What to Eat at Savour 2015

Singapore’s premier gourmet food festival SAVOUR 2015 is back this weekend, and larger than ever. If you’re planning on checking it out, here’s the lowdown on what’s hot and what’s not.

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SAVOUR 2015 opens with an array of smattering dishes from over a dozen stellar restaurants, including this platter from Ku Dé Ta.

Our favorite of the lot is the meltingly tender Angus beef in balsamic and wasabi salsa that’s intensely pungent but oh-so-required to give the dish that kick it needs, with a savory balsamic glaze that allows the dish to blossom in the mouth.

Angus beef in balsamic and wasabi salsa ($18 for two; $28 for three) at Ku Dé Ta

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Taste wise, the sous vide duck breast with spicy yuzu miso is amazing—the citrus fruitiness of yuzu cuts through the richness of the meat, served with cauliflower purée and a biscuit that adds a nice element of crunch to the dish. Our only gripe is the tenderness of the duck that arrived tougher than it should.

Sous vide duck breast with spicy yuzu miso ($18 for two; $28 for three) at Ku Dé Ta

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The pork belly lolly is a fun and tasty dish, served with apple jelly that cleanses and refreshes the palate. We’re glad we started with this!

Pork belly lolly ($18 for two; $28 for three) at Ku Dé Ta

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Hands down the best dish we’v had at SAVOUR 2015 is the Wagyu beef tongue from Garagistes—undoubtedly a dish we would return to for seconds (maybe even thirds). The texture of the beef tongue is exquisitely cooked to perfect tenacity, laced with a sticky sweet kumzea glaze and served alongside crunchy artichokes that aided in complementing the meat even further.

Wagyu beef tongue with fermented Jerusalam artichokes ($18) at Garagistes

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Intensely spicy, the unassuming snowball ($12) by one Michelin starred Kiin Kiin is nothing like its name suggests. Cucumber and squid come together in this spicy Asian-inspired salad redolent of Thai elements, topped with a cotton candy “snowball” (that’s honestly more for show that anything else). The tenderly cooked octopus offers bite, enhanced by its chili lime sauce poured over the cotton candy, quickly proceeding to form a moat (of spicy “soup”) surrounding the squid that’s so spicy it’s almost bitter. Warning: not for the faint hearted.

The Snowball ($12) at Kiin Kiin

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A dozen varieties of flowers exist in this dessert. Inspired by Denmark and Thailand, flowers of Thailand ($8) transports one into a spa-like oasis. Fresh flower petals rain upon an elderflower sorbet that sits comfortably atop a pea flower sauce, its colors of deep purple marbled with the purity of the sorbet, tasting of a bouquet of fresh flowers on the palate.

Flowers of Thailand ($8) at Kiin Kiin, 1 Michelin star

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Unlike the usual seared foie gras, this pan-fried beauty is layered upon textures of banana and Madagascar vanilla, licked with Jamaican rum and banana cream. It’s creamy; it’s rich; it’s mouthwatering. We’ve said enough.

Pan-fried foie gras with banana textures ($16) at OSIA

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The braised ox cheek at the two Michelin starred Midsummer House is beautifully cooked, we’ll give them that. The fork-tender ox cheek falls apart in the mouth, but that’s where it stops. Flavors hit an all time low with kidney failure levels of saltiness that its accompanying robust red wine sauce and pomme purée was unable to salvage. Some relief is found in the ultra smooth mash that assisted in bringing down the saltiness a (half) notch.

Braised ox cheek ($18) at Midsummer House

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A must try is Park Bench Deli’s cornflake-crusted fried triple-stacked peanut butter and jelly sandwich ($8), which tastes exactly like it sounds—a deep fried peanut butter jelly sandwich crusted with cornflakes. All plans to eat clean are immediately thrown out the window the minute we take a bite of this decadent sweet-savory specialty. It’s amazing how they managed to turn something as simple as the everyday PBJ sandwich into something so indulgent. We’ll definitely be back for more.

