Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Buy Local: Plug for the New Kid on the Block

I was going keep silent about this place until Wong Ah Yoke, our island food reviewer, lets the cat out of the bag (and food mob invades) about Anderson Ho's new restaurant. However, since our very up-to-date and savvy food blogger, Chubby Hubby has already made a plug for this new kid on the black, i figured i don't think i would do much damage if i added my two cents worth.

Chef Anderson Ho, as his book Asia Dégustation testifies, makes gorgeous and powerful flavoured foods. He used to be part of the dynamic duo at Fig Leaf along side Jimmy Chok, but that was quite a while back and how he is flying solo after several years at SATS. I dined at this restaurant on Day 2 of its opening, and like how most restaurant face teething problems in the first month or so, Chef Anderson seemed to be slowly finding his groove in his kitchen as he sent a series of 5 delicious courses to our lunch table. In any case, it is very promising.

The building where it is located is easy to find, but the restaurant itself requires some earnest seeking. Tucked away in the corner of this potentially sore-eye causing, blood red-coloured building, you probably would not spot this place if you didn't purpose to find it. The set up is intimate with a chef's table that will sit 6 and a private room that will host 8.

Our lunch intended 3 course set lunch expanded to a 5 course (thanks chef!): Warm Caesar Salad, Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan Reggiano, Pan-seared Baby Sea Bass with Garlic Chips and Tapenade, Braised Beef Shin with Risotto and Duo of Créme Brulée. The food exhibited good technique—warm melted cheese with crisp and fresh lettuce leaves and perfectly braised beef shin with gelatinous tendons and an al dente risotto—was satisfying and more importantly showed great potential. In any case, here's our chance to support our chefs. Buy local!

le papillon
28 Maxwell Road
#01-02 Reddot Traffic Building
Singapore 069120
Tel: 63274177

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Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

Yeah!!! I've been twice already (like you, I didn't want to review the restaurant for a while) and have enjoyed myself immensely both times. I like the minimalist interior, especially James Lee's cool mural. And I love Anderson's oxtail parcel. Yum... :-)

5:15 PM  
Blogger hinata said...

Hey you beat me to it! I ate there on Mon night and just finished uploading photos :P The dishes I tried are pretty different from what you had though. Will hopefully have the post up sometime today...

10:54 AM  
Blogger joone! said...

CH: oh yes, edmond was telling us about James Lee .. i liked the mural too, it gives the place some character and fairy tale charm.

hinata: heh! Your dinner sounds pretty yummy too, pity about the service though. I've give it about another month or so for the service staff and everyone to settle down before i go back for dinner.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, its James Lim, not Lee. You can visit my website @ www.alignleft.net -

4:07 AM  
Blogger joone! said...

james: oops! Thanks for designing beautiful things :)

8:40 AM  

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