The Nautilus Project (closed)
#04-09 ION Orchard
+65 6509 1033
Sitting atop the labyrinths of ION Orchard perches The Nautilus Project, brand-new purveyor of fine seafood and delectable pastries.
Panoramic sunsets are a rare commodity in Singapore, so the blinking neon glow of Orchard’s lights and screens – the next best thing – provide a welcome contemporary backdrop to what is a modern romantic dining experience.
The staff at Nautilus proved highly attentive and knowledgeable, and their first recommendation, the signature lobster trilogy ($29), superb shellfish with a ménage of vanilla salad, caramelized custard and warm soufflé, did not disappoint. Accompanying starters, king prawns with cocktail sauce ($12.50) and scallops with spinach and white wine ($18) were equally fat and juicy.
The whole flounder with capers ($47) featured a supremely fresh piece of fish, though perhaps a tad under-seasoned. The soup kettle, a Thai spicy coconut broth swimming with seafood ($39), hit all the right notes.
There was nothing fishy about the dessert, a Valentine’s Day special of raspberry sorbet accompanying a sinfully good heart-shaped cookie topped with white chocolate and vanilla. Even those without a sweet tooth will be in thrall to the sorcerous charms of Nautilus’ inspired pastry chef.