Sky22 is the all-day-dining restaurant at the new Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena located along Irrawaddy Road next to Velocity @ Novena Square. The restaurant departs from your usual buffet concept by offering lighter and healthier ala carte dishes with a local twist. In this restaurant, you’ll find sambal and laksa being used along with wild rice, octopus and even purple potato. Recently, I was invited to head down to Sky22 for a media tasting.
As the name suggests, Sky22 is located at the lobby level (22nd level) of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena. The venue is helmed by Executive Chef John Chye who came from the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza. Sky22 features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sumptuous views of the skyline of Singapore. Furnishings are relatively simple and understated with hanging lamps providing for a nice touch.
We started the meal with the Singapore Chili Crab Pizza (S$26). There is no actual crab here but the flavor takes on its namesake dish. It’s very much a localized version of the thin-crusted pizza with pickled Spanish onions, red chili and scallions giving that unmistakable Singapore chili crab flavor.
Next came the Oven-Baked Camembert Cheese (S$18). The cheese comes with Portobella mushroom, arugula walnut pesto and grilled sourdough at the side. While the cheese here is not the type that oozes out, I loved the relatively mild flavor of the Camembert that went nicely with the accompaniments. The grilled sourdough provided for a nice crunch – make sure to eat them together.
The Nasi Ulam Wild Rice Salad (S$22) is one of the more fascinating dishes on the menu. You essentially get the ingredients found in Mediterranean cuisine but this is accentuated with Asian herbs and spices such as ginger flower, betel leaf and toasted coconut. The salad also comes with one octopus tentacle. Overall, it’s a relatively light carb option for those who want to leave behind the guilt.
The least locally-inspired among the dishes I tried that evening at Sky22 was probably the Prosciutto and Belgian Endive Salad (S$22). This is your classic refreshing veggie-based salad and the pumpkin, caramelised fig, granola and pomegranate dressing found within all attest to that.
Among the main courses, I enjoyed the Pan-Seared Red-Spotted Grouper (S$28). The fish was slightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You’ll want to put in more of the accompanying tumeric coconut cream for that kick.
The Iberico Pork (S$36) is another take to this dish that’s commonly prepared in the western style. In Sky22, the large slab of pork comes with wilted Chinese spinach, yellow soy beans and baby radish, adding a slight oriental touch.
While the Purple Potato Gnocchi (S$24) was an interesting dish, I thought the outer layer of the dumplings could be more consistent in terms of texture. There were some hard edges interspersing with the chewy parts. The gnocchi could also be more prominent in order not to get lost within the vegetable assortment.
We ended the meal with the Sky22 Bubur Cha-Cha Cup (S$12). The medley of sweet potato, yam, sago, banana, pandan jelly and ice cream differs from your usual bubur cha-cha in the sense that instead of having coconut soup, you get ice cream. It’s akin to how many of local Singaporean dishes have a dry and wet version. In the case of Sky22’s interpretation, this would be the equivalent of the dry version.
All in all, Sky22 offers a welcome departure from cookie cutter restaurant concepts, especially when considering that Courtyard by Marriott is the chain’s 4-star brand. The venue is also a good addition to what is Novena’s relatively modest restaurant scene.
Courtyard by Marriott Singapore
99 Irrawaddy Road
+65 6378 2040
Opening Hours: 6AM to 10PM daily
Breakfast hours at Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena: 6:30AM to 10:30AM