Last week, Daddy was invited to a food tasting session at Halia (Botanic Gardens).
Halia is Malay for ginger (teh-Halia got it?), and that could explain why our cuisines and even mocktail always carry a tinge of ginger.
We start with a refreshing Halia Jive. This is Halia’ signature mocktail.
Ice blended fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange, honey ($12)
Halia is surrounded by lush greenery, offering secluded intimacy to it’s diners.
(photo credit to Halia)
In the evening, Halia is lighted by natural lighting and candles, it will be an experience to go alfresco with friends or family. We definitely love Halia’s landscaping setup, very condusive for chit chats, over sumptuous fine dining !
This Mother’s day weekend from 11-13 May, Halia has something in store to pamper our Mummies. A special four course dinner awaits her.
Halia’s 4-course Mother’s Day set dinner is priced at $140++ per person with the beef main course, and $150++ per person with the seabass main course. This menu is also available as ala carte instead of a set.
Home made bread, so appetizing! This humble bread set expectations high among the parents.
#01 – Starter – Capsicum veloute with pan-seared lobster and truffle oil
The Capsicum veloute is actually made from bell peppers, but Daddy thought the lobster broth is mildly sweet but thick with lobster essence. Daddy is tempted to use his bread as dip.
#02 – Entrée – Tian of crab in garlic aioli, egg white, beetroot petal and chive with mille feuille of buttered brioche and passionfruit puree
Crab is filled with different sauces, it oozes different textures in our mouths. Delicious.
Look at Halia’s professional photos. Our dining experience is greatly enhanced by artistic decorations and layout.
(photo credit to Halia)
#03 – Main Course – Char-grilled Rangers Valley beef tenderloin with puree of butternut squash, cranberry beef jus, soft herb salad in green lime vinaigrette and edible flowers (photo credit to Halia)
Or Pan-fried line-caught sea bass fillet with yuzu orange reduction, siphon of truffle mash potato and lait de soja
Daddy chose the sea bass. It was crispy outside, sweet freshness inside ! We finished every morsel, leaving no scraps behind ! When fish is this good, you do not even need condiment to enhance the flavour.
The mash potato was too soft and spongy for Daddy, but if you love mousse, you will love chef’s potato creation.
#4 – Milk chocolate bar, orange caramel ice cream, blood orange gelee
Halia wrap up Mummy’s dinner with cool desserts. We order Milk chocolate bar, and it was heavenly to scoop up every drop of ice cream.
Another dessert would be Strawberry gazpacho, cocoa streusel, basil sorbet, black peppercorn snap.
In between our servings, we catch up on family stories and jokes.
We can watch the chefs at work through Halia’s open kitchen concept.
We got to sample Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch too. Available from 12 & 13 May, from 10am-4pm. Look at what Halia is offering to titillate our taste buds.
For oyster lovers, half dozen seasonal baked oysters for ($30)
They come in different flavourings, spicy, sweet, onion.
Parmesan and basil fregola, tempura of green asparagus and baby nasu, vine-ripened tomato and morel emulsion ($34)
This is actually a sort of pasta made from small beads.
Granny Smith apple salad, grape, yuzu walnut, raisin, parmesan & candied orange twist in honey mustard dressing ($20).
Poached eggs on brioche, dill hollandaise, roasted brown mushroom, spinach & tomato with crisp back bacon ($25).
Daddy can order this for breakfast everyday, love the crispy bacon with molten egg !
The ladies ordered ginger tea to end their evening. The warm beverage helps with digestion and was soothing. Daddy should know better than to order black coffee duh.
We would like to take this opportunity to thanks Halia and FoodNews’ Leroy for hosting us. Leroy’s rich food vocabulary and descriptives meant we parent-bloggers only need to concentrate on taking photos and enjoying ourselves. You need to know a bit of French to pronounce all the dishes, Bon appetit !
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If you are looking for a venue to make Mummy happy or an intimate corner with your spouse, try Halia at Botanic Gardens.
The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569. For reservations, please call 8444 1148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org