Tangerine at ESPA, Resorts World Sentosa

How often is it that you can eat a sumptuous 5-course meal and still stay in tip-top shape without feeling the bulge? Well I haven’t experienced anything like that in a long time, if I ever did at all –until Tangerine’s flair took me by delightful surprise.

Helming the kitchen at Tangerine are celebrity chefs Sam Leong and Forest Leong –and for the first time ever, creating a menu focusing on light, healthy and nutritious dishes to complement the spa and wellness concept, while still preserving their creative integrity and executing spectacular flavour profiles.

Working hand in hand with ESPA’s in-house nutritionist, recipes are carefully calibrated to meet nutritional requirements, with each and every ingredient carefully calculated to ensure the meal is well balanced.

Whether you’re embarking on a detoxification programme, or simply yearning to reinvigorating the body and relaxing the mind, Tangerine offers a wide scale of wholesome and easily-digestible dishes comprising wholegrains, fresh fruits, vegetables, sustainable seafood, premium free-range poultry and grass-fed beef, designed to provide the body with an optimum amount of energy and sustenance.

Nestled amidst lush tropical landscaping in the tranquil spa environment of ESPA at RWS, guests can expect to embark on a gastronomic journey and nourish their souls in the calming bright and airy dining space, awash in soothing earthy hues.

On the menu, you will notice four symbols that represent: Fit for Life, Weight Management, Intro to Detox, and De-Stress. These symbols are guidelines in helping diners make their food choices wisely and consciously.

Nutritional facts are stated alongside the item descriptions; hence diners are aware of the amount of calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates and protein they are consuming.

Tangerine also abides by the no-sugar rule by replacing sugar with Stevia, a natural and calorie-free sweetener.

Foreground: Wild Pepper Leaf Wrap of Mixed Revitalising Herbs and Walnuts ($12 for actual portion); Background: Fresh Pear Crostini with Assorted Nuts ($15 for actual portion)

Our 5-Course Set Menu commenced with the artfully plated duo of Wild Pepper Leaf Wrap of Mixed Revitalising Herbs and Walnuts and Fresh Pear Crostini with Assorted Nuts.

The Wild Pepper Leaf Wrap of Mixed Revitalising Herbs and Walnuts is laced with contrasting textures and refreshing aroma of fresh handpicked herbs, and tossed in an intriguing dates palm dressing. Rich in anti-oxidants and helps strengthen one’s immune system, this dish falls into the categories of ‘Weight Management’ and ‘Intro to Detox’.

Fresh Pear Crostini with Assorted Nuts ($15 for actual portion)

The dish of Fresh Pear Crostini with Assorted Nuts falls into the categories of ‘Fit for Life’ and ‘De-Stress’.

Herbal Chicken Soup with Hokkaido Scallop & Cordycep Flower ($14)

Falling into the categories of ‘Weight Management’ and ‘Intro to Detox’, the Herbal Chicken Soup helps promote blood circulation, reduce blood pressure.

This traditional Chinese classic is boiled for hours to attain the intense flavour. I give a nod to its high comfort level.

Sous Vide Salmon with Red Capsicum Puree and Tamarind Sauce ($18)

Nutritious dishes are prepared with a gentle hand to ensure that the premium fresh produce retain their natural goodness and flavours –the Sous Vide Salmon with Red Capsicum Puree and Tamarind Sauce is one great example.

Strengthen your brain and muscular tissues with omega-3s in this heart-healthy salmon fillet, enriched with an antioxidant-packed red capsicum coulis and a piquant tamarind sauce.

The salmon fillet is sous vide for 12 minutes in 48°C, yielding an almost silky smooth texture that disintegrates in your mouth without any effort.

Barley Porridge with Quinoa and Seafood ($18)

The Barley Porridge with Quinoa and Seafood falls under the categories ‘Fit for Life’ and ‘De-Stress’.

Its comfort level already delivers de-stressing properties, not to mention its nutritional content.

Quinoa provides protein and energy without the high carbohydrate content.

Stewed in nourishing chicken essence, this hearty barley porridge with quinoa, tiger prawn, king scallop and green vegetables is an excellent source of dietary fibre and promotes colon health.

Chilled Lemongrass Jelly mix Berry in Young Coconut

Won over by its gorgeous presentation with flower petals and fresh berries crowning the coconut, the refreshing and palate-cleansing properties of this dessert continue to captivate, hugely contributed by the lemongrass and pandan infused jelly.

The cost of one meal is not as exorbitant as one would have thought, considering the chichi environs. Prices range from $12 for appetisers, $18 for main courses and $14 for desserts.

ESPA, Level 1
8 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 099958

Website: http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/WhereToEat/Tangerine

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily (last order at 9.40pm)

By car/ taxi:
For those who drive or are coming by taxi, after turning into Sentosa, keep left and enter the Resorts World Sentosa B1 carpark. Follow the signages towards “B1 West Carpark” and then towards “Equarius Hotel, Beach Villas and ESPA”. Park close to the ESPA carpark lobby and take the lift up to the ESPA entrance. If you take the lift up to Equarius Hotel lobby, you will have to walk out of the hotel. ESPA at RWS is located next to the Equarius Hotel.

By public transport:
For those coming by public transport, you can take the Sentosa Express1 located on Level 3 VivoCity (Lobby L) then alight at Waterfront Station or board the RWS 8 bus2 from the bus-stop in front of VivoCity. Then, proceed to the Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael drop-off point (in front of the Adam & Eve sculptures). There is shuttle bus service available there to take you directly to the lobby of Equarius Hotel. ESPA at RWS is located next to the Equarius Hotel.