Previous reviews have clearly described the location of the restaurant. For a high level view of Singapore it really is stunning.
We had a pretty good evening (wife's birthday). All the staff were fantastic and dealt with the minor issues during the course of the evening well which is a real positive.
I'd initially opted for a WOW package where you pay an extra $90++ or so and receive a couple of drinks, a window table, a rose, a photo and a birthday cake (along with a 10% discount voucher I think for subsequent visits). Unfortunately there wasn't a gluten free cake option (it was a birthday meal for my wife who is allergic to wheat and gluten) so it didn't seem right to have a birthday cake presented to her that she couldn't eat.
No big drama as it would have been pretty exceptional if they did offer a gluten free alternative. To be honest I only half expected it as we recently spent a week in Sydney and were very pleased to find that many places offer gluten free alternatives (to bread, pizzas, dessets etc).
Saying that they rustled up some gluten free bread for my wife which was great. Thank you.
Anyhow not a big thing so we opted for a regular booking. We arrived early and parked using the valet parking at ION (car park was pretty full). NB we were advised that we had to pick up our car by 10.30pm by the valet parking. Something to think about if you intend to drive there.
So we sat at the bar, ordered a couple of drinks and took in the views. The wrong drink came out for me which was acknowledged and replaced with the one I ordered. They left the 'wrong' drink for us to have on the house which was nice.
Our table was soon ready and so we were led to our table and the staff kindly offered to bring our drinks over to us.
Mine arrived after a while. You know that feeling when you check into a hotel and wait for someone to bring your small suitcase up to you. Which you could have taken yourself quite easily but good hospitality means it has to be brought to you.
Anyway my wife's hadn't come after some time. So we asked for it to be brought over (I think it may have been poured out - a 90% full gin and tonic might have looked like water perhaps).
We gave our orders, asked for some water and my wife ordered wine for the meal.
The gin and tonic came (a different gin) so back it went (unfortunately my wife wasn't keen on the 'wrong gin').
We ordered the scallops and the crab omelette to start. Scallops were excellent and although the crab omelette (with miso dressing I think) was executed perfectly, it wasn't something I would personally order again. Like I said really well made but it was an omelette.
The gin and tonic arrived but a little late for my wife as she was into wine / meal now. Never mind.
Main courses were very good - barramundi (consumed a lot on our recent trip to Sydney) was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Steak was excellent.
Truffle oil fries were good (perhaps too much oil). The side order of pear, rocket, walnut and blue cheese was fine but the rocket was just too peppery for me (bitter side for my palate).
No room left for dessert (not many gluten free options - my wife is the one with the sweet tooth).
But a scoop of sorbet with a candle in it came out which was a nice gesture. Thank you.
So all in all a pretty good dining experience.
We also had a bit of fun with the sommelier as they have an option tin the wine list o choose a mystery wine (by the glass) and if you can tell the variety of grape or the country / region the glass is complementary. My wife got one right! Something light hearted but enjoyable.
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