4Hoongy ! •
29 Apr 2015
Citibank has launched an innovative dining program which pairs up top notch michelin star chefs with local stars to create a gourmet menu for diners - all for the price of just $100.
With the first launch of the series, I had the chance to try the pairing of French chef Laurent Peugeot with local star Emmanuel Stroobant.
The first course by chef Peugeot was the Marinated Scallop Tataki Style with Bamboo Clam Tartare. Here, chef Peugeot shows the Japanese side of his training by producing a light seared scallop that allowed its freshness to stand out.
The next dish by Chef Stroobant was the Momotaro Tomato Confit. The botan prawns had a nice crunch and had an acidic finish. Paired with uni for a creamy flavour.
The next dish the 63 degree egg reminded me of how sous-vide cooking has really taken off over the last year or so. It has seemed to be a staple in many restaurants. Here, it is flavoured with foie gras emulsion and unagi mousse in a east meets west fusion dish that is the work of both chefs.
Down to the main courses, Chef Stroobant prepared the steamed white cod, lightly prepared with eggplant that allowed each of the individual ingredients to show its natural flavours.
Chef Peugeot prepared the Lamb Saddle, done medium. The creamy garlic in the centre served those wanting more flavour and creaminess to the dish.
Dessert was the Sugar Ball, Sakudan Style served in a glass that had the right amount of sweetness to end the satisfiying meal. Overall, great collaboration by both chefs to produce an enjoyable meal at a fantastic value. I really enjoyed that despite having French backgrounds, the cooking was not overwhelming and it allowed the freshness of the ingredients to stand out.