If you have been following this blog, you will know that a family friend from HK will come visit us from time to time. And every time she's here, I will have the pleasure of planning almost all her meals! Having been to Equinox with her eons ago, I chose a place on even higher grounds this time: Stellar!
Located on the 62nd storey of One Raffles Place, Stellar is surely Singapore's tallest restaurant. I don't think there's a need to elaborate on how fantastic the view is, though you do have to choose between Marina Bay and downtown for window seats.
When you are done gawking at the outside, the interior of Stellar deserves some attention too, as the the white theme and elegant design set the perfect mood for a long dinner. Service was really pleasant too, as we were well taken care of by the same young lady for the entire night.
Frankly, I was expecting something more exciting from a place of this calibre, but the bread munchie was surprisingly simple with a single slice of baguette. Oh well, at least it was warm and fluffy!
5 Type Sashimi Moriawase ($55.00), Tempura Futomaki ($20.00)
Freshness is key to sashimi and was what they promptly delivered. I particularly liked the scallops that came in between slices of zesty lemon for that refreshing touch. The maki came highly recommended by the staff but turned out to be really average. With crabmeat and avocado within, the battered skin didn't feel crispy, while it just had too much rice and too little ingredients on the whole.
The five of us ordered a different main each and I got to steal a bite from all! The fish was pretty good but nothing mind-blowing, while the other was a salad that I would approve with hands and feet. Fresh apple cubes, crunchy walnut crumbs and a generous sprinkle of the crispy lard bits. A darn yummy one!
Cooked with poached Maine lobster, the risotto's texture was just right with the earthly smell and taste of prized truffles, much enjoyed by the family friend! I thought my mom's kurobuta pork belly was wasted to be served minced, but pairing it with apple & pear jelly and smooth mashed potato worked well anyway.
US Prime Sirloin ($65.00)
Served on a warm stone grill, my medium steak gave a good beefy chew with juicy flavours. I rekindled my love for bone marrow after the last encounter at L'Entrecote but alas, it just wasn't as memorable at Stellar. Crispy fries and shredded greens to complete the course!
Five Petites Platter ($30.00)
Helmed from the kitchens of sister cafe 1-Caramel, presentation was very pretty as the ladies awed at it. The Earl Grey Creme Brule stood out for its strong taste while I personally favoured the Sticky Date Pudding, the chocolate selections, however was only soso.
Even if you don't have the stomach for a glass of after-dinner wine, do remember to go head upwards for the rooftop bar, 1-Altitude. The night lights are even more spectecular here with an unobstructed city view. Don't get tipsy enough to climb over the edges!
While Stellar's food quality was decent, it was not necessary the best when comparing item for item. I felt that the price premium probably went to the view anyway. That being said, food sometimes do play second fiddle to ambience and Stellar probably fit into this category; a feast for the eyes!
Stellar @ 1-Altitude 1 Raffles Place, Level 62 One Raffles Place Tel: 6438 0410