HAILING FROM THE IL PAGLIAGGIO
a breath of modernity in the heart of Renaissance Rome, is two Michelin-starred Chef Anthony Genovese, serving up a storm with exquisite culinary creations at The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel from March 10 to 15.
Award-winning Chef Anthony Genovese is in Singapore to showcase a menu for the Gala Hedonist’s Dinner (from $821 for a five to eight-course wine pairing dinner) on March 14 as part of the highly anticipated Robert Parker Grand World Tour events.
If shelling out 800 bucks for a dinner makes you cower in fear, welcome to the club. Thankfully, The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel will be offering a special five-course degustation menu ($188) by the award-winning chef (hosted by Chef Sandro Falbo) for six days only.
Begin your gastronomical journey with a colorful starter: scented smoked amberjack ($32)—arancini style. Despite a deep fried breaded crust (that usually masks freshness), the fish is evidently fresh and moist, its natural sweetness crumbling together with sweet tomato, citrus and almond to whet your appetite.
When one begins with a starter as good as that, that’s the benchmark. Living up to international acclaim, Chef Anthony Genovese wowed us further with an entrée of handmade spaghetti in sea urchin espuma ($36) made of sea urchin, olive oil and mascarpone and lemon juice. Each pasta noodle is generously slathered in thick and concentrated cream (you won’t get enough of this) that maintains is tenacity with each bite.
Make no mistake about the Alaskan cod ($52) with leek potato. Chef is proudest of this dish (its featured in his Gala Hedonist’s Dinner menu), and its not hard to see why. Gently steamed with a dash of lemon and lime zest (to bring out its natural sweetness), the cod is accompanied by a seaweed and garlic broth. So fresh is the fish that it falls apart quite simply and melts in the mouth. Burnt leek is mixed with squid ink to create a delicious crumble atop the fish, enveloping umami and smokey flavors harmoniously. To be honest, we hate leek, but this was smoked so superbly that the rawness of its sweet flavor erased all negativity and left us (actually) wanting more.
Available from now till March 15. The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, 6877-8933. www.fullertonhotel.com/dining. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; 6:30-10:30pm.