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Restaurant Review: Lily & Bloom - New a La Carte Menu

By Sophie Pettit 5 March 2017
Most of us know Lily & Bloom for that happy hour deal and as a go-to bar for gorgeous cocktails in an intimate yet stylish setting. Well, now there's another reason to visit, as the popular spot is upping its food game with the arrival of a new a la carte menu put together by new Executive Chef Chris Grare.
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Showcasing a selection of small, medium, and large dishes, the menu boasts more flavours than you can handle, not to mention the mother of all desserts - a 12-inch giant chocolate chip cookie scattered with M&Ms, Gummy Bears, and all kinds of colourful sprinkles. But before we get to that - the dishes. For starters we delved into a selection of small plates, including the deliciously unique and tender Pork Belly Bun ($95) - a must order with its sweet and sour sauce mixed with pineapple and red peppers. Those looking for a healthy alternative might enjoy the beautifully tender Cured Salmon ($115) with horseradish, pickled beets, and caviar, which tastes just as vibrant as it looks. [caption id="attachment_85928" align="aligncenter" width="660"] The small plates (Cured Salmon, Lentil Crusted Lobster, and Pork Belly Bun)[/caption] Moving on to the medium plates is the absolute must order Foie Gras Terrine ($210) with root slaw, quail egg, and mustard creme, which is so beautifully rich in both texture and taste that you probably won't want to share it with anyone. [caption id="attachment_85939" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Foie Gras Terrine ($210)[/caption] While the Sea Urchin Parfait ($185) with black sesame cracker, sea grapes, and dashi is a little too 'fishy' for my taste buds, the Steak Tartare ($198), with black truffle and horseradish creme is divine - especially when topped with a running egg yolk. [caption id="attachment_85934" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Steak Tartare ($198)[/caption] The real challenge, however, comes with trying to decide which large dish to go for. If you are a real meat-loving carnivore, then you might be torn between the incredible, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth Lamb Duo ($325) - a grilled lamb chop with creamy parsley potato mash, mushroom fricassee, and a cheeky lamb shoulder hiding in kataify pastry - and the jaw-droppingly huge and succulent 45-day Dry-Aged Cowboy Steak ($1,400 for 35 oz.), which is so tender, juicy, and perfectly grilled that - you know what, that's the winner! [caption id="attachment_85929" align="aligncenter" width="660"] 45-day Dry-Aged Cowboy Steak ($1,400 for 35 oz.)[/caption] But it's not all about the red meat - those who prefer seafood can try the Steamed Grouper ($315) which comes with sauteed water spinach and two crispy tempura prawns. Drizzled with a lemongrass broth, this makes for a light and refreshing main. [caption id="attachment_85931" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Steamed Grouper ($315)[/caption] And of course, no dinner is complete without dessert - just make sure you leave plenty of room for the ridiculously large and hugely Instagrammable 12-inch Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie ($650/feeds about 8) that comes at the end (requires pre-ordering). You can relive your childhood as you attempt to make a dent in this chewy delight topped with what looks like every sweetie under the sun. [caption id="attachment_85937" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie ($650)[/caption] It's unlikely that you'll have any room left after this beast of a dessert - but if you do, then the extravagantly presented London Fogcutter ($140) cocktail of Bombay Sapphire, Brugal 1888, Hennessy VSOP, elderflower, and passion fruit is highly recommended. Another snap for your Instagram feed! [caption id="attachment_85938" align="aligncenter" width="400"] London Fogcutter ($140)[/caption] Lily & Bloom, 5/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2810 6166
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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.