I’ve always been a big fan of owner-operated restaurants. And one of the best in Singapore is Restaurant Ember. Owned by Chef Sebastian Ng and his always cheerful wife Sabrina, this small restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel 1929 serves up delicious fusion food at moderate prices. We visited Ember this week to celebrate my wife’s baker friend’s birthday. As usual, the restaurant was packed.
I started my meal with a half dozen deep fried oysters paired with an equal number of sauces. My favourites were the wasabi mayo, the orange sauce and the sweet chilli sauce. For a main I had a slow roasted rack of lamb with melted leeks, potato fondant and lamb jus. My wife had the pan roasted US pork tenderloin with garlic and a mixed herb crust, creamed corn and natural jus (pictured at the start of the post). Both were excellent. For dessert, my wife and a couple of the other gals shared a big dessert platter, which looked really, really good.
If you haven’t yet been to Ember, I totally recommend it. The prices, as I said, are great (especially the S$38 set dinner), as is the food. Oh, on a final note, I should congratulate Chef Sebastian. It was announced during the World Gourmet Summit here last month that he’s won Best Rising Chef for the second time. Maybe next time the judges will realize that he’s already risen!
50 Keong Saik Rd
Tel: 6347 1928