Where To Eat This Week: Brasserie Gavroche, Rizu, Porta, Crystal Jade Golden Place, Aura
Your palates are in for a gastronomic treat, thanks to upcoming collaboration events that celebrate French and Italian cuisines. But if your cravings lean more towards Asian fare—say Chinese or Japanese—we’ve got options for you, too. Needless to say, the chefs took extra time and effort to make these menus, crafted from the best of nature’s bounty, worth every calorie.
1/5 Brasserie Gavroche
Paris is a long way from Singapore, but you can still savour hearty French classics at this four-hands dinner on May 8 and 9, featuring guest chef David Rathberger of Restaurant L’Assiette. Rathberger earned his stripes working for revered Alain Ducasse in his restaurants Louis XV in Monaco and Plaza Athénée in Paris, before striking on his own with one of the city’s most beloved bistros.
The 12-dish sharing menu features popular appetisers of beef tartare with oyster, and seabream ceviche sprinkled with green tomato jus and coriander. If you like these, you’ll also enjoy the entrées including a delightful casserole packed with slow-cooked pork ribs, pork sausage, duck confit and white beans, and monkfish cheeks blanquette-style, with sea urchin.
This gem of a restaurant tucked within the Duxton Hill enclave has launched its much-awaited spring omakase menu. Head chef Noboru Shimohigashi will delight your senses with a parade of dishes crafted from the best seasonal ingredients from Japan.
Some of these include white asparagus with scallop, foie gras with bamboo shoot and moringa, as well as snow-aged wagyu beef enlivened with black garlic and burdock. Of course, there’s also a pristine selection of sushi and sashimi. Opt to have the menu with wine and sake pairing or, for something different Royal Blue Tea.
Rizu | 39 Duxton Hill, S(089617) | 6904 8880 | Book here
There are more delicious reasons to visit the restaurant for a good meal, thanks to executive chef Alex Phan’s refreshed menu. It presents a wider repertoire of modern European favourites, starting with the appetisers which Phan believes are the gateway to a good meal.
Start with the grilled summer vegetables on a bed of creamy and nutty hummus; spicy salmon tartare marinated in a spicy sugar cane vinegar and dusted with sesame snow; and moreish Australian lamb shank wrapped in feuilles de brick and served with a zesty mint yoghurt dip.
Stay for the mains, a delightful parade of roast chicken leg with incredibly crisp skin and succulent meat; duck ragout tossed with pappardelle in parmesan sauce; and oven-grilled barramundi that’s also seared to render the skin crispy before it’s served with a side of ratatouille and charred mussels.
Porta | 1 Unity Street, S(237983) | 6593 8855 | Book here
4/5 Crystal Jade Golden Palace
It’s worth celebrating parents’ day at this one-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, thanks to group executive chef Martin Foo’s sumptuous bites, served a la carte or in a set menu from May 3 to June 30.
Whatever you choose, the whole family will enjoy digging into the double-boiled giant grouper head, prized for its collagen content, and cooked with heaps of ginger and premium ‘nan zao’ (black dates), as well as pan-fried sea cucumber stuffed with prawn paste and black garlic sauce.
5/5 Book Ahead: Aura
Don’t put off reserving your seats for this much-awaited collaboration dinner between chefs Beppe De Vito and Luigi Taglienti of one Michelin-starred Restaurant Lume in Milan, which takes place from May 15 to 18 (lunch and dinner).
The five-course lunch and six-course dinner menus’ theme revolves around the reimagined flavours of Italy. Taglienti will prepare stellar hits such as pan-seared turbot on a bed of celeriac puree and sweet-savoury black truffle tiramisu. Beppe will match these with equally delectable creations of lobster tortelli bedecked with fava beans and yuzu salmoriglio and Kagoshima wagyu artfully plated with kale and wasabi oil, among others. The dinner menu comes with an Italian wine pairing.