The Royal Mail: New Menu Offerings

Modern British Restaurant The Royal Mail Restaurant has always been occupied a spot on my 'to-do'' list for the longest time. Hearing the high praises for the Roast Prime Rib escape the lips of many who have made their pilgrimage to the restaurant; I was ecstatic to be able to try the unveiling of the new menu in conjunction with their 3rd Anniversary. So get this, there will be a 20% off at dinner until the 30th May, so perhaps this place would be a good spot to bring the royal highness to for dinner on Mothers Day. Better still, intoxicate her with a complimentary bottle of wine if you spend a minimum of $200; so get on it and round up the siblings!

Highlights of the night include the Seafood Bouillabaisse ($28), which boasts a bright tangy broth brimming with the the milky goodness of crustaceans. Perched in the warm bath are the Red Malabar Snapper, Langoustine and Blue Mussel which help to round up the dish with elegance and accent the luxuriance of the broth. Other starters such as the Scallop Carpaccio and Tuna ($26) deals a light hand and makes one feel like royalty just by noshing down on the fresh produce that needed little adornments to highlight it. The milky depths of the Hokkaido scallop, elevated when eaten with the preserved lemon and olives.

The main however, took a slight dip in deliverance, The Honey Glazed Kurobuta Pork ($56), not cooked to my usual liking revealed slightly dry interiors. Pity though as for the price I was footing, I would expect nothing but perfection, especially from a cut as highly unctuous as the kurobuta. The Apple Butter sauce that accompanied the medley was absolutely lip-smacking delicious, the bitter-sweet carmelization evident throughout.

The Porcini &Bacon Risotto ($32) was an absolute disaster with a bewildering toss up of cream added at the final stage instead of usual lashings of butter to tie the knot. 

Despite it's rather unappealing appearance, the Miso Black Cod ($42) was the most valuable player of the night. Luscious cod fillet cooked to perfection served in a smooth leek fondue, glazed with a glistening coat of seaweed butter for that additional punch of umami. A delicate sesame tuille garnish ties in the Asian references while the bonito flakes added a muted complexity to the dish. All in all, one that I would be happy to tuck in to any day. 

If you're looking for a sharing plate for the table as everyone dives into their main courses, the Roasted Whole Fish would be a great option. We had the Japanese Yellow Sea Bream ($78) which arrived at the table with a pouch of lemon, roasted garlic and scallions. And despite our debates on the freshness of the fish, there was no denying the appeal of an entire fish on the bone at the table. A spectacle for the eye, one could only wish that a fresher fish be served.

Dessert Platter ($32)

No meal would be complete without desserts, and to ring in the sweet finales, we had first dibs of the 4 new desserts to make the menu. The Enhanced Bergamot Earl Grey Jelly ($15) may not sound like much but it won my heart with its delicate medley of flavors form the frozen yogurt, passion fruit coulis, earl grey jelly and macerated berries. The quintessential British dessert of Eton Mess ($18) was also a winner with its classic pairing of strawberries, meringue, and devon cream, spiced by bits of hazelnut crunch and a light drizzle of salted caramel. The Peanut Butter Jelly ($18) has a lot of potential to be a stellar dessert, albeit for the toasted brioche that acquired a rather tough cardboard like texture after a bit. Old school Sticky Date Pudding ($18), may need an enlargement on the portion foray but delivers a moist sticky interior that could benefit from a deluge of butterscotch instead of the vanilla brandy sauce, to further amplify its sinfully good nature.

Do note that there would be 20% off the dinner bill from now till the 30th May in conjunction with The Royal Mail's third year anniversary. So do make your reservations quick to get a taste of the new menu now available! 

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar
2 Finlayson Green
Ascott Raffles Place

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