Monday, 7 December 2015

Halia Restaurant @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

Halia has two branches in Singapore, with one in Singapore Botanic Gardens and another one in Raffles Hotel. I have not been to the latter, but location at Singapore Botanic Gardens serve a more close-to-nature ambience, and dining at night makes the experience more relaxed.

Christmas festive is nearing, and many restaurants are starting to come up with festive menus. Likewise for Halia, which in turn let diners dine on something different from the usual.

We were not there to try out the Festive menu, but the ala-carte menu for normal days, as well as the festive beverage is sufficient enough for me to plan my Christmas dining with Halia.

The festive menu is mainly buffet style, with a total of 3 seating (Morning 1000 - 1200 hours, Afternoon 1230 - 1430 hours, Evening 1530 - 1730 hours) in a day. Food variety is sumptuous, from "Live" stations to Cold, Hot, and Sweet categories to wander around with your plate.

One of the festive beverage we had was the Granny's Apple Pie (Mocktail $10.00, Cocktail $23.00). We had the mocktail version which is not too sweet.

Another mocktail we had, Mulled Wine Sangria (Mocktail $10.00, Cocktail $20.00). Mostly topped with freshed fruits for the fruity-lovers.

Ala-carte menu can be viewed here, and following were what we had during our trip there.

Came first and also my favourite, Chilli Crab Dip with Crisp Baguette ($15.00). You don't really see the whole crab in the dish, and the concept comes from the sauce in our popular chilli crab dish. The chilli crab sauce with minced crab meat, and spread in on your crisp baguette. Overall is marvellous but comes with a little spiciness.

Lemongrass & Tiger Ginger Prawn Salad ($19.00). This salad dish is refreshing to me, even though I am not a salad person. Fresh mango, tomato salsa, glass noodle and ginger flower dressing makes up this salad. With this mix of noodle, meat, fruit and vegetable dressings, it could just be a satisfactory and nutritious meal for one.

Lime & Ginger Yellowfin Tuna Kinilaw ($18.00), served with coconut, avocado, tomato, seaweed, chilli oil and crispy wanton skin. Tuna is not cooked with fire, but prepared in a Kinilaw method, where vinegar is used to cook the raw meat so much so that it remain fresh.

Lightly Smoked Salmon Fillet ($34.00) with cauliflower turmeric soup, florets, "couscous" giner-lime oil & sesame skin. Fillet is definitely fresh, and the turmeric soup that comes along with it is refreshing is creamy and tad sweet.

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Steak ($34.00) with pickled green papaya, "dou miao", crushed peanut, spring onion & lime basil mayo. Again, not a fully cooked dish, but another favourite of mine. Meat ain't too tough to chew on, and has absorbed the sauce around to make the tuna steak more juicy.

Tower of Silken Tofu Tempura ($28.00) with grilled baby eggplant, portobello mushroom beneath the sauteed spinach in Japanese light soy, ginger & seaweed broth.

No matter how we are, dessert sometimes should not neglected, especially when you know it's going to be good!

Die Die Must Have Chocolate ($12.00). Chocolate raspberry ganache, cacao nibs tuile, chocolate marshmallow, raspberry sorbet, raspberry sauce, cripsy raspberry and chocolate. In addition to this chocolate dessert, which most kids would alreayd like, it also has a popping candy sprinkled on it. So aside the sweet chocolate flavour, mouths will also be experiencing the popping sensation that will intrigue the kids even more!

My favourite dessert, which I usually hope to have when I attend Chinese wedding dinners, "Orh Nee".

However in Halia, their version of "Orh Nee" ($12.00) is different as it comes in a block of yam parfait, placed on top of pumpkin puree, and topped with candied gingko nuts and lotus seeds. A different way of presentation, thus a different experience of consuming a Chinese dessert in a Western way.

Overall, I enjoyed the dining experience in Halia, and no doubt the Christmas buffet is going to be popular. The buffet that price from $108 onwards will allow diners to expect a delicious meal while indulging in the festive ambience.

Halia Restaurant

Tel: (65) 8444 1148

1 Cluny Road
Ginger Garden Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569

Opening Hours
Mon - Thurs: 1200 - 2130 hours
Fri: 1200 - 2200 hours
Sat - Sun: 1000 - 2130 hours

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