Created on Thursday, 30 September 2010 10:32
Written by Elaine
Get high on food – literally – with Stellar @1-Altitude, perched right on top of the OUB Centre – the restaurant, at the height of 282 metres, is officially the highest in Singapore. Helmed by the executive chef for 1-Altitude, Christopher Millar, the latest venture by the group is equipped with the full works including an impressive sushi bar, an oyster bar, and a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. THE FOOD:
We went for the communal dinner set, which goes at $120++ per pax, for a minimum of 10 persons. The set includes an appetiser to share, a pantry taster, a selection of contemporary sushi, a charcuterie taster, your own main course and a variety of desserts – made specially for Stellar from its sweet sister restaurant 1-Caramel just a stone's throw away.
There are just too many dishes for me to review them all, so here are some highlights of my evening there. The first few dishes of foie gras croustades, which was silky and smooth, and the sashimi selection with freshly-grinded wasabi sure met my expectations but it was the sushi selection – unagi roll with avocado and unagi sauce, spicy tuna roll with katsuo furikake and spring onion, and swordfish roll with fresh crab meat, prawns, aka miso and aonori – which took my companions and my breath away. The ingredients were fresh and succulent, and the rice moist with the perfect tinge of vinegar; this definitely supports the restaurant's claim of making it a la minute. And judging by how fast the spicy tuna roll went, you could tell that it was definitely one of the most popular dishes of the night.
Now for the mains, the truffle risotto with Maine lobster was my favourite out of the main courses. The risotto is cooked in shellfish stock, doused in generous amounts of truffle judging from its sweet potent smell, and served with poached Maine lobster imported from the States. Observe the silence as you savour the dish all the way to the last spoonful. The wood-fired Wagyu rib eye with deliciously creamy Paris mashed potatoes and Porcini pear sauce came a close second.
And finally, to complete the perfect meal on a sweet note, we had the patisserie platter – pistachio fraise, velvety lemon pecan mousseline, azure, muscovado macadamia creme brulee and sticky date pudding. My favourite? Definitely Azure made up of layers of crisp, crunchy hazelnut biscuit, peach sanguine jelly and griotte cherries. The cherries make a surprisingly nice twist to the dessert. THE MOOD:
Stellar at 1-Altitude eludes a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience but what makes it a must-go is really the view at the rooftop, where the world's tallest alfresco bar may be found. Chill out up at the roof bar for the breath-taking paranomic views of MBS, Suntec City, Esplanade, Marina Bay float, and the Singapore Flyer. Perfect for a romantic date or as an impressive business dinner. Stellar
1 Raffles Place
(65) 438 0410Opening hours
6pm - 11pm dailyRelated links: 1-Altitude website
, 1-Altitude Facebook page