Oh, yippee for Salt Grill and Sky Bar.
I make it a point to celebrate the first day of the year with a memorable dinner. But it’s always a chance you take; a restaurant may have wowed you years back but it’s no guarantee of standards years later, or if you’re like me, and always wanting to try a new place, it might be a hit or miss.
Luckily, there’s Salt Grill and Sky Bar. The panoramic view of Singapore’s city skyline gives Salt Grill an automatic bonus point. Even when it’s cloudy or raining, being high up in the sky, on the 55th level of ION Orchard, and enjoying a good meal, it is pretty damn near perfect.
Just make sure you request for a window seat.
So there we were, on New Year’s Day, having a very important meal for the year. Unlike many other places that force price-inflated degustation menus onto diners during the festive season, Salt Grill was offering its ala carte menu.
We started with bubbles and a couple of appetizers – both of which were very good.
The Petuna Ocean Trout Confit ($36) with a poached prawn had distinctive Asian flavours of coconut, nam jim and coriander and was light and refreshing.
Countering that was the Foie Gras ($35) served 2 ways – confit & seared. Smoked eel, raisins, grapefruit and hazelnut meringue added further depth to the dish.
Now, Salt Grill is well-known for its meats so mains were a no-brainer. Definitely beef!
My favourite cut is tenderloin, so naturally, I went for the 200g grass-fed Great Southern Pinnacle Tenderloin ($79). And instead of the usual thick slab of meat, Salt Grill served me the meat in two slices. But I suppose the satisfaction of cutting into a chunk of perfection could be sacrificed for the taste, for it was delicious! Tender and flavourful, enhanced with a truffle vinaigrette, though not really necessary as the jus itself was so intense.
Hubby chose the Wagyu Rump ($79), also 200g, from Queensland. Not usually a fan of the rump cut, he is now a convert. Well, maybe just for the one at Salt Grill. Grilled to perfection and amped up with cauliflower puree, BBQ spiced romanesco and roasted French shallot.
We were so full by now that we decided to share a Cherry Soufflé. It’s pretty much everything a soufflé should be – light, yet intensely flavoured. The deep, dark chocolate ice cream was a gorgeous addition to the dish.
Prices are befitting of its fantastic location (read: pricey) but for a guaranteed good meal, I wouldn’t think twice about heading here.
Salt Grill is also usually part of the Singapore Restaurant Week lineup, so if you’re looking to give this place a try without having to spend too much, this would be a good option. For a 3-course meal, it’s usually $40 for lunch and $58 for dinner. I’ve checked them out once during the restaurant week and again, it was just wonderful. No stinging on portions or quality and reasonable wine-pairing options available too.
Salt Grill and Sky Bar:
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard
Open Daily: 11am – 1.45pm
Open Daily: 6pm – 9.45pm (Last order)
Degustation (Open Daily)
Lunch: 11am – 1.30pm (Last order)
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm (Last order)
Friday – Sunday & Public Holidays: 2.30pm – 4.45pm
Open Daily: 11am – 11pm
Happy Hour: 12pm – 7.30pm