Should you need a nudge to get into weekend mode (hah), try being at the top of Mount Faber Park with a Lewis Capaldi soundtrack playing. It absolutely worked for me as I watched the sun go down at Dusk Restaurant & Bar.
Fun fact: This year is the 45th anniversary of Singapore’s cable car at Mount Faber. On that note, the restaurant and executive chef Kenny Yeo unveiled a refreshed menu that comprises a new selection of European tapas, mains and desserts that has an Asian kick.
Disclaimer: If you’re looking to dine at Dusk Restaurant and Bar without a vehicle, I recommend taking the cable car ride to the restaurant from the Harbourfront station.
The dinner started out with three tapas. Out of the three, the best has got to be the Duck Rillette Au Gratin. Coming with a warm layer of cheese over ciabatta bread, its cheesy profile packed quite a punch, occasionally masking the slow-cooked shredded duck. It may not sound like much, but I wished I had more of it.
As for the Crab and Mango Stack, a subdued avocado sauce was balanced with sweetness from fresh crab meat, chopped tomatoes and mangoes. I didn’t particularly fancy the Wine Poached Oysters though. It was perhaps a little overcooked, which gave it a bitter aftertaste.
The Asian kick came mostly with the main dishes. Before dinner, I was looking forward to trying the Duck Confit, but was served the Pan Seared Snapper and Tiger Prawn Capellini instead. Without the benefit of tasting the Duck Confit, I’d say the Pan Seared Snapper did take the opportunity to shine. Its charred skin and smoky taste certainly had an edge over the Tiger Prawn Capellini. While its “wok-hei”, fried onions and spring onions were probably intended as an Asian twist, the Tiger Prawn Capellini didn’t work to surprise the palette.
The meal was completed with Dusk’s Guinness Chocolate Cake: a dense cake with Irish cream in perfect ratio. With its dark chocolate coating and cream, there might be a debate as to whether it’s coming entirely from Guinness or the cocoa. But the simplicity of this dessert gave the night a good ending.
Dusk Restaurant & Bar’s three-course set menu is priced at $65++. Individual dishes are available a la carte. The restaurant is located at Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak. For more information, visit here.