Helmed by Singapore celebrity chef Sam Leong, Forest 森 is a fine dining restaurant that serves contemporary Chinese cuisine by marrying cooking techniques and ingredients from the West and the East.
Speaking of marriage, the name of the restaurant–Forest 森–comes from Chef Sam Leong’s wife, Forest Leong, who is also an established chef and runs the restaurant too. Chef Forest Leong is trained in Thai cooking, so you’ll find hints of Thai in some of the dishes here.
Unlike traditional Chinese restaurants that usually serve communal portions for sharing, food at Forest 森 is plated individually. For those new to Sam Leong’s masterpieces, the best place to start is with the set menus, which are refreshed seasonally.
Here are some of the highlights from the latest menu.
Trio Medley on Ice ($46++)
Served in an ice bowl, this cold-dish appetiser tingles your tongue and stomach. It comes with a separate sesame dressing for added spiciness and sweetness.
The taste of juicy and chewy abalone is brought out by the rice-flavoured sake while the natural sweetness of the Alaska King Crab is accentuated when served cold.
Dingley Dell Pork Rack ($38++)
The sous vide method retains the tenderness and juiciness of the pork. The caramelisation from pan-searing creates a nutty flavour and extra texture to the dish.
Fish Noodle ($20++)
The noodles come tightly wound like a ball of yarn. They’re thick, chewy and bouncy. The pickled pepper in the soup will leave your mouth tingling but you’ll still want to finish the rich superior chicken stock – it’s good.
6 Head Abalone ($38++)
This dish comes in a “salt crust” which the serving staff breaks open in front of you.
Using this cooking method, the oven-baked abalone retains its juiciness. The decadent taste of the black truffle sauce seeps deep inside the King Oyster Mushroom and vegetable.
Boston Lobster ($78++)
There was a period in time when saffron was worth more than its weight in gold. Combining black truffle and saffron into a sauce elevates the status of this lobster dish. The sauce gives the sweet, firm lobster an earthy taste.
A back-to-nature-inspired interior
Located in the lobby of Equarius Hotel, Forest blends in well with the lush, back-to-nature theme of the hotel and surroundings.
Two sides are filled with large glass panels, overlooking the lawn of the hotel, giving the interior plenty of sunlight during the day. With its high ceiling and spacious interior, wood tones and décor, Forest is unlike any regular Chinese restaurant you’ll visit.
The restaurant has two private dining rooms, which seats up to 10, suitable for business lunches or special celebrations. These should be reserved in advance.
How to get to Forest 森
The restaurant is located at the first floor of Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa.
If you drive: Head to B1 West in the RWS car park. Follow the signs to Equarius Hotel.
If taking public transport: Head to any of the hotel lobby and take the free shuttle to Equarius Hotel.
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Location: Equarius Hotel, Lobby
Breakfast 7.30am – 10.30am (walk-ins only)
Lunch (Mon – Sat) 12pm – 2.30pm (Last order 2.15pm)
Lunch (Sun) 12pm – 3pm
Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm (Last order 10pm)
Free valet parking, all-day parking for guests who dine here from noon – 2pm (no minimum spending), or from 6pm (with every $200 spent). The free valet service is available at the entrance of any hotels in the resort or at the drop-off area in the car park.