For­bid­den Fruit


City Weekend - - Eat & Drink -  Mina Yan

With a view of the For­bid­den City as you sip your Cham­pagne, it’s hard to say no to din­ing at TRB For­bid­den City. Snag your­self one of the tables by the win­dow and you’re all set for an un­for­get­table din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The very tal­ented and low-key Chef Johnny Pham has been cre­at­ing gor­geous menus for TRB for years. Re­cently, he’s added a few new dishes that make up one fab­u­lous set menu.

Sim­ply called the Fab­u­lous Menu (¥688) this five-course menu is named af­ter the main in­gre­di­ents in each course. Each beau­ti­ful (su­per In­sta­gram­able) and de­li­cious course shows off a tad of Chef Johnny’s hum­ble and cre­ative side. The Fab­u­lous Menu is the eas­i­est way to try all the new­bies that TRB has to of­fer, start­ing off with the most beau­ti­ful pokè bowl in­spired sea urchin, pre­sented over a bed of rice and av­o­ca­dos sur­rounded by a ring of dried sea­weed. The in­tense fla­vors gave us a taste of what’s to come and we were pin­ing for the next course. Two more courses of beau­ti­fully plated seafood later and we were pre­sented with a lamb shoul­der and sad­dle that’s cooked to ten­der, juicy per­fec­tion. The bold fla­vors of the porto sauce re­ally topped off the meal. Fin­ish­ing up with a light dessert of vanilla ice cream with lightly poached plums and Jo­conde bis­cuits and you’re good to call it a night.

But, if you’re go­ing for lunch, five de­li­cious courses might be a bit much. Fret not, dur­ing lunch you can be picky and choosy with their en­tire menu. Choose any three items on the menu for ¥198. When they say any, they mean any. If you’re re­ally hun­gry, choose three mains. If you’ve got a ma­jor sweet tooth, choose three desserts. Look through their en­tire à la carte menu and or­der up any three items that you fancy. The yummy pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

If you’re look­ing for a ro­man­tic restau­rant to im­press, you can’t go wrong with a trip to TRB For­bid­den City. The stun­ning view is only sec­onded by the min­i­mal­is­tic in­te­rior de­sign and TRB’s award-win­ning im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. We think this calls for a date night.

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