With so much hype on The Roof at 1 First Avenue, I knew I had to check out the restaurant – Signature – when the kitchen was more ready. I’m not sure if the kitchen is ready to take on the growing crowd at the moment but the food was really quite impressive. Probably because the chefs knew I was there for a review and gave it their 200%. Haha!
It was a full house that night as Signature was hosting two company dinners (yeah, the restaurant is that spacious) so food took a while to arrive. The seafood broth came as a pleasant surprise – piping hot and filled with ingredients. I like how the broth was thick and robust in flavour; very hearty.
Less stellar was the Summer Duck Salad featuring slices of smoked duck, lychee and mesclun greens in peach dressing. But all was forgiven when I tried the Signature Grilled Salmon Pasta. It was a satisfyingly rich plate of spaghetti, tossed in creamy tomato sauce and topped with salmon and arugula. I would order this again in hopes they can make it this good every time.
With a prime cut of meat, it’s hard to go wrong when ordering a steak. The Wagyu Ribeye (RM138) at Signature was quite commendable, boasting a marble score 7 and served with baked sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Even better was the Wagyu Beef Flat Rice Noodles (RM55); Signature’s interpretation of ngau yuk hor. This was one delicious plate of Cantonese style noodles, topped with meltingly tender beef slices. I still dream of this ngau yuk hor until today…
Another dish we tried was the Moroccan Lamb Shank (RM46), where the lamb is slow braised with Moroccan spice until it becomes tender and almost falling off the bone. This was served with creamy garlic mash and grilled asparagus.
While most of the food took me by (pleasant) surprise, I wasn’t as bowled over by the desserts – Spicy Chocolate Lava (RM22) and Trio Crème Brulee (RM19). The latter was overly thick and stodgy, and didn’t quite taste like crème brulee. Spicy chocolate lava was better, albeit slightly overdone at the centre and I found the texture slightly on the rough side.
Overall, I rather enjoyed the food at Signature. I am however, aware that they are still experiencing teething problems as the place gets crazy packed at night. So do manage your expectations and be prepared to wait a little for your food. If you get the standard of food I had that night, it’s worth it.
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Signature at The Roof
Sky level, 1 First Avenue
Bandar Utama, 47800