Cornflake-crusted fried triple-stacked peanut butter and jelly sandwich ($8) at Park Bench Deli

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What we really love about the chicken skin sundae by Bird Bird is its unprecedented element of surprise. On its own, the crisp chicken skin is inedibly salty, but placed it alongside creamy coconut ice cream and it shines like a gem. Teamed with palm sugar butterscotch, corn, peanuts and coq scratchings (yep, you heard right), one won’t need to worry about it melting too quickly—it’ll be scoffed down in no time.

Chicken skin sundae ($6) at Bird Bird

Savour 2015 - Bird Bird's Chicken Skin Sundae - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Brimming with flavor is Spathe’s burger ($14) that makes no apologies for its relatively small portion that’s packed full of flavor—after all, it’s quality that really counts, right? Jumping on the palate are bell peppers, melted cheddar, and juicy flavors of pineapple, chargrilled to exude just the right hint of smokiness that emphasizes the natural sweetness of the beef.

Spathe burger ($14)

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If you’ve not tried the suckling pig at UNA, Savour offers you a good reason to. Instead of the usual large sharing portions for four, these can be shared among two. Crisp and crunchy, the suckling pig is coated with with a gelatinous layer of wobbly fat, served with a sidekick of mash—so smooth it’s almost a purée.

Suckling pig ($14) at UNA

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Incredibly tasty; not to mention value-for-money (read: extremely generous portions), UNA’s seafood paella is fantastic. It’s no surprise here, we’ve had it before (read about it here), and we’ll have it again.

Seafood paella ($18) at UNA

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Falling below expectation is the churros from UNA. Thin strips of crisp doughsticks are coated in cinnamon sugar drizzled with warm chocolate sauce. Unfortunately, the doughsticks were soft and doughy, failing to attain the chewy bite one would desire of churros.

Churros ($10 for four) at UNA

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Fatty bluefin tuna always sound good, but in the truffle toro miso ($14), they taste pretty darned good. Truffle white miso skips around the palate, interlacing itself with ginger flower against the tuna belly, garnished with petals of colorful edible flowers.

Truffle toro miso ($14) at Stellar@1-Altitude

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The Japanese hida Wagyu burger ($18) isn’t exceptional, but it’s satisfying. The grilled Wagyu is slathered with a sweet-savory tomato jam between a soft brioche bun, laden with caramelized onions that implode in the mouth with enough flavor that justifies a good burger.

Japanese hida Wagyu burger ($18) at Stellar@1-Altitude

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The Stellar meat platter ($34) is value-for-money, and above all, delicious. Meat lovers will appreciate the Kobe rib eye with a nine point marbling, so super soft it falls apart in the mouth. The kurobuta pork crackles are equally tender and delicious, rubbed down by a glossy, savory glaze that doesn’t mar the enjoyment of the meat but musters up incredible flavor.

Stellar meat platter ($34) at Stellar@1-Altitude

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There’s not much to say about a slushie, except that Stellar’s brain freeze ($10) offers a much-needed respite from stuffing one’s face with meats and desserts.

Stellar’s Brain Freeze ($10) at Stellar@1-Altitude

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Bouncy strands of linguine could are topped with fresh, creamy Hokkaido sea urchin (its sweet brininess is to die for) and traditional Sardinian Bottarga that joins forces to make taste buds jump for joy. An added bonus is its generous portion!

Sea urchin linguine ($16) at Forlino

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“Wow.” Those were the first words out of our mouth the minute we had our first bite. The slow cooked egg and parmigiano foam lends a savory sweetness to the luxurious foie gras cream, while coarsely chopped pumpkin seeds add texture and natural sweetness to this mouthwatering delight. Seriously stunning flavors.

Slow cooked egg ($12) at Il Cielo

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The Demon Chef, Chef Alvin Leung, is back this year with his famous molecular buns. The trio consists of barbecued pork (chat siew bao), ling zhi, and his signature xiao long bao. The barbecued pork bun pops in the mouth to release a thick concentrated char siew essence, while the ling zhi bun was all sorts of weird herby and earthy flavors. As predicted, the xiao long bao was the best, oozing intense flavors of its signature broth.

Trio of molecular buns ($15) at Bo Innovation (from left: char siew bao; xiao long bao; ling zhi)

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Perfect in this sweltering heat, this refreshing beef salad by Saint Pierre is just what we need. Slices of low temperature beef is tossed in cool, crunchy greens and mixed with a sweet and earthy black truffle dressing. For non meat eaters, a vegetarian option is available as well.

