No it hasn’t got anything to do with gangs, but more of yes, close-knit and interrelated families. If there’s anything interrelation with families, I say it has got to do with the top-notch service and food family.
Suiting the former description of the ‘Clan’, it has a very sleek design to its restaurant, with dim lighting – the perfect ingredients to an extraordinary ambience dining experience. Whether you’re here for a relatively affordable fine-dining meal, or here to give it a try with the countless near-perfection reviews, or here only because you stumbled upon it by chance – you are all at the right place.
It was a dark rainy evening, but my dining partners and I persisted on having our dinner at The Clan Restaurant. We were told by the waitperson that, we were the only one that night, who was dining there without any reservation made. And he appeared pleasantly surprised, that we’d made our way there through the pouring rain. That was the first sign of an interactive service we would be receiving at the dinner, one that I’ve been yearning since coming back from the States – them asking how we’re dealing with the courses every now and then. You feel concerned.
Immediately after being seated, a glass of warm water, the bread platter, and the frozen green apple shooter was brought to the table – all non-chargeable. Although if you look at it this way – the only additional thing was the Shooters. But it was overwhelming when it all came together. The presentation was one thing, how refreshing the Shooters tasted was another. We were joking amongst ourselves on if we could get a whole glass of that. To bring to your attention, I thought it was a good initiative on their part to serve the warm water on cold day (I caught myself constantly wrapping my hands around it).
They have an ala-carte and a set meal menu. The 6-course dinner comes at $62.80++, consisting of Starter, Cold Dish, Side Dish, Soup, Main and Dessert, while the 5-course lunch comes at $20 cheaper, and excludes the Cold Dish. We weren’t in for a long and heavy dinner, so we opted for ala-carte instead.
While waiting for our mains to be served, we were yet again, surprised by the staff. A plate of complete Starters worth $18++ was brought in front of our eyes, followed by the waitperson explaining the reason why they’ve giving it to us one of those, each, on the house. It was said that it was to make up for the long wait. But of course, it wasn’t at all. I’ve heard about them giving complimentary items to their guests very often. I don’t care if they’re doing this to ‘buy’ the guests, or to win their hearts by these actions – let’s just say, if they’re willing to go that extra ten miles, spending their resources on complimentary items to their guests, I say it’s a good and smart investment.
Starters :: The Foie Gras Terrine was disappointing for me. It tasted really ordinary, not what I’d expected from The Clan. However, its Pan Seared Scallops with Truffle Asparagus made up for it. Nicely done scallops was a treat. The third item, Salmon Mousse Cone, was an initially thought-to-be weird combination. Ice cream cone, salmon mousse. How? It didn’t work with just the mousse itself (tasted grainy and rough), but when put together in my mouth, it was a party of its own.
Crispy Barramundi Pasta ($22++) :: One thing’s for sure, it isn’t going to fill your stomach, much. The portion of the pasta is very small – one can probably finish it in a couple of mouthfuls. But one thing to hold onto is, as my dining partner said, ‘At least that small portion is yummy’. I personally love the dressing of the fish, with herbs salsa and basil oil.
Spiced Braised Lamb Shank ($24++) :: I’ve never had a Lamb Shank, firstly, that big, and secondly, that soft to slice into. Gone were the days you have to use a steak knife to cut through tough lamb meats, leaving shreds of lamb on the shank bone. Although the gravy might be a little too thick and overpowering, I quite thoroughly enjoyed the meaty dinner. Satisfying.
Considering that they’ve only been opened for business for two months and already receiving the limelight that they’re receiving, it can’t be that wrong. Every one should give this new hidden gem a try. I’m quite confident that you, like me, will fall in love with it on your first date with them.
Address: 18/20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Telephone: 6222 2084
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch); 6pm – 11pm (Dinner)