I have been to Hort Park once, for an event once hosted by a political party sometime ago, and it was then I discovered there was a restaurant there called Vineyard.
Hence one day, we decided to give Vineyard a try, and drove up for dinner. The address is 33 Hyderabad Road #02-02 Hort Park, Singapore 119578 and the number to dial is 6479 7977.
As most restaurants in natural reserves, Vineyard is a French restaurant decorated prettily with soothing lightings within, and offers a cosy alfresco dining ambience as well, for those who prefer to dine with the wind in their faces. In fact, the restaurant looked pretty elegant from the outside, encased in glass and with dark rustic aged wood furnishings.
There is also an outdoor patio area for those who wish to enjoy drinks and sit by the beautiful reflective pool, catching the first rays of sunset. This is utterly romantic and glorious.
The Duck Confit is served with orzo, pickle dorange salad, dates, asparagus, foie gras and orange hoisin emulsion. While not exceedingly crispy the way I like it, the duck is tender on the inside, and tastes a lovely blend of saltiness with sweetness of the ingredients. I loved the combination of duck confit and foie gras in one dish - two of my favorite food of all time. The foie gras though, was tender but rather bland on the taste herein.
The Wagyu Beef Cheeks and Mashed Potatoes - served in steaming hot pans - was divine. Meltingly soft, succulent and richly infused with the delicious aroma of marinated beef, this dish is a keeper. The mashed potatoes were a little too "liquid" for our liking though.
We sat by the reflective pools for more drinks and chit-chat. The Pina Colada and Purple Rain were lovely, refreshing cocktails after a sumptuously salty dinner. The service was average, but the overall dining experience here was rather enjoyable. We spent SGD$60.00 each for dinner here.