Luke Mangan’s trendy new outpost in Singapore has been enjoying gorgeous views of the city at 55 stories high, right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. The restaurant is Mangan’s 6th restaurant worldwide and features contemporary Australian cuisine combining fresh Australian produce with the best of local ingredients. Namesake of his original restaurant in Sydney, Salt derives its heritage from ancient Greece, when salt was a rare, precious commodity that was given to people as a symbol of hospitality and friendship.
The elevator to the restaurant is just past the concierge (and Sistic counter) on the 4th floor of the chic and trendy ION Orchard, beside ION Art. The restaurant offers an Executive set lunch ($40++), a set tea menu, 3 degustation menus for dinner (from $140 per person), an ala-carte and a sky bar menu. They also feature an extensive drinks list, which you can enjoy before or after dinner at their wine bar.
The restaurant is stylishly decorated and encased by glass panels to allow for a panoramic view of the city skyline. While most certainly impressive, it can feel a little like a greenhouse during the day, and dining in the evening may better suit the vampires among us.
This was our second visit to the restaurant (after a very enjoyable first) and we were keen to try their Executive set lunch ($40++) which comprised an entrée and a main course.
For our entrée, we ordered the most delicious sounding ‘Salt’ salad made out of seasonal baby vegetables, slow poached hen’s egg, buffalo mozzarella and candied walnuts. The medley of beetroot, asparagus spears, baby corn and candied walnuts made for a wholesome and crunchy salad, while the runny poached egg, when stabbed, dressed the salad with a lovely yellow sheen.
Our other entrée, ‘glass’ Sydney crab omelette and miso mustard broth, was delicately presented in a neat little parcel complete with shreds of mint leaves and enoki mushrooms – simple yet very satisfying.
For our first main, we went for the pan fried potato gnocchi, sweet corn, zucchini, asparagus, lemon thyme, parmesan and truffled verjuice. Each precious little pillow was pan fried to golden perfection, just slightly caramelized at the base and had a delightful suppleness to each bite. The dish, accompanied by a variety of vegetables and so subtly perfumed with a glorious truffle verjuice, left us smacking our lips for more. So here’s our only gripe – the portion was rather paltry conservative! Given that it was such a pleasing dish, we could have easily had double the serving or more, in one sitting! On the bright side, that just meant more room for their very tasty warm bread served with Luke Mangan olive oil & dukkah.
Our other main was the Pork scotch, Australian Berkshire Kurobuta, café de paris, green beans with confit eschallot, which was very minimally presented as a petite hunk of meat with a small string of green beans. Although the pork, gorgeously pink on the inside, was quite tasty, the gnocchi got all our love.
The set lunch did not come with dessert or coffee, so we ordered the latter to round up the meal, before taking a walk along their neatly designed ramp, taking us up to the 56th level with more breathtaking views along the way.
Having enjoyed both their Executive set lunch and Australian burger and truffled mash potatoes on their ala-carte menu (during our previous lunch at Salt), we are quite certain that their dinner menu won’t disappoint – combine that with stunning views of the city, attentive and efficient service, fabulous drinks and good company, it’s a formula hard to go wrong with!Salt grill and Sky bar
ION Orchard Level 55 | +65 6592 5118 (reservations a must)