Following the success of Roast at One Rochester, the 1-Rochester Group is introducing another new dining concept known as Coast at 1 Twenty Six. Located along the breezy shores of East Coast Park, this chic chill-out beachfront restaurant and bar offer an idyllic escape amid a lush setting. The dining areas are mostly outdoors but for those who’s not a fan of al fresco dining like me, fret not as there’s an indoor dining room too.
There’s a good selection of whites and reds, cocktails and juices to satiate and stimulate the appetite before dinner proper. Though we declined any when orders were taken, the friendly bartender sent us 2 ornamental glasses of The Narcissist ($16++) on the house. Made of 42 Below vodka, peach, freshly-squeezed lime and rosemary infused raspberries, this was very light and refreshing.
I had cod brandade for lunch everyday while in Verona and Venice not too long ago so I was eager to find out how the homemade version ($8++) here measures up, especially when this is a laborious dish not commonly found in Singapore. While the smooth texture was spot-on, the saltiness was way over the top, even when paired with the accompanying grilled bruschetta.
The soft shelled crab ($14++) served with a chilli mayo dip was decent. Crispy and not oily at all.
With the nibbles out of the way, it’s time for my first proper starter: pan-seared Hokkaido scallops ($24++) with jerky-like bacon crisps and balsamic reduction on a bed of eggplant caviar which is somewhat like the Lebanese baba ghanoush. I like the whole combination of this!
The classic shellfish bisque with prawn ravioli ($20++) didn’t fare as well. This was quite diluted and didn’t pack a powerful punch like the renditions from The French Kitchen and Private Affairs, which are my personal benchmarks for any “seafoody” bisque.
For salads, I went for the chef’s recommendation of the Tuna Nicoise in 2 styles ($20++): tuna tataki that’s perfectly seared and tuna confit tossed with French beans, cherry tomatoes and soft boiled quails eggs with liquid yolk. While not mindblowing, this was another decent dish that agrees with the palate.
From the pasta & grain section, I opted for the goat cheese tortellini with prawns in clam broth, coppa cracklings ($24++). I can’t be 100% sure but I think there’s caramelised onions in the filling, which may explain why there’s a hint of sweetness in the pasta.
Correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve always believed that fresh cooked prawns are a breeze to de-shell and that’s how I tell whether prawns and lobsters are fresh and healthy prior to being cooked. Unfortunately, the meat of the grilled king prawns was tough to separate from the shell and had a chalky texture.
Continuing the theme of coastal dining (notice how seafood is featured in every dish so far?), I had the Hiramasa Kingfish ($42++) with a delectable currant and pine nut salad as my main. I enjoyed this a lot cuz it was so juicy and tender, and the Asian influence of a sambal-like sauce was a nice touch.
When I read “spicy corn cakes” in the description, I wrongly assumed that it’s referring to polenta. These corn cakes turned out to have a texture like fish cakes, chewy and a little starchy.
The frozen ‘deconstructed’ strawberry shortcake ($14++) was such a pretty sight to behold. Love the home-churned strawberry ice cream which was so natural-tasting and had a fabulous creamy mouthfeel. Nothing beats homemade ice cream! And the layers of soft sponge and flaky pastry were a great contrast.
I remember lamenting that the coconut ice cream is not found on the menu of Roast previously so you can imagine how happy I was to find that said ice cream is now paired with a Valrhona dark and white chocolate fondant ($14++) on the dessert menu of Coast. It’s still as good and while I had to send the 1st fondant back to the kitchen cuz there was no lava flow, the 2nd one turned out well and surprisingly not as sweet as I thought it would be.
Before I knew it, 4 hours had passed! While the food was a hit-and-miss affair, I was reluctant to leave as there was an awesome live band belting out Top 40 hits to diners winding down on comfy couches after a long long week, TGIF!
Last but not least, I would like to extend my thanks to Chiew Yen and Juwanda for the kind invitation =)