The beautiful black-and-white bungalow in the Singapore Botanic Gardens known as EJH Corner House is the home of a new fine dining restaurant simply called the Corner House. Just visiting the restaurant is an experience in itself. Having a Sunday brunch there is sheer indulgence.
The lovely old black and white house has been given an elegant modern interior. The contemporary furnishing and the architecture of the classic colonial house are married in a more or less perfect union. The interior design of the restaurant takes full advantage of its location in the lush Botanic Gardens. Every diner can get a view of the verdant foliage encompassing the house.
The culinary team of the fine dining restaurant is headed by co-owner Chef Jason Tan. His style is described as “French technique, global flavours, with focus on botanicals”. Plants feature heavily in the ingredients as well as the garnishing of his creations.
There is no a la carte menu. A three-course set menu for lunch is priced at $38. Dinner options range from a $98 four-course set to a $248 eight-course degustation meal.
Sunday Brunch is a four-course menu at $68 per person. The appetizers and desserts are fixed.
The first course was the Assiette of Appetizers to be shared by everyone on the table. The platter consisted of tuna, pickled vegetables, foie gras terrine and salmon tartare, served with a basket of bread.
For the second course, there were 3 types of eggs available – the Egg Benedict, Scrambled Eggs and Farm Eggs Sunny Side Up. They were all presented beautifully with delicate garnishing.
The main course was either Spaghetti or Roasted Free Range Chicken. We found the Spaghetti tossed in black garlic pesto with baby squid to be a little too dry and too firm for our liking. The chicken in honey mustard jus was very tender and succulent. The sous-vide chicken was exquisitely done and we would say that it was one of the best chicken dish we have ever had.
The fourth course was the Mille-Feuille. The cream pastry with strawberry compote and sorbet looked alluring. The composition was delicious, refreshing and only lightly sweet.
Save for the disappointment with the Spaghetti, we enjoyed the good quality well presented food at the brunch. The delicious Roasted Free Range Chicken was the most memorable.
The brunch did not include tea or coffee. There is a $98 menu where you get champagne and free flow of wine, juices and other beverages. We ordered cappuccino ($6) separately. It also came nicely presented. Almost everything about the Corner House was appealing to the senses. Even the salt holder on the table was a piece of art made from a heavy slab of stone.
Dining at the Corner House was like enjoying great food and gracious hospitality in a lovely home. It was an experience we relished.
Food : 4
Service : 4
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens,
E J H Corner House, Nassim Gate
Tel: +65 6469 1000
#Location fact – The Corner House was the residence of Eldred John Henry Corner, a botanist and a mycologist, while he was the Assistant Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1929 to 1945.