Friday, November 21, 2008


C says:

Yes it’s that time of the year again. Our anniversary is actually tomorrow but because of a cousin’s wedding, we had to have our traditional Ember dinner one day early. I know it seems a bit silly to keep going back to the same place year after year, when there are so many restaurants that are still unchartered territory for atetoomuch. It’s just that particularly when it’s a special occasion, I don’t want to be let down by either the food or the service, and at Ember we’re assured that both will be good. And call me superstitious or sentimental, but if this tradition has kept us going for 5 happy (?!) years, I’m not about to rock the boat.

The menu seems unchanged from when we went in June, so call us boring but we had the cold angel hair pasta with abalone and the deep fried tofu again. At least we tried to be different with the tofu, and ordered the version with the zucchini flower this time. To be honest, I expected more of a variation than simply a deep fried zucchini flower on the side, but the dish still rocked. I still prefer the cold pasta because it’s just so light and refreshing, and the flavours are distinctive yet subtle.

One of their appetiser specials for the night was Lobster – Three Ways, comprising of the claw poached in butter, half the body deep fried, and a lobster bisque served on the side. This was superb, particularly the lobster bisque. Hands down one of the best lobster bisques we’ve had. It was just essence of lobster, without being too rich or creamy, and with generous chunks of lobster meat inside.

As always I had to have the Chilean seabass. For some reason A wasn’t in the mood for meat, but I still can’t believe that of all things on the menu, he ordered the mushroom lasagne – a vegetarian dish! It was interesting, but I certainly don’t think it’s one of their signature dishes.

We finished off a very enjoyable meal with the apple tarte tatin for me, and the coconut panna cotta with red rubies for A. I like the fact that they served the vanilla ice cream on a separate dish from the tart, so that it didn’t melt into a pool of vanilla sauce before the steaming hot tart was cool enough to be eaten.

It’s heartening to note that even with so many new restaurants opening all the time, and an equal number closing down, Ember still seems to be going strong. The restaurant was almost full on Friday night, and they’ve done well enough to branch out into Bangkok as well. I completely forgot about that until after our trip, otherwise I definitely would’ve tried it out. Well, here’s hoping that Ember sticks around for a good long time – to Ember, and also to us! ;)

A says:

Always awesome service and food. RAWK!

Restaurant Ember
50 Keong Saik Road
Tel: 6347-1928
Monday to Friday:
Lunch 11.30 am – 2 pm, Dinner 6.30 pm – 10 pm
Saturday: Dinner only
Closed Sunday

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