Dining Out 2 minutes 11 February 2019

The Scoop: Big Strides For Homegrown Brands PS.Cafe And New Ubin, Creative Food Meets Storytelling At Chi Kinjo And More

A round-up of good eats and dining news from Singapore in February 2019.

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This month, we suss out the new menus at Michelin-starred Bacchanalia By Vianney Massot and Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s newly revamped Dolce Vita and dive into Kyoto’s seedy, glamourous underworld with Coterie Concept’s newest chapter Chi Kinjo. Homegrown brands fly the flag for Singapore with PS.Cafe’s overseas debut in Shanghai and New Ubin’s swanky new hotel restaurant that turns the concept of zichar on its head.
(Credit: Kenneth Goh)
(Credit: Kenneth Goh)

New Winter Menu At Bacchanalia By Vianney Massot

French chef Vianney Massot of one-Michelin-starred contemporary French restaurant Bacchanalia is going big on black truffle from Perigord that are in season till March. He uses them liberally in his new dishes, such as Le Chou-Fleur and La Truffle Noire. Le Chou-Fleur (above) is a tandoori-orange cloud of French baby cauliflower that is judiciously coated in lobster roe and butter. The cauliflower is juicy and crunchy, and soaks up the umami flavours from the roe. Alternate bites of the savoury cauliflower with the accompanying rich and flavourful lobster bisque.

Besides the geometrically dotted foie gras and duck consomme jelly amuse bouche, the La Truffle Noire, or macaroni cheese gratin, looks suspiciously familiar from Massot’s days at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Massot’s rendition of mac ‘n’ cheese has a dotty cylindrical shell made with macaroni bites meticulously stuffed with bits of truffle. It houses a hearty core of celeriac and foie gras doused in sauce perigueux. 39 HongKong Street

(Credit: Kenneth Goh)
(Credit: Kenneth Goh)
New Chef And Menu Overhaul At Dolce Vita

Italian restaurant Dolce Vita welcomes its new chef de cuisine Giorgio Maggioni, who hails from the northern Italian city of Monza. Maggioni has revamped about 80% of the menu that showcases regional Italian dishes. Out of the more than 10 new dishes, the signature Pappardelle (above)  has ribbons of the the eggy flat pasta enrobed in a meltingly soft lamb ragout, crispy artichokes and drizzled in pecorino fondue. Other mains include the Filetto, a pan-seared Tajima beef tenderloin served with chickpea puree, a Middle-Eastern nod to Maggioni’s previous stint at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
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PS.Cafe Makes Overseas Debut In Shanghai

After adding two outlets in Singapore in 2017, the PS.Cafe chain has joined the slew of Singapore food brands that have expanded overseas. It has made its overseas debut in Shanghai with a 100-seat restaurant in the spanking new Xintiandi Plaza. Paying homage to Singapore’s hawker culture, the 3,200-square-feet outlet offers dishes such as chicken rice and Singapore chilli crab and prawn. Dishes such as lobster and shrimp mac and cheese (left) and chicken cacio e pepe are exclusive to this outlet. Sip on new cocktails such as Hot Lychee Martini that is spiced up with chilli. Like its eight outlets in Singapore, the chic Shanghai offshoot is adorned in monochromatic, botanic-themed interiors and lush floral displays. No. 11, 3rd Floor, Xintiandi Plaza, No. 333 Huaihai Middle Road, Shanghai, China
Samurai Sword maki (Pic: Chi Kinjo)
Samurai Sword maki (Pic: Chi Kinjo)
Creative Storytelling And Cuisine At Chi Kinjo
Be swept away by the compelling tale that links all of Coterie Concepts’ establishments. The dramatic narrative begins with Sum Yi Tai, the influential third wife of a Hong Kong mobster and her namesake Mona Lounge tucked in the back of the glitzy Hong Kong triad-inspired bar and weaves its way through her rebellious stepdaughter’s eponymous Shanghai-themed cocktail club Eliza. The third and latest character is Mona's Japanese love rival Chi Kinjo and her modern sushi restaurant and basement bar on Stanley Street. The food is as colourful and creative as the storytelling: think complex makis and sushi rolls with contrasting textures and flavours, or smoky, luscious mouthfuls of blowtorched Aburi Nigiri with toppings like salmon and foie gras or creamy Japanese yellowtail with rich tobiko cheese. Wash it all down with creative cocktails by acclaimed group chief bartender Sam Wong in the cosy basement bar and discuss the next instalment of the juicy story. 29 Stanley Street.
(Pic: New Ubin Zhonghshan Park)
(Pic: New Ubin Zhonghshan Park)
Zichar Favourite New Ubin Opens First Hotel Restaurant
Homegrown restaurant chain New Ubin Group is out to give Singaporean zichar a modern makeover with the opening of its third outlet New Ubin Zhongshan Park in four-star hotel Ramada by Wyndham Singapore. You probably know the Michelin Bib Gourmand establishment for its signature dishes of cubed USDA Black Angus ‘Choice’ Rib-Eye (pictured in banner image) and Heart Attack Fried Rice. These and its repertoire of finger-licking seafood and wok-kissed classics will all be available at the upscale new outlet which boasts leather sofa booths and long wooden tables instead of the round communal tables synonymous with zichar restaurants. Also on the menu are hearty lunch bowls featuring New Ubin classics like the cubed steak and Lime Leaf Chicken with slow-cooked egg and stir-fried kai lan on a bed of fragrant fried rice. And New Ubin’s generous BYOB policy still stands at their newest outlet — bring your own wines and spirits and the servers will provide you with fine Riedel stemware, no corkage charge, no questions asked. 16 Ah Hood Road.

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