Earlier last month, we had the privilege to hang out with Celebrity IronChef, Cat Cora. She was in town for a week, and we were really stoked to host her. One of our lucky readers also won the chance to dine at the stunning Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora at Resorts World Sentosa.
Together, we spent the evening sampling her new dishes, and the experience of dining at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora is like no other. Few restaurants in the world have the opportunity to boast about being part of an aquarium, and Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora is one of them.
Dinner was great. We had a ball of a time together. And Chef Catherine is the sweetest lady.
In conjunction with Father’s Day, our readers were tasked to share their fathers’ favourite fruits with us, and the lucky winner (picked at random) will win a dinner for four at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora. Together, we sampled Chef Catherine’s new creations, and the cherry on top was the special dessert that Chef Catherine prepared using Dad’s favourite fruit. Pineapple and banana it was; very tropical, very local-like.
We started the day with a local-style breakfast to show Chef Catherine all that our Singapore hawkers have to offer. What adjourned after was a round at the wet market, where Chef Catherine shopped for fresh fruits – pineapples and bananas, of course. You have to read on to find out what the special dessert is, because it tasted out of the world and everyone loved it so much that Chef Catherine is considering to place that item permanently in the menu!
It was a typical Friday evening, but it was an atypical one for us. You have no idea how we were so looking forward to dinner because, it is Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora! If you haven’t been, you really should. It is one of those places you must dine at before you die.
As the largest aquarium in the world, Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. And the restaurant is right next to and has an unobstructed view of the large aquarium. It is a fascinating experience to say the least.
So what should you expect from the new menu?
No better way to start your meal than with an amuse bouse of Fresh Oysters – Chef Catherine’s version is prepared with passion fruit and watermelon salsa. With this very appetizing and innovative fruity take, who is to say that oysters are just oysters?
The Torched Brown Trout “Farbio” with Smoked Eel is plated with crunchy cucumber and caviar vinaigrette. This appetizer of petite pleasures combines the freshness of the ocean with life’s simplicity.
And then, we have the Sautéed Langoustines. God, how we had loved this one so much! The orange-pink lobster is as sweet as lobsters should be, and it is served with a light crustacean cream, baby fennel, leek and soft herb. Nothing over the top; just a rustic take on the crustacean to create a taste to remember.
You know you are in good hands when the chef does something as simple as corn soup really well. The Charred Corn Soup is surely the best rendition we’ve tried. And your ordinary corn soup is elevated when served with a beignet of blue swimmer crab. So sweet, so hearty. And the cherry, we mean bacon on top is the perfect completion.
From the mains, we sampled the Fresh Sustainable Fish. Farmed in New Zealand, we are all for sustainable food. This fish dish is prepared with burned butter-balsamic emulsion with capers, smoked chives potato and grilled red endives. Totally digging that crispy skin that made such a lovely contrast to the smooth, white fish.
The star dish of the night had to be the dessert that was specially created with the bananas and pineapples. You see, they are really simple ingredients, but Chef Catherine did a brilliant job by creating a chocolate dish with banana ice cream, shaved peanuts and cooked pineapple. If you think it looks pretty, you should try it for yourself to know how it is actually much tastier than it already looks!
Chef Catherine, please put this dessert permanently in your menu.
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
SEA Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
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