Iggy’s @ The Regent Hotel, Singapore

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When I heard that one of my clients was taking ME to dinner at Iggy’s (Ranked No.45 on the S Pellegrino World’s 50 best restaurants List 2009) I made sure my camera had batteries in it.. and that my hair looked great.

Hmmm.. which Louboutin shall I wear :P
(photo from here)

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care as much, if a restaurant has great ambiance, subtle subliminal music, or if the place looks chic and smells like the air that surrounds Harrods florist or that the food is wine paired to perfection. I do care however, if the food tastes good, is made with the freshest and most exquisite ingredients and is worth the mega bucks (yes, us poor Malaysians .. convert the currency and weep) I am paying for it.

At Iggy’s whilst the deco and ambiance of the place is not something you would call super modern (the main dining room looks cozy rather than clinical), the food itself is really rather cutting edge, beautifully presented and encompasses all the subtleties and style of modern cuisine. Iggy plays with textures, colors, and flavours like how a child plays without inhibitions at Kindergarten art class.

There is only one thing on the Dinner Menu. The Gastronomic menu of $195++ (without booze) whether you walk in at 9pm or 11pm, that’s what you get. So is it any wonder that the waiters are really good and well informed on the menu? Not really.

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We were served two amuse bouche, on the house , which was a rather nice touch, I thought. How generous.The first one you see is the sashimi-grade sea urchin served on a bed of shiso jelly topped with cauliflower mousse. Wow, this sea-urchin was smooth on the palate and really pleasing to the eye. It looked like someone served up spring on a white plate.
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Dishes here are served in incredibly small portions .. very elegant.. but it kind of makes you gulp at the amount you are paying for that tiny morsel of food. Do the math and you will see that you are paying approximately SGD50 for each dish served. Holy Smokes.Anyway, speaking of smoke, this second amuse bouche (also on the house) was smoke trout, and cherry wood was employed to produce the white fumes inside that futuristic looking semi-metallic semi-perspex orb.
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The waiter said – please take it up in one swift motion and stick it in your mouth, for maximum satisfaction. I like this place. You get to be uncouth with your food. Iggy’s is really cool.Smoky, woody, and fishy.. I really dig caviar (not lump fish either.. but beluga). So high class, so much finesse.. so gone in 2 seconds.
One of our dining companions dropped her portion when she lifted up the fine cracker. The waiter was upon it like a hawk and replaced the whole orb, with a new one, in 5 seconds flat. What a champion. I wanted to swoop in on the fallen morsel and chuck it in my mouth but he was too fast for me. Yes, service is good – discreet yet attentive, with lightning reflexes.
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Looking at the Hamachi, you could say that the Japanese Kaiseki dining style has also been an influence at Iggy’s.
Classy, delicate and ‘no rush’ are words that come to mind, eating this young, sweet yellowtail.
Be prepared to dine for at least two and a half to three hours here.
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At Iggy’s you get to eat rare Japanese mushrooms gathered at their apex of maturity and served at the exact correct point of mature-ness. (Is there such a word?)
Not only that.. you get to play with foam while you eat your food. Yes, that’s right… the waiter says.. TOSS your food in the foam for maximum satisfaction. These people at Iggy’s .. they are pretty narcissistic.. everything is sung to the tune of maximum pleasure.. maximum satisfaction.. maximum wallet deflation.
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Sanma on wild rice , olive and thyme. I hate eating rice. Ask anybody who has tried to serve me rice.They’d tell you. This wild rice however… is so good it does not taste like rice. It taste like sweet, aromatic pearls of fibre, masked in the form of rice. I could eat this everyday.
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I was told by the waiter that the Chef likes to employ a light touch in cooking his food, and that is how he so successfully brings out the subtle flavours in a dish. Of course, make no mistake, the fact that the produce is crazy-fresh contributes to how fantastic things taste.
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I drank bubbly all night. I did not get a headache.
The Champagne at Iggy’s is touched with magic.
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Yes, apparently each and every course of the degustation, is paired with the wine (white or red) which brings out the best of the flavours, but I did not care.
I had magic in a flute.
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Ok, at the risk of sounding like a clueless bum who describes her food in monosyllabic words, the pasta was great. Al dente pasta, but just a mouthful of it, and the zucchini imparted an almost crunchy texture ( I swear it was deep fried). The mullet roe completed the taste to perfection.
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Why would someone serve you oats (healthy) and gizzards(unhealthy bordering on grisly) with something as posh as lobster. Because, it’s the perfect ensemble, that’s why. Exquisite. I would not have thought to cook this myself, but now, I might actually contemplate cooking this for my husband tomorrow. Really.
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Self explanatory photo.
Another one of our dining companions muttered that it was pretty useless washing your palette, when the food tasted so damn good so far.
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.But when they brought out the next dish we soon understood why.
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Grade 9 wagyu – very brave and original to serve the almost ‘slimy’ wagyu (because it was so rare) with the even slimier vegetable, the lady’s fingers.
Sigh. You should know by now, that at Iggy’s, they can near pull anything off.Of course. That’s why they are Iggy’s.
Hands down, my favourite course of the night.I gave up my magic flute and changed to the Burgundy for this course.

