Before I begin on my review of Xperience Restaurant & Bar at Sofitel So Singapore…
Panoramic view of the hotel room
When I uploaded a photo of one of the rooms in Sofitel So Singapore on facebook and casually captioned “Staying here tonight!!!…In my dreams hurhur…” everyone seemed to have taken no notice of the second half of the caption and I suddenly became the subject of envy.
Well… I imagine me snuggling up in the lush comforts of the bed, reaching out to the iPad and start browsing; my finger swiping across the iPad, pitting against the constant dilemma on what show to watch. Then falling into deep slumber.
On a side note, Sofitel So Singapore’s rooms are furnished with iPhones and iPads.
Toiletries are kept in an enthralling His and hers drawer unit designed in their iconic hexagonal shape. So if I’m staying here with my girlfriend, we’ll be vying for the ‘Hers’ drawer.
Spotted throughout the hotel are commissioned objects featuring Karl Lagerfield’s “The Lion’s Seal” emblem.
Stylish, fashionable, sophisticated, glamorous and luxurious are words that would describe Sofitel So Singapore best.
You need not book a night’s stay just to soak up the glamorous vibes. Dine at Xperience Restaurant & Bar and be dazzled by the culinary flair of Chef Ann-Cecile Degenne in the sophisticated environs of Sofitel So Singapore.
Seared Pork Knuckle & Pickles ($12/$21/$31)
The menu does not abide by the standard way of categorising (appetisers, sides and mains); instead, dishes are categorised according to textures and tastes: crunchy, zesty, smoky, spicy, silky, saucy and juicy.
The restaurant lets you customise your dining experience based on the occasion by offering three portion sizes: tasting XS portions, personal XM portion, or sharing XL portion.
Mushroom Soup and Celery Royal (set lunch menu)
Those working in the CBD/Shenton Way area will find more reasons not to rush through unhealthy lunches at the desk; fuss-free set lunch menus are priced at $38++ for two courses (entrée and main) or $43++ for three courses (entrée, main and dessert). Xperience Restaurant & Bar Xperience makes for an ideal spot for business lunches as well.
Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Grilled Apple Puree (set lunch menu)
The Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Grilled Apple Puree is worth every single calorie. Juicy with a crisp crackling skin, the pork belly is slow-cooked for 24 hours overnight to yield extra tenderness.
Grilled Fish Market, Potato Fennel and Orange
Serving up the freshest catch they can find each day, the variety of fish starring in the Grilled Fish Market changes daily. The seabass that I had was simply the most amazing I’ve ever had. Seared to a nice crisp while remaining nicely moist and tender, the fish is lightly accented with zesty orange that further brings out the pristine flavour of the fish. Fish lovers will be so pleased.
Braised Wagyu Short Ribs ($15/$28)
In the a la carte menu, the Braised Wagyu Short Ribs is classically braised in the oven till fork-tender. Completing the meal are truffled gnocchi and arugula salad served alongside. Gratifying for obvious reasons.
Foie Gras & Truffle Siew Mai ($15/$30/$45)
Chef Chef Ann-Cecile gives dim sum a Western and elegant twist in the Foie Gras & Truffle Siew Mai. The morsel involves smoked duck and a chunky cube of foie gras, spiked with apricot, ginger and black truffle. Served on the side are two sauces: a Thai-flavoured fresh red chilli sauce invigorated with limejuice, and balsamic–Chinese vinegar infused with ginger.
Chocolate, Brownies, Peanut Butter (set lunch menu)
Desserts on the a la carte menu are priced from $15-$19.
The colourful and engaging menu is imbued with illustrations and the handwriting of Chef Ann-Cecile, of thoughts, descriptions of the dishes, methods of preparation and tips, including random scribbles such as “the flavour of garlic can be heightened by the addition of freshly ground pepper; it is best stored out of the refrigerator”, and “in pastry, taking the weight precisely is a must, so an accurate measuring spoon can simplify your life”.
Xperience Restaurant & Bar at Sofitel So Singapore leaves a lasting impression on diners. Make reservations here.
Xperience Restaurant & Bar
Lobby Level, Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876
Tel: (65) 6701 6800