We finally made good our intention to come to Ember more often, and not just once a year for our anniversary. Quite an indulgence to have two fancy meals in one day, but it’s my birthday today (I’m perennially 25) so indulge me :) Once again, Ember never fails to satisfy, and I left feeling very happy, and with a renewed intention to come back more often.
Besides the scallops with parma ham that we had last time, we tried 2 different starters – a deep fried tofu with a foie gras-mirin sauce, and cold angel hair pasta with sweet Japanese konbu (seaweed) and shaved abalone. Both were very different yet excellent.
The tofu was crispy on the outside and soft and light on the inside. It was topped with shimeji mushrooms and bonito flakes (you can opt for a variation with zucchini flowers that costs slightly more), and the highlight was the foie gras-mirin sauce, which was smooth, rich and creamy.
The cold angel hair pasta was actually a perfect complement to the rather heavy and oily tofu dish. The pasta really was fridge-cold and very refreshing. The combination of the sweet konbu and tender shaved abalone was light yet very tasty.
As always, one of us had the Chilean seabass, which never fails to impress and it certainly didn’t again today. I hope they never remove this dish from their menu. The other main we ordered was the slow-roasted pork belly with savoy cabbage and pomme puree (mashed potatoes). This tasted quite Asian, but it was very well prepared – the pork wasn’t too fatty and was fork-tender, yet the crackling was light and crisp.
We had some room for dessert but didn’t feel like waiting for the tarts or cakes that take up to 20 minutes, so A opted for the coconut panna cotta with gula melaka. Wow. I regretted not ordering one of my own, because this was surprisingly outstanding. It was topped with red rubies, which I thought was an interesting touch, and overall the creamy coconut pudding, gula melaka and red rubies were together perfectly.
We hope to make it here again at least once more before our anniversary in November this year, but given how 2008 has flown by so far, I won’t be surprised if the next time we write about this is our 5th anniversary.
Coconut panna cotta RAWKED! Awesome twist on red rubies. I’m definitely going to save room for that next time. Although the portions are small enough that you don’t really have to save room. 3-courses is definitely doable. And if I’m feeling hungry, I could probably go for 2 appetisers as well.
50 Keong Saik Road
Monday to Friday: Lunch 11.30 am – 2 pm, Dinner 6.30 pm – 10 pm
Saturday: Dinner only