Monday 25 July 2022

The Gong Great World – Great Food, Great Wine & Good Time [MEDIA INVITE]

We visited The Gong by Drinks & Co at their latest outlet in Great World. Following the success of their outlet at DUO Galleria, it fuels their expansion on their 4th outlet at Great World. Known for its wide selection of wine, great food and good services, The Gong is the place to go for a good time.

The Gong By Drinks & Co @Great World
The Alcohol Shelves & Part of the Dining Area
Welcoming you at The Gong @Great World is the familiar shelves filled with a wide selection of wines and other alcohols. There are two dining areas, indoor and al-fresco. According to Amanda, the lady boss, The Gong @Great World is the only restaurant in Great World to have al-fresco seating.

The Alcohol Shelves
Part of The Dining Area & The Bar
Al-Fresco Seating Area
We start the tasting with Sour Dough Bread (3pcs, $5 Member / $6 Regular), served with kombu butter and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. The sourdough is served warm, thus enhancing the crispy crust and soft interior. While the olive oil with balsamic vinegar provided the Italian traditional dip, the homemade Kombu butter really stands out. It tasted creamy and pungent, tasted almost like soft blue cheese.

Sour Dough Bread
Sourdough with Kombu Butter
Tuna Tartare ($18M / $20R). Sitting on the slice of sourdough bread, the chopped raw tuna is mixed with ponzu, avocado cream and topped with a generous scoop of caviar. It was an explosion of flavour in my mouth. A beautiful appetizer.

Tuna Tartare
The Gong Salt & Pepper Squid ($18M / $20R). It might look like your regular salt and pepper squid, but it’s not. It has a crispy exterior, followed by springy and bouncy flesh. The surprise comes from the chili padi. Yes, this fried seafood packs heat. So, watch out for those mini seeds.

The Gong Salt & Pepper Squid
The Gong Salt & Pepper Squid
Chilean Black Cod ($35M / $37R). A fat and buttery cod fish served with Asian-inspired risotto, edamame, kale and seaweed. Without a doubt, the Melt in Your Mouth texture of the cod fish is just awesome. A must-order dish here, LD and I agreed that we will return for this dish.

Chilean Black Cod
Pizza Mushroom ($20M / $22R). This is the upgraded version compared to the one we tried at the Duo Galleria outlet. The homemade dough is light and crispy, while the toppings of white button mushrooms and truffle paste are generous. If we want to be picky, we were hoping for the egg to be runny instead of well cooked.

Pizza Mushroom
Pizza Mushroom
Mixed Grill Meat Platter ($48 for 2, $90 for 4 Member; $52 for 2/ $95 for 4 Regular). We were served the 4pax portion. Consist of Argentinian ribeye, lamb rack, gochujang pork ribs, Bali pork ribs, chicken satay, fennel sausage, grilled cabbage and roasted garlic. On the side are chimichurri sauce, olive and meat sauce.

Mixed Grill Meat Platter
Mixed Grill Meat Platter
The chicken satay is thick, juicy and well marinated. While the fennel sausage is firm, nicely seasoned, not salty and a bit spicy. I was taken back by the Argentinian ribeye. Usually, the beefy flavour is very strong, however, there was almost no beefy flavour. Cooked to the point of medium-rare it can easily be mistaken for Australian or New Zealand grain-fed beef.

Chicken Satay
Fennel Sausage
Ribeye - Medium Rare
The mini tomahawk lamb rack is just awesome. Juicy, succulent with minimum lamby taste. The pork ribs come in two versions gochujang and Bali style. The gochujang is a bit spicy and familiar Korean flavour in it, while the Bali style has a nice sweet aroma. Both are equally good. However, I prefer the Bali style, while LD prefer the gochujang.

Lamb Rack
Bali Style Pork Ribs
Bali Style Pork Ribs
Gochujang Pork Ribs
While the platter is meat-centric, we find the grilled cabbage is a star on its own. Filled with a nice charred and smoky aroma, the grilling also extracts the sweetness from the cabbage. Combining all the flavours, you get an awesome vegetable. I think The Gong should serve the grilled cabbage as a dish on its own. Yummy!

Grilled Cabbage
Of course, dining at The Gong will not be complete without the drinks. For the wine, LD and the rest tried Little Giant Pinot Noir 2021 and proceed with Little Giant Barossa Shiraz 2020 when the Mixed Grill Platter is served. For the non-alcoholic mocktails, I tried the Mango Virgin Margarita, while Kris tried the Lychee Virgin Mojito.

Little Giant Pinot Noir 2021 
Mango Virgin Margarita
Lychee Virgin Mojito
For desserts, we shared the Gong High Tea Set ($45++) for 2 pax. It comes with 4 savoury bites, 4 sweets and served with 2 cups/glasses of coffee, tea or prosecco. The pan-seared foie gras, tiramisu and burnt cheesecake are not to be missed.

The Gong's High Tea Menu
4 Savoury Bites
4 Sweets
Lily Tea and Tea Sets
Overall, it was a great experience dining at The Gong @Great World. We were surprised to see Chef Wan helming the kitchen there and he has up his game. The food is delicious and we recommend the Tuna Tartare, Chilean Black Cod and the Mixed Grill Meat Platter. Not forgetting their reasonably and wide selection of wines. Cheers!!

Thank you very much Kris for the invite and Amanda plus The Gong @Great World team for hosting us.

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80

The Gong By Drinks & Co.
@Great World
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#01-128 Great World
Singapore 237994

T: +65 9619 4568
Sun – Tue: 11.00 – 22.30
Wed – Thu: 11.00 – 23.00
Fri, Sat, Eve PH: 11.00 – Midnight
Alcohol LO 30 mins before closing.
Food LO 22.30 every night.
Menu and Other Outlets locations are available online.

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