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Food & Wine Amour At The Tastings Room


Salut! Embark on an epicurean journey with a quintessential Italian & French menu as surprises awaited in a simple dining bistro hall.

Sporting a casual ambience, the restaurant is the embodiment of a modern bistro with a comfy setting, served together with great hospitality. Thanks to The Tastings Room, my family of three were treated to an evening of fine wines & decadent food!

Restaurant owner, Timothy, started us on a Proyecto Cu4tro Cava Brut Rosat (not part of Set Dinner Menu) upon our arrival, our first stop to the tasting odyssey!

The high intensity salmon-coloured trendy bubbly denotes strawberries aroma with a well-balanced carbonic & long-lasting in the mouth.

At the restaurant, my family got more than we bargained for. The initial dinner package offers only 2 choices for each course. But Tim suggested that each of us try a different dish for every course, stretching our taste buds even further.

What impressed us most is a separate Wine & Food Menu, sitting side by side for Ala Carte diners to choose the different types of wines already paired for them.

For example, the Pan Seared Diver Scallop ((Ala Carte: S$18.90), with the option to pair with a Chardonnay, Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc, on the left menu. If the diner prefers the Sau. Blanc, there’re again three options to tease your palates from just S$6.60 for a 60ml glass. You may also opt for a 110ml from S$11.60 to whet your appetite.

Pan Seared Diver Scallop, finished with Beurre Blanc sauce

The fresh shellfish sitting in the Beurre Blanc sauce & topped with generous helping of Salmon Roe, tasted divine.

Pairing with Sau. Blanc from the Palliser Estate, was unlike anything I’ve ever tried. The wholly seductive wine has layers of rich passion fruit flavours & fresh herbs that fill the mouth. This White Wine brought out the sweetness of the Scallop, making the seafood dish even more delightful.

Dill Cured Salmon Carpaccio (Ala Carte: S$18.90)

My hubby isn’t much of a Salmon fan as he finds the smell can be too strong at times. However, he was pleasantly surprised & enjoyed the home-cured Norwegian Salmon appetizer. All of us found the Carpaccio, infused with dill herbs, uplifting.
This starter was paired with the Viu Manent Estate Collection Chardonnay 2010. Greenish-yellow colour with pure, crisp aroma. The wine marked notes of melon, banana, apples & accompanied by subtle notes of sweet flowers & honey.

Here’s the young & ingenious hands-on owner of The Tastings Room, who emphasise on wine pairing for an optimum gastronomic experience. Tim strongly believes that the pursuit of gastronomy pleasures should be accessible to everybody.

Selection of house wines is usually limited at restaurants, but there’re about 50 house pours for diners to choose here! Diners never have to bear with only a house red or white ever again, & good quality wines don’t always have to come with a hefty price tag.

Riesling is known for being a versatile wine to pair with food. The 2008 vintage of Fritz’s Riesling offers flavours of Apple & Nectarine, & it’s recommended to go with Foie Gras ((Ala Carte: S$19.90).

The pan-seared delicacy is interestingly accompanied with Orange Cranberry Chutney & Ginger-scented Toast.

A must-try is the Truffle Mushroom Soup (Ala Carte: S$8.90), a puree of Button & Shitake Mushrooms. Garlic foam + a simple drizzle of Truffle Oil works wonders on this heavenly soup.
Beautifully scented, the Terravin Pinot Noir 2010 is complex & savoury, with a depth of plum & spice flavours. A great pairing!

The three of us had succumbed to the charms of the starters, relishing what’s installed next.

Here’s a restaurant that desires to inspire the senses by creating a harmony of flavours & details of sensual delight. The Wagyu Beef Cheek (Ala Carte: S$32.90) is not your average plate of meat.

The Beef Cheek is slow braised in Red Wine for 36 hours & served with Celeriac or Celery Root puree, summer vegetable & braised Jus. Poked, the Wagyu Beef fell apart into tender mouth-size bites, ready to be swabbed in the rich creamy red wine sauce.

Pairing the Beef with Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Rouge, we took pleasure in swishing the delicious French red wine in our mouth. Hubby found the red blend flecked with scent of wild herbs, palate with smooth textures.

