There’s an old school formality about dining within the rarefied confines of Singapore’s most famous grande dame hotel (opened in 1887), and that’s completely as it should be. But this exquisitely elegant newish resident, in the form of Michelin Three Star and Valence superstar Anne-Sophie Pic, brings with it a dining room that is at once bold, beautiful and packed with feminine charm.
Pic's cooking boasts a lightness of touch that belies the creativity and complexity of her dishes. All her flavour combinations are thoroughly considered and burst with savoir-faire, bringing to the plate new experiences of rare depth.
To get the most out of the experience choose from a variety of special menus and don't miss the classics if this is your only visit: Kumamoto seabream with Oscietra caviar (a lunchtime dish) or wild turbot and Melanosporum black truffle. Alternatively there’s roast pigeon, wagyu beef or a variety of pretty-as-a-picture salads. Signature berlingots are a fixiture and may come in the form of pasta parcels filled with French cheese fondue, almonds and sunflower seeds, and served with a herb-infused pea broth. Broths, jus and other infusions are a cornerstone of Pic's cooking, adding wonderful depth of flavour to any given dish. Savvy locals go for the set lunch menu, which they swear by.
Wine-pairing is encouraged to inject the experience with further intensity and harmony, and we love the fact that guests are welcome to bring a bottle from their own collection and enjoy complimentary corkage when they purchase a bottle off the restaurant’s list.