Lifestyle, Restaurant

Dining Experience: The RawBar at the Lobby Lounge

Hi friends!  This is my second restaurant experience review.  I actually went there last November but with my busy schedule, I only have time to post it now.  I met up with three wonderful ladies (whom I met through Instagram) and because we all have a passion for food, it was a good time to get together and do what we do best:  eat.

Left to Right:  Vivian (Wisteria Voyage), Roanna (Foodiegram) and Mimi (Indulge with Mimi).  They actually reviewed this restaurant too and I highly encourage you to go and visit their page.

The RawBar at the Fairmont Hotel is trendy but elegant.  They have a beautiful fireplace and a white Fazioli piano.  They serve brunch and afternoon tea on the weekend.  There’s also live music nightly which is a perfect place to catch up with old friends or drinks after work.

I always try to take a picture of the menu since I never remember what I ate.

We came here specifically for their five-course cocktail brunch (which we saw plastered on our IG feed).  There are two options for the first and third course, but since there are four of us, we decided to order different items so we may sample each other food.  Isn’t that the way to go?

The first course was the Torched Wagyu Beef Salad.  I don’t eat wagyu beef all the time and I expected that it would melt-in-your-mouth but these weren’t, so I was a tad disappointed.  But then again I was told that there are different types of wagyu beef and perhaps these weren’t the ones I expected.  Nonetheless, this dish had a great flavour.

The other option for the first course was the Red Tuna Tataki.  It was perfectly seasoned and very appetizing, thanks to the refreshing yuzu vinaigrette.  So yummy!

The second course was the Signature Bacon and Sable Miso Soup and boy was it ever delicious!  The soup was made with bacon dashi and ANYTHING tastes better with bacon, right?

Admit it now.  You’re probably drooling over these pics (especially this one) and I don’t blame you.  The third course was the Wild Salmon Motoyaki Benny.  This dish was not only photogenic but also very scrumptious.  I would definitely come back to this restaurant just for this dish.

The other option for the third course was the Kurobuta Pork Belly Kakuni.  I normally stay away from pork belly, but this was acceptable.  It was prepared in a sweet soy broth with root vegetables and a 62-degree egg.  Once again, another well-executed dish.

Who can say no to sushi?  The fourth course was the Sushi Omakase.  As you can tell, the fish was extremely fresh and delectable!

The dishes were exquisite up to this point.  This was our last course and definitely the most underwhelming dish.  The Yakult Shooter consisted of plum gelée, pear, matcha green tea, black sesame powder and yuzu pearls.  Honestly, it was weird, to say the least.  Props to the chef for being creative and placed the desserts on an oyster shell, but I thought it was uncomfortable eating off an oyster shell (if it wasn’t an oyster that is).

I love this quote.  For those who are people pleasers, STOP IT NOW.  Honestly, there is no need to please everyone.  You will bound to find people who love you to pieces and those who just don’t care a crap about you (no matter what you do).  So be happy and just stick with people who actually care and love you.

Overall, brunch was fabulous and we all had a good time.  I’m looking forward to another outing with my IG friends in the spring.  Thank you so much for reading!

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    February 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    What a nice post of our lovely brunch. I really enjoyed that meeting. Yes, hope we can meet again soon!
    XoXo Mimi

  2. Reply
    February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    The food looks amazing! Having a good company and good food are always a must. I’m glad you get to meet these lovely friends. I wish I have more time to meet up with my friends.


  3. Reply
    Shireen L. Platt
    February 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

    The food looks amazing, Jo despite the dessert being underwhelming. And no kidding about stop being a people pleaser, I think many are that way though but will stop being one with time and wisdom.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  4. Reply
    A Very Sweet Blog
    March 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Everything looked delicious Jo! That’s a great idea to take a picture of the menu. I love that you met these ladies via instagram. They are very nice and you have a lot in common with them. Very nice group.

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    little luxury list
    March 6, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Ooh everything looks divine. I would definitely go for the salmon Benny and the tuna tataki! How fun that you got to go with fellow IGers too!

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