Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Citibank's $100Gourmet Dinner Featuring Chefs Luke Burgess & Rene Knudsen at Opus Bar & Grill

The local dining scene is again offering moore tentalising gourmet dining options, this time in the form of Citibank's $100Gourmet. On a monthly basis, the programme brings in an award-wining overseas chef who will partner two top restaurants in Singapore to deliver a collaborative 6-course dinner priced at $100++ per person.

Note that this price is only applicable for Citibank cardholders. Non-Citibank cardholders pay $180++ per person, so it's really a no-brainer! Moohehe.

I had the opportunity to experience the Citibank $100Gourmet dinner in August at Opus Bar & Grill at the Hilton Singapore. The visiting overseas chef was Australian Luke Burgess whose restaurant Garagistes was recognised by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy as one of the up-and-coming restaurants to shake up the dining scene. Chef Luke is known for his adventurous style of cooking, use of sustainable produce and Asian accents in his dishes.

Joining him in this collaborative dinner was Danish Chef Rene Knudsen of host venue Opus Bar & Grill who boasts over 14 years of culinary experience and has helmed several top restaurants in Denmark.

Dinner kicked off with two different breads, charcoal and sun-dried tomato. Accompanying them was a delicious knob of smoked butter which only ushered in another 2 servings of breads. Moohehe.

The first course of MSC Certified Toothfish (by Rene Knudsen) was a very refined plate with balanced flavours and textures. The scallop was nicely seared and paired with charred leek, crispy fennel, aerated Bouillabaisse and dill. Lovely!

Then came the Broth of Jihua Ham (by Luke Burgess) which was so intriguing I actually forgot to take a photo. LOL. It featured thin strips of Jinhua broth-braised wintermelon wrapped over hock tendon and crunchy "black tiger's paw" mushrooms, all topped with caviar. There was a sense of familiarity underlying the dish yet a rather novel taste combination. Pity the shaved ginger flower overpowered the dish in my opinion.

Third course took the form of Shaved Lily Bulb & Salted Green Radish (by Luke Burgess). Served slightly chilled, this was a refreshing salad that also incorporated Alaskan snow crab and a perky black pepper sauce inspired by Singapore's very own black pepper crabs dish. 

Next to arrive was the entrée of 36 Hours Slow Cooked Pork Belly (by Rene Knudsen) presented with celeriac, apple, sage salad and Chorizo. The pork belly was cooked to prefect softness and could have been eaten using a spoon. Again, it was a good balance of flavours and textures by the chef.

Presenting itself as the sixth course was the Darling Downs Wagyu Rump Cap (by Luke Burgess & Rene Knudsen). Yay, beef! Moohehe. The buttery, fatty wagyu rump cap was firm to the bite and had a sweet flavour complemented by black garlic, fermented Chinese mustard (think dehydrated kiam chye; a clever way to provide salt and savoury characteristics to the beef) and creamed lettuce hearts.

I only wished there were 5 slices of this Queensland beauty on the plate to satisfy my bovine lust! Moohaha.

The meal ended with a dessert of Raspberry Panna Cotta (by Luke Burgess & Rene Knudsen) which was plated with strawberry ice cream, mini macarons, raspberry kisses, berries and micro cress.

A wine pairing option is also available to complement the meal.

At $100++ per person (booked online using any Citibank card), it was pretty valued for money and a great way to savour the cuisine of two chefs at one dinner. Look out for upcoming Citibank $100Gourmet meals this October and November at restaurants such as Pollen, The Disgruntled Chef and Mitzo! I hear special 3-course lunches are also available at some venues.

Thank you Gastro-Sense for hosting moo.

Opus Bar & Grill
Lobby Level
Hilton Singapore
Tel: 6730 3390

Chew On This: See Citibank $100Gourmet for the list of upcoming and past chefs, venues and menus!

1 comment:

Monty's Era said...

Their manager rocks! Thanks to their great team, I'm so happy I choose this venue for my event! I had a great time at venues in NYC and think the atmosphere is as good as it gets. I will be astonished if I ever find a negative review on these guys.