I have been to the restaurant a few times in the last couple of years. I like the decor, the service and the general atmosphere; a fusion of posh – from the chandelier, velvet seats to the waitress’s nursing cap, plus the food all comes in a trolley which somehow added the poshness; and casualness – there is no dress code.
My friend has a 1-1 main course birthday voucher which made this meal more affordable for two. We decided on the Prime roast beef, Singapore cut ($63), the smallest cut on the menu but it’s big enough. We paid another $16 to top off into a set which included soup, coffee/tea and dessert.
While waiting for our meal, we were served warm rolls and butter. The first course was the spinning salad, included with the roast beef. The waitress pushed the trolley over and demonstrated by pouring the dressing into the spinning salad bowl resting on another bowl of ice. A nice novelty even if the salad tasted similar to one that had been tossed in the kitchen. Another small gesture is the chilled fork to eat with the salad.
We had the choice of mushroom soup or minestrone soup and each of us chose a different one. The problem with serving soup in a shallow dish is that the soup chills very quickly, especially for non-cream based soup, which mar the taste.
I decided to order an appetizer of lobster tail ($19) to share. The lobster was cooked just right, with a tinge of translucency with provided the crunch. It tasted just nice without any seasoning. (I don’t know the what’s the oil at the side.)
Our Roast beef was served in a silver wagon by a chef. We could select any side for additional $8 and I chose the Creamed Spinach. My roast beef was done perfectly pink in the middle, and served with mashed potato and a plate of Yorkshire pudding to mop up the gravy.
The creamed spinach did not go well with us, as it was too heavy. We would have preferred steamed carrots or broccoli.
After the table was cleared, we were presented with a Gryphon Tea Box to select our tea. I love teas but to choose one out of so many presents me with a very pleasant dilemma. We took our time, opening every individual box to give a good sniff. My white tea oolong was fragrant and enjoyable when served in a cute little tea set.
Our dessert is a cherry cream mousse which provided a delightful end to a meal.
My friend was also presented with a piece of strawberry trifle, complete with a candle and a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ by three of the staff. Our memorable lunch was captured in a printed photo which was presented to my friend before we left.
Now isn’t that wonderful?