In the New Majestic Hotel in Chinatown, this 30-seat restaurant offers honest, uncomplicated dishes that allow the ingredients to shine through.
By Leisa Tyler
As a host of celebrity chefs like Daniel Boulud and JoĂ«l Robuchon set up name-brand restaurants amid Singapore’s casino resorts, resident talents are upping their game. In the vanguard is Taiwanese-born Andre Chiang, who exploded onto the city-state’s fine-dining scene in 2009 while heading the SwissĂ´tel’s Jaan Par Andre (the restaurant placed in both the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s Miele Guide in the same year).
Branching out on his own, Chiang recently opened Andre at the New Majestic Hotel in Chinatown. The 30-seat dining room is intimate, featuring a wall papered with a forest scene, handbag stools shaped like woolly black sheep, and Christofle crockeryâ€”all handpicked by Chiang himself.
The tasting menu is superbly executed. A champion of artisanal produce, Chiang creates dishes that are uncomplicated and honest, allowing the ingredients to shine through. The fragrant raw-scallop ravioli in purple cauliflower consommĂ© is so beautiful it could be a watercolor, while a foie gras mousse with chicken reduction is almost ethereal. Teamed with snappy service and a sommelier who has assembled a cache of obscure French wines, Chiang is proving that he is still at the top of Singapore’s dining scene (41 Bukit Pasoh Rd.; 65/6534-8880).