Restaurant Week ’14: Clifford, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Our second Restaurant Week visit was to one of The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s signature restaurants- Clifford. Touted as one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore with its 10 metre high ceilings and Victorian-chic interior, further complimented by the spectacular views of the Marina Bay Waterfront, it comes as no surprise that the French Brasserie has been fully booked since its inception into Restaurant Week a few years back.

With the DiningCity Star bestowed upon it, their set lunches had a supplement of $15++ while set dinners were an additional $20++. As I mentioned before in my Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt (OCF) Restaurant Week entry, I was initially not planning on taking part in this Restaurant Week edition. Nonetheless, the lure of an available table which opened up last minute one afternoon was too hard to resist. So we went down to see what the hype was all about!

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We were given 2 choices for our starters for the 3 course set lunch- another 3 choices were given if you were willing to add-on and pay more. The Scallop and Lobster Carpaccio with Lime Black Truffle Dressing +$12 was our immediate pick but the waiter informed us that supply had not yet come in. So we settled for the Beetroot Cured Salmon with Wasabi and Salmon Roe, and Basil Pesto Laced Minestrone with Fresh Pasta Ribbons instead- both from the actual Restaurant Week lunch menu.

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Tinged in a vibrant shocking pink hue, the cured slice of salmon was delicate with an earthy sweetness robustly flavoured by the richness of salmon roe pops. The Basil Pesto Minestrone Soup conversely, was a lighter choice and had a wider mass appeal with its easy-on-the-palate finish.

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For mains, we went for the Sea Bream Baked on Olive Plank, Mousseline Potato and Fennel Pollen Sauce and Wagyu Foie Gras Burger with Caramelized Onion Jam and a slab of seared Foie Gras +$12. Though on hindsight, we really should have ordered their Signature Duck Confit from the ala-carte menu that has been highly raved by everyone.

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Still, the Wagyu Burger with its slab of Foie Gras was tall and impressive with that glorious thick and sweet spread of onion jam to intensify the fattiness of the meat. The Truffle fries that came with it were shoe-string, crisp and so addictive, we had to order a second serving of it. Sadly though, the ala-carte serving of the Truffle fries was the same as the one served with the main (pictured below) and if money was not a factor, we would have made a third order to satisfy our cravings.

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The only Dessert option offered on the Restaurant Week menu was the Slice of Chocolate, 72% Chocolate with Chocolate Crumble which was not too bad at all and the Passionfruit Sorbet that was served alongside was tart and refreshing. We added $12 for a Lemon Tart with Wild Berries Sauce and it was one of our best decisions that afternoon. Crumbly pastry with a tangy creamy filling that flowed when we broke the crust, this lemon tart was indeed delightful.

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Clifford also offered a complimentary platter of petit fours to their Restaurant Week guests, which was a lovely surprise and gosh were those chocolates filled with bubblegum flavoured jam really amazing.

Overall, our Restaurant Week experience at Clifford was rather mixed. The service was flawless- attentive to detail, efficient and prompt, but the food had its highlights and mundane moments. Needless to say, with all the supplement charges on top of the DiningCity Star surcharge, our bill amounted to a rather hefty sum. Still a place I would recommend for very special occasions though and if you are keen to impress someone- I think their ala-carte menu is worth a try.

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The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049326
Tel: +65 6333 8388

Opening hrs:
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am
Lunch: 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 12pm-3:00pm

Singapore

2 Responses to Restaurant Week ’14: Clifford, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

  1. Jt says:

    Seriously, all these supplements just goes against the spirit of Restaurant Week, don’t u think so? I don’t have to go through all the trouble of getting a reservation just to pay almost the same amount of money for a meal there. Just doesn’t make sense and I’ve been giving this gimmick a miss for a while now.

  2. The burger looks good!

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