Restaurant Ember @ Hotel 1929

Located at boutique hotel lobby 1929 at the start of Keong Saik road, Restaurant Ember sits unassumingly and modestly without any airs. The decor of the restaurant too is minimalistic and neat with its bare clothed- tables and warm woody brown hues. Barely accommodating no more than 50 people, Restaurant Ember is full house at every lunch seating and reservations of at least 2 days in advance are mandatory to avoid disappointment.

I was initially quite apprehensive about forking out $39.50++ for a 3 course set lunch but after the best friend’s vehement insistence that it was extremely worth it, I knew I had to give it a chance. For starters, the variety and choices Restaurant Ember offers you for each of the courses is generous and extensive. I often prefer the ala-carte option over set lunches because the latter is limited in options. This place however, has more than 6 choices of appetizers, mains and desserts for you to choose from and for the Foie Gras aficionados, there are Foie Gras appetizers done different ways- roasted, poached and pan-seared just for you.

Pan-roasted Scallop with Parma Ham, Citrus and Tarragon Vinaigrette

A clean canvas of fresh greens tossed in Vinaigrette with slices of grapefruit and orange which cuts through the flavour with its zest and citrus flair, this was made extra special with those beautifully pan-seared scallops wrapped with parma ham.

Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab with Sweet Wasabi Aioli

I really enjoyed this crispy fried soft shell crab that was honestly just plain cute and with all its parts still intact especially with the full pieced carapace. The touch of Japanese was contributed by the sweet wasabi aioli which elaborated the overall taste with its creamy texture and hint of spice, enough to tickle your taste buds and without that burning sensation through your nose. Simple and elegantly executed.

Pan-seared Chilean Seabass with Mushroom and Smoked Bacon Ragout, Truffle Yuzu Butter Sauce

One of the most memorable dishes at this meal, I dont quite know how to begin describing this exquisite Seabass without doing it an injustice. The fish itself was very fresh and pan-seared almost perfectly to the right degree of brown and crisp while still keeping the interior flesh so moist, flaky and tender. And the mushroom and bacon ragout sitting under, had been fried to an almost burnt blackness with a touch of smokiness. Complementing this overall combination was that absolutely flavoursome and rich buttery sauce that had me with the first whiff of truffle.

Marinated Cod with Black Miso, Sweet Peas and Herbed Potatoes

The Cod too was faultless with its smooth and creamy-like consistency that made it a breeze to cut along its grain. The Black Miso sticky glaze may however, be a little too sweet for some while others may delight in its subtle familiarity to the Teriyaki sweet soy sauce marinate. This is however a very popular option for regulars as there were only 3 cods left after we had placed our order and it was only 12pm! So get in early if you wish to try this main.

Frozen Homemade Nougat with Seasonal Berries and Lychee Sorbet

Ending off with dessert, this platter of nougat and seasonal berries was simply a delightful affair with its contrasting colours of reds, whites and blues. I warmed up immediately to those cubes of nougat sitting quaintly together, bringing back memories of the soft and chewy variety that I used to enjoy back in Australia. Bits of caramel and chopped candied fruit in the sticky mix topped with an uber refreshing and sweet serve of Lychee sorbet pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Crispy Caramelized Pear Tart with Homemade Baileys Ice Cream

A flaky, buttery and crumbly puffed pastry tart with thin slices of cooked pears made quite satisfying with an overlaying crumble topping which formed a nice sealant over the pear slices with its breadcrumb nature and brown sugar sweetness that caramelized on the top. The homemade Baileys Ice cream too was also really something special- adequately rich and sinful. Quite the perfect end to an already fantastic meal.

Overall, Restaurant Ember has far exceeded my expectations in terms of quality and taste. While most restaurants tend to fall short for at least one of the courses in a set lunch, standards here have been consistent throughout. Service staff too are plainly honest in their recommendations, giving you their true opinions on what they think you may or may not enjoy. They are also more than willing to accommodate requests of serving up your courses more quickly if you inform them early that you may be rushing back to the office.

And I will conclude by admitting that Restaurant Ember definitely serves up one of the best set lunches in Singapore and while $39.50++ may be a little costly, the experience is worth every penny.

50 Keong Saik Road,
Hotel 1929, Singapore
Tel: +65 6347 1928

Opening Hours
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
(Closed on Sundays)


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