Table 66: Restaurant Week

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Finally, wagyu beef!

After being disappointed at Absinthe, I was so pleased to find wagyu beef on the set dinner menu for Restaurant Week at Table 66 that I was willing to overlook that it was a minute steak, i.e. thinly sliced steak seared on the grill for about a minute. I like my meat thick and juicy, but sometimes you just gotta accept what’s offered, eh? Hmm that sounded wrong. Anyway, I’m jumping too far ahead of myself.

We were seated in the front room close to the bar, with a good view of every patron that came and left. While the décor could be described as quirky-indie-art-meets-modern-European, the music sounded Balinese (oddly enough). Not a bad mix, especially since Table 66 brands itself as a casual eatery for “an epicurean experience without the extravagance.”

Fresh Prawn Cocktail with Chilled Rice Noodles, Citrus Seaweed Dressing and Mango Salsa

Starting off the 3-course set dinner was a choice of Fresh Prawn Cocktail or Seared Foie Gras. I went with the prawn cocktail, while my dining companion had the foie gras. The 2 large prawns were indeed fresh and the refreshingly tangy dressing worked well with the mango and al dente noodles. I’d have loved a larger serving of this and could easily see myself polishing off a whole bowl of it for lunch. Yums. My dining companion’s verdict of the foie gras: Not as good as Absinthe, poached egg was weird and slid all over the plate, while the toasted brioche just felt out of place.

Seared Foie Gras with Soft Poached Egg, Wild Mushroom in Truffle Jus and Toasted Brioche

Ordering the beef was a no-brainer, since the alternative was “Catch of the Day”. The steak was nicely medium rare, per my request, although the beef fat didn’t quite melt in the mouth. However, at this price point (SGD35++ for the set), it’s a good deal and value for money.

Wagyu Beef Minute Steak with Edamame Peas, Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Jus

Rounding off the meal was the “Chef’s Dessert Creation of the Day”, which turned out to be a slice of coffee cake topped by caramelized hazelnuts with a berry compote on the side. The caramelized nuts and berry compote were lovely, the cake just so-so. It seems common knowledge that restaurants specialising in non-desserts will tend not to serve very good desserts, but I’d have liked this place to stand out amongst its peers.

Coffee Cake with Caramelized Hazelnuts and Berry Compote

All in, I was very pleased with my dining experience at Table 66. I hear they’re moving to a new location (10 Winstedt Road) in November 2011 and their last day of operation at 66 Tras Street is 22 October 2011. You can keep track of them at their Facebook page.

Table 66
10 Winstedt Road
Singapore 227977
http://www.table66.com.sg
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