Asian soul food

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15 Stam­ford by Alvin Le­ung is the celebrity chef’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion with a ho­tel, and the new 150-seater restau­rant takes guests on a whirl­wind tour around Asia. Don’t ex­pect Bo In­no­va­tion-like molec­u­lar tin­ker­ing though. The im­pec­ca­bly de­signed kitchen, with a real char­coal fire pit, turns out soul­ful gems like the char­grilled pork chop ($38) mar­i­nated with eight herbal bak kut teh spices, echoed in the com­pressed wa­ter­melon with an­gel­ica syrup, and BBQ sauce im­bued with more spices. An­other stand­out is the luxe Ka­tong-style laksa ($32), which is delectably creamy and topped with tem­pura prawns and jas­mine tea-smoked quail eggs. Ren­dang, adobo, eight trea­sures and chili crab are other iconic dishes that Le­ung shines the spot­light on; the idea is to pre­serve the DNA but change the ex­pec­ta­tions of these clas­sics. The Capi­tol Kempin­ski Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore, 15 Stam­ford Road. Tel: 6715 6871

Turn­ing six years old, Ta­ble Restau­rant & Bar is revving up its menu with con­tem­po­rary takes on In­dian cui­sine, headed by group Rang Ma­hal head chef Milind So­vani. While long­time favourites re­main, you can now or­der Mar­tini Pao Bha­jee ($16), a Mum­bai tomato-based mash that is quirk­ily paired with gar­lic bread. Mal­vani Fish Curry ($29), a co­conut and kokum curry well loved in south In­dia, fea­tures seabass fil­lets in a light, creamy and tangy sauce that begs for a tra­di­tional naan to mop up ev­ery last drop. Not to be missed is the Salted Caramel Chikki Ice Cream ($12) with a brit­tle mix­ture of cashews, al­monds and caramelise­d sugar – a wel­comed ad­di­tion for those look­ing be­yond the tra­di­tional gu­lab ja­mun and ras malai. G/F, Naumi Ho­tel, 41 Seah Street. Tel: 6403 6005

15 Stam­ford by Alvin Le­ung 15 Stam­ford by Alvin Le­ung Ta­ble Restau­rant & Bar

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