Singapore Restaurant Week 2012 in October

The inaugural dining experience is back to wine and dine you this October 7 to 14—affordably. Over 100 top dining establishments will be offering exclusive three-course menus for lunch ($25++) and dinner ($35++). Today, the spotlight’s on European restaurant Oenotheque Restaurant by Wine Universe.

 


Nestled in a corner of Millenia Walk, this aptly named restaurant offers an extensive selection of wines from Wine Universe—a cove of international wines from countries like France, Italy, Spain and (yes,) Switzerland that will let wine connoisseurs revel in variety. Exclusively available during Singapore Restaurant Week, Oenotheque brings you a range of delicacies with a selection of wines perfectly paired by fifth generation wine vintner Dominique Giroud.

 

 

Start your meal with twice cook baby octopus with avocado and toasted sesame, enhanced with a glass of Johannisberg de Chamoson 2010—a light Savignon Blanc that brings out the spiciness of the baby octopus. Tasty and flavorful, this appetizer will definitely have your taste buds going—we know ours did.

 

But what we’re really hemming for is the entrée—slow roasted French baby chicken with pancetta, pine nuts and get this, truffle stuffing. Yes, you heard it—truffle stuffing. Easily winning our vote for best dish, this tenderly cooked chicken goes well with Arabesque 2009—an unlikely pairing of in the Asian region, but this light and spicy red makes for a delightful twist. That, and it goes great with the truffle stuffing.

 

Sweeten the deal and let the night dwindle on with a rose panna cotta with raspberry framboise poached pear and a glass of Ballerine 2010. An incessantly sweet and tangy dessert wine, its sweetness is significantly diminished upon savoring the panna cotta. While not recommended to have on its own, sweet tooths will enjoy sipping on the Ballerine 2010—a robustly sweet wine able to hold its own amongst desserts.

 

 

 

Other a la carte dishes

Other à la carte dishes you may like to try include the amuse bouche (dependent on chef)—bite-sized hors d’oeuvre specially selected by the chef, paired best with Brut de Brut Chardonnay 2011 ($70 per bottle)—a light and sweet glass of bubbly to start the meal with.

 

Amuse bouche (dependent on chef)

 

 

Entrées like the grilled fillet of monk fish with zucchini gratin and lobster sauce is amazingly succulent, infused just the right amount of lobster bisque without overpowering the grilled sweetness of the fish. Unavailable on the usual menu, this dish was specially crafted for Singapore Restaurant Week. Suited with this delicious dish is the Humagne Blanche Danse des Etoiles 2008 ($69 per bottle)—a Swiss wine that’s served to women who have just given birth, or as we like to call it, confinement wine.

 

Grilled fillet of monk fish with zucchini gratin and lobster sauce

 

Also great is the milk fed veal tenderloin with garlic baby vegetables and rosti, drizzled with a port wine reduction ($45). Naturally sweet and tender, it’ll be hard to resist this perfectly cooked entrée that’ll leave you yearning for more. Have a glass of Syrah Danse des Etoiles Ravaney 2008 ($79 per bottle)—an exclusive Shiraz with only 4,000 bottles produced annually.

 

Milk fed veal tenderloin with garlic baby vegetables and rosti, drizzled with a port wine reduction ($45)

 

Every Thursday and Friday, let their in-house sommelier pick the best wines for you—available from 5-10pm.

 

 

Singapore Restaurant Week will be taking in bookings starting September 12. For a full list of participating restaurants and reservations, visit www.restaurantweek.sg.

 

Oenotheque, #01-109 Millenia Walk, Raffles Blvd., 6338-0717, www.wine-universe.com.sg. Open Mon-Fri noon-midnight, Sat 11:30am-9pm.

 

Mandy Lynn is a dining and lifestyle columnist at Nookmag with an intense passion for food, nightlife, and travel, and loves sharing #foodporn at Gourmet Adventures in her free time.