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When the media preview invitation for Michelin’s GastroMonth slipped into my DMs, I could not refuse. Although I had planned on not attending any tastings in August, the moment I spotted one Michelin starred béni restaurant on the list of options, I didn’t hesitate to reply “yes” because their food is unforgettable. Plus I had been harbouring thoughts of a return visit.
Shown above is the 6-course lunch #dégustation menu ($88++) available from 1st to 30th September as part of the Michelin Dining Series, held in conjunction with the Grand Prix Season in Singapore. All the dishes by Head Chef Kenji and his team, including the two created specially for this month-long event (one for lunch and one for dinner), are an exquisite blend of Japanese and French fine dining flavours and techniques.
Every meal at béni starts off with what I consider the best little collection of bread in town. So when you dine here, even if you are trying to avoid carbs, I recommend making an exception. These fresh bakes by Pastry Chef Makoto should not be missed. Pick one, any one of the breads, tear it, smear on the unsalted butter and choose a salt to sprinkle over. Then before you know it, all that’s left is an empty bag.
Appearing in a slender cup is the first course of incredibly sweet crab meat with leek in voluptuous cream form and caviar.
Next, artistically plated barely seared, mostly raw bonito (tuna) boasting a hint of curry.
Following that, an outrageously good chilled mushroom cream with truffle royale. This signature of Chef Kenji is to be eaten with a spoon that I swear, is ingeniously designed to heighten dining pleasure with its extended little lip.
Hokkaido scallop with matsutake mushrooms and foam of creamy chicken sauce, one of the two new dishes, arrives at this point. To me, it’s comforting flavours innovatively represented.
Then comes a crispy-scaled piece of Amadai. Exceedingly fresh, the fish is plated with a medley of gazpacho and avocado purée.
Dessert is a gorgeous ensemble of fresh figs, a divine houjicha cream and blackberry sorbet.
What I really appreciate is the $88++ set menu also includes a cup of tea or coffee because that’s how I love to end my meal. Sipping on a hot cuppa with the array of delectable petit fours by Chef Makoto is amongst the happiest of happy endings for me.
For dinner, the promotion is for a 9-course at $238++ (usual: $258++).
To get more info and make your bookings, please visit: guide.michelin.com/sg/events/gastromonth-2018