28 July, 2009

Singapore Flyer - Dining in the Sky

Imagine you enjoying a stylish three-course dinner, coupled with bird’s eye view of the CBD’s skyline, along with the world’s first full butler service in the sky?

Yet even better, top it up with this year’s NDP fireworks as a setting when you dine? You might think this is too good to be true – but this ultimate gastronomic experience can be yours at the Singapore Flyer.

Launched at the beginning of this month, this out of the norm dinning experience is available for just $199++ per couple till 31 July (U.P. $299++). Being HFB’s virgin experience at the Flyer, it was daunting and exciting at the same time. An exclusive media event, 8 of us were all seated huddled together at the same table, but in actual fact, each capsule can take up to 5 couples with separate tables. Each couple package includes 2 express boarding flights, 2 rotations (approx 1 hour) of the observation wheel, complimentary VIP Lounge Access (subject to availability).

The dinner was kick-started with the refreshing Fresh Summer Berries in Ginger Ale, along with some Diced Tomatoes on Toast – the former caught me by surprise, in a good way, but the latter, insipid.

The appetiser of Cured Norwegian Salmon in Medley of Spices though was palatable. Topped with Petite of Apples and Silver Onion on Fresh Salad, HFB found the Citrus Herb Dressing toothsome, akin to the familiar Thai dressing.

The Complimentary Bread though was cold and as uninspiring as the toast. Even a dip of the Olive Oil and Vinaigrette didn’t help.

After the first rotation of the wheel, the action begins – you see, the butler and staffs have 3 minutes to unload the appetisers, and dished out the entrees, and the next few moments was a flurry of activities (that explains the blur images, Hah)!

Diners have an option of Pan-seared Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass Topped with XO Sauce, coupled with a bouquet of Asparagus OR the Roasted Duck Confit, served with Mashed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin, with a medley of Mediterranean Vegetables.

HFB managed to have a nibble of the fish and thought it was fairly exceptional – it was clean, smooth and rid of muddy taste. Note forgetting the crisp exterior was also delightful. Although HFB did thought that the pairing of XO sauce to be a little uncanny for western fine dining.

The duck was flavoursome and would have been exceptional if not for the fact that its skin was not fully crisp. A flame of the blowtorch would have sealed the deal. Also, the dish might be too heavy on the palate for some, as the flavours of the meat were really intense and robust! Yellow Squash was a little undercooked.

It was around this time that HFB was told that the fireworks would be going off across the sky at the floating platform.

The next few moments were spend enjoying the view, snapping photos, and recording a video of the fireworks (stay tuned to the end of the post).

The sunset ride ended with the sky darken and us making our way to the VIP lounge for the partaking of our dessert of Warm Chocolate Cake, together with a choice of freshly brewed coffee or specialty tea.

Their version is probably one of the better chocolate cakes HFB have sampled – it was moist and not too overbearing in the sweetness level. Although an additional topping of homemade vanilla ice cream made from real vanilla beans would be ideal.

HFB would also like to point out that the service provided by Mr Ryan Marc Pereira, also known as Deal or No Deal Hunk #24, and once nominated as Cleo Bachelor, on our capsule that evening was immaculate to say the least. Bravo!

And girls, before you drool all over the keyboard, here’s the video of the fireworks.

30 Raffles Avenue, #01-07
Singapore 039803
For Bookings, call 6734 8829 / 6333 3311
A Special NDP Sky Dining Fireworks Package is available.
Speak to their sales team for details

Disclaimer: No ratings would be given, as this is an invited taste test. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Julie and Sabrina from Asia PR Werkz, Adval Group and Singapore Flyer for their generous hospitality.

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Anonymous said...

gosh... the guys shown on your blog are getting cuter each time... :D

My Caddy said...

What do you do for the toilet? I mean if you gotta go, the capsules don't have any, right?

Hoon Thien Rong said...

"3 minutes to unload the appetisers" lol, imagine they missed it

His Food Blog said...

Anon 08:19: Haha. That's to entice people like you to read my blog. Heh!

My Caddy: That is why, you are advise to visit the toilet before you board the capsule.

HTR: Yah. It was a mad rush - and I foresee it as a potential problem when the business picks up.

From the horses' mouth - they are looking at expanding it to breakfast as well :D

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