80 Collyer Quay, Rooftop Level, Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore 049326
Tel: 6597 5299
I am back at one of my favorite hangouts again, for drinks with newfound friends. The only reason why I am starting another entry on this is because of the Christmas specials in the festive menu, for 2015. Other than that, check out my past reviews here and here.
It is gorgeous and dazzling during Christmas season, is it not? All the specks of white! Sadly, service was still as slow, inefficient and non-attentive. This is one aspect I was hoping they'd improve on - whether we were seated under the tent or outside around the pools, it seems that their service staff were always non-existent or were only able to stare straight ahead when they passed.
Other than that, all was fine. We polished off some drinks - a glass of J. Faiveley Pinot Noir (SGD$23.00), a glass of Lapost Merlot (SGD$19.50), 2 Classic Mojito (SGD$24.00 each) and a glass of Fizz & Bubbles (SGD$24.00). It was Lady's Night (Wednesday) therefore there was Belvedere Vodka Pineapple, Cranberry or Orange free-flow for ladies between 8.00pm - 9.00pm.
We had the Parmesan Truffle Fries (SGD$19.00) served with truffle mayo and tomato sauce on the side. At least the fries were crispy, and the umami flavour of truffle was distinctive, tinged with parmesan's lighter taste.
The Seared Black Cod (SGD$46.00) was served with Southern broth and heirloom tomato was a fabulous dish. The luscious cod was springy in texture, each flake was fresh and light on the palette, enhanced by the clams broth.
The Classic Tiramisu (SGD$18.00) was served in a jar with a giant biscotti pointing proudly towards the sky like a sword. The tiramisu itself had a pudding texture, smooth and creamy; punctuated with a dash or two of amaretto and coffee's aroma. I thought it was a tad too creamy.
Finally, my Christmas dessert- the Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce (SGD$16.00), served as a round disc with a cute plastic Santa sitting atop. The pudding was dry, but sweet with dried fruits / sultanas. I tried to douse some rum sauce over it but all of us agreed that there was no rum in the milky-white sauce; it tasted very creamy, but that was about it. Sorry to concede, but other than the pretty presentation, I would prefer my Marks & Spencer's pudding over this anytime.
All in all, Lantern Bar is still one of my favorite places to chill, and bring people to. I do it for the ambience and drinks, nothing more; and I hope that service would improve significantly over time.