Have to give props to the entertainment app for discovering this restaurant, it has turned out to be one of the best finds thus far. Sela is a restaurant serving modern European cuisine, located just behind Raffles Hotel. I’m a sucker for simple clean decor, so I had a gut feeling that I was going to enjoy this restaurant the moment I walked in. To sweeten the deal, Sela offers free BYO on Mondays and Tuesdays (No corkage!), which was why we deliberately chose to come here on a Tuesday evening so as to take advantage of this awesome service. I half expected the restaurant to be full just because of the free BYO service but it was relatively quiet when we were dining here. Not that we complained. Service was excellent and the staff were very attentive and polite.
Lobster Meat and Crab Mousse with Parma Ham, Fennel, Arugula Pesto and Honey Cream ($26) – This was a really good starter to have. The combination of lobster, crab, ham and pesto went really well together with just the slightest hint of sweetness (I’m guessing from the honey cream).
Torched Hokkaido Scallops with Uni, Quinoa, Serrano Peppers and Mango puree ($24.50) – Interestingly, while the menu said ‘torched’, I felt that I did not get any of that at all for this starter. It felt more like I was eating raw scallops though I did not mind it so much because the soft texture of the scallops contrasted well with the crunchy quinoa and the peppers gave some heat and flavour to the dish.
Chilean Seabass with Miso Soy, Edamame, Cauliflower, San Marzano Puree ($38) – If I could name a dish that stood out that evening, this was probably it. I really loved the miso soy marinade on the seabass and the seabass was cooked perfectly.
Duck Breast with Tomatoes, Bufala, Charred Leek, piquillo Peppers, Lemon Butter ($32) – This was a very pretty dish, though unfortunately I felt the duck breast was a bit too tough for me. Pity, as the rest of the components had been well executed.
Was looking for a cozy quiet restaurant to have a good dinner and drinks and we found it at Sela. The staff were all very attentive and polite. One of the wait staff even offered to take a photo of G and I when he saw the camera in my hands (how sweet!). Some misses in the food here, but the hits were really memorable and this is a place which I certainly would not mind coming back to.
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