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St. Regis Singapore: The American Kaleidoscope

By Monday, July 29, 2013 , , , ,

The St. Regis is celebrating the sixth installment of its signature Arts Celebration series, with a week-long tribute to the culture and arts of the US of A this year from 29th July 2013 to 4th August 2013. The American Kaleidoscope will present distinctive American flavored experiences in culinary, visual and performing arts at The St. Regis Singapore
As part of the Arts Celebration, I was invited to the exclusive preview of The American Kaleidoscope special menu created by Chef Chris Kurth of The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego at Brasserie Les Saveurs. The 5-course Dinner is based on Chef Chris' interpretations of iconic American favorites.
For $188 per pax, guests can look forward to a degustation dinner paired with boutique American wines during this period. The wine pairing changes every night so go check out the list. I enjoyed the Beringer's Chardonnay very much.

Our Amuse bouche of Smoked salmon, cucumber with yogurt dressing and pear.

Amazing bread that is crispy on the outside and airy but doughy inside. We couldn't stop pinching this.

The Baked Red Beet Root was absolutely delish. This was certainly my favorite course. I love the mix of flavors and texture in this one. A light sourish Ricotta wrapped in sweet and crisp Feuille Brick Tarragon. An airy and innovative Chive meringue with arugula. Pieces of juicy sweet beetroot and some California dates with sea salt. Truly amazing dish.

Second course was the San Diego 'Mock Turtle Soup' which is made from braised US Black Angus Beef and Tongue to replace the actual turtle which was used in the past at the San Diego US Grant hotel. I was told that tongue has a similar texture to turtle (which i have never had). Robust flavors in this fish stock dish.  
Next was the Pan seared Albacore Tuna.

I'm not a huge fan of tuna but this was palatable enough. The meat was simply done and i could taste the freshness of it. The powdered brown butter was subtle but went very well with the fish. Oregon Pinot noir reduction and pickled strawberries and a purée of cilantro and sweet onion garnished and added interesting flavors to the dish. 

The Charcoal-Grilled Colorado Lamb Saddle was my other favorite. I've never had lamb that is so simply done and yet tastes this amazing. Chef used a Mediterranean style of pairing with the sweet dried fruit preserves which worked extremely well. 

We concluded lunch with the Almond Brown Butter cake with a milk confiture and apricot sorbet with caramelized white chocolate ice cream and black cherry beignet. The dessert was on the whole rather sweet except for the tangy sorbet and the lovely beignet which was like a tempura cherry. Nevertheless, great dense and moist texture from the cake and lovely caramel white choc ice cream.
Thanks Chef Chris for preparing the wonderful meal for us! :) 

On the Arts front, acclaimed artist and Paralympian swimmer Gregory Burns will also be showcasing his exhibition “An Insight to the Athlete’s Journey”.

The Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group from Yale, will also be performing at a recital in the majestic John Jacob Ballroom at The St. Regis Singapore on Saturday, 2nd August 2013 as part of the celebrations. The purchase of each ticket ($60) will see The St. Regis Singapore donating S$10 to UNICEF, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's adopted charity.

To enjoy the celebration in its entirety, you should get a seat at the St. Regis Midnight Supper, the gala dinner held at Brasserie Les Saveurs on 2nd August. This includes the front row seating at The Whiffenpoofs recital and the 5 course degustation menu by Chef Chris, complete with wine pairing. The St. Regis Singapore will be donating S$100 to UNICEF for every seat purchased at $288.

I'm giving away 2 tickets to The Whiffenpoofs recital on 2nd August, 7pm. I'll be picking 1 winner using a random generator. To win the tickets, simply like and share this post (publicly) on my Facebook page (click here). Giveaway ends 1 Aug 2013, 12pm. Winner will be notified and you can pick up the tickets at The St. Regis Singapore.

For more information on A St. Regis Arts Celebration- The American Kaleidoscope, visit their website at

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