Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Nest – Nordic Inspired Christmas Dinner [MEDIA INVITE]

Roasted Turkey Scallop with Chestnut Apricot Stuffing at The Nest

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2019 within the grounds of acclaimed Laguna National Golf & Country Club Singapore. The Nest, a casual dining restaurant in Laguna National provide us with the preview on what to expect once the hotel is open.

The Nest
Part of the Dining Area

Part of the Dining Area

The Nest which open to the public on weekdays and by advanced reservations only for the weekend has launched their Festive Menu for this Year, available from 19 November 2018 to 6 January 2019.

The View from The Nest Balcony

We have the privilege to try out their Christmas Set Dinner Menu ($68++ per person, 4 course) available from 19 November to 27 December 2018. When I was writing this review, I realised that this menu curated based on Nordic Christmas traditions, dishes that are celebrated with by the Scandinavians during Christmas seasons.  

Table Setting for Christmas Set Lunch and Dinner

The Setting

We started with Glogg Wine with Warm Christmas Bread and Dippers. Glogg wine is a traditional festive season drink from Sweden. It is fruity, warm with a touch of spiciness perfect to warm up your body during the chilly winter. A good welcome drink.

Glogg Wine
  
For the starter bread, I opted for a slice of soft pumpkin bread and traditional sourdough. Served with roasted red pepper dip and balsamic vinegar with olive oil. We were also served garlic bread, that is crispy and generous spread with butter and garlic.

Soft Pumpkin Bread and Traditional Sourdough

Garlic Bread

Gravlax Salmon, Pickled Quail’s Eggs and Dill Potatoes (sharing). A gorgeous cured salmon, smooth and delicious, nicely paired with pickled quail’s eggs and dill potatoes patties. The fresh salad provided a nice balance to the dish, while salmon roe and cheery roman tomatoes gave the instant burst of flavour in the dish. A very “Merry Christmas” dish from Sweden.

Gravlax Salmon, Pickled Quail’s Eggs and Dill Potatoes (sharing)

Next up is the Cream of Forest Soup, plated in a bread bowl. The soup is thick, creamy and packs the vegetable flavour. The top opening part of the bread bowl is toasted to create contrasting texture for this dish. Soup in a bread bowl is definitely yummy, but I find it a bit waste to serve it in a four-course meal as most of the bread will go to waste.

Cream of Forest Soup

For the main, there are two choices: Roasted Turkey Scallop with Chestnut Apricot Stuffing or Sautéed Atlantic Salmon with Burnt Cucumber, Braised Fennel and Saffron Potatoes.

Only turkey breast is used for this beautifully plated dish. It is nicely roasted as the meat remain juicy and succulent. The stuffing is not empowering, and I like the crunchy cracker they have in the middle. For the sides, there is asparagus wrapped with bacon and brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon. Both vegetables are crunchy infused with bacon flavour.

Roasted Turkey Scallop with Chestnut Apricot Stuffing

Sautéed Atlantic Salmon with Burnt Cucumber, Braised Fennel and Saffron Potatoes is a good option for seafood lovers. A little bit un-Christmassy dish previously, however, it is getting more popular and served during Christmas nowadays.

Sautéed Atlantic Salmon with Burnt Cucumber, Braised Fennel and Saffron Potatoes

Candied Potato baked with marshmallow is served as side dishes together with the main meal. Apparently, this is one traditional Christmas dish served in Nordic countries during this festive period. It is very sweet, so a little too strong for me.

Candied Potato baked with marshmallow

For the desserts, you can choose the Scandinavian option of Christmas Rice Pudding with Almonds, or go with the British way of Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce. Both desserts are as authentic as you can get and bold in flavours. Don’t be surprised if you get a little high after consuming the Christmas pudding generously bask in Brandy.

Christmas Rice Pudding with Almonds

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Coffee or Tea also served with the desserts together with Christmas Petit Fours.

Tea with Petit Fours

Before the dessert, we were served the Roasted Rack of Lamb ($108.80) from the Festive Takeaway menu. It is as perfect as it comes. Pink in the middle, juicy and succulent and without any gamy flavour.

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Dining at The Nest comes with a spectacular view as it overlooking the Master’s course. The rustic feel to the restaurant together with high ceiling and walls decorated with painting and pictures of legendary golfers, that will make golfers right at home.

Outdoor Seating

Part of the Dining Area

Overall, it was indeed a memorable dining experience. It is the first time that I tried the Nordic Christmas Dinner Flavours and I definitely recommend this to those who want to experience a unique Christmas celebration this year. Cheers!!

Festive Feast
When: 19 November to 27 December 2018 (Christmas)
            28 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 (New Year’s Day)
Price:
3 Course Christmas Set Lunch - $48++ per person
4 Course Christmas Set Dinner - $68++ per person
5 Course Christmas Set Dinner - $88++ per person

Christmas Set Lunch / Dinner Menu

3 Course New Year Set Lunch - $45++ per person
4 Course New Year Set Dinner - $75++ per person
For Reservation: Call +65 6248 1711, or email thenest@lagunanational.com
*For the group booking of 60 pax and above, please check out the menu at the end.

New Year Set Lunch & Dinner Menu

Festive Takeaways
When: 21 November to 25 December 2018
Advanced booking of 4 working days is required
For Reservation: Call +65 6248 1711, or email thenest@lagunanational.com

Festive Takeaway Menu

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Invite)
Ambiance: 8.5 / 10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and above.

The Nest
11 Laguna Golf Green
Laguna National
Singapore 488047

T: +65 6248 1711
OH:
Mon – Fri: 07.00 – 22.00 (Open to Public)
Sat & Sun: 07.00 – 22.00 (Advanced Reservation Needed)



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New Year Gala Dinner Buffet Menu for 60 pax

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