With an ever increasing number of "restaurant with a view" (think Stellar, Sky on 57, Salt etc), I still think that none of them can beat the now-senior Equinox. Following our pre-meal drinks at City Space, the girlfriend and I hopped over next door for dinner proper.
Window Seat ($20 Surcharge)
And yes, I willingly paid the surcharge this time round to have no tables between us and the unparalleled view of CBD/Marina Bay. Furthermore, we were lucky to be there on a National Day rehearsal weekend, enjoying the magnificent flag fly-past and F16 salutes.
Fiji Water 1 Litre ($15.50)
No tap water served, still water for the night then.
Complimentary Bread, Amuse Bouche
With the dull bread being cold and hard, the chilled tomato juice was rather appetizing for me.
Crabmeat Shooter, Lobster Bisque (Set Dinner)
Sharing a 3-Course Set Dinner of the Month ($108.00++) and a ala carte main course, the starter consisted of two parts; a glass of crabmeat that was chunky and fresh, nicely sandwiched between vegetable mousse and jelly, and a piccolo-sized bisque which (behold) paled in comparison to the version at Dozo.
Miso-Rubbed Salmon (Set Dinner), Pork Tenderloin with Whisky Sauce ($65.00)
Despite the waitress reassuring us that it was the miso effect, we still felt that the salmon skin was burnt and tasted slightly bitter. Texture-wise, it was also too overcooked for our liking.
The tenderloin was also disappointingly tough, with the alcohol sauce hardly able to save it. The accompanying scotch egg was pretty ordinary too.
Creme Brulee (Set), Petit Fours
While great in presentation as the flaming was done table-side, tastewise it was pretty standard with vanilla flavour. Stone sweets to end off the meal too.
Total bill for two was $304.25 after taxes (including premeal drinks/snacks at CitySpace). Frankly, I had much fonder memories of the food standards at Equinox, having eaten brunches and dinners here not too many years ago. Yet this time round it was surprisingly mediocre as I have expected plenty more out of Equinox's calibre and pricing.
While I feel that the view is still second-to-none, even that doesn't give a strong reason for a return. Off the list till I miss the scenery then.
Level 70, Equinox Complex
Swissotel The Stamford
Tel: 6837 3322
Taken with Nikon D70