A refreshed dining concept awaits diners at Halia Botanical Gardens
By Samantha Francis
To complement the revitalised settings, new dishes have been added to Halia’s menu.
Halia at Botanical Gardens has been around since 2001. It’s often affectionately known as that ginger themed restaurant hidden in the woods for my family and I.
Its fine cuisine, stunning architecture and warm service have kept its diners returning.
Most notably, its famous elevated viewing deck allows diners to enjoy a better view of the lush surroundings. A sit-down bar has also been added to the outdoor area, where you can sip on a drink or two, and relax to the tunes of a live band that perform every Sunday evening.
The interior is now even more inviting than before, featuring Peranakan-style tiles, bespoke wooden furniture specially designed by a Thai designer and pendant lamps inspired by the intricate weave of a bird’s nest. In other words, complete #homegoals if you’re into the whole Asian or Balinese look.
To complement the revitalised settings, new dishes have been added to the menu – all thoughtful culinary creations.
We’ve rounded out the 4 dishes you have to try:
1. Spice Islands marinated lamb loin
Visually stunning and aromatic, the new Spice Islands marinated lamb loin ($44) is a dish that draws you in with its fragrance before you even dig in. The tender slices of thickly cut lamb is cooked medium rare and flavoured with Indonesian spices. Paired with curried wild rice, the dish is full of interesting textures.
2. Lime & Ginger Yellowfin Tuna Kinilaw
Bearing bright and zesty flavours, the Lime & Ginger Yellowfin Tuna Kinilaw ($18) is a modern interpretation of the classic raw seafood dish that hails from the Philippines. You’ll find crispy wonton skin adding crunch, avocado for a touch of creaminess and chunks of fresh tuna — all of it harmonised by a tangy lime and ginger dressing.
3. Paperbag Oven-baked Halibut Fillet
The Paperbag Oven-baked Halibut Fillet ($40) is a time-tested classic that deserves a mention. A comforting dish through and through, it features a hearty fillet of firm fleshed halibut cooked in a flavourful ginger broth. The sesame Japanese rice it came with, was moist and tasty.
4. Chili Crab Dip
Thoughts of this Chili Crab Dip ($15) still leaves me salivating. Served with prawn crackers or crisp baguette, the dip is nicely spiced and full of real crab chunks swimming in an eggy mix — a great way to awake your appetites at the start of a meal.
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569, Tel: 8444 1148
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