Lewin Terrace is a beautiful dining destination perched amidst greenery in a colonial heritage setting.
This place is super popular for weddings, anniversaries and private events, and it's easy to see why. It's classy and romantic, and best of all, it's sheltered from the mad bustling crowd.
Equally elegant is its distinctive Japanese-French cuisine touch crafted by Executive Chef Keisuke Matsumoto. For summer, he has designed a Sho-Mi menu, embracing ingredients that are prime in this season.
What most of us don't know is that Lewin Terrace also has a three-course Kids Menu (at only S$20++) during weekends, so that children can also enjoy the Japanese-French experience along with their parents.
Kicking off with a soup, the main course follows with a choice of fish, chicken or pasta. The lunch includes a dessert and a juice/softdrink too.
Somehow all kids just love pasta. This is one that's done remarkably well, hiding all sorts of vegetables within its savoury tomato sauce.
The chicken option looks all grown up. I like that it's not some deep-fried and unhealthy processed chicken product that so commonly passes for kids' meals at other eateries.
Dessert is a scoop of ice cream - somehow ice cream always makes the day.
The three-course Lunch Menu that I had began with a refreshing "Summer Vegetable with Dashi Jelly" featuring Kagabuto Kyuri (cucumber) and avocado oil powder.
Strangely my kids wouldn't eat this. But I liked the dashi jelly and the little edamame at the bottom for texture too.
For the grown up mains, you have a choice of Roasted Sea Bream with red capsicum sauce and ginger paste. The fish was pleasantly executed but the portion was a little small. Perhaps it's just right for those watching their waistlines.
The other option for main course (which I heartily recommend) is the Pork Collar Confit with Honey Mustard Sauce and a surprisingly fiery Green Chili Paste. This was much more satisfying, and in fact, blew me away. The pork (clearly kurobuta, likely from Kagoshima) was seared just right; it was so juicy and tender with full fatty flavours. I hope they have this on the permanent menu. Even my kids couldn't get enough of this.
Dessert looked almost too good to be eaten. Sparkly meringue with flowery fondant and fruit coulis. After that you get coffee or tea.
From now til the end of August, Lewin Terrace’s Summer Sho-Mi is available for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm to 11pm), priced at $118++ per person ($180++ with wine pairing); and the luxurious Wakon Yosai menu is available for dinner only, priced $178++ ($240++ with wine pairing). For reservations, contact Lewin Terrace at 6333 9905.
During the weekends, kids can enjoy the Kids Menu from 11.30am to 2.30pm (last reservation at 1pm). This will continue beyond August.
Getting to Lewin Terrace itself can be a bit of an adventure. Look for the red gate next to the Singapore Philatelic Museum, and go up the flight of stairs on the left. You'll see the restaurant nestled amidst the lush greenery.
21 Lewin Terrace
Tel: +65 6333-9905
12 noon to 3pm
6.30pm to 11pm
Many thanks to Lewin Terrace for the invitation. Last photo courtesy of Lewin Terrace.