Friday Lunch Club is an endangered institution... and it's not getting any better since one of its key members moved back home to Taipei. So today Lady Dyson 2000 organised a gathering of starving foodies at Cepage and gave us a chance to catch up on this long neglected tradition. April, Spartacus and Granny G. joined us for a delicious meal orchestrated by Chef Armin Leitgeb (of Les Amis in Singapore), who was in town this week demonstrating his culinary talents to the wow-ed HK crowds. As I never got the chance to visit his Singapore restaurant, this was the perfect opportunity for me to sample his famed cuisine, even though it felt a bit strange to visit Cepage with Chef Seb not in command. Both Chefs (as well as Super-Cheryl the Pastry Queen) were kind enough to pop by our table to say hi, and I finally had the pleasure of meeting Chef Seb. I am of course looking forward to coming back to Cepage to sample more of his delicious cuisine, but I will also make sure to pop over to Les Amis during my next trip in the Lion City. Some of the dishes proposed by Chef Armin today were nothing short of extraordinary, and I am curious to see what other treasures are hidden on his Singapore menu...
|The light at Cepage is always perfect for shooting - a least at lunch time.|
|Tomato focaccia and baguette - this is one of the best bread baskets in town, and the selection today did not disappoint. Crispy baguette with good ears - I know this matters to some of you ;) - and very tasty focaccia.|
|We started off with a perfectly chilled glass of this delicious champagne.|
|Lightly smoked eel "tiede", crispy pork crouton, horseradish and dijon mustard emulsion|
Side view. With a 3rd piece of eel it could be made to look a bit like MBS :o)
|Chargrilled Australian wagyu rib eye cooked in hay|
Brought to our table in the cocotte for us to marvel at... the smell was absolutely wonderful. Grilled meat juices and fragrant dried grass. Heavenly.
|Vanilla marshmallow, chocolate and coffee eclairs|
Delicious and so tempting you always find space to scoff down a couple...
|Dark chocolate ganaches, choco-vanilla shotbreads|
Impeccably presented and absolutely delicious. I would like to eat ganache like this one more often :)
|Petits-fours - caged|
Sweetness at Cepage is always delivered to your table in style :)