Perched on the 57th floor of Singapore’s shining temple of shopping, ION Orchard, sits Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill and Sky Bar.

ION Orchard

Looking like a mini Crystal Palace, the restaurant provides 360 degree views of Singapore. They have even included telescopes up the ramp between the restaurant and bar to give you a close up view of the city. The glass roof gives the feeling of eating al fresco without the inconvenience of insects, seagulls, wind and annoying yobbos.

Decorated in neutrals of all hues, the interior is comforting and relaxed. The restrained and elegant decor does not fight with the stunning views of Singapore, or the marvelous play of light and clouds through the windows.

Interior Salt Grill and Sky Bar
Interior Salt Grill and Sky Bar

Being very familiar with Glass here in Sydney and having missed the chance to try the original Salt in Darlinghurst, we jumped at the chance to have lunch here when the opportunity arose ie we needed to refuel ourselves for more shopping.

To access the restaurant you need to go to the reception desk on level 4 of ION Orchard where they will take your booking and then show you the way to the restaurant. In the waiting area for the elevators, a video of the sky is playing giving a hint to what to expect when you arrive on the 57th floor.

Once we were seated and had our menus the fun of choosing what to eat began. The easiest option is the 2 course Executive Lunch for SGD$40, which consists of four entree and four main choices. Sides are also listed and dessert can be added for an extra SGD$15.

Amuse bouche

Rene decided to go for the ‘Glass’ crab omelette, miso mustard broth followed by Barramundi fillet with Sydney spice, coconut and lime while I had Sashimi, ginger, eschallot and goats feta followed by slow cook free range pork belly, broth of smoked hock, white beans, oven dried tomato, chili and green olives.

'Glass' Crab omelette
Slow cooked pork belly

We also decided to have dessert. I had Passionfruit cheesecake with banana and passionfruit sorbet while Rene had the Chef’s choice of soufflé, which on the day we went was a caramel soufflé.

Souffle of the day with Cheesecake on the back plate

In all it was a fabulous lunch and we would definitely head back for lunch next time we visit Singapore. Perhaps we might head in for a beverage to see Singapore lit up at night time too. We will also have to head to Salt next time we are in Tokyo.

A word of warning for the gentlemen: DON”T wear shorts. To get a table in the main area it is advisable to wear pants. This seems to be a common thing in Singapore restaurants. But we Aussie tourists are more accustomed to wanting to be relaxed on our holidays, so shorts are de rigeur, which meant we didn’t get a table on the main floor.

Thanks for dropping by!!