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Santi at Marina Bay Sands

If you haven’t already heard the news, Santi, one of Marina Bay Sand’s celebrity restaurants will close for good on 11 March 2012. The news came as a sad shock to me because I had a really wonderful time there last year when the Partner surprised me with a sumptuous dinner at Santi followed by a stay at MBS.

I suppose the thought of whether Santi would ever be around permanently must have crossed the minds of many ever since the passing of chef Santi Santamaria a year ago on 16 February 2011. Still, when Santi the restaurant didn’t close soon after, I began to think it would be around longer. Hence the reason why I delayed this post for so long! So I guess it’s now or never…. I don’t know if they still have space available, but if they do, and if you have spare dough, you really have to give Santi a try by 11 March 2012!

Me at Santi Me and the Partner at Santi. We got a nice seat overlooking the Shoppes.

For me, Santi was a wonderful experience right from the minute I stepped into the restaurant. Absolutely love the rustic decor, with the reddish grey bricks and wooden floor. You know how it is when you enter an expensive and high class restaurant. You feel like you have to watch your every move in case you do something that’s against the fine dining etiquette. I liked it that dining at Santi didn’t give me that kind of feeling. It was pretty relaxing, and the staff were not snooty at all. On the contrary, they were ever ready to accommodate any request, to the extent that after presenting you with the menu, they would ask you if you need any ingredients to be substituted out.

The meal itself was undoubtedly an expensive affair. A main course costs $90. A starter also costs about $90. However, the restaurant surprised us with quite a number of extra dishes, or amuse bouche if you will. Even a small dessert was thrown in. So for the $$$ spent, it does still feel like value for money. It’s too bad they are closing in one week, I would have liked to go again!

Forgive me if I am unable to name the dishes or provide a better description of the taste, it was 5 months ago! I don’t know why I procrastinated so long. I guess I do know why. I wanted to write a perfect piece, to commemorate a perfect dinner.

Santi (2) Selection of crusty breads to choose from. You can have as much as you want. I liked the olive and onion bread a lot. All the waiters looked so spiffy. I wonder where they will go to next.

Santi - Foaming SquidBaby Calamari starter $70 – We ordered this starter to share. The service was so good that the restaurant halved the dish for us without us even asking.

Santi - Duck Breast Duck breast, or was it thigh? – One of the amuse bouche Santi offered to us. The meat was so tender and flavourful, which increased our expectations on the main courses!

Santi (6)Ok I have no idea what this was….Some gaspacho I think. But I’m sure it was good.

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Gunther’s – Modern French Cuisine

I realise I haven’t finished posting about my week long birthday celebrations. On the Friday before my birthday, we went to Gunthers at Purvis street to have lunch. My 1st visit there was back in 2007 when they just opened. It was a birthday treat for my colleague and we had a private room which was cosy, but strangely very blue hued.

Don’t ask me why Gunthers has the tagline “modern French cuisine”. Gunthers aint no French name, it’s German! One of the ang moh staff who looked like the head waiter or boss of the place was speaking in German too. Ok I just googled and I realise one of the owners is a German called Gunther. Hmmm but won’t the other owner get jealous?

Anyway if you’ve been to Garibaldi’s, which is just next door, Gunther’s is also another small and cosy restaurant along Purvis street. There aren’t that many tables unless there are many hidden rooms. Those that the eye can see, I estimate about 15 tables of 2 and 4 seaters? The staff are really friendly and most eager to answer each and every request that you may have.

We both opted for the $38 +++ set lunch, which comprises of the following:

Starters:

1. Braised Portobello mushroom, sunny side up; or

2. Glazed Foie Gras Ravioli; or

3. Roasted tiger prawn salad cocktail

Main Course:

1. Stewed carrot, sweet pea, potato mousseline, mustard sauce; or

2. Gunther’s creation; or

3. Roasted threadfin glazed vegetables, hollandaise sauce

Dessert of the Day

Tea or Coffee

Petit Fours

I don’t know if anyone would order the Stewed carrot main course? It sound quite unsubstantial, but then again, they must know what they’re doing.

Here’s what we had, starting with dessert first of course!

Gunthers - Panna Cotta

Vanilla Panna Cotta – Best panna cotta I have eaten to date. And it’s fun to eat too. I found it quite hilarious to have it wobbling around. Kept giving the plate a little shake, while the Partner tried to hide in embarrassment….I liked the raspberry on top. It looked so funny wobbling on top of the wobbling panna cotta, but it refused to topple!

Gunthers - Complimentary Bread

I love the mini baguette. It tastes so good!

Gunthers - Foie Gras Dumpling

Foie Gras Ravioli – I had this and it was damn good, as all foie gras are apt to be. I wish the ravioli were bigger, each was barely bigger than my thumb!

Gunthers - Fish (2) Gunthers - Fish

The partner had the fish, which he said was tasty and tender. The rice was too little though and tasted like chicken rice. which was quite unexpected.

Gunthers - Striploin Steak

I had the Striploin steak. The meat was very tasty, despite the seeming lack of sauce. Perhaps that’s the mark of good cooking, when the meat is well marinated such that you don’t need a side serving of sauce? Once again, Gunther’s could have been more generous with the starch. The 3 potato puffs at the top left of the picture was basically the only starch for the dish.

Gunthers - Petit Fours

Despite the lack of starch, I still felt damn full after the dessert, such that when the Petit Fours were served, I was close to collapsing. Didn’t even realise we were going to be served some, since it was not in the menu. A welcomed gesture nonetheless.

Gunthers - coffee

Nice coffee served in a cool looking glass. I normally don’t have much faith in the complimentary coffee served for set meals. I feel the cheapest stuff is used. Luckily this coffee was nice and I finished most of it, which was why I was close to bursting by the time the Petit Fours were served.

Is it a blessing to get full easily, or to be able to eat and eat and eat and still have room for more?

Gunther’s – Modern French Cuisine

36 Purvis Street #01-03 Singapore 188613
Tel: (65) 6338 8955 Fax: (65) 6337 3770

For Reservations, please email: restaurant@gunthers.com.sg
For Events, please contact: sales@gunthers.com.sg
Open from Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Noon – 3pm
6:30pm -10:30pm

Valet parking available
* Gunther’s has a ‘no children under the age of 7’ policy at the restaurant.

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