Fine champagne, servings of Sturia caviar, and multimedia projections set the scene for a memorable night at Singapore’s Stellar at 1-Altitude.
“It’s top secret,” quipped chef Christopher Millar as I quizzed him on what we might expect at Asia’s first Dom Pérignon Plénitude Suite.
The skies were pink at the cusp of sunset as we sipped on Dom Pérignon P1 Vintage 2009 at 1-Altitude Rooftop Gallery & Bar, located a dizzying 282 meters above the streets of downtown Singapore. It made for a fitting prelude to a very exclusive dinner experience.
Minutes later, my fellow guests and I were ushered one floor down to a nondescript entrance next to Stellar at 1-Altitude restaurant. The handle of the second door bore the iconic crest of the champagne label, a hint at what was to come. Inside, a grand dining table with only eight seats beckoned, illuminated by soft mood lighting and floor-to-ceiling views of the cityscape.
While Dom Pérignon has hosted multiple pop-up Plénitude Suites in various cities around the world, this would be its very first permanent fixture in Asia. The Suite is based upon the idea of a plenitude, which refers to the slow yet active maturation of each vintage champagne, ideally around nine years.
And it is this very concept of time that has inspired executive chef Christopher Millar’s menu for the evening, which highlights the best seasonal ingredients from France.
Our palettes were first teased by a trio of amuse-bouche, chased with glasses of the refreshingly fruity Dom Pérignon P1 Vintage 2009.
The most memorable of the trio involved me dropping a solid, green sphere of olive oil onto my plate, allowing its liquid contents to splash onto pieces of crisp charcoal bread and truffle “snow” — a playful recreation of the bread basket that often kickstarts a multi-course meal.
Later on, the lights dimmed to reveal a virtual shoal of fish swimming across our table as the next course of grilled bamboo clam and crab broth was served. The magic of multimedia projection brought our dining experience to life, elevating the freshness of the seafood and evoking a sense of summertime.
Richer flavors call for the lively and slightly drier Dom Pérignon P2 Vintage 2000, the perfect pairing for our next dish, Hokkaido uni (sea urchin) custard and Sturia vintage caviar.
To celebrate fall, a projection of swirling maple leaves danced across our table. This set the scene for the creamy, nutty-tasting comté cheese, which was roasted as though it were marshmallow at a camp fire.
Next, the smoky flavor of the char-grilled wagyu ribeye dish was gently brought to the fore the acidic Dom Pérignon P1 Rosé 2005, as the scene transited to the chilly throes of winter.
With the seasons having come full circle, our dessert was live plated by a pastry chef, against the springtime backdrop of a hummingbird lured by a flower.
Just as we thought we’d seen the last of the evening’s surprises, the waitstaff blindfolded each one of us as they worked on the final reveal.
Blinking my eyes open, I was greeted by a galaxy of shimmering stars, lit candles, and beautifully plated petit fours. Sensing our wide-eyed wonder, chef Millar regaled us with the story of how Dom Pierre Pérignon once exclaimed “Come, I am drinking stars!” upon tasting the fizz of the champagne.
And truly, it was a magical night.
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