The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens is now halal certified! Now an inclusive dining destination for the masses, the restaurant has also revitalised its all day ala carte menu with spectacular new dishes. Many would think that The Halia’s price point is on the expensive side but it isn’t. The menu has been revamped and featured quite a number of impressive dishes.
I started the meal with a glass of Lychee & Thyme ($8++), a refreshing concoction of healing garden tea, lychee juice, thyme infusion and raspberries.
Lightly Smoked Kingfish ($17++) is served with smoked crushed pea, lemon dressing, almond flakes, salted black beans and lemongrass oil. It also comes with a side of chilled cucumber and ginger shooter mixed with yogurt to give it additional flavours.
I pretty enjoyed the mussels from Fresh Boston Bay Mussel ($22++) which are plump and juicy. The coconut & ginger flower broth added with chilli and lime have such an intense flavour which makes me crave for more. Dipping the grilled focaccia into the sauce makes it even more satisfying as it had soaked up most of the broth.
Pan-fried Barramundi ($28++) topped with green asparagus, cherry tomato and basil oil reminds me of risotto, but the pignolina pasta is much more chewy. It had absorbed most of the thai coconut cream sauce which makes it a delight to chew on. The barramundi was really fresh and nicely charred on the skin.
Yuzu Gateaux ($13++) is made with a yuzu infused cake, intense chocolate yuzu ganache, lait caramel mousse and yuzu foam. If you love something sweet and sour, this is definitely for you.
I had mixed feelings for Fig Tart ($11++) as I am never a fan of figs. Sitting on a bed of chocolate tart base was yogurt mousseline, speculoos, caramelised fig and turmeric foam. Forget about the figs, the rest of the tart was tasty and great on the palate. Also, I was blown away by the pretty presentation of this dessert, never knew tarts could look like this.
Aside from the updated ala carte menu, diners can opt for a communal dining format, where they can feast on selected signature dishes in groups of 4 or 6, for only $180++ and $270++ respectively. Or, you may also visit Halia for a nice romantic dinner with your other half. Sounds like a plan for our wedding anniversary! heart
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden
(Enter via Tyersall Gate, Tyersall Avenue)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Note: Prices are subjected to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.