Foie gras parfait with toasted brioche, fig and pickled onion
Another bright sunny day in Singapore, and D and I decided to visit Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill on level 55 at ION Orchard. I love clear blue skies, sans the horrific heat and humidity of Singapore – I still miss Sydney weather dearly, especially during winter where you get almost unreal azure blue skies married with a cool, crisp air. Salt Grill is all glass that lets in tons and tons of filtered light that makes the panoramic view of Singapore all that more breathtaking. Reminded me a lot of Kong in Paris (which has the slightly more historic view of Pont Neuf).
Charcuterie plate with bresaola, jamon iberico, saucison and cornichons
The meal started off wonderfully. The charcuterie plate had just four things on it – bresaola, Jamon Iberico, saucison and cornichons, each one of them full of their unique, strong flavours, and the foie gras parfait was light and airy but had the strong punchy flavour of the foie gras – and the pickled onion was delicious. Absolutely genius start to the meal, such clean and simple flavours served in clean and simple “Luke” plateware. Absolute perfection in Modern Australian fare.
Barramundi fillet with wasabi mayonnaise
A shame the mains were disappointing. To be fair, the Barramundi was actually good – very very crispy batter, served with shoestring rosemary fries, but the wasabi mayonnaise was too rich and the tomato sauce I asked for was served with the explanation “our tomato sauce is homemade, so you will find it tastes more like barbeque sauce than tomato”, which I thought really odd. Homemade tomato sauce is great, but shouldn’t it taste of tomato sauce and not barbeque?
The burger that D ordered was served on a brioche bun that had the sauce swirled onto, but which made the rest of the burger, which was a beef patty, a single leaf of lettuce and thinly sliced beetroot, very dry and quite plain.
Of course there are plenty of other dishes we could have ordered, but a steak for lunch seemed a little heavy, and there seems to be no lunch menu on weekends (there is a lunch set during the week). I think the ambiance of the place will bring me back to try other dishes, and this would be another place that will be transformed during the night. Otherwise, this is the perfect place for a lunch with the girls. Just stick to the starters and appetisers and keep the wine coming!
Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
Level 55 on ION Orchard. Lift entry is on Level 4
Tel: 6592 5118