Next on the platter was the Poached Salmon with Fresh Dill Herbs (Ala Carte: S$28.90).

The perfect medium-rare Salmon is cooked through poaching in a 48 degrees water bath planted on Mash with a Colbert sauce.

Tim explained that the restaurant employs the Water Bath method, otherwise known as Sous-vide. Sous vide cooking opens up some of the world’s greatest chef’s secrets to their amazing cuisine, a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for a long time, & 72 hrs is not unusual. The intention is to cook the item evenly, not overcooking the outside while still keeping the inside at the same 'doneness' & to keep the food juicier.

Black fruits, such as Plum, Blackcurrant & Cherry are evident in the Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2010, entwined with wet earth & smoky oak notes. Besides pairing with the mouth-watering Wagyu Beef Cheek, the medium-light blend also matches well with spicy Chinese food & dishes such as Duck & Pork.

Another highly-recommended dish is the “Sous Vide” Pork Belly (Ala Carte: S$27.90).

Pork belly “sous vide” for 16 hrs is planted on Pomme Puree with a Moutarde sauce. Sealing the food using the Water Bath method in sturdy plastic bags seals in the juices & aroma, making this Pork dish the best I’ve ever tasted. The slow-cooked Pork is slightly crisp on the exterior, richly melting & bursting with sensational flavours. 5-star for this pork dish!

The 2010 Dominique Portet Fontaine Rose is tickled pink, & the colour just blushes through the glasses. The great fruit intensity & dry style makes it a wonderful summer drink.

The servers next flanked the table with our three desserts: Tiramisu (S$11.90), Vanilla Crème Brulee (S$10.90) & Gateau au Fromage Cheesecake (S$10.90).

Pairing with the desserts was the Fontanafredda Asti DOCG NV, an aromatic medium sweet sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage & honey on the nose. Love the Moscato! I was feeling cheery after this drink. Not sure if it was the wine or I was already tipsy....

While the appetizers & main courses sent us reeling in high clouds, not everything bowled us over though. The desserts performed just adequately. Plus, we were in full anticipation of the Earl-Grey Crème Brulee in the menu sent to us earlier; but there was a change in the menu. Apparently, their diners didn’t take the tea-scented dessert too well & the restaurant had decided to do away with the dessert. Such a pity!

We finally ended our Gourmet Wine “Tour” after 3 hrs; longest meal we’ve ever had! Truly a gastronomy meal that’s sure to please any discerning palate; a stellar Red & White Event indeed!

While the desserts were nothing to shout about, the food & wine overshadowed any imperfection. Rating: ★★★★★

A meal at The Tastings Room will sure to challenge the gourmet in you & awaken your taste buds. Whether it’s a family celebration or a corporate event, the bistro has two classy rooms to provide a sophisticated setting for a private event. And if you’re looking for a place to develop your Wine IQ, The Tastings Room is the place!

The above Four Course Executive Set Dinner with Wine Pairing @ S$98/pax is exclusively designed for customers of Zumvee. Check out my post on Enjoy A 1st Class Gift Experience At Zumvee!

Once again, thanks to James of Zumvee & Timothy of The Tastings Room for the ineffaceable experience!

The Tastings Room
6 Raffles Boulevard
Marina Square #01-08 S(039594)
Tel: (65) 6338 1829

44 comments:

  1. more than 50 choices there? :) must be a relaxing night with the family!

    Latest: Of Pasta and Salad

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    1. Fish, sounds good, isn't it?? We'd a wonderful evening :)

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  2. Shirley, when I saw this in my mailbox, I HAD to check it out, and I am so glad I did. My heart is beating so fast reading this, I think I might faint! It's like food and wine porn for me!! Arghhh! I cannot choose - everything looks so delectable and the names of the wines are making me dizzy - I LOVE moscato and Rhone wines, Rhiesling, and that pink bubbly is beautiful. Thank you for a marvellous post. I am impressed that this kind of quality is offered at such affordable prices. This is the kind of place to have a girl's night or afternoon out at - no hubbies, we can eat like queens, get silly on wine and let our hair down ;)

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    1. Denise, u're simply adorable! I'd the same feeling too when I was there, spoilt for choice. Bet u'll kiv this to have a good time with your family :)

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  3. The Fontanafredda Asti is one of my faves...had it recently when I was in Singapore and I am hoping to stock up on a few bottles for my home consumption.

