MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, the new dining establishment at the five-star Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore is now open to all guests seeking some snazzy, late night dinner and party. Located at the former Royal Room, MATCH will serve up modern American cuisine in a fun and lively environment, centered on the mantra that everyone is different. Best of all, MATCH will be one of the only late night dining spots in Singapore, serving a full menu until midnight Wednesday through Saturday and 11pm on Tuesdays. Late night bites can be had until 3am Wednesday-Saturday.
Before the meal begin, I ordered a serving of Waldorf Cocktail ($18++). Knob Creek Bourbon is presented with sweet Vermouth, only to be garnished With Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates. While the cocktail was tippling good, it was the garnish of bacon and blue cheese that stood out for its sweet, salty burst of flavour.
Uptown Fiz ($16++) Hendricks Gin, Sauvignon Blanc, St Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Soda
Warm and toasted Walnut bread for the night. Served with sea salt and some excellent butter.
There is an interesting selection of choices available on the starter menu. Items like the Ceviche of Barramundi, the theatrical Crispy Confit Pork Belly, and the Pretzel-Crusted Blue Swimmer Crab & Prawn Cakes would have been an ideal way to start.
To start off the meal proper, go for the Freshly Shucked Oysters. For the night’s dinner, we were served up Canadian Oysters. Small, petite, but full full of sweet creaminess. Comes with a side of Lemon, Mignonette Sauce or Sweet Chilli Jam.
I highly recommend the Ham Hock Croquette ($16++) because it is deceptively creamy amidst the crispy looking exterior. Although the ham hock was not entirely distinct, it was the velvety smooth, runny and piping hot interior that got to me. Comes with a Garden Pea Purée, Jamón Ibérico, Poached Quail’s Egg for that extra touch.
If you are craving for something a little more decadent as a starter, order the Chilled Alaskan King Crab Leg ($48++). The Crab leg is decently fresh and sweet, with a smooth hearty intensity that is so distinct of the crustacean.
As the mains come along, call for a platter of Duck Fat Potatoes ($10++) to share. I was particularly enchanted by the thought of having good ol’ fashion potatoes, simmered and cooked in a pan full of Duck fat for all that extra flavour. I wasn’t disappointed, and it was particularly pleasing to partake in the deep aromatics of fried potatoes basked in savoury oil and lightly salted.
A key feature of MATCH is allowing the diner to craft his own main based on a selection of meats, sauces, sides and vegetables. Meat lovers rejoice with a good serving of Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Ribeye Marble Score 7 200g ($95++). I had mine done a medium rare and served with Shallot and Red Wine Sauce, Roasted Bone Marrow, Grilled Zucchini.
The Wagyu was tender with bits that were exceptionally melt in the mouth goodness. The grade 7 Wagyu ensured a good blend of meat and fat that is good for a steak, leaving you with a hearty meal and yet not too high on the luxurious marbling index. I would highly recommend having the roasted bone marrow by the side, its soft textures plus the creamy, buttery sweetness is simply delectable.
Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Palo Alto Concha y Toro Chile 2012 ($15++/$75++)
Those who would enjoy something fresh from the ocean should think about the Maine Lobster 450g ($68++). Have it with a side of Champagne Caviar, Sea Urchin Flan (+$4) and Maple-Glazed Butternut Pumpkins. The Lobster was crisp and sweet, with a balanced sea fresh flavour that is consistent throughout. The head was particularly tasty with a good amount of natural juices left to savour. The butternut Pumpkins are also a winner for their sweet, earthy consistency.
Paired with Chablis-Domaine Sainte Claire, Jean Marc Brocard Burgundy, France, 2012 ($17++/$85++)
Before dessert begins, all tables will receive a surprise from the kitchen – a cloud of cotton candy! This little touch from MATCH, while not excessive, certainly adds a fun element to the entire experience at the restaurant. It will definitely bring a sweet smile.
Fancy goes all out with the Ultimate Match Sundae ($16++). Ok, maybe it is not all out but presenting the sundae with a huge sparkler that sizzles as it makes its way through the dimly lit restaurant is certainly making a statement.
Ice cream sundae is decent and serves 2-4 persons.
I ordered my personal favourite of the Mango and Passion Fruit Mess ($15++). A dessert that has copious amounts of whipped cream, meringue, Mango chunks and passion fruit sauces is certainly my way of ending or starting the night. It can be a little sweet for some, but it was decadently delicious for me.
The better dessert for the table would be the Warm Pear, Pecan Brioche and Butter Pudding ($12++). Butter pudding is served toasty warm, and topped with a caramelised crust and pear slices. It’s great to share, with flavours that would leave one cozy and satisfied. Goes well with tea.
At the bar, guests will be able to order light bites and drinks till late. Start off with the Soft Pretzel ($6++), a good New York classic that is served with Grain Mustard, Cheddar & Beef Fondue. I particularly enjoyed this variant as the Pretzel was nice and fluffy, with a gentle touch of salt on the surface to flavour things up, distinctively different from what you would get on the streets of New York City. Dip the Pretzel with some cheddar and Beef Fondue for that luxurious cheese rich and meaty intensity.
The Sea Urchin Arancini (3 pcs) ($15++) with Squid Ink Aioli sounded unique but proved to be a little ordinary. While the arancini was good and hearty, the sea urchin was more of a decorative touch than providing any distinctive flavour. The squid ink aioli was a touch too tangy for my liking and could do with a richer alkaline, garlic and olive oil base.
For a light bite with just that petite amount of fat, go for the Short Rib Slider Trio ($16++). A simple classic that is served with Celeriac Remoulade.
MATCH Restaurant & Lounge is an establishment to keep an eye out for that exciting dinner to come. There is a good selection of hearty modern American dishes, an extensive drinks menu, and an ambience that is fun loving and upbeat. And if you are keen to end or begin the night with a loved one, get the Ultimate Match Sundae just for that sparkler. It will definitely bring a smile.
Thank you MATCH for the invitation.
|MATCH Restaurant & Lounge|
|Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Reservations: 6337 0800
|Tuesday – 6pm to 1am
Wednesday & Thursday – 6pm to 3am
Friday & Saturday – 6pm to 4am
Monday & Sunday – ClosedA La Carte menu closes at 11pm or Midnight