“Ah boy!!! So naughty!! You cannot take photo of the restaurant ah!” An auntie server dashed towards me. “If my restaurant is empty, I can let you take. But it has people now. If you come early, I will let you take. Or you stay late, I let you take. But the restaurant has people ah! Cannot take photos, cannot take. You naughty you.”
Her tone was motherly, girly, and friendly and so lor-soh (long-winded). At this point in time, all the customers turned around and looked at the commotion and at me. Embarrassed, I snapped at her, “OK! I KNOW. Don’t need to say so many times.” Auntie, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry for losing my temper.
The auntie is actually very, very capable, single-handedly taking care of all the customers; it was full house. She was friendly, cheerful and, well, motherly. It is not the polished service you expect in a fancy restaurant, it’s more like going to your neighbors’ house and her mother is serving you.
We went to Ember thrice, once for lunch and twice for dinner, and all three times were remarkable. Lunch menu starts from $39.50++ for a 3-course meal, coming up to about $55 per person. For dinner, the auntie said, “Oh this is very good, you must order this” and “Oh that is very good, you must order that,” and it came up to $200+ a person with wine. Yikes. But we were more careful the third time and spent about $100++ a person.
Pork Belly (look at the test-tube!! so cute!)
Every dish was mindblowingly orgasmic. The foie gras ($6 supplement for lunch menu) was spectacular, and probably the best in Singapore. A rather normal pairing with cherry, the foie gras was cooked so well, firm outside, molten inside. For mains, the pork belly is a must order. It was out of this world, so crackling and marinated so throughly. The duck confit was just as good, crispy without being oily. The desserts were ok too, very excellent in its own right.
This is one of the best restaurants in Singapore, every dish was perfect, and the service, though wasn’t polished, was very attentive and homely. The decor doesn’t really look like fine-dining, but honestly, I don’t care about the decor with food this good. Every bite, I’d close my eyes in oral orgasm so I don’t see the decor at all. It is worth going back over and over again. Best to make reservations a few days ahead, very packed.
50 Keong Saik Road
T: 6347 1928
Closed for lunch on Sat
Closed on Sun
Rating: 4.107/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.