Stellar @ 1-Altitude - Kobe C Rib of Beef, Foie Gras Sauce, $18
Everyone has described Savour 2013 to death, so shall I just cut to the chase and give you my top 5 this year?
1. Chef Gunther's Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar (Gunther's), $18
This was sublime, absolutely sublime. The name is a little bit misleading because what made this so terrific was in fact the truffle marinade, the oscietra caviar was more the icing on the cake. Even before we tucked into the al dente pasta, the heady, euphoric aroma of truffle already sent us to seventh heaven. Slurping up the cold, smooth, and intensely flavourful pasta was hands down our greatest highlight at Savour last night.
Trivia: The cold angel hair pasta is part of Gunther's $38 set lunch, and $60 a la carte.
Astrid Y Gaston - Causa, $12
2. Chef Emilio Macias' Causa (Astrid Y Gaston, Peru), $12
This traditional Peruvian appetizer - a mash of potatoes, avocado, lime and peppers, is topped with shrimp, octopus and scallop drenched in a delicious pink sauce and sprinkled with crisp seaweed. It's a fantastic mesh of flavours that grows on you, in an exponential kind of way. The scallop was so fresh it tasted like it came straight from the ocean.
Trivia: Astrid Y Gaston, a 2-year old name in the covetable world's 50 best restaurants list, has footprints in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, México and Argentina - no outfit in our part of the world, yet.
Saint Pierre - Belgium Waffle with Foie Gras Terrine and Apple Compoté, $14
3. Chef Emmanuel Stroobant's Foie Gras Terrine on Belgium Waffle (Saint Pierre), $14
This dish is probably a bit of an underdog. With so many dishes to choose from at the gourmet village, you do need a fair bit of trust in me to go for this one, I know. But for some reason, the belgium waffle was one of the best I've had, as good as the ones in Belgium itself, if not better. It's some serious batter they've concocted. To be frank, the taste of foie gras in the terrine was on the faint side of things, but together with the perfectly done belgium waffle and slices of apple compote sandwiched in between, the combination was flawless and incredibly satisfying.
Trivia: This dish is not on Saint Pierre's regular menu, so this might just be your only chance to taste it, folks! By the way, Saint Pierre, which closed their doors on 28th Feb, will be reopening this May, at Sentosa Cove.
4. Chef Christopher Millar's Kobe C Rib of Beef (Stellar @ 1-Altitude), $18
First we tried Chef Margot Janse's (The Tasting Room, South Africa) Biltong Cured 1824 Beef Fillet, which was tasty but stopped short of amazing, then we went for this. Funny how my meals at Stellar have never blown me away, but the natural goodness of the kobe beef, smoky and full of ridiculously tasty juices, completely won us over last night. You won't really taste the foie gras in the accompanying sauce, but that's quite okay. Bring your standard chartered card along, this is an exclusive dish for cardholders.
Trivia: Available in the lunch menu at $75
5. Cheese Corner at Jason's
The selection is fantastic, and you get to taste a little bit of everything. It's also a great opportunity to learn a bit more about the different types of cheese from the cheese makers themselves. Don't forget to bring some home for your next dinner party! At least that's what I ended up doing.
What were your top 5? Read about Savour 2012 here.
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