Monday, February 8, 2010
Society Bar at One Fullerton
I had earlier thought Society Bar was more for drinking than dining. But a visit there proved me wrong, deliciously wrong. Our third stop in the Fullerton Heritage series turned up some unexpected good eats at this far end of One Fullerton.
Of course, since this is a bar, there are drinks of all kinds, including a special cocktail for the Lunar New Year. The "Golden Prosperity" (S$16 nett, only available 1-28 Feb) is a festive mix of brandy, Malibu rum, Southern Comfort and sparkling apple juice presented in frosted martini glass. Valentine's Day also sees a special twin cocktail called Sweet Seduction (see Valentine menu link below).
For the festive season, we get a special raw salmon yu sheng salad (S$12 nett, 1-28 Feb) that's quite unusual - it's served in individual portions! It does away with the oft-messy communal tossing, and lets you enjoy the salad as it is. You get a generous portion of raw salmon (at the bottom), rice noodles, shrimp crackers, finely shredded white radish, carrot, red pepper and sweet pickled ginger topped with chopped peanuts and toasted sesame seeds. But an extra ingredient not mentioned - shredded kaffir lime leaves - really give the salad an aromatic punch.
Beef Burger, Bacon, Cheese, Beetroot + Sunnyside Egg (S$14.50)
Brad and I shared a beef burger. Hearty portion with well-toasted sesame seed buns, a sweetish salad and really good crisps.
The egg yolk is still semi-soft, and the patty is well-seasoned.
Tiger Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Ju who does not take beef chose this dish and shared it with us. The fish & chips won my heart even before I had a bite. Behold, how crispy the batter looks! The fish was also fresh and moist inside.
Tunisian Braised Chicken Leg Pilaff With Brown Rice (S$16.50)
Beautifully browned chicken with exotic spices, atop a savoury pilaf with pine nuts and corn kernels. Brown rice never tasted so good. Nice.
Spaghetti With Mediterranean Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil and Parmesan (S$12.50)
The pasta was sadly overcooked, and the sauce failed to save it. This was the only dish we didn't finish.
The Chocolate Duet is part of the month-long Valentine's Day menu. It's a tower of rich chocolate sable cookie, white chocolate ganache, fresh strawberry slices and raspberry sorbet. Can I say that everything here was good, from the light-as-air sable cookie to the intensely fruity raspberry sorbet? And when combined, it all came together even more wonderfully.
Individual Baked Apple Tartlet + Toffee Sauce + Ice-cream (S$7.50)
So good, you won't want to share it!
Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding + Toffee Sauce + Ice-cream + Candied Walnuts (S$8)
This sounds irresistible, doesn't it? It was certainly good but the toffee pudding part was a bit of a letdown, being neither moist nor sticky enough (for me). Am still on the hunt for good sticky toffee pudding!
The Blueberry Cheesecake was competently done. Dense, creamy and not too sweet. This rich dessert is probably best enjoyed on its own rather than with too many other desserts like we did!
There's a nice al fresco area for you to enjoy your drinks with the view of Esplanade and Marina Bay. There are several Happy Hours:
5-9pm: 20% off housepour spirits and draft beers
9-10pm: S$7+ martinis
10-11pm: S$8+ shooters
Check out also their Valentine's Day menu (Only S$30 nett per person), available all month.
Many thanks to Fullerton Heritage and Society Bar for this tasting session, and to Marina Mathews of Crocmedia for being such a warm and engaging host.
1 Fullerton Road
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