So, my friends and I were discussing about affordable and decent places to have a meal back in Singapore. It’s funny, we’re all the way in Perth yet somehow or rather during our casual conversations, the topic of food in Singapore definitely springs up. If it is not about where to go about finding the best Char Kway Teow stall in Singapore, it’s the best place to go for squid ink pasta. I guess, we’re all true-blue Singaporeans and the constant search for better tasting food is forever ingrained in us.
Anyway, I digress. About that affordable and decent place – that accolade, in my humble opinion, falls on the shoulders of Chef Ratha of Black Sheep Cafe.
You know if a particular restaurant is a must-try if you have friends, who more occasion than once, remind you to visit the place, with nothing but compliments to boot. Let’s see, it’s been covered by by almost every other blogger thus far and besides the occasional grouse of an abysmal waiting time during dinner, the comments are generally positive. And by the way, I love my duck confit, which I have probably reiterated many times on this blog; And The Black Sheep Cafe’s duck confit definitely passes my taste test!
I like Andre. No wait, I love Andre. The meal that I had at Andre was nothing short of being spectacular. The reality is true there was only one dish here that did not tickle my taste buds, the rest well, blew me off. It’s not so the bursting of flavours of each dish, rather, the natural progression of Chef Andre Chiang’s Octaphilosphy menu as a whole that truly brings something simple, food, to a whole new level. It’s truly an experience.
There is no menu, per se, at Andre and no choices are available – you do have to inform the staff of any allergies or dislikes if any and the kitchen would gladly replace that particular with an alternative.
Without further ado, let’s welcome the stars of the evening. …
I’ll have to admit, it was a last-minute decision to dine here; or rather, I never had intentions of coming to Marea. But luckily I did; For otherwise, I would have missed out on one of the best places to have come out from my trip to the Big Apple. On hindsight, I should have conducted my due diligence on the restaurants that I wanted to visit more stringently!
So why did I choose to patronize Marea, you may ask? My memory of it is somewhat vague, but it’s either I somehow spied upon the name of the restaurant when we were heading towards Bouchon Bakery (the New York outpost) or on one of the strolls through Central Park.
Anyway, let’s just say, if there’s one restaurant in New York that I would love to return to, Marea, is definitely it. It is THAT good! …