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Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan

By Thursday, December 17, 2015 , , ,

Has it been 4 years since i last visited Salt Tapas & Bar??! Apparently so! It was one of my first few reviews on the blog in fact and i did enjoy the small bites over at this casual joint by Luke Mangan. Glad i made time for the Christmas tasting at Salt Tapas and Bar and here is the line up for the one day only New Year's Eve dinner menu available from 6 - 10.30pm (min 2 pax, reservations required). 2 menus are served, King of the Land ($80/pax) and King of the Sea ($100/pax). No prize for guessing the theme of each menu.
A preview of the King of the Land Menu- Wagyu Sirloin!
Both menus start with freshly baked sourdough (chewy and porous) with smooth churned butter that are flavored. This round, Sea wins with the rich prawn butter that is umami and fragrant. Word is that prawns have been blended and added to this for the rich crustacean flavor. Land serves a milder bacon bone marrow butter, which i expected to be more smoky but it wasn't particularly.
For the King of the Sea ($100), the next bite is the creamy Australian Coffin Bay warm oyster with soy scallion dressing. This was a tad too salty for me and i would love a better balance of the scallion soy with the already briny oyster.
The first main is the Lobster Paella with chunks of smokey chorizo, lobster, and a distinct saffron Gruyere. I love how it's creamy and lightly spiced, with the juicy sweet flesh cutting through the richness.  
Be ready for more crustacean! The Boiled Brown Crab was delicious on its own that i didn't bother with the sauces. Look at all that roe! If you must, there's the chipotle tartare, crab infused clarified butter with chives, and garlic and ponzu dressing for added flavors.
Chargrilled rainbow trout with garlic dill dip. Loved the smoky pink fish which was simply done and perfect with the refreshing dill dip. 
The starter for King of the Land ($80) is the seared duck foie gras with sherry eschalot vinegar. Love that golden crust on the outside and how the center was still perfectly creamy. The tangy and acidic vinegar with garlic was a surprisingly and refreshing pairing with the rich liver.
Of the 2 paella, I loved the Spatchcock with cepe mushroom paella. Such great earthy flavor in this one. It was a tad oily and slightly creamy but overall a great dish. Mushroom lovers would totally dig this.
For the meat mains, simple and hearty does it. The Wagyu Sirloin and Spatchcock were seasoned with thyme and garlic and served with tender grilled asparagus with saffron rouille on the side. This platter caught the attention of many envious diners during our media preview.  
Desserts are not included in the set menu but you can always go a la carte. If light airy churros are your thing, then the ones from Salt Tapas & Bar will satisfy. I enjoyed the rich dark chocolate sauce but i'm more of the slightly dense chewy churros fan.

Make sure you make your reservations for the NYE dinner!

Salt Tapas & Bar
#01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103
Daily: From 11.30am 

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