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Restaurant Review: Braise at Sentosa in Singapore

 

Braise
Pelawan Beach, Sentosa
+65 6271 1929
www.braise.com.sg

Housed in a converted monorail station on the beach, with lovely views directly onto sand and sea, Braise’s glass walls make the most of the natural light. Sisal, white paint and dark decking keep the ambience clean and simple. At the Sunday table d’hôte champagne brunch, the place was nearly full, the crowd mainly pre-baby Singaporean hip.

The seven starters were brought to the table with hot, crispy focaccia bread as they were ready, and included (in my order of merit): a tiny but memorable poultry consommé with mushroom ravioli, bubbling-hot escargots in herby butter, scallop and rocket salad, an oyster, Parma ham, tasty crab cakes that had sadly been allowed to cool, and rather under-seasoned foie gras with fried banana.

That was followed by a choice of three egg dishes. Our eggs Benedict arrived stone cold, but were fine on the second try. From the choice of five main courses, Roy chose the duck confit and I the beef tenderloin Béarnaise. Both were decidedly average. Dessert cheered us up a bit, though. The small chocolate lava cake with coffee ice cream was delicious, and the green tea crème brûlée the best we’ve tried.

There is an unlimited flow of fruit juice, and we recommend the excellent sangria cocktail. For an additional $45 a head you can have all the Cornerstone Brut bubbly you want, but we suggest you spring for Moët at $98 a bottle.

What let down this gorgeous venue the most, it must be said, was the inept service. A warm word and a smile would have gone a long way towards making up for any logistical hiccups.

Sunday brunch is a good time to try Braise. You get a wide selection of their dishes for a fairly reasonable $68 a head – and that lovely view.

Note: Prices stated are subject to change and may not include taxes and service charges.

 

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