The name Halia means ginger in the Malay language and many of the dishes are inspired by and infused with Asian flavours and spices. For instance, the Jamon Iberico Bellota represents a traditional Spanish ham, baked with walnut and olive oil, as well as the Asian ingredient, yuzu. Another example would be the order of half a dozen freshly shucked Oyster Tempura and Ponzu.
Still weary of voyaging into the seemingly endless abyss of greenery which many know as “nature”? There’s good news for those who prefer the creature comforts of modern life. Although the restaurant’s unobtrusive structure blends with its natural surroundings, its interior is a tribute to modern life, with many elements of contemporary décor, such as tiled walls, bright bursts of orange upholstery, and lamps like spotlights illuminating the dining room. And don’t worry, nature is still well within viewing distance through the floor to ceiling windows which line the interior. Those who really love nature should consider dining al fresco – you’ll nearly forget that you’re still in one of the most bustling metropolises in the world! (Jan 2012)