/ Lobster served with risoni, lobster white wine sauce and coconut foam
/ Seabream Carpaccio
/ A symbol of the start of new beginnings and a time for flower viewings in Japan, in particular cherry blossoms, Lewin Terrace introduces a new Spring menu that translates the essence of Japanese springtime through the use of seasonal ingredients. The notion of Spring acting as the transition between the old and the new inspires the opulent multi-course menus that are available at the Japanese-French fusion restaurant.
Starting off with the lighter flavours are the two seafood centred appetizers. For the Seabream Carpaccio, a sheet of carrot, paper-thin, acts as the base. Marinated in amazu, a sweet and vinegary marinade, it provides a welcome crunch and tangy flavour to the dish.
Slices of seabream sashimi are then draped across, with gold flakes and sakura peel encased in drops of dashi-infused jelly, and pieces of pickled pink cauliflowers are expertly positioned on top. As a contrast to both the light flavours of the dish, and the use of colourful petals as garnish, a sprinkle of black sesame powder completes the dish by lending its creamier texture to prevent one from being overpowered by the dish’s otherwise refreshing nature.
Bringing a similar level of textural complexity is the Inverted Crabmeat Sandwich. Crab
prepared in two different styles surround a thin sheet of pâte brik, a Tunisian pastry that is similar to Filo pastry but less flaky and more robust. Topped with uni, caviar, and a sprinkle of dried crab roe, this added richness, a hint of what is to come, is balanced out by the burst of pomegranate seeds which decorate the dish.
Foie Gras Terrine
Making the transition to heavier flavours is the Foie Gras Terrine. The spiced bread crumbs and celery root cream served on the side draws one’s attention to the centrepiece of the dish, the triangular-shaped foie gras. Paired with an American cherry compote coated with a vegetable gelatin derived from a type of red algae, Kappa, its sweetness successfully counters the richness of the foie gras terrine.
The Wagyu Beef, smoked in oregano, whose flavour and scent only further entices people to the dish, continues the pattern of contrasting bitter notes with flashes of sweetness. Celery root makes another appearance in purée form and contributes to the astringent flavour delivered using seasonal root vegetables. Meanwhile, the red wine cream sauce lends its tartness to revitalising the taste buds. Together with thin slices of crystallised potato, the components of the dish come together to create a parade of textures, from the crunch of the root vegetables to the velvety smoothness of the red wine cream sauce.
Rounding up this gastronomical journey that reflects upon the events of the previous year whilst welcoming in the new is the Matcha Parfait. The dichotomy of the lighter-flavoured matcha ice cream and irresistibly soft, deeper-toned matcha warabi mochi effortlessly highlights the subtle, natural notes of matcha. Steamed adzuki beans, a popular accompaniment to matcha, is hidden beneath the matcha ice cream and mochi,
complementing the latter’s umami profile. Along with a shower of chocolate crumble and a hot chocolate sauce drizzled at the table, this intricacy of flavours and textures echo the complexity of life, shaped by past and present experiences.
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