Corner House cod_horizantal

Corner House at the Botanic Gardens

Corner House is a great go-to for a special meal. I’ve had a couple of lovely long lunches there, and recently, tried out their degustation dinner, post-Michelin star win.

Let’s get that one comment about service out of the way before I talk about the food. For the past few years, whenever I’ve made reservations at Corner House, there’s always been a cheery and respectful voice at the other end.

Arriving at the venue, that same cheery voice was always matched by a smiling, lovely host as you’re ushered to your seat.

This time, neither the phone interactions nor the onsite welcome had the warmth that I have grown to associate Corner House with.

Luckily, I wasn’t there to find my new best friend, plus the server dedicated to our table was a friendly and relaxed chap, so I put aside the rest of the uppity staff and proceeded to enjoy my birthday meal.

Settling into our gorgeous corner seats on the verandah, we selected the 5-course Menu Degustation at $198 per person. If you’d like wine pairing, it’s an additional $128 per person.

Corner House Snacks

Corner House Snack Choc Foie Gras

Three flavour bomb snacks arrived to kickstart the dinner. There was a refreshing cucumber-filled sphere with yellow mustard seeds and a homemade fish cracker with tobiko (flying fish roe) but the white truffle balls with a foie gras filling is the one I am still thinking about today.

Corner House geoduck

First course featured that very strange phallic mollusc – the geoduck. Thinly sliced and accompanied by crunchy lotus roots, what jumped out to me wasn’t the seafood but the very prominent citrus flavour, thanks to the burnt orange sauce. I know citrus is quite a common pairing of flavours with geoduck, but it was too much tang for me.

Corner House Lobster Riso_Horizontal

The second course was the star of the meal for me. Ok, so it has lobster – that in itself is enough to knock the competition dead but it was the overall rich, smoky, heady flavours of the dish that I absolutely loved. Grilled lobster on a squid-dotted bed of riso, I really felt as though I was dining by the sea, somewhere in the Mediterranean!

Corner House cod_horizantal

Still on the seafood train is the next dish – a New Zealand blue cod with crispy scales. It’s not the most commonly found dish in restaurants here, so I relished the chance to have this. I appreciate how the chef succeeded in presenting this unique technique, and the pairing of the firm, sweet scallop together with the smooth, flaky fish was delicious. Fennel and grapefruit added a zingy twist to the dish.

Corner House Beef

Then the meat course – a Japanese A4 Toriyama beef, veal tendon and grilled romaine lettuce. Wow. Perfect done-ness, perfect grill, and even something that sounds so “gelatinous” (and I hate gelatinous ingredients) like the veal tendon was prepared so well that I could not help but love the entire dish. And yes, that is a generous serving of shaved black truffle that you see.

Chef Jason Tan’s ubiquitous dessert, “My Interpretation of Kaya Toast” is one of the prettiest desserts I have had but it wasn’t part of the degustation menu.

Corner House Pineapple dessert

Instead, we got his interpretation of a pineapple tart, maybe? It was an interesting dessert, the salted egg yolk cream, kaffir lime and crunchy shortbread went well together.

Corner House petit fours

But I actually preferred the petit fours that arrived at the end of the meal. A tasty gula melaka macaron and, I especially enjoyed the “milo dinosaur” cube! Very ice age indeed, and the familiar, comforting milo taste to end an amazing birthday dinner with.

With Corner House’s gorgeous location within the verdant landscape of the Botanic Gardens, it is definitely worth planning in advance to get a corner seat on the verandah – don’t worry about the heat or mosquitos, the clear shades are rolled down at night, so you get the lush views without the accompanying “outdoor” issues.

All in all, Corner House is still one of the top places you should consider for a special occasion.


Corner House:

Address: 1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569

Contact: +65 6469 1000 or  enquiries@cornerhouse.com.sg

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays – Saturdays
Lunch: 12 pm – 3 pm
(last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm – 11 pm
(last order 10 pm)

Sundays
Brunch: 11.30 am – 3 pm
(last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm – 11 pm
(last order 10 pm)


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