[SG EATS]DINING WITH THE HALIA SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

Halia is known as ginger in Malay language. The Halia restaurant provides a modern European cuisine with slight twist of Asian flavours dining experience. I was at their first restaurant located at Singapore Botanic Gardens last week. The restaurant has recently revamped with a new dining experience. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas with more spacious and comfortable seating place for diners to sit back and immerse into the nature beauty in the garden. The setting now is more casual and cosy in a way.
I was there at night so I am unable to share the day scenes in the restaurant. Here are the photos taken during the night time though.

Indoor seating
Indoor seating

Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating

There were only four of us and here are the foods that we tried on the raining and cooling night that day:-

STARTER
Goat’s Cheese & Honey Mousse S$16.00++

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Goat’s cheese and honey mousse served with ginger flower, tomato salsa and crisp bread. The goat’s cheese was served in the form of pudding and I enjoyed having it spread on top of the bread along with the salsa sauce. The goat’s cheese taste was not overwhelmed as the salsa taste blends in to added flavours to it.

Lemongrass and Ginger Tiger Prawn Salad S$19.00++
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Salad is always a great idea to kick start of the meal. We had this salad that includes fresh mango, tomato salsa, glass noodle and ginger flower dressing. It has bits of Thai salad taste in it. The ginger flower dressing mixture was executed well and triggers my appetite.

MAINS
Halia’s Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghetti S$26.00++

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Locals’ all time favourite chilli crab sauce to go with the spaghetti. It has been in the menu for many years and well-received by diners. It has the spicy, sweet and tangy taste and well coated with the spaghetti.

Paper Bag Oven-Baked Halibut Fillet S$40.00++
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My first impression when it was served on the table was “Oh, we are going to have paper bag chicken!”. But it is actually paper bag oven-baked halibut fillet served with mirin sake, ginger broth along with a bowl of sesame Japanese rice, wakame and truffle mayonnaise. This dish gave me a homely feel and it was such a blessing to enjoy it during that night as it was a prefect weather (raining and cold night). Mind you, the truffle mayonnaise is quite addictive and I can have it with a bowl of plain rice too.

“Wild NZ Venison special” (Market Price)
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This is under their Christmas Menu Special and available for this month. The lean meat was smooth and flavourful with sweet and spicy shoulder curry with the round paper-thin crackers. The flavour taste was not too gamey and goes well with the crispy crackers.

DESSERTS
The Ginger Garden S$12.00

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Beautifully plated with ginger flower sherbet, freeze dried banana and banana chips, vanilla infused banana and young root ginger crumble with nice edible garden art. The ginger taste surprisingly was not distinct. Overall taste of this art plating dessert was mild and not too sweet at all.

Die Die Must Have Chocolate S$12.00
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My favourite dessert of the night and it’s partly because I am a fan of chocolate too. A chocolate raspberry ganache, cacao nibs tuile, chocolate marshmallow, raspberry sorbet, raspberry sauce, crispy raspberry and chocolate. The chocolate goes pretty well with the berry taste. Definitely a sweet ending for the meal.

DRINK
Chilled Ginger Flower and Lemon Infusion S$12.00++

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I was recommended to this drink and I enjoyed it. It has the sweetness taste in it and the ginger flower fragrance lingers after taste.

We ended the dinner with salad dressings courtesy by The Halia. I am glad to share it with my sisters. We all loved the in-house salad dressing. In this festive season, why not drop by The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens to immerse into the nature beauty surroundings and the newly revamp area? It is best to enjoy the serenity moments and peacefulness while enjoying a good meal.
Note: All prices stated exclude 10% service charge & 7% GST.

[This is an invited tasting session.]

The Halia Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road via Tyersall Road
Ginger Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569
Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday 12:00PM – 9:30PM
Friday & PH Eve 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday & PH 11:00AM – 9:30PM
Brunch 11:00AM – 5:30 PM(Weekends & PH)
Afternoon Tea 3:00PM – 5:00PM (Weekends & PH)
Dinner Reservations: +65 8444 1148 | Email: general.hsbg@thehalia.com
Website: http://www.thehalia.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaliaSingaporeBotanicGardens
Instagram @TheHalia

Other Outlet
Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
#01-22/23
Singapore 189673
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 12:00PM-2:30PM & 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 12:00PM – 10:00PM | Sunday & PH 11:00AM – 9:30PM
Brunch 11:00AM – 5:30PM (Weekends & PH)
Afternoon Tea 3:00PM – 5:00PM (Weekends & PH)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaliaRafflesHotel

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