Friday, 23 January 2015

Xperience Restaurant Valentine Dinner at Sofitel So Singapore

With Valentine Day just around the corner, I was invited to preview the Valentine Day dinner at Xperience Restaurant in Sofitel So Singapore.

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This was my first visit to Xperience French Restaurant at Sofitel So Singapore since it opened in May last year.

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Sofitel is housed in an elegant heritage building along Singapore's Robinson Road, right in the centre of Singapore's financial district.

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Inside Xperience Restaurant, the decor was elegant contemporary French chic with neat clean lines.

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The open concept, state-of-art Moltani kitchen stood at one end of the medium size restaurant.



Xperience Restaurant was generally bright with a quirky booth in the corner for people who prefer a little privacy.

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On 13 Feb 2015, Xperience Restaurant is offering this 3-course French Valentine Dinner at SGD128++ per person. The set comes with a welcome cocktail and wine pairing. Ladies enjoy an extra touch of a welcome red rose ;-D

On 14 Feb 2015, there will be a 5-course Valentine Dinner at SGD188++ per person (which we didn't preview).

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We were served champagne during the preview event.

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Bread which we ate with olive oil and butter while waiting for the dinner to begin.

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The dinner was kicked off with Amuse Bouche with creamy soft steamed egg, caviar and oyster with kick.

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Next up was the refreshing appetiser of soft fresh pulled crab meat, crunchy seaweed, zesty grapefruit, and cucumber paired with cold ginger sorbet.



The main course was an inch thick medallion of grilled beef tenderloin.

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The well browned medallion was served with salsifies (European taproot), asparagus stalks, chopped mushroom and truffles, drizzled with stylish swirls of brown and asparagus sauce.

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The default doneness was medium rare, which also happened to be the way I like my steaks. If you prefer other doneness, remember to alert the wait staff.

The thick chunk of grilled beef tenderloin had a very slight crisp char outside while the inside was beefy tender. The flavourings were well restrained so that we can appreciate the natural smoky, creamy taste of beef.

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The Valentine Dinner was wrapped up on a sweet note with a large sharing dessert shaped like a foot long scroll tube. (Perhaps, suggesting that Registry of Marriages scroll?)

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After the heavy meal so far, we struggled and failed to finish the sweet, tart and chocolaty dessert.

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The Valentine dinner ends with your choice of coffee or tea to go with the sharing dessert.

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Just as the ladies were warmly welcomed with a stalk of red rose, they were farewell with a box of charming praline to end start the night on a sweet note.

Overall, Xperience Restaurant's Valentine Dinner was a well balanced experience of colour, design, textures, and flavours. Not quite the pinnacle class of European fine dining but still a likable Valentine Dinner in a semi-fine, relaxed setting with appropriate added on romantic touches.


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Restaurant name: Xperience Restaurant & Bar (at Sofitel So Singapore)
Address: 35 Robinson Rd, Singapore
Hours: Dinner till 10:30pm
Phone+65 6701 6800
Non Halal

Date visited: 22 Jan 2015

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