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Food Review: Xperience @ Sofitel So Singapore | Modern European cuisine with a twist

The Place A relatively new hotel in the CBD, Xperience at Sofitel So Singapore is the lobby restaurant of the hotel serving up modern European cuisine. With its central location and cosy ambience, I can imagine the restaurant to be a popular choice for business lunches.

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The Food With a focus on
French creations packed with local influences, Xperience has recently revamped its menu to include new additions as well as retain its all-time favourites such as the Lobster & Scallop Laksa Risotto and Foie Gras & Truffle Siew Mai. The new menu all about pairing contrasting flavours and creating surprises in each bite.

To celebrate the launch of the new menu, Xperience Restaurant is offering 25% off the total a la carte food bill, available for weekday dinners and weekends only. Offer is valid from 22 May to 31 July 2015.

The Pan Seared Foie Gras, Beluga Lentil and Hazelnut ($21) is a good start to the meal. Surprisingly, the Foie Gras goes well with the lentils and hazelnut, which showcases an overall balanced flavour.

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The other starter which got the table excited was the Truffle Pao with Short Ribs Stuffing ($25). The truffle aroma of the Asian Pao was unmistakable, while the short ribs lends it a nice French touch in this fusion dish.
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For mains, the Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom, Asparagus and Condiments ($36) scores on its side dishes. While there is no surprise element to the succulently grilled grass-fed Black Angus tenderloin, I particularly enjoyed its refreshing pairing with the asparagus & basil purée, which is drizzled with balsamic vinegar & yuzu reduction.

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The Cauliflower and Mushroom Texture ($23) was one of the most delightful dish of the meal. For someone who doesn’t relish in cauliflower, the presentation caught me by surprise as it is prepared in three forms – purée, grilled and fresh. The cauliflower purée is my favourite rendition of the vegetable, not too creamy and it brings out the freshness of the flower as well. As a mushroom lover, the bunashimeiji mushrooms, dehydrated king oyster mushrooms and Vietnamese rice paper dusted with mushroom salt are nice and creative compliments to the Cauliflower.

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Desserts wise, the White Chocolate and Yuzu Crémeux ($16) is another highlight of the meal. I always think of White Chocolate as the much sweeter cousin of Dark Chocolate, thankfully the citrusy Yuzu sorbet managed to lend a balance to the chocolate sweetness.

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Rants
 Be warned. There are no carparks (only 4 lots to be exact) at Sofitel So Singapore and their taxi stand hides sneakily at the back alley.

Will I return again? Living up to its name, Xperience brings you on a culinary journey fusing together French food with Asian elements. I will be keen to recommend this to the CBD folks – centralised location, with good food and not to forget their rooftop Hi-So Bar (which is getting a tad too crowded every Wednesday!).

Make your reservation instantly at Xperience here.

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 
4/5
Ambience:
3.5/5
Overall Experience:
4/5

Xperience
Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876
Tel: +65 6701 6800

Opening hours:
11.30am – 2pm / 12 – 2pm
Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 2pm; 6:30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 to 2pm; 6:30pm to 10.30pm

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