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For this dessert, the juicy sweet seed pulp, and slightly gritty flesh of the feijoa was purposely converted into a smooth jelly – complete contradiction in texture. So molecular. Lovely and refreshing. I felt like I could start the entire course over:P
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Who thinks I overate.. raise your hand.
The little cake was rich, and thick with cream nuts and fruit.
A gorgeous mini tiramisu.
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If you are a big kid at heart, like I am, then you will love the “pop-rocks” tart.. on the house. By the way, one can almost be sure that one’s bill will be directly proportional to the number of items you are given, ‘on the house’ – I may be wrong.. but no, I think I’m right. Hugely entertaining, these cute bite size morsels explode and crackle in your mouth. Our waiter’s advice, kindly consume in one swift mouth full and do not chew, rather SUCK for maximum satisfaction. Sounds like a comment I’ve heard one too many times but not at the dining table.

Well a fantastic experience.
What can I say, except… for maximum satisfaction, just visit Iggy’s!

THE END.

Add:
Iggy,
1 Cuscaden Road,
The Regent Singapore,
Singapore 249715

Strongly advised to call
65 6732 2234 for reservations.

Comments

  1. superwilson says:

    Nicely written and pictures are well done.

    Wah, nowadays u hunt for the best food in the world?

  2. CUMI & CIKI says:

    hi superwilson!

    no, the best food hunts for me:P
    Client invited.. so go la:)

  3. Oh man. The food looks grrrrrrreat. *DROOL*
    (… but S$195++ without booze?? *faints*)

  4. CUMI & CIKI says:

    J:
    yar man. with the booze, it can come up to RM700 per head, or so.

  5. FOODnTRAVELla says:

    Wow! u so lucky got invited to eat so very expensive food:-)

  6. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    champagne whole nite no headache???

    cannot be la..u didnt have enough..

    then again i have mixed nites with bubbly..sometimes i m ok, sometimes im not..

  7. CUMI & CIKI says:

    food n travel:
    yarrr.. i got invited .. but.. i paid! Go figure:P

    joe:
    oh, 3 bottles plus a couple of bottles of burgundy is plenty, i tell ya:P

  8. Brother B says:

    the portion is really ultra small, (from your pix)
    U know what? U really ought to fly into Bangkok for its fine dining. Oriental Hotel(pronounced as O-len-tal by the locals) is having a full course dinner of foie gras at only 3000B ++(RM300) per pax.
    The last time i was at D'Sens (at Dusit Thani Hotel) for a 6 course Truffle dinner at 5000B.

  9. CUMI & CIKI says:

    brother B:
    take me.. but maybe.. i pay! LOL:P

  10. fatboybakes says:

    wow, u da girl! such fine dining that i can only dream of. hmmm, i always thought lady's fingers make meat hard….

    actually i agree with your brother B. bkk sounds far more affordable for fine dining …

  11. S$195 without booze :S
    more exp then tetsuya.. *sweat*
    but the food looks great!

  12. CUMI & CIKI says:

    fbb:
    a lady's fingers always makes meat hard.. hmmm, why do i get the feeling u don't mean the vege .. chis:P

    brother B! TAKE US!

  13. CUMI & CIKI says:

    swee san:
    tetsuya.. hv not been.. want to go!

  14. Nic (KHKL) says:

    tell me again why on earth do you need a dslr when your shots are THAT amazing. great stuff, ciki!

    am saving up for a dinner there. hopefully by end of the year. wish me luck! :)

  15. CUMI & CIKI says:

    well Nic,
    make sure u save up for 3 persons – ME , LL and U! (so that I don't need to hear bout pigs flying anymore:P ) OH! and keropokman is in Sing right? U better save up for FOUR persons.. nic, four..

  16. ~Christine~Leng says:

    really enjoyed looking at your pictures adorned with words. so nice la!! :)

    and indulging in one of the best food in the world.. syiok!

  17. thule a.k.a leo says:

    is there any restaurants in Malaysia like the one that you wrote???

  18. UnkaLeong says:

    Full ar? Whatcha have for supper later? :P The pics and food looks divine!

  19. thenomadGourmand says:

    Fabulous post!
    The pics were great too!

    But yea..funny they invite then u paid. But it was definitely worth the experience!

  20. Wow! those pics of food look so tempting! Would love to try it all!

  21. must plan a trip to BKK – Xmas or CNY (again?) – that will be what i called a real Trip – makan trip….plus i take u to clubs u won't get harrased

  22. mimid3vils says:

    Feijoa is one type of fruit?

  23. qwazymonkey says:

    "The Champagne at Iggy's is touched with magic"

    OOoh maybe I can have that too. Ya think?

    And Nic, Please safe up enough for one more munkey here. I wanna have dinner at Iggy's too!

    Hehe

  24. wonderful dinner!!
    but everythings seem just a mouthful… so i guess the lobster is abt the size of our thumb ? XD

  25. worldwindows says:

    Very fine good. Its the quality and the experience. Thanks for sharing.

  26. CUMI & CIKI says:

    christine:
    thank u:) yar well.. not all the time othrwz broke LOL

    thule:
    unfortunately not:(

    unkaleong:
    u think bottomless pit like u ar.. didnt eat again l8r la :P

    TNG:
    farnee hor:P hehe

    selba:
    sure thang

    brother B:
    think year end? LOL

    mimi:
    correct

    Qmunkey, nic:
    Looks like NIC gonna be broke:P

    ling:
    my thumb is smaller la ..haha

    WW:
    velkam!

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