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The Black Swan

335 Wishlisted
~$70/pax
The Black Swan is a stunning Art Deco grand bistro and bar inspired by a beautifully restored 1930s building. Paying tribute to the anachronistic nature of the space, The Black Swan’s menu revisits time-honoured chophouse classics and aims to transport diners to the full flavors of the glorious past.

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From the Burpple community

The Hokkaido Scallops (~$26)!!! So plump and JUICY AND TENDER, I definitely recommend this one 🤤🤤 The scallops separated well in a bite, and the almond tuille added a nutty sweetness to the saltier popcorn purée!

Ig @goodfomood

Slightly on the small side and not as flavourful as I’d have liked it to be, but the Grilled Maine Lobster (~$60) was a sight for sore eyes. The bright red sauce by the side added a tangy flavour to the lobster, saving it from being too bland 😋 What filled me up was actually the barley and corn risotto though, thick and mushy. .

Ig @goodfomood

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Steak and Frites : Butcher’s selection honestly wasn’t that great — definitely on the smaller side and a tad too chewy. Double fried shoestring fries were addictive though 😛

Ig @goodfomood

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Crushing on the looks of this converted Colonial building with its huge double doors, high ceiling, deep teal-coloured walls completed with gold and bronze furnishings. Elegant and inviting without being overbearing.
Meet Chef @alysiareynechan’s recommendation (also right now, my favourite dish on the menu), the super juicy Roasted Hokkaido Pork Loin with Vanilla Cauliflower Purée, Raisin & Pinenut Agrodolce and a Fennel Nashi Pear Salad.
At first I was skeptical on the addition of vanilla to the purée, but it added an extra dimension of creaminess to the dish, especially when you have it with the raisins and vinegary mustard seeds. Damn, that’s delicious.
Can’t wait to be back!
Only available during dinner.

38bucks/serve
#FTrecommends

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H O S T E D
A couple of weeks have passed since I attended the tasting at The Black Swan (thanks @bydanieleng for the invitation) but this indecently good Twix Tart by new Head Chef Alysia Chan is still stuck on my mind. There is something about it that has EVEREEEETHING right on the button.
For starters, she does not stinge on the voluptuous chantilly cream. That in my books, already makes it a winner. I really love how it gives each bite of the buttery, crunchy pastry lined with sea salt caramel and filled with almost-solid, cool dark chocolate ganache, cookie crumble and juicy cherries a pillow of softness to ride on.
I guess when a chef creates a dessert based on her favourite candy bar, the force of inspiration is strong.

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H O S T E D
Having followed The Black Swan’s new Head Chef Alysia Chan’s culinary career for years, I was curious to see what she would bring to this establishment’s table so to speak. I was not disappointed.
Even though I was feeling a little tired that evening, it did not detract from my enjoyment of her food. She has embraced the minimal food wastage movement and totally owned it, as evidenced deliciously in quite a few of the dishes we got to try.
I would not hesitate to have the entire menu again as I felt each item was well thought out and executed. Shown above is the first half of what we were served (the remaining half appears in a second post):

(Clockwise from top left)

Broccoli & Pine Nut Hummus with Polenta Chips ($14++) - a tasty vegan-friendly dip that has discarded stems of broccoli, carrot leaves, sundried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts blended together.

Sourdough with Beef Fat Butter ($8++) - The crisp and the chewiness of the flavourful #bread was pure pleasure, and with a schmear of the sinful butter, even better.

Charcuterie Platter ($38++) - Get one to share. You won’t regret it. The housecured meats are tender and intense in flavour. Condiments are also on point.

Grilled Maine Lobster ($60++) - Lighter than the classic Mornay sauce, the crustacean is prepared with a piquant romesco instead and accompanied by chewy black barley and corn risotto for a substantial meal.

San Marzano and Hokkaido Corn Salad - A very decent salad with crisp fresh baby spinach and arugula tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette.

Venus Clams ($24++) - You’ll want to bathe in the lip-smacking sauce. An order of sourdough is useful to mop up every drop.

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