If you are looking for good quality food that is not a festive buffet but more importantly, a dining experience to remember, look no further - mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore is the place to be. Indulge in the limited-time only Christmas Festive menu this year from 01 December 2016 to 25 December 2016 at this award-winning restaurant!
This season is all about sharing the love at the Grand Hyatt Singapore's mezza9. Unlike most restaurants where you can expect to pay a lot of money for a drink, you will be able to knock back a couple of these Eggnog Martini (S$11++) without having to break the bank. Honestly, if you find someplace else in Singapore that is cheaper - let me know!
Here's one of my favourite dishes that I have sampled the other night - the Yesso Scallops, Parsnip Puree, Pomegranate (S$22++). Not only is the price tag pretty impressive for the number of plump and perfectly-executed scallops you get, the flavours in this dish is just extremely well-balanced with a touch of acidity from the pomegranate. Sure, nothing beats dived-scallops that are retrieved by hand but how do you beat a dish like that at this price point? I am definitely heading back to mezza9 very soon for more of this!
While pumpkin soups are not uncommon in restaurants, you do not easily find one that is so beautifully-prepared all the time. The Muscat Pumpkin which is not always used to make pumpkin soup since it is harder to obtain, is first steamed to allow natural flavours and juices to steep into the flesh of the pumpkin. While I am generally not a fan of pumpkin soups, I finished the entire bowl of Muscat Pumpkin Soup, Wild Mushrooms, Parmesan Cheese (S$16++) in a heartbeat. That touch of freshly grated parmesan cheese that melts on top this comforting bowl of soup? Ingenious.
Let's face it - you can't get around Christmas without having a little bit of Turkey. Sure it isn't thanksgiving but in here in Singapore, most people eat Turkey on the actual Christmas day itself since thanksgiving isn't such a big thing on this side of the world. Instead of fiddling around and trying to carve a turkey, be pampered as this delicious meat is served to your in a roulade-style. While the meat of turkey is generally perceived as dry and tasteless, Chef Martin has managed to prepare it in a way such that the meat remains moist and flavourful. The organic carrots are brought in from an organic farm in Cameron Highlands and I know organic food may sound like a feel good thing (and I do not blame people for thinking that way) but trust me and try them here at Grand Hyatt Singapore - you can certainly tell the difference in taste as well.
Looking for something lighter on the menu? The Chestnut, Winter Truffle Risotto (S$28++) is definitely the dish you are looking for. While most people (including myself) can't taste the difference between a winter and summer truffle since the difference is fairly subtle, the Winter Black Truffle has subtle aroma that is not overpowering - it is also usually described to have a flavour that resembles chocolate and earth. While truffles do generally make diners quite excited, the real star for me has got to be the chestnuts - including them in this creamy consistency for that added crunch is perhaps one of the best things I have tasted this season.
While the mains were all really good on the Festive Menu this year, if you had to pick one dish out of the three mains that are available, you have to give the Braised Ox Cheek, Cottage Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Parmesan Cheese (S$32++) a try. This was hands down my favourite main that night - the braised ox cheeks were just incredibly tender and you could eat the entire dish by yourself with a fork. Actually, scratch that, I recommend eating this with a spoon so you get a good balance of meat, potatoes and that cheesiness that go with it. Call me gender-biased but I honestly do not know how any guy would not love this - it's packed with good protein and flavours in every single bite.
Finally for desserts, the Jameson whiskey flambéed plum pudding, vanilla bean ice cream, custard sauce (S$16++) is quite a sight to behold - it is definitely quite strong on the alcohol-side so if you are looking for something a little more child-friendly, I would recommend for you to try the earl grey crème brulee, candied ginger ice cream, orange madeleines (S$16++) instead.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211