Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel & Spa may not be at down-town area, but boasts of a spread with interactive kitchen that can make a trip there worthwhile.

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First things first, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day which means you can head over for a special Teochew porridge supper if you are having hunger pangs at midnight, as it is available from 11:00pm to 3:00am from March 29th 2017 onwards.

There is also an a la carte menu available, where you can still have your fill at the most uncommon hours.

In terms of set up, there is little boundary between the kitchen and dining room.

You know how sometimes you feel like you are walking for eternity to get food from the spread? The comfortable distance here feels like you are dining right at home.

Thus the name “Escape Restaurant & Lounge”, which aims to be a departure from everyday dining experiences by erasing those boundaries.

You can watch the chefs preparing the dishes right behind the counters in this interactive kitchen.

Other than a spread of all-you-can-eat items, you can order the “Chef’s Speciality Dishes” which will be served ala carte. (Those featured here are the Durian Fried Rice, KL Tai Lok Noodles, and Seafood Chilli Crab Noodles, though the dishes will change on a rotational basis.)

Here are 8 other (FOOD) reasons to escape to Escape Restaurant & Lounge:

Durian Fried Rice (served ala carte)
Your inner heart may be screaming, but hold your opinions first before you try this Durian Fried Rice – whether you like this yellow, pungent (or aromatic) fruit or not.

Yes, durian flesh fried together with rice. Add generous portion of seafood such as scallops and prawns.

One thing for sure, the moment the plate was served, the steam from the piping hot rice was releasing this particularly distinct ‘scent’ of sweet durian and fragrant egg rice. It was almost unforgettable. I am not a durian lover, but actually found that aromatically-appetising.

So this is one of those combination dishes that made a difference on the smell, other than taste.

My tiny suggestion would actually be to increase the amount of durian by a notch, so that diners can taste the fruit more obviously.

KL Tai Lok Noodles (served ala carte)
Two words – wok hei.

The dark-sauced “Tai Lok Mee” which is popular in Kuala Lumpur, is not easy to find over at Singapore. It is therefore a pleasant surprise to realise this comforting dish is available at Escape.

This dish is cooked with Executive Chef Elson’s personal secret recipe.

The other ‘secrets’ to an authentic KL Tai Lok Noodles include using quality dark sauce, crispy pork lard, and of course proficient wok-frying skills.

Unlike some typical stalls which would just fry the noodles with black sauce, the chef here would cook the ingredients in a rich soup stock and sauce till dry, allowing the noodles to absorb the flavours more thoroughly. Slurp.

Seafood Chilli Crab Noodles (served ala carte)
Of the 3 dishes served ala carte, this was my favourite.

It combines the Singapore favourite spicy chilli crab sauce with thick noodles, which I would describe as a cross between Japanese udon and ‘bee tai mak’.

I liked how the dish was saucy, and the base eggy with sweet tomato flavours. I also wondered if it would have worked better with thinner vermicelli.

Cold seafood spread prawns, mussels and oysters, alongside freshly sliced salmon, tuna, yellowtail and sea bream sashimi.

Local Specialty Dishes
I find Escape quite strong in their local hawker fare, comparatively. Having these dishes cooked before your eyes at the live-cooking stations add the elements of interaction, customisation and freshness.

You can expect a range from Chicken Rice, Roast Pork Rice, Noodles (include mee rebus, laksa on rotational basic), and Popiah – where you can wrap them yourself.

Western Favourites
Instead of just one, there are two styles of pizza – thin-crust and a thicker home-made crust.

Just across from the pizza counter is the live-pasta station, where you can have pasta customised the way you want it – from Aglio Olio, Bolognese to Carbonara.

Indian Cuisine
A small but sufficient spread of Indian cuisines from Lamb Gulai, Ayam Masak Merah, Chicken Tikka, Yellow Dhal, Mushroom Mattar, Vegetable Jalfrezi, and Briyani Rice.

Do not miss out the freshly -prepared Naan baked in the tandoor at the back of the live kitchen.

I have the feeling that some may miss out this section, so let me direct you to the back of the restaurant where the sweet treats are.

You will get a changing selection of both European and local style desserts, from Chocolate Mousse, Red Velvet, Mango Mousse, Carrot to Rose Raspberry Mousse Cakes, Peranakan Kueh Kueh, Pulut Hitam to four flavours of ice cream.

Pricing for Escape Restaurant & Lounge

Sunday to Thursday
Lunch: $50++ per adult (inclusive of free flow soft drinks), $25++ per child (5-11 years old)
Dinner: $65++ per adult (inclusive of free flow soft drinks), $32.50++ per child (5-11 years old)

Friday, Saturday, PH Eve & PH
Lunch: $50++ per adult (inclusive of free flow soft drinks), $25++ per child (5-11 years old)
Dinner: $68++ per adult (inclusive of free flow soft drinks), $34++ per child (5-11 years old)
(Prices are accurate as of March 2017.)

Escape Restaurant & Lounge
1 Farrer Park Station Road, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Singapore 217562 (Farrer Park station)
Tel: +65 6705 7828
Opening Hours: Breakfast 6:00am – 10:30am, Lunch 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Tea 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Supper 10pm – 5am

(Special Teochew porridge supper from 11:00pm – 3:00am)
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* The entry is brought to you in partnership with One Farrer Hotel & Spa.


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