A Fusion Journey for your Taste Buds

Perched amidst Fort Canning’s greenery is Lewin Terrace, an intriguing Japanese-French fusion fine dining restaurant. The restaurant is located in a charming black and white bungalow, which was once the residence of the Chief of the Central Fire Station found on Hill Street. Today, it is a pretty dining venue that draws couples celebrating special occasions and anyone looking for a unique dining experience.

Lewin Terrace is located among the lush greenery on Fort Canning Hill.

An alfresco dining area overlooks the lush greenery, and is perfect for dinner dates, but I chose to sit indoors for my mid-day meal. The interior setting is classy and intimate, with high ceilings and a well-lit ambience.

 The alfresco dining area offers gorgeous views of the surrounding area.

I asked my friend along for the three-course lunch set meal, which offered good value for such an upscale place!

For the starters, my friend had the Marinated Yellowtail Fish & Radish Salad with Egg Yolk Sauce. The yellowtail fish was fresh, and I liked how the salted egg yolk sauce made the dish more savory, giving it an added ‘zing’. I ordered the Hot Carrot Soup, which is a classic dish in French cuisine, and it proved to be smooth and flavourful, probably the best rendition that I have ever tasted.

Whet your appetite with the Marinated Yellowtail Fish & Radish Salad, which has salted egg yolk sauce drizzled over it.

It may be a common dish elsewhere, but the Hot Carrot Soup served in the restaurant was particularly smooth and very tasty.

Next up, for our main course, we had the Roasted Duck Breast with Wild Vegetables, Red Wine & Red miso sauce as well as the Pan Seared Red Snapper with Basil Mashed Potato & Saffron Cream Sauce.

The duck breast was tender and cooked just right, and the grilled vegetables complemented the meat really well. The French-Japanese inspired sauce made of red wine and miso had the right texture, not too thick, and was an inspired touch to the dish. The Pan Seared Red Snapper, on the other hand, was slightly overcooked and would taste better if it was slightly softer. However, the saffron cream sauce was light and the basil mashed potato complemented the dish perfectly.

The Roasted Duck Breast comes with wild vegetables, and is cooked in a delectable red wine and red miso sauce.

The light Saffron cream sauce and basil mashed potato elevates the Pan Seared Red Snapper into a treat for the palate.

And last, but not least, dessert! The dessert of the day changes from time to time, so it is good for returning customers who wish to try the different kinds of sweet delights available.I had coconut ice cream with panna cotta while my friend had chocolate mousse cake with raspberry ice cream. The panna cotta was silky and sweet, and went well with the coconut ice cream.

As for the chocolate mousse cake, generous fruit pieces gave the dish a zesty citrusy taste while the matcha flakes added a surprisingly contrasting bitter-sweet flavour to the chocolate dessert, giving this fusion dessert a really ‘wild’ taste when everything was eaten together.

Silky smooth coconut ice cream goes down the gullet easily while the fruit pieces give the panna cotta a zesty taste.

The lunch was to celebrate my friend’s birthday, thus when I mentioned this while making reservations, the restaurant was more than happy to make special arrangements. It plated the dessert with a birthday greeting, and gave us a framed photograph taken earlier of us. This was a very nice gesture, lending a personal touch to our whole dining experience!

Delicious desserts like this chocolate mousse cake with raspberry ice cream, are sure to leave a sweet aftertaste!

Overall, the food was delicious, and definitely exemplified how fusion cuisine should be when done right. Service was also impeccable as the staff members were attentive to our needs yet not intrusive. The waiter also took time to explain the dishes to us. Big eaters may find the portions a tad small, but that is a minor quibble given that Lewin Terrace has such a fantastic ambience to celebrate any special occasion. To top off your meal, why not take a stroll around Fort Canning Park after? The peaceful setting will have you recalling the good food and planning another visit.

Lewin Terrace is located at 21 Lewin Terrace Singapore, Singapore 1792901. Opening hours (daily) Lunch: 12 pm – 3 pm (Last order at 2 pm) Dinner: 6.30 pm – 11 pm (Last order at 9.30 pm)

Text and photos by Lydia Lim

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