|Where's the beef?|
|The Prime Trilogie|
|Clam Chowder "Macchiato"|
Leek Fondue and Brioche was a fresh toasted and creamy mush which went lovely with the remains of the champagne. There seemed no end to the fizz - the glasses kept getting refilled. should have more magnums, they are clearly bottomless. The leek was a bit sweet and seemed to repeat
For the Prime Plate, the Filet Mignon was excellent whilst the Lobster was somewhat on the wrong side of chewy rubber. Buttery, less than crisp and lacking that fresh crunch that good lobster gives. In contrast, the Cod Fish was excellent - light, fluffily delicate flakes in a sweetly smooth creamy and low salted sauce. The main wine had changed from the tasting and did fair service, though the Chateau Les Haut de Conseillante 2008 still couldn't do much with the meat. The Alion Bodegas Y Vinedos Ribera Del Duero 2004 had more body and fruit to help the meat. Somewhat Australian in its bold feel and body though smoother and less tannic, it was crackerjack with the Wagyu which on the night came across as somewhat oxtail rich and mulligatawny - felt like someone had added a shake of curry powder somewhere. With a dollop of rice on a banana leaf, it would have been perfect.
The chocolate dessert was off the map - dark cocoa with creamy vanilla in a sleek dreamy concoction of milk, sugar and cocoa. And more champagne, which cut through the cocoa and rinsed the throat of all the chocolatey goo that tends to cling to it. New experience and a most happy one. The nut and blueberry Brownie gave a solid carbo finish to the meal.
|Chef Antoine with IFWS Committee Member Ong Li Dong|