy ( even though the dish is highlighted in red). The fried rice with conpoy was excellent and was great with the fish. The beef fillets with blistered peppers and black beans and the three shot chicken were unfortunately quite disappointing. The mango pudding dessert, though simple, was fantastic... Sooo creamy with just the right amount of mango and served with an excellent caramalied sesame cracker.
The service was courteous and friendly... I felt perhaps they were short staffed so at times it took a little while to get the waitress's attention. But they were really open to feedback... We pointed out that the beef was not cooked medium rare as had been described to us... She apologized and even got us complimentary cocktails.
Felt the food should have been better, given the 150pp bill. Would have rated 3 on food alone, but the service and ambience did add to the overall experience.
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