Once in a while, The Kitchen Table hosts celebrity chefs from all over the world. On top of its usual Sunday Champagne Brunch fare, celebrity chefs Peter Lloyd (from Spice Market London) and Anthony Ricco (from Spice Market New York) presented their famed dishes from 7-9 June.
Chef Anthony Ricco (left) & Chef Peter Lloyd (right)
Spice Market is created by the decorated, Michelin-starred chef Jean-George Vongerichten. When I studied in New York, I ate at two of his restaurants, Jean-Georges and Perry Street, both Michelin-starred, and the food I had at W Hotel’s brunch was of similar standards to the two restaurants. Now you don’t have to take a 24-hour flight to eat good food.
Even the finicky eater, Chiobu, agreed with me that most of Spice Market’s creations were delightful. The tuna tartar (above) took us by surprise. The chili hid under the diced tuna and when we stirred, the emulsion became something like chilled tom yum, crunchy with Asian pear, refreshing with a touch of lime and lemongrass sorbet. We licked the bottom of the bowl.
The Garlic rice was incredible. It was a runny sunny sideup, covered with fried garlic bits that had wok hei, atop rather wet rice. To eat it, mash everything up so each grain is coated with garlic and yolk. I said to Chiobu, “How is it possible an angmoh can cook Asian inspired dish better than Asian?”
Chiobu said, “Ok, stop eating carbs. We have other food to go through.”
“Ok,” and then I reached out for another scoop.
And Chiobu, aka Dementor incarnate, immediately put her palm over the rice. “NO!”
Sadness. The world had become a darker place.
Cod Fish from Spice Market Event
The only dish we didn’t quite like from the Spice Market Menu was the hamachi in ginger soy dressing, avocado and radish — too salty.
Miso-Marinated Steak from Spice Market
One of the best things about such events at Kitchen Table is that you get to interact with the celebrity chefs who walk around and explain the food to you. But even the local chefs can banter: this was one of the rare occasions that I met local chefs who could chat like we were old friends. For instance, an Indian chef told me that the Sunday champagne Brunch is extremely popular, with 300 guests each time. So make reservations.
We also sampled some of the regular items, such as tender braised beef cheeks, roast steak, lamb, ribs, slow cooked salmon (above), slipper lobster, crabs, oysters, salmon sashimi, pasta cooked on the spot and the Indian section. They were a bit of hit and miss but the desserts were great, especially the ethereal panna cotta.
Lamb Chops from the Indian Section
The great ambience, overlooking the dock, and great service by both chefs and servers, added bonus points to the restaurant. If you opt for the champagne price, bring your swimwear, you have access to the swimming pool.
Kitchen Table Brunch Price
$108++ (without alcohol); $148++ with free flow champagne, red wine, white wine and beer.
Rating: 3.188/5 stars
ps: Thanks, Chisato and Ting Chiu, for the invite.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.