It takes a few minutes to walk from the entrance of The Fullerton Bay Hotel to its signature restaurant Clifford. I felt that this walk is necessary as it will bask you with anticipation as you walk past the grandeur and elegance of its interior.
After getting through this slightly darkly-lit walkway and entrance, you would walk into the chic brasserie of Clifford which has a European inspired décor, a 10 metre high ceiling and windows overlooking the sparkling waterfront of Marina Bay. Simply splendid for romantic dinner dates.
The previous times I was here, I was presented with two types of degustation menus – a French selection and Singapore Culinary Treasures which include the likes of Wok Fried Carrot Cake, Chicken Rice and Prawn Laksa.
This season till 30 September, Clifford offers a Wagyu Wagyu Wagyu Selection helmed by Executive Chef Sandro Falbo – who happens to be a humorous French Chef.
With the Wagyu set at $190.00++ per person, the highlight is a Trio of Braised Wagyu Cheek, 24-Hour Orange Scented Short Ribs and 500-day Grain Fed Wagyu Sirloin.
The wagyu beef is of Grade 8 from Australia, and you will be assured of a certain quality.
My favourite dish of the lunch meal was the French Wagyu Oxtail Onion Soup ($32 for ala carte) with Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($32 ala carte) accompanied with grilled porcini, arugula and parmesan lace. The former a rich cheesy soup bursting with warm flavours, with makes a suitable of accompaniment to the fresh thinly sliced beef where you can slowly savour its most natural taste.
The Cannelloni with Morel Mushrooms and Truffle Colombier Fondue ($38 ala carte) felt it could do with thicker and more substantial pieces of meat within. Saw some people at the table not finishing it despite knowing it would be ‘a waste’.
There were some exquisite and luscious dishes that makes the meal memorable, though the price tag would turn away some and make you think twice before that investment. For important business lunches and significant romantic dinners.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326 Tel: +65 6333 8388 www.fullertonbayhotel.com
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30am (Breakfast Mon-Sun), 12pm-2:30pm (Lunch Mon-Sat), 6:30pm-10:30pm (Dinner Mon-Sun), 12pm-3:00pm (Sun brunch)