We had a romantic Michelin Star restaurant lunch just before the lockdown that begins today in Singapore. Our romantic meal was not a dimly lit candle light dinner at a French restaurant. But a bright Saturday lunch in a Chinese restaurant.
Summer Pavilion restaurant is one of our favourite restaurants which we have written about a few times. It is a one Michelin star Chinese restaurant which is very popular in Singapore. Reservations had to be made in advance and it was fortuitous that our lunch was fixed on the last day that dining was allowed in Singapore restaurants, just before the lockdown begins today. It made our romantic Michelin Star restaurant lunch even more memorable.
Summer Pavilion Menu
The Summer Pavilion is a tastefully furnished restaurant with a tranquil ambience (except on the rare day when a rowdy group took over one of the large tables). The tables are set far apart from each other, service is consistently good and the table settings are always attractive. For me, these form the basic foundations for a romantic meal rather than candles and roses. The other elements to make it all work as a memorable occasion are the company, food and wine. Here are pictures of some portions of the Summer Pavilion menu. There are some set menus starting from $78++ per person. We thought it would be more interesting to make our own lunch menu by ordering items from the dim sum and a la carte menus.
Our Romantic Michelin Star Restaurant Lunch
Our choice of wine for lunch was a 2013 Domaine de la Vougeraie Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. The red Burgundy was pleasant and versatile enough to go with the mix of dishes with assorted flavours that we had that day.
A trio of dim sum items started the ball rolling. The xiao long bao was a new dish at Summer Pavilion. Unlike other restauarants, they were served individually and not in a basket. The recommendation was that no vinegar or ginger was needed. We could see why it was a good idea as this little dumpling was packed full of crab meat and the broth was too precious to be wasted in case the skin broke,
Our other dim sum items were crystal dumplings and char siew bao. The restaurant is flexible enough to modify the orders according to the number of diners. Since we were having a romantic Michelin Star restaurant lunch, everything was served in pairs, of course.
A Balanced Diet
A premium food item was needed to separate a romantic Michelin Star restaurant lunch from our typical weekend dim sum lunch. In this instance we chose the braised scallop with stuffed eggplant ($22) each. It was a wonderful dish that combined the fat chewy scallop with a delicious braise sauce.
Our protein of the day was a half a marinated smoked duck which was perfect to be shared by two diners. The rich smoky flavour of the duck differentiated it from the usual roast duck or the Peking duck.
A serving of kai lan provided the vegetables to complete our well-balanced romantic Michelin Star restaurant lunch. The strong taste of kai lan was a good match with the crispy and smokey duck skin.
As of today (16 May 2021), dining in at Summer Pavilion has been suspended as required by government regulations (until 13 June) but they have a takeaway / delivery menu.
Atmosphere : 5
Overall Rating: 5 TOPs
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6434-5286
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