For my birthday celebration, the Fiance was the absolute sweetest. He surprised me with a suite stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental over the weekend, one that overlooks Marina Bay, so we got a gorgeous view of the city skyline. We indulged ourselves with champagne, bubble baths, drags, and room service.
We were quite famished after checking in and figured that if we were going to get room service, we might as well go all out and get the European food. No point paying 40 bucks for local food like char kway teow or mee goreng. The price differential with those at the hawker food was just too much. But we rightfully thought that European cuisine in the restaurants won't differ very much from the prices of the dishes on the in-room dining menu.
Our choice of the Pan-Seared Seabass Fillet ($44) with seasonal vegetables Greek-style, dried fruit cous cous and coriander seed jus was a hit. Moist, clear flesh, crunchy simple poached veggies made for a simple but delicious meal, and the light aromatic coriander seed sauce pared well with the clean taste of the flaky fish.
The other main of Seared Tiger Prawns ($46) with basil risotto and Olivetti tomato olive oil emulsion was equally brilliant. Risotto was perfectly al dente, with peppery basil lending a lift to the creamy rice, and prawns were sweet, plump and succulent.
I loved the sunflower seed encrusted warm bread rolls in the Bread Basket, complimentary with the room service orders.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: 6338 0066