V Dining restaurant at Scotts Square is a new restaurant by V Zug, the Swiss company that manufactures high-end household appliances for the kitchen and laundry room. They have opened up a showroom at level 3 of Scotts Square with V Dining right next to it.
V Dining the restaurant
According to the V Zug website, “V Dining is the brand’s first restaurant in the world designed to demonstrate the quality and competence of its appliances to gastronomes”. It is the first Modern-European fine dining restaurant by V-ZUG and features gastronomic creations by Culinary Director Chef Ryan Clift and Head Chef Lee Jing Peng.
Consistent with its purpose as a showcase for gastronomic appliances, the restaurant has a large open concept kitchen where diners can have a clear view of activities in the kitchen. The large full glass walls on two sides bathe the V Dining restaurant with lots of natural light. At night, diners can enjoy a view of the bright lights of Orchard Road.
The kitchen certainly looks impressive with its large bank of shiny built-in ovens. What was even more impressive to us was the talented team that had been assembled. With the sous chef at the helm that day, the kitchen was humming with activity in a well-orchestrated way, which was nice to watch. The quality of the dishes belies the youthfulness of the team. We were told that the most senior member is less than 27 years young.
The V Dining Menu
The V Dining Menu is a simple one. At lunch time diners have a choice of 2, 3 or 5 courses priced at $48, 60 and 90++ respectively. Dinner is more expensive, starting from $138++. A number of snacks were served before the start of the meal proper. In fact, this is usually our favourite part of the meal as the the snacks are unpredictable and usually delightful. We understand that the menu changes regularly, so we will restraint ourselves from providing too much detail which may turn out to be irrelevant information.
These were the snacks that were served that day. The “chicken rice” was a spring roll filled wth very good chicken rice with a full complement of the usual three sauces. The rest of the items were fun and interesting but tasted nothing like their names. The ‘laksa’, in particular, served in deconstructed form, was hardly recognisable. But such is the fun of snacks that things don’t have to taste as they should.
Our starters were Hamachi and Roasted Tomato Soup. They were both good but very different. The Hamachi was served chilled, except for the tempura mint leaf. The chopped up fish when mixed with the dashi broth combined to give a light and fresh starter. The tomato soup, on the other hand, was warm with a strong tomato flavour. Slightly sweet and quite tart, it was a dish to wake up the palate.
Wines are served by the glass ($14 each) with the lunch. We tried the white Burgundy (2015 Domaine Ballorin Aligotè “Le Hardi”). It was a pleasant and versatile wine that went well with the food that day.
The Main Course
For mains, we had the Octopus and the Beef Cheek. The octopus with red wine jus was tender, perfectly cooked. It would be even better if it was not so salty. The rectangular piece of potato also tasted wonderful. The Beef Cheek was topped with deep-fried enoki mushroom that looked like a work of modern art. The beef was soft and very good. It was also a substantial portion.
We only had one dessert – The Plum. It looked like a piece of discarded plastic bag. It was a wonderful work of culinary wizardry. The thing was edible and concealed other ingredients which all combine to make a colourful, sweet, crunchy dessert.
They continued to feed us after the dessert was done. The petite fours, followed by ice-cream with coconut contents with a mango exterior.
Other than the beef cheek dish, everything else was served in small delicate portions. But as we all know, everything counts in large amounts. It was quite a heavy lunch by the time we left the restaurant.
Overall Rating: 5 TOPs
6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square, #03-13
Tel: +65 6950 4868
Lunch: Wed-Sun 11:30am–2:30pm
Dinner: Tue-Sun 5:30pm–9:30pm
Last order for Dinner is
Closed for Lunch every Tuesday
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard Road
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