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This week, our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh is back with a brand new appointment as Executive Group Chef of restaurants Artichoke & Bird Bird, and also a brand new recommendation. Adding to his growing list of chefs helming local restaurants (these are his peers, whom he thinks are doing an excellent job and deserve a shout out), he wants to highlight the food being served at modern Singaporean restaurant Labyrinth at the Esplanade. The Chef-Owner behind this innovative restaurant is Han Li Guang, who has a real knack for combining refined Western techniques with the familiar flavours of foods we grew up with here in Singapore. A lot of the food you’re gonna try at Labyrinth will look nothing like what we know, but once you have a taste, bam! You instantly make that connection. Case in point, a couple of dishes from their lunch menu that blew Chef Tony away (keeping in mind they change their menu often to showcase the amazing things they can do):
The Curry Chicken Rice is a modern take on the humble Hainanese curry rice. This hawker classic is usually a brown pile of yummy slop on your plate, but at Labyrinth, everything is elevated. First of all, it’s really quite aesthetically pleasing, resembling a garden almost. Secondly, the method of preparation and the taste! Instead of white rice, you get a fragrant, nutty, curry-spiced quinoa, a delicious “clay” potato that looks like a rock and the chicken comes in form of a light, delicate, mousseline ball.
The other outstanding dish was the Beef Satay. Wagyu ribeye is sous vided till tender then served with ‘ketupat’ which turned out to be an oniony-peanut mochi! Again, not instantly recognisable to the eye, but your tastebuds will jump with joy and recognition of that distinct local satay flavour!
So for a surprising treatment of familiar Singapore flavours, using modern Western cooking techniques, Chef Han & his team at Labyrinth are leading the charge, keeping traditional tastes alive through creativity and innovation. For a spot of fine-dining in a beautiful setting, featuring elevated Modern Singapore cuisine, do pay a visit to Labyrinth!
8 Raffles Avenue #02-23
Lunch 12 – 2.30pm (Tue – Fri, except PH)
Pre-Theatre 6pm (Thu – Sat)
Dinner 6.30 – 11pm (Tue – Sun)
Tel: + 65 62234098