If you have somebody special that you want to wow, Artemis is the place. With to-die-for views of Marina Bay and the CBD, this fine-diner manages to be elegant without being stuffy. Unlike a lot of other places in Singapore, there is actually space between the tables so you get a little more privacy to whisper sweet-nothings or discuss that big business deal. The incredibly attentive wait staff and talented sommelier are as impressive as the stunning panorama outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. The service is hands-down the best I’ve had in Singapore.
Artemis does its beef simply, letting the flavours of hormone-free, humanely-raised meat speak for itself. You can always tell good meat when it’s served raw, and the “Mey Selection” beef carpaccio ($28) and the steak tartare ($32) were among the best I’ve ever had. Ever. The Sanchoku waygu striploin ($92) was gorgeous, but the must-try here is the 45-day, dry-aged beef tenderloin ($62) served atop pureed potatoes with caramelised onions and red wine jus. I always scoff when people say steak melts in your mouth, but this truly perfect dish absolutely does.
The twice-cooked crushed potato wedges ($14) with a harissa aioli was a sinfully delicious side. We also tried roasted heirloom cauliflower ($18) served with mustard creme fraiche emulsion, raisins and pine nuts – yum! The sommelier chose our wine pairing, which was spot on, making our meal sing.
The best of the rest:
Artemis does more than steaks – a lot more. The menu is like a who’s who of special occasion meals: lobster, crab, fish, pork, caviar, mouth-watering dessert — it’s all here and it’s all impressive. If it’s lunch you’re after, try the popular set lunch (two courses for $45, or three for $50). Don’t have time for a sit-down meal? Then check out the breezy outdoor bar, and sample one of their unique gin and tonic concoctions. One way or the other, go!
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