Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Let me start off by saying I hardly spend more than $800 for two guests at dinner, or any meal for that matter, in Singapore, or any other country come to think of it. I mean it's a very very rare occasion to splash out that kind of cash any time of the year. Probably the only time I can remember doing this was at three-Michelin-starred restaurant and No.1 on World's 50 Best (2016), Eleven Madison Park in New York City. Lunch at the world's best restaurant then cost us US$295 + taxes each, and drinks which came up to a reasonable SGD1,000 for two of us, or slightly over that.
This then leads me to the buzz around new-ish Restaurant Zén that took over the building formerly occupied by two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Andre which closed for good last year. Since the sister restaurant to Frantzén opened last November, all I heard or read about was the price of dinner here - $450++ for a one-menu degustation for one guest. This is excluding the alcoholic pairing at $250++ (6 glasses) and non-alcoholic pairing at $125++ (6 glasses). So forgive me if I took awhile to consider the financial ramifications of my future meals expense report for 2019, and maybe entertained a fleeting thought, I can pass on this one.
I couldn't. And I'm glad M made that decision very easy for me.
Beer poached king crab with sake-washed trout roe, aspic of crab, fennel flowers
Swedish Rårakor (Råraka) twist that's traditionally potato rosti, is translated into a potato roll filled with sour cream, Vendace roe from Kalix (Swedish salmon), pickled onion rings, chives
Whipped foie gras tart, preserved Perigord black truffles, toasted Danish rye, dried celeriac crisps, maple syrup, nutmeg
White cockles, blanket of lardo, Jerusalem artichoke puree, chrysanthemum petals
Onion velouté, almonds, almond milk foam, liquorice cream
These snacks, drinks and hot & cold towels (yes!) were served on street level where The Kitchen is. Read up on upcoming posts to see the rest of this meal looked like.