The Place Opened since 2004, I only managed to visit Iggy’s recently after I secured a Citi Prestige dinner reservation. The One-Michelin starred restaurant is located within Hilton Singapore, and spots an open kitchen concept. It is an intimate size, 32-seater, with a wooden communal table in the middle. The best seats in the house are the corner tables, where I sat at the table right next to the open kitchen.
The Food The menu at Iggy’s revolves around seasonal produce, with a focus on Japanese ingredients and other sources. The Gastronomic Menu for dinner is priced at S$275++, which is an 8-course journey. For the Citi Prestige booking I made, the menu is almost the same as the Gastronomic Menu, so it was pretty much the full dinner experience.
My dinner started with some solid Snacks like a mini sushi, shirako fritters with green curry and a potato ice cream with Szechuan caviar. The flavours are quite rich and the combination of ingredients quite an interesting display.
Complimentary bread is served next which is a unique Guinness Stout flavoured bread with salted Bordier butter.
Couldn’t resist having a glass of wine for the night as well!
The first course is a Tartare dish, made up of seafood tartare with Hokkaido Scallop, Bafun Uni and Carabinero shrimp. Very fresh flavours here from each component!
The Autumn Salad is up next which is a mix of Japanese Amelia Tomato, Figs and Mango. Nothing too surprising here, as I am usually not fond of having salad in a fine-dining meal.
The Linguine with Karasumi, Telegraphic Cucumber and Kinome is a nice carb dish to have, where the dashi-based pasta is cooked pretty al dente.
I still look forward more to a Japanese inspired course, and I am pleased with the Amadai with Kabura, Tsuru-Murasaki and Seaweed Butter. The fish is cooked to a nice texture, and the seaweed butter adds merit to the dish.
Having the Consomme Royale right before the mains is a good strategy to cleanse the palate sightly. This Consommé Royale is a mix of Matsutake, Tsubugai in Iberico Superior Broth. It is quite light in flavour, nothing too fanciful but comforting still.
For mains, there is an option between Pigeon or Beef and I chose the Miyazaki Wagyu without any hesitation. The succulent beef is served with bearnaise sauce, yuzukosho and Manganji pepper. I really love Japanese Wagyu beef and Kyushu island has some of the best cuts; if only the portion is bigger.
And I had a surprise course from the kitchen, a Beef Burger which is so good on its own.
Next up is the pre-dessert, which is compressed longan with Bombay Sapphire gin, lemongrass and saffron ice shavings.
For dessert, I had the Apple Tarte – Miso Ice Cream, compress Apple and Parmigiano-Reggiano. I was intrigued by the miso ice cream, which is quite interesting in flavour. Overall, it is a refreshing end to the meal.
Petit fours is a mix of raspberry macarons, hazelnut praline and citrus jelly.
Rants Hefty price tag for dinner, and from a Michelin stars and price point perspective, it is in the same price range as the 3-Michelin starred Les Amis in Singapore.
Will I Return Again? Iggy’s was good for me, though not exceptional if I were to benchmark it against other Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore. Otherwise, the setting is intimate and cosy and is ideal for a romantic date night.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
581 Orchard Road
Level 3 Hilton Hotel
Tel: +65 6732 2234
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm to 1:30pm (last seating); 6:30pm to 8:30pm (last seating)
Closed on Monday & Sunday
Ranted by The Ranter