Urban @ Istana Hotel

May 5, 2009

Urban has gone through three chefs in the past two years. Sarah Wilton and Patrick Dang came and went with Aussie-inspired experimental cuisine, while Enzo Neo's current stewardship favours back-to-basics meat and seafood (albeit with lots of accompaniments).

The complimentary bread was so tasty, the two of us nearly finished it!

Salad of watercress, alfafa, cherry tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, shaved asparagus, green apple, fennel, Spanish onion, sugar snap, basil, feta cheese & balsamic cherry vinaigrette.
We marveled at how the mix of ingredients was perfectly proportioned.

Crispy quail on a bed of (deep breath!) young papaya, roasted peanuts, long beans, hot chilli, dried shrimp, plum sugar, fish sauce, lime, cherry tomatoes and tamarind. Thankfully, not as bony and dry as quail tends to be.

Nine-hour slow-braised Australian short rib with garlic harrisa steamed potatoes. A humongous hunk of meat for massive appetites.

Three sauces for the rib: mushroom cabernet jus, black peppercorn demi glace, and bearnaise with asparagus & sauteed lumped crab meat.

Love Potion #9 (Absolut Vanilla Vodka, White Creme de Cacao, strawberries & vanilla ice cream) and Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

Hotel Istana.
Tel: 2144-0111