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant cheerily preparing the salad

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Low temperature beef salad ($14) at Saint Pierre

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One of &SONS signatures, the lobster mac and cheese showcases firm, chewy elbows of marcaroni happily bathing in a creamy lobster and cheese sauce. One can’t go wrong with mac and cheese.

Lobster mac and cheese ($16) at &SONS

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The pan-seared foie gras is seared beautifully, placed atop a cup of smoked pancetta chili. While we enjoyed the hearty flavors of the chili, we found it was a tad too salty for our preference.

Pan-seared foie gras ($16) at &SONS

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Ribbons of perfectly cooked linguine coil around a rich sauce thickened with fresh chunks of succulent crab meat. The chunky sauce is so addictive we just can’t get enough. Sharing portions (it’s double the size!) are also available at an additional $8.

Pan-seared foie gras, lobster mac and cheese, and linguine with crab ($40 for three)

Savour 2015 - &SONS - Foie Gras w Smoked Pancetta Chili, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Linguine w Crab - Review by Gourmet Adventures

There’s no way to go about this dish without saying it’s anything less than impeccable. Swordfish sashimi is wrapped around pearls of fish roe, swimming in an umami truffle dressing that’s accompanied by crispy sticky baby squid—think crunchy pieces of squid coated in a sticky sweet chili sauce that hit the spot. It’s so good we ordered three servings of this.

Swordfish Sashimi in Truffle Dressing & Sticky Crispy Baby Squid ($12) at Ku Dé Ta

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Lemon espuma, meringue shavings, blueberries and citrus zest. It’s a simple, well-executed recipe that tastes so perfect in the mouth. We love the contrast of sweet and tart on the palate, and how the lemon espuma refreshes and binds the flavors together.

Lemon Posset ($8) at Midsummer House, UK, 2 Michelin Stars

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Over at the SAVOUR dome, the Gourmet Market offers artisanal products by merchants like local purveyors Batch, and Crateful.

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Artisan spirits like premium Black Cow Vodka is available ($105) with its pairing Black Cow deluxe cheddar cheese ($23) made from the whey of the same milk, as well as Brazilian spirit Maracatu cachaça that’s handcrafted in small batiches in a boutique distillery based on century old techniques.

Black Cow Vodka ($105) and Black Cow deluxe cheddar cheese ($23)

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Maracatu cachaça

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Dessert lovers will also be pleased to know that Janice Wong’s super soft mochis are also available at the SAVOUR dome. The passion fruit and mango mochi ($3) was subtly sweet with a tangy tartness that lingers in the mouth.

Mochi ($3) at Janice Wong

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Head up to level two to Jasons Gourmet Market and Food Hall for fresh organic produce, artisanal cheese and wines.

Jasons Gourmet Market

Savour 2015 - Jasons Gourmet Food Hall - Chili - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Cheese section

Savour 2015 - Jasons Gourmet Market Food Hall - Cheese - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Savour 2015 - Jasons Gourmet Market Food Hall - Cheese 2 - Review by Gourmet Adventures

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Savour 2015 - Jasons Gourmet Market Food Hall - Overview - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Oh, and yes, please wear comfy shoes.

Melissa Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld - Choupette

Photo credit: Eleanor Tay

SAVOUR Sessions
Mar 26, Thu – Dinner from 5:30-10:30pm ($65)
Mar 27, Fri – Dinner from 5:30-10:30pm ($65)
Mar 28, Sat – Lunch from 11:30am-3:30pm ($60)
Mar 28, Sat – Dinner from 5:30-10:30pm ($65)
Mar 29, Sun – Lunch session canceled (ticket holders can attend any of the other sessions)
Mar 29, Sun – Dinner from 5:30-10:30pm ($65)

Mar 26-29; SAVOUR 2015. F1 Pit Bldg., 1 Republic Blvd.  Tickets are available at SISTIC from $60, with a credit of $30 SAVOUR Dollars to spend at the event. Visit SAVOUR’s official website for more information.

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One Comment on “What to Eat at Savour 2015”

  1. October 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM #

    Thanks for the mention and trying Maracatu Cachaça at Savour 🙂

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