Iberico ham with fresh figs and crumbed brie cheese
The last time I was in The Moomba, it was 1999 and I had a looong lunch there before being proposed to ! Needless to say I have very fond memories of the restaurant, but to be honest, have not been back since.
I guess it’s testimony that it’s still around 11 years on, especially in fickle Singapore where so many restaurants have come and gone in that same time. And I have heard only good things from my friend Christine who does business with the owner and chef. I even got a surprise gift of some of his home-made Christmas ham from her a few years back and it was delicious.
Another friend and I went there for dinner last Wednesday to celebrate some good news. To be honest it was our third choice – the first two, Altitude, and Sage, were fully booked on a Wednesday night – so when we walked in to Moomba at 8.00pm to find only one couple in the restaurant, we entered with a bit of apprehension.
The good news is that my doubts were unfounded. The food was great !
Perhaps Moomba does a roaring lunch trade or perhaps with its location so close to Boat Quay it’s the place to eat on a Friday night. However, with its shiny new competitors with their spectacular views just around the corner around the Marina area, having only two people seated at 8.00pm isn’t doing it any favours from the street.
I started with Iberico ham with fresh figs and deep-fried brie (pictured above – the pic was from my friend’s iPhone 4 as I forgot to bring my camera). A great combination where the sweet and salt, soft and crunchy, fresh (from the rocket) and aged worked perfectly well together.
For mains I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a good old steak. Three types of cuts were offered – I went for the recommendation of the tenderloin and it turned out to be the best on the table – definitely the most flavoursome without being overly fatty or dry.
Even desserts were good – a pecan pie and a sticky date pudding were shared, the sticky date pudding with a creme anglais rather than butterscotch sauce which lightened up the pudding to a point where everything was cleaned from the plates.
I only found out after that the entire upstairs floor is a retail wine space where you can taste and buy a huge selection of wines.
There was the requisite “roo” offered which I think it silly in a restaurant that isn’t branded “outback tucker” because the food at Moomba is sophisticated and delicious. Is it just poor marketing ? Is it in need of a facelift or some rebranding ? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
52 Circular Road
Tel: 6438 0141
Lunch 11am – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday
Dinner 6.30pm – 10pm, Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays