Restaurant Ember At Hotel 1929

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Once a notorious red-light district, the present Keong Saik Road of today is well known for the boutique hotels and authentic eateries. Which brings us to today’s post, Ember Restaurant located within Hotel 1929.

From hearsay, the founders of Restaurant Ember is a husband and wife team. The husband is the chef, while the wife attends to customers outside. I’m not too sure who’s who, but there was a lady outside who I found exceptionally friendly and attentive.

The restaurant setting is rather cosy, with limited seating. Probably about 20-25 tables in total. So once it gets pretty packed, the noise level will increase substantially. Especially if there’s a rowdy group in the house. Nevertheless in my humble opinion, the food makes everything well worth it.

Angel Hair Pasta With Sea Urchin

Angel Hair Pasta With Sea Urchin

For starters, we tried the Angel Hair Pasta with Sea Urchin. To be honest, its the first time I’ve tried Sea Urchin, and I was quite skeptical during the order process. But what the heck, anything’s worth a try right?

The pasta’s cooked to perfection, and the sea urchin (well) tastes a little mushy and sweet. The dish is served cold so it was kind of refreshing. The portion is really small, and makes one yearn for more.

Next up we had the grilled lamb shanks and grilled fish for main course.

In all fairness, I must say their grilled lamb shanks was simply excellent! Seriously I don’t know how its being poached / grilled, or what kind of utensils were being used. But the meat was cooked just right, may be a little raw to some but, I thought it was pink to perfection.

Grilled Lamb Shanks, grilled to perfection. Look at the how pink the meat is!

Grilled Lamb Shanks, grilled to perfection. Look at the how pink the meat is!

There’s a little yellow paste like puree by the side, which we had a hard time making out. It tasted a little fruity to me, but yet had a starchy, grainy feel. One of the waiters solved the mystery and its actually a sweet potato mash supposedly to accompany the lamb.

Geez, I’m already mouth-watering as I’m writing this. This dish is definitely a must-try!

Grilled Fish with Mushrooms

Grilled Fish with Mushrooms

The grilled fish (can’t remember the name) was well done too. The fish isn’t the kind that melts in your mouth, but it was grilled just right such that its falls right off your knife. And the meat stays intact as well. The texture was pretty smooth and soft, while the skin was a little crispy.

Tarte Tartin - Caramelized apple on top, with vanillia ice-cream

Tarte Tartin - Caramelized apple on top, with vanillia ice-cream

For desserts we tried the Tarte Tartin with vanilla ice-cream. Its sorta like an apple tart / pie with flake like crust, and caramelized apple on top. Everything is made in-house, including the vanilla ice-cream. I thought it was pretty decent, but my attention was more focused on the smooth, silky ice-cream.

When put together, I think it’s still a good combination. For us, we asked for our ice-cream separately, otherwise I think its just served on top of the tart.

Overall, a good dinner experience. A set dinner for 2 would come up to be about $140-$170. Nevertheless though, I think its very worth it for the kind of food, and service.

If you’re looking for somewhere nice to chill, or to celebrate an occasion, then this has to be the place. But do remember to make reservations in advance, especially if its a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night.


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