Corner House is a beautiful old two-storey black and white bungalow and also a Michelin star restaurant in Singapore Botanic Gardens. Creative cuisine prepared with quality ingredients, beautiful plating, amiable service and a historical building set amidst a lush UNESCO World Heritage Site – there surely are very few things in Singapore as romantic as having dinner at Corner House.
We had brunch at Corner House when it was very new and were most impressed by its elegant interior and furnishing, the view of the verdant foliage encompassing the restaurant and the overall good dining experience (read our post about our Brunch at Corner House). We had dinner at Corner House recently. In the evening, this one Michelin star restaurant in Singapore Botanic Gardens had a different look and feel – it still looked lovely but more homely and the darkness outside made the restaurant more atmospheric.
Dinner Menu of Corner House
There is no a la carte menu. This seems to be the trend among fine dining restaurants. It may be interesting to find out how many Michelin star restaurants in Singapore offer a la carte menu.
At Corner House, a four-course set menu for dinner is priced at $158. There are also a five-course vegetarian menu ($178), a five-course degustation menu ($178) and an eight-course discovery menu ($248). Wine paring is available from $98 per person. Below are pictures of the menu seen on the evening we were at Corner House for dinner.
We opted for the four-course Menu Gastronomic. Someone in our dining party did not take lamb. The restaurant was able to offer beef instead, but with an additional charge of $22.
Before dinner started, water, bread and butter were served. Even such basic items were presented with care and pride. The bread was actually very delicious; and we were glad when the servers came back to offer us more.
Dinner started with a trio of amuse bouche. One look at them and we began to appreciate why Chef Jason Tan and Corner House had won so many awards. The unique and appealing small mouthfuls of food offered a glimpse into the chef’s approach to his art. They served their purpose of amusing the palate very well.
Rose flavoured Aloe Vera Jelly with Chia Seeds.
Fish Cracker with Creme Fraiche & Tobiko.
White Chocolate with Foie Gras & Grand Marnier.
The starter was Hokkaido sea urchin with crevette, spring peas, burrata, yuzu, pork crackling and Kristal de Chine caviar. There were so many things to enjoy about the dish. It was a treat for the eyes and the palate.
The first main dish was New Zealand blue cod “crispy scales” – with mirugai (geoduck), white asparagus, coconut, tomato and curry. It was a very interesting dish. The small piece of fish had lots of scales which were deep fried so that they were very crispy.
A Palate Cleanser, Ginger Chrysanthemum & Earl Grey, was served before the meat dish.
Both the lamb and beef were marvelous dishes which demonstrated the craft of Chef Tan and the careful choice of ingredients. There was a simple elegance about the multi-layered dishes – both in look and taste. Both meat dishes were enjoyable.
Organic lamb “Rhug estate” with miso, cashew, kyabetsu (cabbage) & lardo.
Beef with horseradish, macadamia, black radish, shallot & soy caramel.
There was a pre-dessert before the main dessert was served. For the ladies, the dessert came with an origami rabbit (“because rabbits like carrots” the server explained) – a nice touch. The gateau dessert was probably the most plain looking dish for the night but it had a nice mix of textures and flavours.
Pre-dessert – Poached Pears.
Gateau with carrot, walnut, cream cheese, yoghurt & raisin.
The dinner ended with Egg Macarons and Milo Dinosaurs, the quaintly named local beverage found in sarabat stalls and now a dessert on fine dining table.
There was a surprise gift box for each guest – compliments of the chef. Another very nice touch in an evening full of little details which brought delight. In case you are heading to Corner House for dinner, we shall not spoil the surprise by revealing the contents of the box.
Delightful Dinner at Corner House
The four-course dinner at Corner House is a wonderful demonstration of Chef Tan’s culinary expertise, passion and creativity. We had edible works of art that were actually delicious and enjoyable. It was a delightful dinner in a romantic setting. Before even leaving the restaurant, we were thinking of when we could return to this Michelin star restaurant in Singapore Botanic Gardens. This is one time we think there can be no quarrel with the Michelin Guide inspectors.
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