Where To Eat This Week: La Brasserie, Skirt, Carousel, Salt Grill & Sky Bar, The Knolls
The National Day festivities may be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s no more delicious food to be savoured. In fact, there are a few wine pairing dinners to look forward to that highlight Australian wines, as well as special menus which you can have for a limited period only.
1/5 La Brasserie
When it comes to food, acclaimed chef Julien Bompard, formerly of now-defunct Le Saint Julien, is willing to come out of retirement. Which is why from August 12 to 17, he’ll be helming the kitchen to dish out his signature eats.
Other than the famous lobster bisque and lobster salad with brandy guacamole, feast on classics such as braised grain-fed beef short ribs glazed with a rich red wine sauce, and pork belly confit with honey brightened by a tangy apple and calvados sauce. Available à la carte or in a set menu (lunch and dinner).
Barossa Valley is home to many of Australia’s new-wave natural winemakers, including Theo Engela of Chaffey Bros. From August 14 to 18 (Wednesday to Sunday), his interesting blends will be showcased alongside head chef Paolo Sanapo’s enticing four-course dinner menu.
The full spread includes buttery foie gras enlivened with kumquat jam, matched with Not Your Grandma’s Rosé; and calamari and sobrasada (cured sausage) paired with Tripelpunkt Old Vine Riesling. Bonus: if you visit on the first night, you get to meet the winemaker himself, who'll entertain guests with stories on how he came up with these pours.
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Why take a trip to Italy when you can savour its sumptuous delights in Singapore from August 12 to 25 (dinner only). Taking charge of the kitchen is Italian chef Dario Busnelli, who sharpened his knives at Michelin-starred establishments in Europe.
It’s a given that pizza and pasta will be served, but go beyond these classics and enjoy the likes of tagliata di manzo or prime rib roast coated with fine herbs, and raviolone alla bergese, which are parcels of pasta with spinach and ricotta filling.
4/5 Salt Grill & Sky Bar
We’ll never get tired of weekend brunches, so new experiences are always welcome. Here’s another one: dine at the highest restaurant in Orchard while feasting on modern Australian dishes—served communal style.
Go easy on the starters first, which include small plates of cold-smoked aoraki king salmon decked with crème fraîche and horseradish; and parmesan and truffle polenta jazzed up with Japanese free-range egg and shimeji mushrooms. For mains, there's a ton to choose from; you’ll never go wrong with the grilled Westholme wagyu rump cap MBS 5 and chicken grilled “inasal style” and served with truffle fried rice, onsen egg and tomato salsa.
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5/5 Book Ahead: The Knolls
Margaret River is the theme of this restaurant’s one-night-only wine dinner happening on August 23. Naturally, culinary director David Senia will craft a four-course degustation menu using fresh and seasonal produce from the wine region. Guess what? It’s paired with a fine selection Xanadu wines handpicked by winemaker Brendan Carr.
Slots are limited so better make reservations if you don’t want to miss out on smoked petuna ocean trout brightened by the fresh notes of the Exmoor Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018 or wagyu beef cheek complemented by the medium-bodied Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
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