Contemporary restaurant and bar in Singapore’s City Hall forges traditions with modernity
In an age of novel trends, Tablescape—a brand new Modern European restaurant and bar located within the luxurious Grand Park City Hall—is a breath of fresh air. Tablescape focuses on delivering hearty, comforting favourites that can be enjoyed time and again, paired with artisanal cocktails, and extensive premium wine and craft beer lists – all underscored by attentive, unobtrusive service. The Tablescape experience is one that cuts out the fluff associated with fine dining to focus on what’s most important – serving up non-pretentious, great classic flavours executed with exceptional traditional cooking techniques.
Connecting tradition and modernity in a truly beautiful setting, the restaurant accords a neoclassical interior design style which features decorative Peranakan-style accent floor, pastel coloured chairs, and plenty of natural light through its floor-to-ceiling windows. At the bar, one can choose to lounge comfortably at the private sofa seats with warm cove lighting, or unwind with friends at the solid wood feature communal table that delicately connects the bar and restaurant. The interiors exude a quiet elegance, setting the stage for a cosy, relaxed time.
The menu is comfortingly nostalgic and showcases a timeless European repertoire, featuring starters like Steak Tartare, Pan Roasted Foie Gras and Salmon Gravlax, with subtle updates that make the experience both familiar yet surprising. The Steak Tartare is given a fresh spin; finely hand-chopped USDA beef—an
example of impressive knife skills, carefully honed over time—mixed with the consummate red onions, gherkins, parsley and capers, is stacked with a crackly, battered poached egg, bringing a new dimension to the dish. The French delicacy Pan Roasted Foie Gras takes on an Asian twist with braised turnip and lotus root chips, topped off with brandied cherries For a bright start to your meal, go for the Salmon Gravlax — house-cured fish sits on a bed of crunchy, seasonal vegetables dressed in lemon-myrtle oil and a hint of dill, topped with a quenelle of cream cheese ice cream; the varying textures and temperatures add a welcome complexity to the classic dish.
For mains, be treated to the nutty sweetness of the Norwegian Fjord Trout, dulcified with red wine. Contrasting flavours from the pickled cabbage and citrus salsa brings the dish full circle promising a delight for the senses. The Smoked Braised Black Angus Short Rib —browned and braised with red wine, carrots, celery, and onions for 8 hours in the oven, completely tenderises and soaks in all the delightful flavours of the sauce—is an all-time dinner favourite. Horseradish is pureed with potatoes to create a silky smooth, tangy side for the ribs and freshly roasted bone marrow completes the dish. Also on the a la carte menu, an offering of Josper-grilled meats and seafood are perfect for sharing. Best served alongside the mains are your choice of sides, which range from creamed spinach to quinoa with pumpkin.
The gorgeousDessert Selection from the Trolley —the restaurant’s take on guéridon service—brings a bit of flair and fun to round off the dining experience, featuring a rotation of house-made sweets including Spicy Mango, a mango mousse cake encased in a shell of white chocolate, bringing the heat with the addition of pink peppercorns; the Raspberry Lychee with Almond Cake, a tribute to the classic Ispahan, offers a burst of tartness from the raspberry and the light sweetness of the lychee in a single bite; and Camembert Cheesecake, which presents a twist to the traditional cream cheesecake, served alongside perennial favourites such as meringue, lemon tart, and more. The restaurant’s dedication to ensuring that each diner is brought on a journey through the classics, modernised with restraint, is evident through to the meal’s close.
Tablescape’s diverse bar menu showcases premium wines, craft beers, and the best of classic cocktails with a modern twist, well suited to city dwellers. The cocktail programme focuses on a decidedly European approach accented with floral, savoury nuances including enticing, playful concoctions such as the refreshing The Affair made with a coconut flavoured rum, house lemongrass syrup, and a tinge of pear brandy, or the Silly Superstition made with Leblon Cachaca, Mancino Bianco Vermouth, pink guava, pineapple juice and finished with a sour plum powder rim. While at the bar, nibble on a Mediterranean- inspired bar bites featuring familiar classics like the Charcuterie Meat Platter, or indulge in Beef Rump, Cajun Prawns, and Blue Mussels with Tomatoes from the Josper grill.
Set Lunch and Dinner Menus
Valid: Every Monday to Sunday, Ongoing
Tablescape offers a la carte as well as set lunch and dinner menus every day. The attractive two- or three- course set lunch (priced at S$32++ and S$42++ or approximately $23++ and $31++ respectively) is a fantastic option for a weekday business meal, or a leisurely one in between museum stops on the weekend — the restaurant is located conveniently just a 5-minute walk to the National Gallery and a short walk to the Singapore Art Museum. The three- or four-course set dinner (priced at S$48++ and S$58++ or approximately $35++ and $42++ respectively) provides true value for a delectable night out.
Weekend High Tea
Valid: Every Friday to Sunday, until 31st December 2018
Tablescape introduces their new high tea menu, featuring a selection of sweet and savoury classics like Black Sesame and Gula Melaka Macaroons, dainty sandwiches, mini buttermilk scones and speciality infused teas by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. The high tea is priced at S$70++ or approximately $51++ for two persons and is the perfect choice and a stone's throw away for a quiet and relaxing break from the weekend city bustle. Guests can opt to enjoy a glass of wine or prosecco with Tablescape’s 1-1 menu, including housepours, spirits and draft beers.
Level 3, 10 Coleman Street, Grand Park City Hall, S179809 T: +65 6432 5566