Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sky Dining on the Singapore Flyer
Want to take dining to new heights in Singapore? You can, with Premium Sky Dining at the Singapore Flyer. Yes, that's dinner on board the Flyer, complete with full butler service. Hubby and I had a chance to try it out, courtesy of an invitation from Singapore Tourism Board (thank you, Benjamin!), and we enjoyed it very much. It was also our wedding anniversary this month, so a romantic dinner like this was just perfect.
You'll have to check in half an hour before your "in-flight meal" here at the VIP Lounge. No worries, you can wander about the complex after that, so long as you come back at a prescribed time. Sky dining guests also enjoy express boarding - no queues to contend with!
We saw the F1 race tracks being prepared - this was just a few days before the races started.
This complimentary drink - chilled ginger ale with raspberry - was delightful. It may seem like the poor man's champagne, but hubby and I both liked this, much more than actual bubbly!
A big nod too, to the in-flight butlers or hosts who were discreet, efficient and competent. They make you feel very well-attended to, without being obtrusive.
The feeling you get when you're on top of the world is....wheee! You get to enjoy this twice, since there are two rotations included in the one-hour dinner.
During the first rotation, they serve bruschetta, a sun-dried tomato roll, the raspberry-ginger ale drink, and appetiser of juicy shrimp salad with Thai-style dressing. The menu changes monthly (check website for details). The food is catered by Megu.
The mains are brought on board as the second rotation begins, and everything is served hot. My "Baked cod with Honey Miso" was delicious - I would love to have this again if they serve it on a regular basis somewhere.
The "Roasted Roulade of Chicken wrapped in Turkey bacon" did not do as well. But rolled chicken never really does. The third option was an Oriental lamb shank.
Well, we knew the view was the real highlight of Sky Dining. When the Integrated Resort (IR) is completed, it will be even more stunning.
Marina Square and Millenia Walk. Too bad I didn't have a tripod for these night shots.
The two rotations finished all too quickly, but the journey was not over yet. We adjourned to the VIP Lounge on the 3rd floor where we could take our time for dessert and sweet conversation.
The lounge has lighting that changes colour to match the decorative lighting on the Flyer (this pink is not a permanent feature).
Dessert was coconut panna cotta on gula melaka - it was quite lovely and didn't need all the decorative chocolate. We finished off with coffee, and reluctantly pulled ourselves off the comfy seats.
This is certainly a nice way to celebrate very special occasions.
I'll confess I was not a big fan of the Singapore Flyer prior to this. Being stuck in a slow-moving pod was not my idea of fun (I'm a roller-coaster addict). But after trying it out, I do appreciate it a whole lot more, and I now understand why people have said they enjoyed it.
The somewhat surreal nature of dining on an observation wheel plus the airport-like lounge also make me feel like I've just been on a short holiday.
Premium Sky Dining is by reservations only, available twice daily (7.30pm and 8.30pm) at S$199++ per couple (there are four tables in the Sky Dining capsule). You could also book a private capsule for 2-10 persons for S$1,500 nett. More details at the website.
30 Raffles Avenue, #01-07
Tel: 6734 8829 / 6333 3311 for bookings
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