My Birthday Dinner at Tosca

Tosca Degustation Menu

I have to admit that I am so behind on my blogging.  As you can see, I’m only posting about my October birthday at the end of December.  I have so many food adventures I want to share with you, that I have a backlog of them.  Do expect a few more 2014 adventures posted in 2015!

We arrived at Tosca a bit early and our table wasn’t ready yet, so we headed to the bar to enjoy a glass of Bellini.  Complimentary nuts and chips to ease my growling stomach were served with the drinks.

We ordered the 6 course degustation menu without wine pairing and selected the Beef Tenderloin and Foie-Gras as our main course.  The other choice was a Tuna steak with white eggplant tartare.

Tosca Degustation Menu

The Starter – Mackerel fish in a zucchini puree.

Tosca Degustation Menu

A selection of breads with olive oil

Tosca Degustation Menu

Course 1 – Sea Tiramisu – Cereal bar with seawater crumble on red prawn carpaccio roasted sea scallop, caviar and parsley pasta

Tosca Degustation Menu

Course 2 – Spaghetti “alla chitarra” flavored with basil chlorophyll and wrapped in swordfish paper with baby squid stew and black olive oil

Tosca Degustation Menu

Course 3 – Charcoal glazed aged beef tenderloin foie-gras, baked potato cake and grilled vegetables

Tosca Degustation Menu

Course 5 – Chef Pino’s Tiramisu

Tosca Degustation Menu

Course 6 – Tosca chocolate fondant delight

Tosca Degustation Menu

Petit fours served over a bed cotton candy

The starter of mackerel fish in a zucchini puree was aesthetically pleasing and an interesting choice to start off with.  To my surprise, the strong-tasting fish cleansed my palette but unfortunately failed to get my taste buds going.

The Sea Tirasimu of prawn and scallop was all about celebrating the prawn, being the dominant shellfish in the dish. The flavors in the dish reminded me of Calbee Prawn Crackers.  Again, this dish was beautifully presented but overall it was a bit of a let down for me.  I felt it was trying a bit too hard to provide too different textures  and leaving the flavor profile of the dish a bit one tone.  I did like the usage of the raw scallop which really lightened up the dish.

I was in awe with the vibrant colors and elegant plating of the Basil Chlorophyll Spaghetti wrapped in Swordfish.  I loved the use of the Basil Chlorophyll in the al dente pasta bringing lightness and freshness to the dish.

The Beef Tenderloin and Foie-Gras was the highlight of the meal for us.  Perfectly seasoned aged steak paired with the creaminess of the foie-gras and a medley of veggies….we were in heaven!

Midway through our dinner, there was a sudden halt in food.  We sat waiting for our 4th course of cheese for 30 minutes.  We had no idea what was going on, but I certainly wasn’t impressed.  I was a bit grumpy by the time we got our cheese, so I completely forgot to take a photo.  Oops!

Needless to say, the dessert at this Michelin star restaurant was to die for.  The Tosca Chocolate fondant delight was rich and oh-so heavenly!

If you’re looking to splurge on a fine dining meal, and looking for an alternative to French, Tosca is a good option.  Located in the luxurious Ritz Carlton, Tosca serves stunning Italian dishes with breath-taking view’s overlooking the harbor.

Thank you hubby for this extravagant meal.

Dinner Total: $4877 (for 2 ppl)
Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Level 102, ICC, 1 Austin Road West / Tel: 2263 2270
Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com
Date of Visit: Oct 14, 2014

The Bill
Tosca Degustation Menu (6 courses)….$1980 x2
Bellini ….$238
Happiness Kiss ….$125
Panna Still Water ….$110

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