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September 9, 2015

The Black Swan @Raffles, Cecil Street

Situated at a busy junction, you may or may not have noticed this restaurant whenever you drive through this road. It has a very classy name (that we can't help thinking of the movie and Natalie Portman...) and shopfront, we finally struck it off our to-go places list.

We were invited to an event which took place at the Powder Room. It is a very cosy, darkly-lit place intended more for drinks session because of the bar. We can easily envision a small party held here. The canapes are actually pretty delicious. Among all, the Foie Gras Parfait & Duck Rillette Platter and the desserts were really full of flavor.

Delicious canapes for an evening event is never a good idea, and we decided to head down to the main dining area after the event ended, after all, since we are here and feeling a tad peckish.

The dining area has also the same ambiance, and is also decorated in class. The servers are also very attentive and friendly.

Papardrelle Au Canard ($32)
Shredded duck leg, shimeji, jus gras

Black Swan Burger ($32) 
Seasoned chuck, mature cheddar, sunny side up egg, streaky bacon, fries

Black Swan Burger ($32)
Egg and bacon!

We ordered the Papardrelle Au Canard ($32), consisting of tender shredded duck leg, juicy shimeji and jus gras. The texture of the pasta was done just nice, and to our surprise, the portion was actually quite generous. It was a tasty dish.

We've also long heard of the Black Swan Burger ($32), and finally, we did get to try it. It has been a long time since we had a decent beef burger, after all those specialty burger stores popping up and a beef burger was never quite as simple... With an extremely well-seasoned chuck, the melted mature cheddar lifted the taste of the chuck to another level. The sunny side up egg seems a bit off, but serves to fill up your tummy. Not to mention the streaky bacon on the side, which was double the oomph factor. We honestly didn't expect such a big slice of bacon to go with this dish. Also, the server was very nice to have upgraded our normal fries to truffle fries for free. The fries were nicely done too. Enamored by the truffle smell and the smell of the well-toasted bun, we gobbled this dish down quickly. It's well-worth the price!

Overall, the portions are generous, dishes tasty, and well-executed. There was also a pretty interesting dessert that our neighbor ordered, which they actually serve it by your table. We'd be back to try out!


Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Total Score: 4/5
[1- Never visit again, 2-Won't visit unless there's no other option, 3-Perhaps, 4 & 5- Yes!]

Good for? Couples, Groups, Family


About it:
The Black Swan
Address: 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704
Prices: $30++ onwards (Mains)