Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sam Leong's Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner Highlights at Forest 森 (RWS)
This dish blew me away.
Japanese Fragrant Rice with XO Sausages and Pan-seared Foie Gras served in Steamed Yellow Pumpkin
Is it the beautifully caramelised cubes of foie gras sitting on top? Is it the gorgeous little pumpkin baked to a golden finish? All very good, yes, but it was the rice. So exquisitely perfumed with savoury flavours and the smoky XO sausage. The aromas are not in your face, but subtle yet so seductive. Texture was perfect - fluffy yet firm. We just wanted more with each mouthful, as we tore into the pumpkin to hunt down every morsel. Nods of approval from all round the table, even from jaded palates.
This dish is part of the reunion meals that Sam Leong is trotting out for Chinese New Year at Forest 森. But I was glad when I found out it's available a la carte (S$28++) too. One more dish on my list of food I'd gladly come back for repeatedly.
Baked Alaska King Crab with Spicy Mayo and Fish Roe
You might also find this in some of the menus. This mentaiyaki-like baked crab is also lipsmackingly good, although the pumpkin rice stole the show. I really liked that it was lots of meat on a split shell, saving us the hassle of fighting the crustacean's exoskeleton to get at its flesh.
Forest Delight - chocolate ganache, passionfruit sorbet and lemongrass jelly
Dessert was a simple medley also showing yellow-golden highlights. The chocolate ganache hides sweet banana inside, and the combination is nicely addictive. The lemongrass jelly we are all familiar with - nice refreshing end to the meal.
Sam Leong has options for both lunch and dinner. He has a 5-course Fortune Celebration set lunch menu at S$68 per person featuring Braised Four Treasures Soup, and a 6-course Reunion Celebration set lunch menu at S$88++ per person.
There are two reunion dinners starting from S$168++ per person and an ultra-luxe 7-course Reunion Deluxe Tasting Menu at S$888++ per person. You'll have to reserve four days in advance (like today!) for this one, as it comes with indulgent items like Braised Superlative Imperial Bird Nest with crab meat and roe, and Braised 10 Head Dry Abalone with Sauteed Vegetable and Truffle Oil.
The menus are available until 24 Feb 2013.
By the way, Sam is also giving cooking classes at Forest. These are small, 10-person sessions where you get to come up close to the celebrity chef and his wife, and brush up on culinary techniques. The two are very willing to share, and love to teach. See more details in a story I did earlier:
The restaurant itself too is gorgeous; I'm sure you have seen plenty of photos online by now. Hmm, hey, I must check out their Sunday brunch (S$58++ adult; S$28++ child) sometime. Special dishes served butler style? Sounds nice.
Level 1 Equarius Hotel
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
(regular shuttle bus available from Hotel Michael)
Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.30am
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am – 4pm (last order 3.30pm)
Lunch (Mon - Sat): 12pm – 2.30pm (last order 2.15pm)
Dinner (Mon - Sun): 6pm – 10.30pm (last order 10.15pm)
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