Dinner at the Royal Automobile Club

Dinner at the Royal Automobile Club

What has become a tradition for me when I am in London is to have at least one dinner at the Royal Automobile Club, RAC, on Pall Mall. I get access to the great club through a reciprocal club benefit from one of my club memberships in Australia. As the Great Gallery is regularly booked out, you need to book as early as possible for most nights.

This is what I considered would be the start of my North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean Adventure, and a great start it was.

Pre-Dinner Cocktail

To start with @ the RAC you need to visit the Cocktail Bar. Usually gentlemen are required to wear a jacket, though this had been relaxed when I was there due to the heat in London.

My first drink of the night was something new for me a Cigar Boulevardier, Dalmore Cigar Malt whisky with Antica Formula vermouth and Campari, infused with smoke. I gave this a 3.5 out of 5

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Singapore to London

Singapore to London

The first part of my 2022 adventure was getting to London. Even though it was about 30 hours of travelling on what should have been a 13 hour trip, it was  pretty good once I got onto Emirates.

Singapore to Jakarta – Jetstar

I had been warned that there are probably going to be issues with baggage handling so I was not unhappy about having to collect my bags in Jakarta and to go through Indonesian Immigration and Customs.

Having decent status with Qantas does not help with excess baggage on Jetstar, my two bags were 5kg over my baggage allowance, so had to pay the SGD100 excess fee for the first leg, not a problem with Emirates as they do recognise QF status, thankfully.

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The North Atlantic – at last

The North Atlantic – at last

Shortly I will be embarking on my first new adventure since before the craziness that is Covid-19. I will be cruising the The North Atlantic.

Thanks to Research Gate for the image

Getting to London in order to board the ship in Southampton added a bit of an extra challenge to mix. You would expect that flying direct from Singapore to London would easy to arrange as there should be an abundance of flights at an “affordable” price, not so.

Whilst I was searching for flights to and from Europe with 4 to 5 days the prices increased by around 40%. In the end the best option I found was to book flights from Singapore on Emirates and back to Singapore on Thai. It did not help that in May 2022 British Airways cancelled all flights between Reykjavik and London.

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Gaig Singapore New Seasonal Chef’s Menu

Gaig Singapore New Seasonal Chef’s Menu

One of my favourite restaurants in this town is Gaig Singapore. I was recently there again to give Chef Marti Carlos’ new Seasonal Chef’s Menu, featuring suckling pig!

SEASONAL CHEF MENU

“FEATURING SUCKLING PIG”

Salmorejo sandwich
Lobster salpicón tart
Surf and turf: suckling pig and carabinero prawn

Duck foie gras terrine and multi-spherical anchovy

Gaig’s traditional cannelloni and truffle sauce

Squid ink rice and floral silken

The suckling pig sequence:
loin, tail, fat
Optional add on: 1/2 pig head

Palate cleanser: pomada

Lactic and guava
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Petit fours

Starters

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Gaggan Anand Pop Up Singapore

Gaggan Anand Pop Up Singapore

Gaggan Anand and his team have been in Singapore for the last 6 or so months to give us residence an opportunity to experience Gaggan’s food, and Vlad’s wine pairings, during these strained times. The concept is that this is pop up restaurant, though, IMHO, they have been here long enough to be considered a bit more than a pop up.

The pop up has been hosted by the Mandala Club and ends on 30 Jun 2022… Would love a chance to dine there again before they shut up shop, we will see!

I was lucky enough to dine there twice during this period and thought I would share a some pics of the food.

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Cruise to Nowhere – The Food (and a bit of Wine)

Cruise to Nowhere – The Food (and a bit of Wine)

One area that I was not sure about onboard was the food, the photos I found before booking looked great, but you never really know until you try. The food is definitely one of the reasons why I am going to do another couple of the Cruises to Nowhere…

Hope you don’t get too hungry reading this post.

Chops Grille

On the second night we had a booking at the Chops Grille, the steakhouse on board. This was probably the most underwhelming meal of the trip, though not due to the service, it was great. The steak left a bit to be desired.

Entrees

Not a bad start, I had the beef carpaccio, though I would have liked a bit more parmesan…. The other starter was Tuna Tartare.

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