Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bridge Restaurant @ Seah Street - Fine Dining Without Fuss Nor Pinch

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Bridge Restaurant along Seah Street has recently revamped their menu with the introduction of the new Head Chef, Ace Tan who used to work in Pollen. The new menu focused in 3 main categories, creativity, haute and experimental-piquant illustration while not diverting from the motto of offering fine dining meal with reasonable pricing.

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Our dinner started with some sourdough and anchovy butter. On top of their ala carte menu, the revamped menu has also introduced 3-course ($55) and 5-course ($85) set menus, offering a wallet friendly experience. The downside is that it is a fixed menu without any choices of starter, mains and dessert. I understand the restaurant is working towards that though.

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Amuse Bouche - Oyster Leaf with Yuzu Gel 3.5/5

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Amuse Bouche - Buckwheat Pikelet with Foie Gras Mousse 3/5

The set course started with two Amuse Bouche to kick start the dinner. First is the Oyster Leaf with Yuzu Gel, followed by the Buckwheat Pikelet with Foie Gras Mousse.

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Textures of Crab 4.2/5

Moving on to the starters, we tried the Textures of Crabs ($20) and Foie Gras and Samphire ($22). For both the dishes, the staff will pour the sauce at the table upon serving.

Beginning with the Textures of Crabs, I like the play of cold and hot from the sweetness of the crab meat and deep fried crispiness of the soft shell crab. All these is held together by the lovely umani gazpacho, for a light and refreshing finish.

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Foie Gras and Samphire 4.5/5

Another impressive starter on the menu is the Foie Gras and Samphire ($22). It is common to pair foie gras with fruity jam or even a rich and heavy sauce but having it with smoked shitake consomme is something interesting that works excellently. Even my friend who don't really take foie gras, felt that it masked the gaminess of the foie gras perfectly, giving it a total new dimension.

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Ink Risotto and Purple Octopus 4.5/5

I am not a big fan of squid ink dishes as I find it very one dimensional. However the Ink Risotto and Purple Octopus ($28) changed my mind totally. Cooked together with paramsan cheese, it gives the risotto a multi flavours experience. I enjoyed how the cheesy flavour infused with the squid ink for a harmoniously bite of the rice grains.

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Chrysanthemum Infused Snapper 3.8/5

What I like about the Chrysanthemum Infused Snapper ($30) is the crispy fish skin that has been separated from the fish meat. This is probably my first encounter of such execution. The chrysanthemum is actually quite untraceable but I like the lemon tobiko that gives the fish meat a zesty kick.

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Kagoshima Japanese A4 Wagyu and Fennel Spice 3.8/5

Another main dish we tried is the Kagoshima Japanese A4 Wagyu and Fennel Spice ($70 for 100g / $120 for 200g). The meat is cooked to a beautiful sear on the exterior. However I thought the flavour of the beef was a little disappointing. It did not have that sweet beefy flavour that I prefer.

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Native Fruits of Singapore 3.5/5

Moving to dessert, the Native Fruits of Singapore ($18) showcases the local fruits such as jackfruit, lychee, topped with culture cream and almond crumbs. It is served with a scoop of Okinawa organic tofu gelato.

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Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Cider Custard 3/5

Last but not least I had the Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Cider Custard ($16). I like all the components on the bowl such as the coconut jelly, sesame micro sponge and purple sweet potato gelato, except for the sweet potato cake which was on the heavy and dry side to wrap up the night.

The dining experience at Bridge is like bridging the gap between fine dining and casual dining. I can see and taste what it is trying to do and applaud it. While I enjoyed both the starters and mains, I felt that the desserts need some fine tuning to match the excellent start.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Bridge Restaurant
31 Seah Street
Singapore 188387
Tel: +65 63334453
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed: 3pm - 11pm
Thu: 12pm - 11pm
Fri: 12pm - 1am
Sat: 11am - 1am
Sun: 11am - 5pm

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. Cross the road, walk towards Raffles Hotel direction. Walk down North Bridge Road and turn right on to Seah Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

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