Typical Singaporeans (including me) would love the concept behind the restaurant. Stellar @ 1-Altitude, though a posh establishment, offers tasting portions so that diners can share and enjoy the vast menu, created with the best seasonal produce and presented with utmost plating skills.
Perched on level 62 of the former OUB Building at Raffles Place, the restaurant is commonly considered as a spot for dating, occasions and to impress in general. Make your reservations in advance so as to secure a window seat (first-come-first-serve for lunch, and a minimum spending of $150++ per person for dinner). It bears spectacular panoramic view of the City and Marina Bay area.
The Private Dining Room is a cut-off from the vibrant main dining area. It can sit about 10 persons. The minimum spending for this room is $1,000 and $2,000 for lunch and dinner respectively. If you are thinking of holding a business dinner that involves wine, it is most apt; it’s also easier to converse and interact in this relatively quieter environment.
This Summer, Stellar offers a spanking new experience. Now, you can create your own 4 / 5 / 6-course Gastronomic Tasting Menu at $95++, $120++ and $140++ respectively from the long list of items on the menu including Lobster, Kobe C Prime Rib, and Victorian Lamb. You would be spoiled for choices. Prices stated below are for a la carte portions.
Scallop ($28++) :: Chef Millar was daring in pairing the scallop with parmesan. You wouldn’t think, and it usually doesn’t go well, but this went perfectly smooth. The saltiness of the accompanying custard and sweetness of the pear and zucchini paper made the entire dish a very wholesome one. You would almost forget that the star of the dish was supposed to be the scallop. A hot favorite amongst the few of us.
Bone Marrow ($24++) :: You’re either a Bone Marrow person or you’re not. I belong to the second group. Bone Marrow Fritters, with crispy porky bits, and parsley salad with red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil as dressing on it. It’s fortunate though, that the parsley salad isn’t as pungent as I thought it’d be.
Aglio Uni ($44++) :: While the capellini wasn’t done to perfection, the king prawn was. It was well wood-fired, and I could smell and taste the hint of burns that greatly enhanced the experience. The capellini comes with leek, ebi sakura and smoked sea urchin butter.
Yellow Tuna Fin ($44++) :: Seated on the bed of rissoni is the wood-fired yellow tuna fin. You’d love this if you’re a fan of tuna – very simple, where you can taste it in its nude form. I wasn’t a fan of the rissoni though (rice-shaped pasta), it had a rougher and tougher texture than the usual pasta, and tasted too much a cross breed of rice and pasta for my preference.
This new menu is also dubbed the ‘Stellar Experience’ for a reason. Save for their intention to impress you with its food, they also have all the designs to give you a jaw-dropping interactive dessert, sweet experience. Starting from an empty plate to the fully adorned dessert platter, you have the opportunity to witness it with your naked eyes (with a minimum of a 2-pax order).
You can choose up to 2 desserts per 2 persons, 3 per 3 persons, and 4 per 4 persons.
Desserts offered are Valrhona Chocolate Bomb, Flaming Baked Alaska, Caramel Creme Brulee, Ginger Raspberry Tart, French Strawberries Rhubarb Glacee, and White Chocolate Basil Mille Feuille with Pineapple Sorbet.
I would highly recommend the Valrhona Chocolate Bomb, Flaming Baked Alaska, and White Chocolate Basil Mille Feuille with Pineapple Sorbet. The former is especially interesting. As can be seen on the foreground of the first photo, it was a perfectly round chocolate ball, until some berry compote was poured onto it and it ‘corrodes’ in your face. The dessert platter is well worth your every penny I promise.
Outside of the Gastronomic Menu, you have the choice to opt for the ala-carte menu. For big, meaty appetites, the Meat Platter is to die for. It’s $120++ for 3 meat selections (550g) and $140++ for 4 meat selections (720g).
You can choose amongst these good cuts: Australian Angus Rib Eye, Australian Wagyu Rib Eye Marbling Score, Australian Grass-fed Tenderloin, US Wagyu Sirloin Marbling Score, Australian 150day Dry-Aged Sirloin, US Yorkshire Pork Rack, Victorian Lamb Rack and Olive Crusted Lamb Shank.
These meats are from wood fire, skillfully and impeccably done. Not only are you spoiled for choices on the selection of meats, look at the condiments.
I admire E. Chef Millar’s creativity and attention to details. He has been around with the 1 Rochester Group for years now, and he has been a gem.
Even though a meal here means that you will go hungry for the rest of the week, it is worthy if your purpose is to dine to impress. The ambience and the experience can not be found elsewhere, though if I were to compare food and its value alone, I think 1-Twenty Six does a better job.
And yes, you can head up to 1-Altitude for a pre-cocktail or post-dinner party if you were to dine here.
Special gratitude to Immelia and the One Rochester team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, Former OUB Building, Level 62
Telephone: 6438 0410 (Takes Reservations)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 12am (Mon – Fri); 6pm – 12am (Sat – Sun, PHs)