First comes a bread plate with ciabatta, deliciously charred around the edges, and a green herb pesto and a generous dollop of anchovy aioli. From the small plates, the flavourful potato and squid with chorizo unfortunately contained a stray piece of squid ‘bone’ in our case – but the tender lamb ribs with charred corn salsa made up for it.
The steak tartare, from the ‘Big plates’ section, lacks some flavour, while the accompanying crispy potato croquette was also underseasoned. The creamy mushroom risotto has a good bite to it, although the mushroom flavour is overly subtle – still, the crunch from the toasted macadamia nuts and fresh lemon zest on top make the entire dish pop.
For dessert, the plump, crispy churros are delicious, though slightly let down by the acidity in the dark chocolate dipping sauce.
The extensive drinks menu ranges from French champagne to local MCCs, wines and spirits, as well as cocktails and the usual soft drinks.
The staff is friendly and welcoming, from the doormen to the hostess and waiters. The waiters are attentive and knowledgeable about the menu items. A very pleasant experience indeed.
The two large gentleman guards at the entrance may look scary, but they’re actually quite friendly. A lift takes you up to the stunningly decorated rooftop restaurant, with a dark wooden bar and wall giving a feeling of warmth. Through the restaurant and further up the stairs lies the oasis that is the Gigi rooftop, where you’ll find a lit-up, highly Instagrammable ‘Hello Gorgeous’ sign, surrounded by hanging basket lights and plants. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical paradise.
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