We may be approaching the year-end period, but the local food and beverage scene is still very much in full swing, with no signs of slowing down. This month alone plays host to two major events, such as the inaugural AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival — which wrapped on 12 November — and the upcoming Whisky Live Singapore, which takes place from 25 to 26 November. The latter showcases more than 70 whisky and spirit brands, and is held at TheatreWorks and Singapore Tyler Print Institute in Robertson Quay.
There’s much to look forward to at our favourite restaurants around the island too, with a number of eateries sprucing up their repertoires with tantalising new dishes. Mediterranean-style restaurant Maggie Joan’s, for example, has created a brand new chicken liver starter, while Adrift presents a carnivore-friendly Kagoshima wagyu main course. For dessert, pamper yourself with Fat Lulu’s 10-course dessert menu, which will leave you on a sugar high. Scroll through this week’s In Good Taste to find out more.
Chicken liver, rhubarb, cocoa and peanut by Maggie Joan’s
The dish: Kick off your meal on a decadent note with this starter of chicken liver parfait with rhubarb jam, which showcases a delectable juxtaposition of textures. The velvety smooth chicken liver is first mixed with shallot jam (which is infused with port, madeira and brandy), eggs, melted cocoa butter and unsalted butter, before being layered over tart rhubarb jam. These are smothered in a cocoa soil composed of toasted peanuts, grue de cacao, dehydrated mushrooms and malt, and speckled with cubes of verjus jelly — which are made from the juice of unripened grapes. This dish is part of Maggie Joan’s refreshed dinner menu.
The place: Maggie Joan’s is a cosy Mediterranean-inspired restaurant along Gemmil Lane. It recently celebrated its second anniversary by rolling out an updated culinary repertoire and revamping its private dining room. The room is now furnished with a handcrafted wooden table and decorated with hanging potted plants for a homey feel.
Maggie Joan’s Dining & Bar, 110 Amoy Street, #01-01 (Entrance from Gemmill Lane), Singapore 068579, +65 6221 5564
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Kagoshima wagyu striploin on coals by Adrift
The dish: There’s something particularly satisfying about watching meat sizzle on the grill, so this scrumptious main from Adrift is definitely up our alley. Juicy, well-marbled slices of Kagoshima wagyu striploin are seared over hot coals, and paired with spiced miso. A simple dish, but so delicious and indulgently meaty.
The place: Located at Marina Bay Sands, Adrift is a swanky restaurant opened by US chef David Myers. It offers Japanese cuisine inflected with Asian flavours, and recently refreshed its repertoire with a series of new appetisers, mains and desserts. It also brought in a new executive chef and sous chef to helm its kitchen.
Adrift, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 5657
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Usimarit by Fat Lulu’s
The dish: If you’re wondering about the bizarre dish name, it’s basically “tiramisu” spelt backwards. Fat Lulu’s has deconstructed the traditional Italian dessert and presented it in the form of coffee-soaked sponge fingers stacked with fluffy mascarpone panna cotta and espresso-infused kahlua granita. The tempting concoction is part of the restaurant’s Dessert Pig Out menu, a diet-busting set of 10 desserts (yes, you read that right) served in sharing portions ideal for four diners.The place: Run by the folks behind the now-defunct Five & Dime, Fat Lulu’s is a casual eatery focusing on Asian fare, barbecued meats and seafood, and cheekily named desserts. For instance, one of the specialties on its à la carte menu is named Three Porn Stars, and comprises a trio of popsicles in flavours of Ipoh white coffee, milk chocolate and hazelnut.
Price: S$65++ for the Dessert Pig Out menu
Fat Lulu’s, 297 River Valley Road, Singapore 238338, +65 9236 5002