Having read quite a few very positive reviews of the Sela Restaurant at Seah Street and with the incentive of no-corkage days on Mondays and Tuesdays, we decided to have dinner there, armed with a bottle of red Burgundy. The Sela Restaurant was easy to locate. It is directly behind the Singapore Raffles Hotel and a few doors away from the toy museum. The only difficulty was finding a place to park as the roadside lots in the vicinity were quite limited.
The decor of the Sela Restaurant is simple and modern. Some hints of Scandinavian and Greek come to mind. The hard surfaces and furniture meant that sounds get bounced quite a lot and the sound level can be quite high even though the place was less than half full. But viewing this positively, the sounds do add an atmosphere of energy and vibrancy.
The starter section of the menu at Sela Restaurant looked interesting. We ordered three starters and a main course, with the intention that we would add more items as the meal progresses.
The first dish was the charred balsamic teriyaki baby octopus ($14). The balsamic vinegar was overpowering and the dish tasted more like pickled seafood. Dinner started on a sour note.
The pan-fried foie gras ($18) was also an attractive dish and looked promising. The taste was however not as good as its looks because the liver taste was very strong.
The third dish was the pan seared scallops ($16).
Our final dish was the confit of chicken leg “chicken rice style” ($18). This grilled chicken leg was the only dish that we thought was fine. It went well with the 2010 Hudelot Noellat Vosne Romanee that we had brought along. Somehow the style of food at Sela Restaurant did not resonate with us. We decided not to order any more dishes and called it a night after the chicken leg.
Overall Rating: 2 TOPs
32 Seah Street Singapore 188388
Tel :+65 6337 6358
Nearby Stations : Esplanade, City Hall