Describing the food served at restaurant Andre was not an easy task for me. A couple of years ago, I was invited for lunch here and quite pleased with the food. Many dishes tend to have several ingredients in one plate, but the outcome generally did not disappoint. Still, I was not convinced to splurge for dinner. However, the accolades from San Pellegrino, travel magazine or Miele guide simply never stopped flowing. Thus, I decided that perhaps it’s now the time to savor Andre Chiang’s creations to the fullest.
Restaurant Andre is very well-known for its cooking philosophy called Octaphilosophy. You will be served 8 dishes guided by 8 different concepts based on Andre’s cooking experiences for more than 2 decades. Honestly, I could not really recall any dish that particularly stood out; many are more ‘complicated’ than dishes I had during lunch. Presentations were beautiful, preparations were rigorous, execution was good and taste was solid. Rather than my palate was spoiled with burst of delicious flavor; it’s more of an experience and an appreciation towards Andre Chiang’s highly technical skills and the kitchen’s efforts to translate their chief’s ideas. The overall experience was somewhat like my meal in Daniel Patterson’s Coi. The whole experience is greater than the sum of its parts.
In addition to 8 dishes from the Octaphilosophy, the kitchen threw in many items. At the beginning, there were 5-6 small dishes/snacks for guests to nibble. Towards the end, there were 3 desserts and petit fours. Contrary to what many believe, I neither felt full nor overwhelmed at the end of my meal – just satiated. I skipped the bio-dynamic wine offered, and opted for the ‘juice-pairing’ instead. It was not cheap, but quite interesting. It’s fun, but I think wine would still be a better option to go with the meal.
Restaurant Andre is actually an old renovated 3-storey shophouse, located next to Majestic hotel. This place can only serve up to 30 people at the same time, so as expected you will have an intimate experience. The decor is contemporary and stylish. Diner would probably think as though they eat at the Chef’s house. It’s probably ‘correct’ especially when Andre Chiang himself showed up at the end of the meal, visited every table and acted as gracious host. The friendly hospitality was also reflected by the restaurant’s staffs; they’re professional and efficient. There’s hardly any restaurant like this in Singapore. However, I’m not really sure if it will be worth a (long distance) plane ride.
More in-depth reviews: http://zhangyuqisfoodjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/11/restaurant-andre-singapore.html
Here are the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/7124357@N03/sets/72157648738454337/