On a random Wednesday morning 3 weeks back (just as the fatigue of a busy week was kicking in) – K and I decided to try our luck in getting a table at Iggy’s for lunch on that very same day! Given that Iggy’s lunch menu is significantly more affordable than their dinner, we were prepared to be disappointed, BUT…
30 minutes later, there we were sitting at a table for three.
Personally, Iggy’s has been on my Wish List ever since they moved to Hilton (formerly at The Regent) in September 2010 – I wanted to check out the new place which I hear is much bigger.
Indeed, the new venue boasts an area twice as big. One can classify the restaurant into 3 unique spaces –
1) Waiting/Lounging area styled after a living room with modern decor
2) Counter/booth seats overlooking the open kitchen
3) Dining area with not more than 10 tables (or capacity of ~25 pax)
The lunch seating turns out to be less busy than we expected – just 5 tables or 12 pax to be exact. The Prix Fixe Menu offers a good range of options for a 4-course meal (note: not all the items are included in the menu online).
[Amuse Bouche] SMOKED EEL PARFAIT with SEVRUGA CAVIAR – I was really excited to try this as I have never tasted a smoked fish parfait! The parfait did not disappoint – it was smooth and tantalizing to the taste buds and the taste of smoked eel was light yet distinct.
RANCHED SOUTHERN BLUE FIN TUNA with Nicoise vegetables, truffle mayonnaise – Everyone would break into a smile when they have this dish presented in front of their eyes – trust me! The vibrant colors were such a visual treat I almost felt guilty to eat it. But when I finally did – was pleasantly surprised by a bubble (hidden amidst the salad leaves) that oozes anchovies paste when burst! This dish was a great attempt at trying to ignite one’s senses.
WAGYU CHEEK with Pomme puree, red wine – Beef cheek is yet another first to me (since I only started eating beef a few years back) . I was pleasantly surprised by how tender the meat was – it literally fell apart with a gentle tuck. I believe this was attained through hours or even days of slow and careful cooking – somehow, it gave me the desire to master this dish someday (soon)!
KUROBUTA PORK with Tanba beans, chickpeas, romanesco – did not really get a good taste of this dish as it was not my order. I was told the dish was very well prepared and surpasses the Daniel Boulud’s milk-fed pig (Coming soon: my review on Daniel, NYC).
Overall, we feel that our experience at Iggy’s lived up to the restaurant’s reputation of being one of the best restaurants in Singapore (and some say Top 50 Restaurants in the World) – would gladly return for more when we have exhausted our Restaurant Wish List AND have cash to spare. One thing I have to admit – I missed the good old
days day back at The Regent Hotel where one could sit at the counter and be entertained by the chefs preparing our meal behind the glass-enclosed open kitchen.
Tel: +65 6732 2234 (Reservations Recommended)
Add: 581 Orchard Road, Level 3 Hilton Singapore Hotel, Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon thru Sat, 12pm-1.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm (Closed on Sun)
Spend: $85++ Per Pax for 4-course Lunch Menu