The name Subrosa comes from the Latin word “sub rosa”, which means “under the rose”. It denotes confidentiality and originates from the ancient practice of having roses above dining tables and meeting chambers where the participants were sworn to secrecy. In that spirit, Subrosa brings a private dining experience in the beautifully-restored shop house along Jalan Besar.
Concept and Space
Secrecy can be a shortcut to sexiness. Upon entering this restaurant on the ground floor, you’ll be greeted with dimly-lit dining room with black and red glamour. The second floor is designed for gatherings that can seat up to 20 guests, with personalized menus and service. A minimum spend of $1000 is required for booking the private room on the second floor.
Taking pride in using only the freshest and finest produce, all of the ingredients are sourced fresh from suppliers on the day of booking. Everything else is pretty much made in-house from scratch, even to the smallest details. Thus, guests will have to make reservations at least 48 hours in advance.
Five and seven course set menu are available which feature the season’s freshest produce, tailored to your dietary requirements. Prices start from $108++ for the 5-course menu, and $148++ for the 7-course menu. Each dish they serve here is well-crafted and beautifully plated.
We started our 5-course lunch with Artisan Bread Selection, made in-house and served with truffle butter. The garlic bread could be one of the best ones I’ve had in a while. It’s soft and warm, with a hint of garlic.
Our amuse-bouche is called Fresh is Best; scallop ceviche served with fermented melon, cucumber, dill, lemon, and smoked trout roe. It was refreshing and bursting with flavours on each bite.
The next dish, The Cocktail, was my favorite. Generous amount of fresh crab meat served in a cup. Each spoonful packs in the perfect bite of creamy goodness. The aerated shrimp provides unique crunchy textures and flavours that no other food can duplicate.
Dining at Subrosa was an experience where you can taste a little bit of both worlds; East and West. Some of the dishes were heavily influenced by European cuisine, whilst the others were something more familiar to our local taste buds. By the time I had my 4th course, I felt stuffed. Unlike many other fine dining establishments that sometimes left me feeling slightly peckish, the portions here are generous. Remember Mee is a rendition of local Hokkien Mee with lobster. I wished the saltiness can be toned down a notch though.
We ended our meal with a dessert called Tropical Passion; coconut pudding served with mango sorbet and chocolate barks. It was a refreshing dessert after a rather heavy dish served in the previous course.
Overall, I truly enjoyed the dining experience from start to finish. With Valentine’s Day coming, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic date without burning a hole in your pocket. Not to mention the impeccable service by the host. Thanks Chef Steven Snowdon & Chef Francis Lee for crafting such intricate dishes.
SUBROSA Private Dining
369 Jln Besar
Tel: (65) 6610 0555
11.00 am to 12.00 am