Listen to Violet Oon‘s latest episode about fine dining in Singapore!
This week, our Makan Kaki Violet Oon (have you tried her latest Satay Bar & Grill yet?) wants to take us on a gastronomic experience to end all experiences – if you have a very special occasion coming up or looking for an extraordinary treat or if you only try fine dining once in your life, you might want to dine at one of the very best in Singapore, 3 Michelin starred Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Violet calls this place “THE WORKS”, a flight of fancy into delights of the palate and in fact, all your senses. Dining here reminded Violet of the heady days of fine dining and entertainment in Paris back in the 80s and 90s, but make no mistake, the food here is not stuck in the past. What you’ll get is sheer perfection – French haute cuisine served in the form of inventive and delicious French classics, premium wines, impeccable service and attention to every detail.
Violet recommends the $298++ degustation menu, which is exquisite but not too heavy on the stomach. And from a chef and restaurateur’s point of view, she believes that the price tag is truly great value for the entirety of the experience, from the luxe interors, ambiance, service, wines and needless to say, sublime quality of food.
First of all, you’ll be dazzled by Robuchon’s famed bread basket, brimming with up to 10 different kinds of bread, from classic baguette, to sour dough, to bacon & onion and more. You’ll have to discipline yourself here, limit your bread intake despite the temptation to sample everything, because there is so much more to come…
Different Amuse Bouche follow – for example, chilled sweet corn veloute with imperial caviar and golden croutons and then you get a choice of a hot and a cold starter, like the hot seafood bouillabaisse that just sings of the South of France and the chilled king crab avocado cannelloni.
For the main course, Violet was particularly taken by the line-caught crispy fish, or generous whole lobster. But if you prefer a red meat, their baby lamb rack and saddle was a masterpiece.
You can then finish off your meal with a choice of dessert from their ala carte menu, but Violet recommends going for the cheese trolley, where the sheer variety and carefully curated selection is simply jaw-dropping and delicious, to say the least. Follow up your cheese course with the dessert caravan, a multi-tiered wonderland of sweet treats and ice-cream just there for the sampling. But that’s not the end – coffee or tea, done to your liking, round things off, along with more delicate, perfectly formed petit fours.
Keeping in mind that the menus (degustation & ala carte) change regularly according to the seasons, you can be assured of a meal that as been described as “magic” – every dish is painstakingly created and different from the next in flavour and texture. The skill with which every dish is handled and prepared is unparalleled.This is a meal that you simply cannot recreate at home by yourself (unless you’re a 3 Michelin starred chef!) and that’s why Joël Robuchon Restaurant is an excellent choice when you want a luxurious experience that’s worth the money you pay. Violet was most impressed and thinks the 3 stars award by Michelin was well deserved.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Resorts World Sentosa
Hotel Michael, Level 1
Open for Dinner: 6 – 10.30pm (Tue – Sat), closed Sunday & Monday, except Public Holidays
Tel: +65 65777888