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    1. missyblurkit, must buy at the airport if u do travel again. Cool!

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  4. Wow, good wine, good food and a superb time huh? :)

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    1. Thristhan, been a long time.... hope u're well. Thks for coming by & good to hear from u again!

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  5. wowow...delicious fine dining..and the owner looks soo young!!

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    1. Hong, I was equally surprised & impressed :)

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  6. wow. dine dinning! Good wine and good food!!

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    1. FoodieFC, fine dining at an affordable price tag :)

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  7. What a lovely ambiance...and everything looks delicious too. I can imagine the wonderful time you had there, Shirley!

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    1. Tina, I'm sure u're gonna love this place too!

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  8. Lovely food spread and all of it looks so good. Particularly I like the salmon and pork belly. Of course being a wine drinker, I am impressed by the array of wine this place offers. Moreover, its worth the price paid.

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    1. Nava, I didn't know u're a wine drinker.... I'm impressed, dear! Remember to chk out this place the next time u're here.

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  9. the best part is the menu pairings. or else it just trial and error with half baked knowledge and wrong choices to spoil the fun of the evening. You are the girl.. keep exploring such places and blogging about it.
    Love Ash.

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    1. Ash, u're absolutely right! The wine pairing does give an edge. Thks, sweetie! Glad u like the post :)

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  10. oooh la la.. a wonderful place to dine. thanks a lot for sharing.

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    1. Loveforfood, thks so much for reading!

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  11. This looks amazing! As always Shirley, not only is the food you make at home delicious but also the restaurants you dine at are just as good.

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    1. Bessie, if only I could also have the water bath machine to use it on my cooking. Heehee! Thks so much for your kind note, dear!

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  12. This is way more than a night out to dinner. I love the idea of the wine and food menu, for I know nothing about that subject. No doubt you had a great time and the place looks to be well worth the price and worth a second visit. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Tina, it's certainly a good way to learn rather than be on those boring books. Definitely worth returning for more!

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  13. Ahhh...mazing...no doubt you had an awesome evening with fingerlicking yummies..;P

    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Jay, oh yeah! Certainly a well-deserved treat :) Yum!

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  14. It looks really beautiful and presentable!
    Yum yum!

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    1. Charmaine, perhaps I should pick up some cooking tips from them too :)

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  15. This seems like such a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing.

    Lynn
    CARMEN VOGUE

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    1. Lynn, be sure to kiv the place should u visit S'pore next time.

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  16. Sorry Shirley! Only now I have the time to read your blog. It's hard for me to believe that this grand restaurant is owned by young man!

    It's nice for you and your family to enjoy the awesome dinner :D

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    1. Diana, I'm sure many are just as surprised. An excellent host & we'd a really good time there :)

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  17. love your top here shirley! xox

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    1. Charles, so it's my new top that has caught your attention instead. Hahaha!

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  18. Shirley, you're making my mouth water with your sumptuous descriptions and stunningly presented food/photos. The wine pairings sounded equally delicious -- what an art and a pleasure to experience! Maybe you need to market your Bailey's Tiramisu there??? :) Excellent review -- left me wanting to BE THERE. I'm so glad you followed up on your visit with a truly memorable post of your meal!

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    1. Kimby, looks like I've passed my tour guide test with flying colours, huh? Hahaha! Guess I'm fussy about desserts. Thks again for your sweet words & enjoy your weekend, dear!

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  19. I have yet to learn how to appreciate wine. But from what you have posted here, the tastings room looks like a good place to start with.

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    1. Doris, this place is certainly the best place to start off for amateurs to learn about wine pairing & I'm sure u're gonna like it too!

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  20. waaaa the place & the food are so exquisite! i've never experienced eating at this kind of restaurant yet...heeee...

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    1. Aemy, then u must try this place when u visit S'pore next time :)

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    1. Ian, thks for visiting & leaving your footprint :) Have a good weekend!

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