The title is a quote from the Australian TV show Kath and Kim. I think they would have enjoyed it, although Kim would definitely have asked for larger portions! I had thought that I might feel the same way, as the Tippling Club offers a tasting menu (2 different tasting menus, to be precise), with lots of small dishes, accompanied, if you wish, by paired drinks. We chose the smaller of the two menus and the paired drinks option. In fact, there was plenty to eat, as small course succeeded small course over the course of the evening. The meal started with a series of amuse- bouches and the cooking of the chef, Ryan Clift, certainly does amuse your bouche, as well as several other parts. He does not consider his cooking to be molecular gastronomy ( I know this because he came and chatted to us a couple of times over the course of the meal), but, having eaten at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, I recognise several of the elements. Highlights for me were the carrot gnocchi, although I found the broth they were in just a little sweet, the chicken with mushrooms and truffle macaroni and the pre-desserts. The almond foam on "everything almonds" deserves a special mention among the pre-desserts. It smelt most wonderfully of almonds yet had the texture of nothing when you put it in your mouth - it literally disappeared on the tongue.
The food gets a big tick, the drinks less so. The pairings were mainly cocktails, which, in my view, are less good with food than wine is. That said, we wanted to give the whole experience a try, as intended by the chef, so we went for it. One of the issues for me was that the amount in each glass was no more than a couple of slurps, and I'm a several slurps per glass girl!
So, it's a thumbs up to the food, which is pricey but unlike anything else Singapore has to offer, a thumbs up to the ambiance, provided you sit at the bar and watch the kitchen action unfold in front of you and a ho hum to the drinks pairing. I said the food was pricey, but it represents much better value for money than the drinks, in my view. The food is a work of art, imagination and some strong technique. If you have a special occasion coming up, and like some theatre with your dinner, consider the Tippling Club.
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