Wednesday 8 June 2022

Racines – Delectable French Cuisine & Refined Asian Delights

Racines is the main restaurant of Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It serves authentic French cuisine and refined Local Chinese delights. The spread will be prepared by two different culinary teams to ensure the authenticity of the epic dishes.

Entrance to Racines
During our March staycation in Sofitel Singapore City Centre, we dined here to celebrate LD’s birthday. Do take note that Racines refresh their menu regularly, therefore, the food reviewed here might not be on their current menu.

Lychee Mojito
After we were seated, the service staff asked us to scan the menu using the QR code on the table. Once we completed our order, the service staff will bring us the bread bowl. They are served warm and served with unsalted butter.

Bread Bowl with unsalted Butter
We started our meal with Foie Gras ($26) - Pan-seared foie gras with roasted apricot, berry vierge and brioche. The foie gras has a nice seared externally. It is thick, smooth and creamy, paired well with the light and crisp brioche and berry sauce.

Foie Gras
Burratina ($32) with Roasted Cherry Tomato, Arugula and Pesto. One of our favourite cheeses and entree. The burratina is solid and creamy. Instead of the usual olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Racines uses pesto for that green robust flavour together with tomato, sliced radish and arugula salad. It will be nicer with more tomatoes though.

Lobster Bisque ($26) with Seafood Ragout and ikura. Solid lobster bisque and you can taste the cognac in it. To add to the twist, the team added ikura inside for the bursting effect when you slurp the soup.

Lobster Bisque
Lamb Rack ($48) Chargrilled Rack of Lamb, Braised artichoke with onion confit, basil chimichurri sauce. The lamb rack is cooked nicely, leaving the middle meat section pink. The meat is tender, juicy, and absent of the strong lamb smell. I like the chimichurri sauce; however, LD disagrees with the peas.

Lamb Rack
Black Cod ($48) Baked Soy Black Cod with grilled leeks, crispy lotus and bonito butter sauce. We like the texture of the cod fillet, as it melts with each bite. It was even better when paired with the tomato and crispy sliced lotus. However, the bonito butter is a bit overpowering and more suitable for broccoli and corn instead of fish.

Black Cod
Black Cod
Baked Light Souffle ($20) with Cointreau with Lime Sorbet. A must order dessert. The souffle is eggy, light and fluffy. The pairing with lime sorbet is just awesome.

Baked Light Souffle
On our visit in April, we decided to try the 3-Course Degustation Dinner ($62).

Part of the Dining Area
We started with crispy toasted sourdough, slathered with a generous amount of duck rillette. It is rich and tasty, while the caramelized balsamic apple, provided the contrasting sweet and tangy flavour to balance the richness of the duck rillette.

Duck Rillette
Duck Rillette
Main was Chargrilled Angus Beef Ribeye with French Fries. Cooked to medium-rare, it is juicy and succulent. While the steak is good and paired well with the chimichurri sauce, the fries can be better with more time in the deep fryer.

Chargrilled Angus Beef Ribeye with French Fries
Dessert was Chocolate Cremeux - Valrhona Chocolate Guanaja crème with Walnut Praline and Caramel Ice Cream. Solid dark chocolate crème with a crispy tart. The caramel ice cream is bold, yet goes well with the chocolate crème. Yummy!

Chocolate Cremeux
Not forgetting, we also ordered the souffle again.

Baked Light Souffle
The décor of the restaurant is spacious and grand at the same time. When you walk into the restaurant, you can see different cooking stations such as dessert station and bakery before you enter the main dining hall. The bar and floor to ceiling wine fridge are the centrepieces of the restaurant. Though service is fine, there is still room for improvement.

The Bar & Wine Chiller
Overall, LD and I like the food served at Racines for the French. When we went in March and April, we notice the menu is similar. I noticed that they have changed the menu for June. No matter what’s on the menu, the souffle is a must-order here. Cheers!

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 6.5/10 (9/10 with Accor Plus benefits)
Service: 6.5/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and above

9 Wallich Street
5th Floor, Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Singapore 078885

T: +65 6428 5000
OH: Daily
Breakfast, 07.00 – 10.30
Lunch, 12.00 – 15.00
Dinner, 17.30 – 22.00
Menu available online

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