21 on Rajah @ Days Hotel

Posted on March 13, 2013

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AiMakan was on a carefree, blog less holiday in New Zealand and is now back to bring you somewhere new and hot from the oven but sadly not from KiwiLand.

Tucked away near Zhongshan park in Jalan Rajah is this recent contemporary addition to the hospitality scene. Days Hotel is a humble 3 stars lodging which is situated in a convenient location, a mere 10 minutes walking distance from Novena Square and 10 minutes ride away from our main shopping district Orchard Road.20130310-210207.jpgSorry to disappoint but you ain’t getting free bird cages, darlings as I will be simply zooming into , the hotel’s prevailing restaurant which specialises in Mediterranean delights.

The eatery’s very own Chef Paul is a true Singaporean inside out even when he is capable of whipping up foreign cuisine effortlessly. That explains why their local favourites were equally well-received.
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Crostini of Smoked Eel, $13.90.

A quick tapas that embodies a blend of diverse flavours from the delicately smoked eels, zucchini, tomatoes and a basil salsa. The mix is laid on garlic toasts, petite enough for a few lady-like mouthfuls.

It was hardly a crowd pleaser but with a couple more attempts, you might learn to like it.
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Grilled Chicken Satay in Balinese Spices.
$14.90 (1/2 doz).

Utterly bowled over by how tender the familiar bites turned out to be and of course, the marinade was part of the perfect recipe.

These meats thrusted on sticks are a definite obligation during a meal in 21 on Rajah despite the steep tag.
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Marseilles Seafood Bouillabaisse (For 2), $38.90.
*must try*

I was on a casual quibble with Chef Paul on this substantial broth.

Why you may ask. I was pretty confident that the brew was Lobster Bisque but boy was I wrong. It was made of fishes which was incredible to attain such a rich soup and I couldn’t find any lobsters in it.

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Jumbo Prawn Paella.
($25.90 for one; $44.90 for a sharing portion).

Paella should not be alien to us all. The pleasant aromatic saffron rice with ingredients piled all over and served in a proper pan. We had ours with a bulky prawn and other decent seafoods, taste wise – fairly satisfactory.
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Stewed Fillet of Danish Cold Water Halibut, “Lisbon Style”, $22.90.

Layered Cold Water Halibut (fish), Tomatoes, Potatoes & Onions stewed in Olive Oil & Beurre Blanc.

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Pannetone Bread & Butter Pudding with Dates, $14.90.

I have a serious soft spot for bread and butter puddings and I can’t exactly explain why. It is just slices of buttered bread baked in a egg-milk mixture and that is it. Chef Paul’s rendition was a standard affair and I rest my case with a depleted dish.

This fresh face hotel and in-house restaurant are only a couple of months old and definitely still on the edge of learning. I would give them two thumbs up for a neat head start but lets just continue to monitor their future conducts.

*This tasting was initiated by Brenda and 21 on Rajah. I would like to thank Chef Paul for the lovely dinner and company alike.*

Address : 1 Jalan Rajah Road
Days Hotel

Tel: 68086838

Operating Hours :

Mon – Fri: 06:00 – 10:30
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 14:30
Mon – Fri: 18:00 – 22:30
Sat – Sun: 06:00 – 11:00
Sat – Sun: 12:00 – 15:00
Sat – Sun: 18:00 – 23:00

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