Saturday, 27 February 2016

Pool Grill – Flavours of Spain [MEDIA INVITE]

Pool Grill

Get ready to be tantalise by Flavours Of Spain, brought to you by Pool Grill and Guest Chef Albert Ortiz. Chef Ortiz was born and bred in Barcelona, is a 3rd generation of restaurateur. For the last 3 years, Chef Ortiz has expand his horizon to Asia, and incorporate the colourful flavours of Asia in his cooking.

Guest Chef Albert Ortiz

From 15 February to 13 March 2016, you can taste the characteristic of Chef Albert cooking at Pool Grill. I was fortunate enough to be the first few to sample his gastronomic delight in 4 course dinner ($58++)

The bread, Onion Focaccia. The signature bread from Marriott bakery. The crust on top and bottom was just crispy, while the inner part of the bread is soft, moist with fragrance from the onion.

Onion Focaccia

The Condiments: Butter, Olive Oil and Vinaigrette & Floss 


Appetizer - Pan-seared scallop, “sofrito” puree, chorizo “migas”, caviar oil and dill. The scallop is nicely seared, sweet and brainy. The texture is so soft, like cutting through a butter with hot knife. The sofrito puree, made from capsicum and olive oil provided a subtle companion to the scallop. For crispy, crumbly texture, Chef Albert added aromatic chorizo migas, which is a traditional dish in Spain made from day old bread. The touch of caviar helps brings out the flavour of the sea in this dish.

Appetizer - Pan-seared scallop, “sofrito” puree,
chorizo “migas”, caviar oil and dill

Starter - grilled octopus, crusty pork jowl, buttered mashed potato and smoked Spanish paprika oil. Chef Albert version of surf and turf. The octopus was sous-vide before it was grilled to add texture and flavour. It has a delicate springy texture and succulent as well. The pork jowl has the perfect ratio between fats and meat and basically melts in your mouth. Love the buttery flavour of the smooth mash potatoes, and the paprika oil add a subtle spicy kick to the dish.

Starter - grilled octopus, crusty pork jowl, buttered mashed potato
and smoked Spanish paprika oil

Main – braised beef cheek, olive oil crashed potato, baby carrots and passion fruit. A must try dish for a beef lover. The beef cheek was so soft, I only need my fork to peel each layer of this dish. Accompanied with sweet baby carrots and rustic feel of crushed potatoes. The intense sauce is beef stock reduction finished off with red wine and passion fruit for a twist tanginess.

Main – braised beef cheek, olive oil crashed potato,
baby carrots and passion fruit

Dessert – dark chocolate ice cream, char-grilled banana, gorgonzola cheese and caramelised butter. It was not the ending that I expected. The heat from the grilled banana actually melted the ice cream. Instead of dark chocolate ice cream, it turn out to be dark chocolate cream. The pairing of intense pungent flavour of gorgonzola cheese with dark chocolate “cream” provided a unique yet pleasant finish to the dish.

Dessert – dark chocolate ice cream, char-grilled banana,
gorgonzola cheese and caramelised butter.

Dining at Pool Grill, you will have a great view of the swimming pool of Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza Hotel and the view of surrounding buildings in Orchard Road, such as Ion Orchard and Shaw House.

Pool View and Surroundings during the day

Pool View and Surroundings during the night

We were seated in the huge Chinese style pavilion, where it can seat about 20 people. To keep everyone cool, an unique fan called “Big Ass Fan” is used. It control the temperature nicely without messing up your hair or blowing everything off the table. It was indeed a pleasant outdoor dining experience. According to our host, the gazebo is frequently used for wedding solemnisation.

Chinese style pavilion

Overall, the menu of Flavours of Spain at Pool Grill is a reflection of Chef Albert new insight to Spanish Cuisine. His signature of fusion of Spanish food with Asian ingredients. So don't miss out on :
Flavours of Spain at Pool Grill
Spanish Set Lunch and Dinner
15 February – 13 March 2016
3-Course Lunch: $35++ per person
4-Course Dinner: $58++ per person

Thank you very much to the team at Marriott Singapore for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 9/10
Budget per Person: $26 – $50; $51 - $80
Pool Grill
320 Orchard Road
Level 5. Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza Hotel.
Singapore 238865

T: +65 6831 4605
OH:
Sun – Thu: 11.00 – 22.00
Fri, Sat & PH: 11.00 – 23.00

Brunch menu available on Sun & PH 11.00 – 17.00
Set Lunch menu available on Mon – Sat 11.00 – 15.00
Set Dinner menu available on Sun – Thu 18.30 – 22.00
Set Dinner menu available on Fri, Sat & PH 18.30 – 23.00


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