Friday, November 27, 2015

Xperience Restaurant, Sofitel So Singapore

During our stay at Sofitel So Singapore, we had the pleasure of having dinner at Xperience Restaurant, the hotel's signature restaurant and bar. With a relaxed yet stylish gastro-bar dining concept, Xperience takes guests on a one-of-a-kind interactive culinary journey of the senses.

Helming the kitchen is Sofitel So Singapore's Resident Culinary Designer, Trevor Paulo. Earlier this month, a brand new menu created by Chef Trevor was unveiled at the restaurant.

The new menu stays true to the restaurant's concept of a sophisticated combination of modern European tastes with Asian touches. At Xperience, diners are able to design their own customised menus, based on different culinary experiences - crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky, spicy and zesty – to name a few.

In the restaurant, you will find a custom-built matt-black and rose-gold 20-ft Molteni oven

We went for the Signature Menu (S$75), which entitles you to a 3-course meal of Chef Trevor's signature creations. There are 2 entrees, 2 mains and 2 desserts to choose from, so to make it easy, we we went for one of each.

For entree, we had the Foie Gras and Truffle Siew Mai (S$31) as well as Chili Crab Taco. They were both good, however if I had to choose one between the two, I would go for the siew mai. It may look like an ordinary siew mai, but hidden within is a piece of foie gras. The siew mai itself is made of duck meat, sits in a Japanese dashi broth, complemented perfectly by the foie gras. We would have liked it if the truffle taste was more distinct, but nevertheless a really enjoyable dish - juicy and plump, oh-So-delicious!

The Chilli Crab Taco (S$24) features one of Singapore's most famous dishes, the Singapore chilli crab. Crab meat is removed and topped onto a soft taco with fresh cabbage, red onions, coriander and homemade kaffir lime oil. However, we felt that this was a bit pricey considering you only get 1 piece.

We were impressed with the generous portions of the mains as well as the beautiful plating of the dishes. I had the Laksa Risotto (S$40), which clearly showcases European technique with Asian flavours. The risotto was rich and creamy and is cooked in a curried base, giving it a lovely spicy kick, redolent of laksa, one of Singapore's famous dishes. Crab meat, charred squid and king prawn, all perfectly cooked, adorns the risotto.

Hubby had the Kampong Chicken (S$27) served with potato mousseline, egg confit, bok choy and black bean vinaigrette, and it was fantastic! One of the best chicken dishes we've had in a while, we were told that the tender, flavorful chicken was cooked sous vide, and then roasted. The potato mousseline was silky smooth and the egg confit completes this beautiful dish.

For dessert, we shared the Lemon Marshmallow (S$18) as well as Araguani Cremeux (S$18). Out of the two, I preferred the tangy Lemon Marshmallow, which was served with almond crumble, lemon curd, ginger jelly, meringue and popping candy. It was a lovely finish to the fantastic meal. The Araguani Cremeux was slightly too bitter for my liking, though Hubby had no problems in polishing the plate off.

*Prices indicated next to each dish is the price if you ordered from the a la carte menu.

To celebrate the launch of the new menu, diners can get 25% off total a la carte food bill, valid til 29 December 2015. Available for weekday dinners and all day on weekends.

Opening times: 6.30am to 10.30pm daily.

Location: Xperience Restaurant, Lobby Level, 35 Robinson Road, 068876 Singapore.

Tel: +65 6701 6800

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place.

GPS Coordinates: 1.279826, 103.849763

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