Where to Eat in Singapore This Week: Peppermint, Tiffin Room, Origin Grill, Ginett, The Lounge at Riviera
Spring has arrived and some of the island's top chefs have been busy in the kitchen to showcase the prized ingredients in their seasonal menus. At Ginett, the team have crafted novel dishes inspired by the French white asparagus, while the chefs at Origin Grill have changed up their menus using the season's best bounty. Even Riviera's executive chef Rémy Carmignani and executive pastry chef Nicolas Vergnole have been busy flexing their culinary minds to create dishes that take you on a gastronomic journey through the coasts of the Mediterranean peninsula.
Aside from those, you can also partake in a collaboration menu between Tiffin Room chef de cuisine Kuldeep Negi and Meatsmith Little India head chef Kurt Sombero, who will be presenting their specialities in one dining experience. Last but not least is Peppermint restaurant, whose chefs have expanded the line-up for a truly delicious iftar feast.
The halal-certified restaurant’s Ramadan buffet offers an expanded line-up of local and international favourites, thanks to the culinary team who has ensured that there’s something for everyone who comes for their iftar meal. Highlights include the fork-tender braised lamb shank “tulang” casserole, black Angus beef sliders and baby rock lobster Indonesia kalio (rendang). End with the delectable goreng pisang and coconut ice cream. Available until May 12. Book here.
2/5 Tiffin Room
The next edition of chef de cuisine Kuldeep Negi’s collaboration dinners takes place from April 22 to May 6. He has teamed up with Meatsmith Little India’s head chef, Kurt Sombero, to prepare a tantalising menu of north Indian classics and Indian-accented southern American barbecue delights.
From Negi, you have signatures such as the decadent lamb chop masala, chicken curry and tiffin dal makhani served with fresh-off-the-oven naan. Sombero complements these with contemporary creations, including the delicately spiced cured fish biryani nigiri, ikura papadum and curried granita carabinero. The latter is particularly interesting as the jumbo prawn is served with cauliflower puree and finished with curry-infused granita. Book here.
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3/5 Origin Grill
A refreshed menu awaits gourmands at Origin Grill, where the culinary team has crafted new dishes that are made with fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients. Start with the stunning appetiser of Hokkaido scallops seared in butter and accompanied by Jerusalem artichoke presented in three ways—barigole foam, diced, and chips.
Follow it up with meaty mains such as the Australian pork chop accented with fermented plums, pickled mustard seeds and chopped kale. Or, if you prefer beef, go for the distinctive Olive Craft Wagyu from Hata Farm in Kagawa, Japan, which is coveted for its rich and buttery flesh. Book here.
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4/5 Ginett Restaurant
French white asparagus is in season and you can savour it at this French restaurant, serving an inspired menu starring this prized ingredient. Get started with the steamed white asparagus drizzled with a traditional gribiche sauce and topped with yellow frisee and parma crisp.
Other standouts include white asparagus salad, an assembly of blue swimmer crab meat, lemon tarragon vinaigrette and rye chips, and charcoal-grilled asparagus accompanied by pork tenderloin and mushroom fricassee. It’s further elevated by a rich shallot confit and port wine sauce. Available until May 31. Book here.
Ginett Restaurant | 200 Middle Road, S(188980) | 6809 7989
5/5 The Lounge at Riviera
Rebranded as Riviera, the Mediterranean restaurant now houses two concepts—The Lounge at Riviera and Riviera The Restaurant. At the lounge, executive chef Rémy Carmignani and executive pastry chef Nicolas Vergnole offer an innovative menu that takes you on a trip to the coasts of the Mediterranean peninsula.
After some cold cuts and cheese, ready your palate for the likes of Tajines Makfoul and Greek Dorade Royale en Papillote. The former is Carmignani’s version of Moroccan slow-cooked grass-fed lamb shank tajine while the latter is fresh sea bream coated in a medley of Mediterranean spices and steamed to perfection in a parcel to enrich the flavours. Book here.
The Lounge at Riviera | 1 Fullerton Road, 02-06 One Fullerton, S(049213) | 6690 7564