Elemen collaborates with Zenxin Agri-organic Food to launch an exclusive menu that is delicious and nutritious
Popular homegrown vegetarian restaurant elemen has been drawing crowds with its healthy and hearty vegetarian dishes since it opened more than a year ago.
And now, having established themselves as the ones to watch in the local vegetarian dining scene, elemen has once again upped the ante with an exclusive menu (S$68.80++ per person for 8 courses) that is launched in collaboration with Zenxin Agri-organic Food, one of Singapore’s leading producer, distributor and retailer of organic produce.
For those who have never visited elemen, the vegetarian dishes served here are not merely nutritious and nourishing, but they are also well presented and full of different flavours and textures. This is made possible as the establishment uses a wide variety of premium raw ingredients such as black Chinese wolfberries, American wild rice, truffle, and peach gum in its dishes, and prepares them in the simplest way with light and healthy seasoning like olive oil, coconut oil, sea salt and alkaline water to retain the ingredients’ nutrients and original flavours.
For this exclusive menu, which is available till end September, Executive Chef Lam Chun Hing continues using a range of premium raw ingredients paired with selected organic produce from Zenxin, and the result is wholesome and flavoursome vegetarian food that makes you forget about your love for meat.
To start, we were served a pot of Organic Mulberry Tea paired with honey coated walnuts, which was a lovely way to start the meal. We were told by one of the waitstaff that Mulberry leaves, which are rich in vitamins B2, C and K, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, offer a slew of health benefits such as help relieves colds, coughs, throat infections, inflammation of the eyes, liver and lung problems, and consequently keep the arteries free of fat deposits.
Next, we had the vibrant and colourful Party in the Garden, a light yet tasty salad comprising beetroot, Europe tomatoes, kale, avocado, dried mulberry, chia seeds and yuzu mayonnaise. If you are craving something warm and comforting, the 5 Elements Soup consisting burdock root, radish, radish leaves, carrot, snow lotus seed, bamboo fungus, Chinese golden fungus and red dates will surely hit the spot. The soup was light, flavourful and absolutely nourishing, a comforting treat to our stomachs. While we were savouring the soup, Chef Lam came out to explain the various health benefits of the ingredients he used in the soup, and mentioned that snow lotus seeds, for one, enhances blood circulation, promotes lower blood pressure, and improves the functions of kidneys and lungs.
We then proceeded to the heartier courses on the menu. The Fiery Crystal Pineapple featuring winged bean, monkeyhead mushroom and sweet Thailand crystal pineapple, served in the pineapple cavity, was a hit with everyone at the table. Perfectly cut and cooked, we loved how the sweet and sour pineapples complemented the savoury monkey-head mushroom, while the winged bean added a nice textural crunch. Equally delightful was the Sunshine Riceberry, featuring riceberry, golden pumpkin, zucchini, corn, egg white foam and black truffle. The rice was cooked to perfect firmness and offered a nice bite, and went well with the other ingredients. Apart from offering a lovely texture, we were told that riceberry is in fact very nutritious – it apparently has three times more iron than other varieties, and contains a high level of antioxidants which help to keep immune system healthy.
Be sure to save some space for desserts, as the final course – Gelato in Coconut – which comprises vanilla gelato, coconut jelly, peach gum, and avocado sauce served in a coconut husk, is irresistibly good, but very filling. But upon hearing the health benefits of avocado – it offers nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, and is high in monounsaturated fat which helps lower bad cholesterol, we were determined to finish every drop of this wholesome dessert.
For this exclusive menu, a minimum of two pax is required, and diners will need to pre-order two days in advanced. #01-75A, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 65/6238-0511
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