Iggy’s Light Fantastic
Long time fine dining establishment Iggy’s, at the Hilton Singapore, has just launched a mini gastro-bar concept, tucked into a cosy corner of its eponymous restaurant. Appreciating that people “don’t eat tasting menus each night”, owner Ignatius Chan set up this new concept to make the Iggy experience of highly refined modern European cuisine more accessible.
With only a handful of seats round the bar, it’s best to make reservations. Iggy’s gastrobar is all about enjoying excellent bites, fine wines in quiet, discreet surrounds. The menu is tight and focused, providing a selection of shared plates and larger mains, which reflect new head chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive’s Spanish roots and Iggys’ trademark finesse.
For sharing, have the delightfully piquant pintxos
($26) comprising lightly pickled kohada and Catalan style roasted vegetables on a slice of crisp toast; and the carpaccio ($20), delectable slivers of A3 grade Toriyama wagyu tenderloin cured in-house, nicely accompanied by grated heirloom tomato, pickled vegetables and toasted baguettes. The cocotte of beef tripe ($24) was most enjoyable too, a hearty, unctuous stew of tripe, chorizo and blood sausage served with bread on the side to wipe up every last bit of the rich, perfectly flavoured gravy. For a spot of vegetables, the tomato garden ($18), seemingly simple, is an elaborate presentation of four types of heirloom tomatoes infused and compressed with a melange of flavours like honey and apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar and lime, and highlighted with touches of sorbet and other fancies.
The must-have is Iggy’s capellini (from $26), a signature since the restaurant started 12 years ago, and the subject of adoration among loyal regulars. Delicate capellini is cooked perfectly and tossed in an umami-rich dressing of lobster oil and kombu, sprinkled with sakura ebi and sorrel. Alternatively, there’s the heavier, meatier, earthier bucatini (from
$26), tossed in eight-hour braised oxtail with black truffles. Both dishes come in appetiser or main course portions.
Wines are a must at Iggy’s of course. The wine list here is a much pared down version of the restaurant’s full works, but it is perfectly concise and no less impressive. Choose from 18 options by the glass, or a range of tasting flights both horizontal and vertical. Most playful, though, were the option wines
($65) where three glasses of wines are served blind to play and pair as you wish. All will be revealed at meal’s end.
581 Orchard Road, Level 3, Hilton Singapore. Tel: 6732 2234; iggys.com.sg