The Salon (click here) is located within Hotel Fort Canning and offers a relaxed alfresco dining experience.
While we dined here twice while staying at HFC, I cannot stress enough the stark difference between breakfast and lunch. While breakfast offers a below average/sub par buffet, lunch offers a pleasing culinary experience.
The décor is simple with a sun drenched alfresco dining option (although I could not comprehend dining outside in Singapore’s heat).
First opened in 1923, this elegant fine dining area is adorned with chandeliers and immaculately reconditioned period furnishings. The long slender room has an abundance of natural light that spills in through oversized classic French doors that overlooks the greenery of the Palm Court.
Also there is a dress code, so collared shirts for gents and no thongs or sandals for ladies.
What we ate:
HFC Chicken Curry – chicken and potatoes cooked in a spicy coconut gravy and served with rice, achar and papadums
Hokkien Mee – braised yellow & rice noodles with eggs, prawns, squid, streaky pork belly with chives and bean sprouts
Stir-fried Mee Siam – wok fried rice vermicelli with Boston lobster, chives and beancurd
Kueh Pie Tee – thin and crispy pastry tart shell, filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawn
Chendol – cold dessert with palm sugar, coconut milk, rice flour jelly
Tau Suan – simple sweet Chinese dessert made of split mung beans
The highlight dishes were the Stir-fried Mee Siam with Boston Lobster which was aromatic and have a generous serving of fresh lobster and the Kueh Pie Tee a delightfully sweet yet savoury dish, think of a Singapore’s version on a Thai money bag.
I was not a fan of the Tau Suan (below) this was an odd flavour and texture for me personally but it is a local favourite.
The Salon for lunch was a great experience, I think sticking to the local cuisine would be the best bet as they do it so well. I would eat here again for lunch but never for breakfast.
Hotel Fort Canning
11 Canning Walk Singapore