I must confess, when a friend suggested visiting The Clan Restaurant, I leapt to certain assumptions. I had visions of a Chinese restaurant, situated in a shophouse, with a big sign over the door with illegible Chinese characters (illegible to me, anyway), plenty of old, dark varnished wood furniture inside, spartan décor and wall-to-wall black-and-white portrait photographs of long-dead eminent clan members and Singapore pioneers, with their 1950s-vintage brylcreemed side-partings and thick black-rimmed spectacles.
Anyway, my friend and I visited on a Sunday evening, and so we took the six course dinner. This place is a good restaurant - and you will pay for that - but as you will see, I detected a certain unevenness in quality and a couple of mis-steps and pretentions that were hard to ignore.
I normally don’t like Japanese steamed egg, but this one was enjoyable enough: tasted of a slightly salty soup, not too eggy (praise be), not too big, and quite light. It suited my tastes, but I can’t speak for anyone else. The sushi had a solitary prawn embedded in it and a mysterious stray raisin. Not sure I approve of the uninvited raisin, but the sushi tasted fine.
I sampled my friend’s Alaskan crab, which tasted of nothing much (whisper it: crustaceans often don’t, hence the popularity of chilli crab and pepper crab in Singapore… people who like those things really mean that they like chilli or pepper sauce; after all, you can hardly taste the flesh after its been drowned in overpowering gloop).
At this juncture, I want to be clear: I was enjoying myself, but when I think back there were lots of minor things that were not quite right… or that my palate simply wasn’t sophisticated enough to appreciate, perhaps: like the Seafood Soup with Pernod Dash, for instance. A perfectly good bisque, but the Pernod simply didn’t register on my tongue at all.
So that leaves the thing on top of the lamb itself. I did eat a bit of it (it was dry and chewy), and maybe I wasn’t meant to, if it was purely decorative in nature. But it looked like someone had been playing a game of Pick-Up-Sticks on my main course. It was a bit odd, really.
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http://www.theclanrestaurant.com.sg/ - The Clan Restaurant website. Tuneless and irritating music starts to play when you visit the website.