Where To Eat This Week: Ash & Elm, Ginett Restaurant & Bar, Coffee Lounge And Vatos
August 27, 2018 | BY Dudi Aureus
Make the most out of your mealtime with our bite-sized round-up of timely treats. We’re entering the ‘ber’ months in September, which give us all the more reason to celebrate the fifth and last week of August. We can do it at an exquisite Sunday brunch, at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, or at a buzzy place with a chilled margarita in hand and a mouthwatering feast of ‘komex’ dishes
The royal weddings, royal baby and England making it to the top four at the recent FIFA World Cup have stirred chef Philippe Duc to create a British-inspired Sunday Champagne brunch.
The caviar, salad and dessert stations remain the same, but the a la minute plates have been given a delicious update. These are divided into three sections—the Land is all about meats with quintessential grilled lamb chop drizzled with mint jelly sauce and pork sausages with creamy mash; From the Garden includes the cauliflower cheddar gratin and roasted vegetables blanketed in Lancashire cheese.
Let’s not forget about the Sea, which obviously includes the fish & chips along with plump scallops pan-seared in a butter-lemon concoction, and mushroom and chestnuts prepared Wellington style—aka tucked within a rich, buttery pastry.
Ash & Elm | Level 1, InterContinental Singapore 80 Middle Road, S(188966) | 6825 1061
Ginett Restaurant & Bar
You have a little over a month to savour new executive chef Herve Frerard’s black truffle dinner menu, as it’s available until September 30 only. There are four dishes on offer, starting with the Jerusalem artichoke veloute comprising an earthy, light sauce topped with croutons and generous truffle shavings.
It’s daintily portioned, so you’ll have enough space for what’s to come—buttery foie encased within ravioli that’s drenched in mushrooms and black truffle cream, chicken roasted in black truffle butter and with a side of ratte potatoes, and slow-cooked egg covered with a thick black truffle puree.
Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of piping hot porridge, which you can have freeflow for lunch and dinner at The Coffee Lounge from September 1 to October 7. Here’s an even better news: it comes with unlimited servings of eight sumptuous small plates.
They’re meant for sharing, so bring your friends and tuck into the braised ‘kao fu’, or tofu infused with the flavours of star anise and cinnamon, fried eggplant doused in chilli oil, and ‘Fen Pi’ or mung beans tossed with Sichuan pepper powder and cucumber. When you dine here, you’ll be able to tuck into the dessert buffet comprising cakes, pastries, and Peranakan desserts.
Its packed restaurant—even on a Tuesday night—says it all: gourmands are loving its unique ‘Komex’ cuisine, a fusion of Korean and Mexican fare, paired with unique cocktails like the iced margarita which come in different flavours (we’re a fan of the peach).
The signatures are always worth coming back for, especially the chicken wings coated with a piquant sweet and spicy honey tequila sauce; and French fries burrowed under tender and flavoursome pork carnitas, sautéed kimchi and melted cheese.
But you’ll find joy ordering their new dishes too. There are a lot of meaty dishes so you’ll do well to start with the Mexican Caesar salad, a happy mix of greens, pickled onions, strips of tortilla chips and grilled prawns marinated in chipotle.
Toss in the chicken mole enchiladas, probably the dish that stands out the most due to its contrasting ingredients of chocolate, cheese, chicken and cilantro. But chef makes it work, and the addition of the Korean gojuchang into the chocolate sauce ties in all the flavours nicely.
Don’t forget the meat, and you can opt for the ribeye steak fajita platter, a gorgeous blushing beef wrapped in soft tortilla together with black beans, rice, guacamole, and cilantro.
(Related: What You Should Know About Mexican Cuisine)
There’s never a wrong time to visit Waku Ghin, especially now that it will start serving a five-course lunch menu every Friday, beginning September 7. What you’ll get are four savoury dishes made with premium ingredients, such as the pasta with Botan shrimp, Oscietra caviar and sea urchin, and one surprise sweet treat based on the seasons in Japan.
While waiting, take advantage of the monthly beverage promotions at the bar where you’ll be served sumptuous dishes paired with wine or sake. This month is all about the exquisite Tengumai Gorin (Ishikawa) sake, known for its smoothness and moderate acidity, paired with a generous helping of marinated toro tuna set with pearls of rice.
Do you prefer wine? No problem; the full-bodied Powell & Son Shiraz comes with the highly prized Ohmi wagyu beef atop fluffy Japanese rice. Advanced reservations are required.
Book Ahead: Nouri X Mark Best
An unquestionable symbol of new Australian cuisine, acclaimed chef Mark Best is set to showcase his inventive and spirited cooking alongside Ivan Brehm’s lauded intuitive cross-cultural cuisine. It promises to be a celebration of culinary tales, as Best is also famously apt at featuring the gastronomic world’s cross pollination of people, ideas and culture in his winning dishes. Available for dinner only on Sept 5 and 6. There’s also the option to pair the seven-course menu with specially curated wines. Advanced reservations are recommended.
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