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Restaurant review: Ember on Keong Saik Road in Singapore

Hotel 1929
50 Keong Saik Road
(+65) 6347 1928

I have been visiting Restaurant Ember in Hotel 1929 on Keong Saik Road for so many years that I could, if I so wished, place my order as I reserve the table: field mushroom soup with white truffle oil; pan-seared Chilean sea bass with mushroom and smoked bacon ragout with truffle yuzu butter sauce; warm Valrhona chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream. It would probably be my choice for a last lunch on earth!

But with over 30 items on the lunch menu ($38 for a three-course set lunch with coffee or tea), we decided to order something completely different this time – and we were not disappointed.

The deep-fried soft shell crab was not too oily, and the sweet wasabi aioli cut through the richness of the crab. Two giant scallops were juicy and perfectly seared, with bacon beurre blanc and a mesclun salad with hazelnut dressing.

The firm Puy lentils under the crispy duck leg confit also ensured the duck was not too rich. Nothing saves you from the richness of the pan-roasted pork belly with Savoy cabbage and spiced Calvados sauce, though – a layer of perfect crackling atop tender pork meat; “sinfully good”, as the waitress described it.

For dessert, a crispy, chewy apple tarte tatin with ice-cream, and a tiramisu with cherries and small chocolate balls for texture. We rolled ourselves out into the sunlight, wondering how those tai tai ladies stay so slim!