By: Jess Smit
LÈ Restaurant and Bar
3 Temasek Boulevard
#02-314 Suntec City Mall | 6338 8775
Choosing to eat at a fine-dining restaurant slap-bang in the middle of a brightly lit shopping mall was always something of a mystery to me – pre-LÈ that is, Paradise Group’s sensuous new restaurant and bar in the revamped Suntec City Mall.
My husband Paul and I made the transition from mall to meal with a few Asian-inspired cocktails: a Cherry for the Geisha ($22) for me and a Little Nonya ($22) for him; and tapas in the eclectic bar lounge – chilli crab kueh pie ti ($15) and mantou burger with braised USDA prime beef ($16). The bite-size burgers filled with braised Angus beef are a quirky take on the traditional pork belly steamed bun snack, and it’s exactly the kind of contemporary Chinese nosh that LÈ has got nailed.
First up for mains was the signature Dirty Duck ($38 half/$68 whole) –stewed in spices for six hours, flash-fried till crispy, shredded tableside and wrapped with cucumber, Hoisin sauce and basil in homemade scallion crêpes. I could have devoured the lot and ended there, but this is not the place to race through your meal.
From the cloud of dry ice on our platter of Alaskan crab tomato relish shooters ($10) to the chef painstakingly poaching our coral trout in lobster broth ($16 per 100g, $28 for the broth) beside our table, and the kitchen staff’s closing ceremony after last orders, there’s a theatrical element to the place that you’ll want to hang around to enjoy.
And for the finale, a decadent trio of chilled shooters: sweet temptation of mango sago, avocado cream, and Yakult and sesame pudding ($13).
Must-try dish: Dirty Duck