The Clan is a well-known restaurant in Singapore, yet this was the first time I dined there because I have always thought that they were imitating Dozo, one of my all-time favourite restaurants. From the sorbet given at the beginning to the set menus to the fixed prices for lunch and dinner (The Clan is more expensive though) to the courses offered, including the additional Cold Dish option for dinner, the concept of The Clan is almost indistinguishable from Dozo.
Unfortunately, Dozo had closed its doors and never reopened. The people behind Dozo started Joie by Dozo at Orchard Central last year, which regrettably serves only “meatless” options. Hence, as a carnivore, I had nowhere else to turn to.
Hungrygowhere recently started its $30++ Set Menus, which will be available from now till 15 April 2015. The Clan is one of the participating restaurants and so we made a reservation for the weekend.
The restaurant is located in an old conserved building on Bukit Pasoh Road. The dining area has a very elegant and luxurious feel to it. I can simply imagine how grand dining at night would be like.
To cleanse our palate, we were given some Apple Sorbet, which was kind of like a refreshing apple-flavoured slushy.
Our first course was the Chef’s Starter and together with it, came a specific set of instructions to eat it. It is recommended to start from the centre with the scallop topped with truffle foam as it is the lightest in taste, then the foie gras chawanmushi on the right and lastly, the smoked salmon on the left.
The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. While there was four of us, he actually brought out all five of the appetisers for us to try. Later, he did the same for the desserts!
Clockwise from top left: braised beef tendon & brisket with puff pastry, herb crusted mushroom escargot, steamed razor claim with salmon trout roe, Kurobuta pork belly conift with pork cracker and pan seared foie gras with mustard seed bread.
For the third course, we had soup. Clockwise from top left: seafood soup, Cepes mushroom with truffle paste and roasted pumpkin soup with bacon bits. We all found the soups too watery for our liking.
Prime Beef Short Ribs on Hoba Leaf with Peppercorn Sauce on Lava Stone. The beef here was not as beautifully marbled as Dozo’s but it was a thicker slab of meat.
Baked Codfish with Lemon Parmesan Croquette in Watercress Sauce. Beautifully executed.
For the desserts, I am missing the picture of the Chocolate Royaltine Cake, because dear old dad dug into it before I could take a picture. The rest from top left: green tea panna cotta with mixed berries compote, triple espresson creme brulee, homemade cheesecake with dehydrated pistachio sponge and chocolate lava cake.
And finally, a family photo taken by the friendly staff.
Overall, this made me miss Dozo all the more, it is like a duplicate yet not totally the same. I am keeping my fingers that Dozo will reopen again. However, I have to admit that The Clan is actually pretty good!
- Five course lunch: $49.80++
- Six course dinner: $69.80++
The Clan Restaurant
20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Tel: 6222 2084
Opens daily from 1130-1430hrs and 1800-2300hrs