Vegan Birthday Coconut Risotto Treat at Bacchanalia Restaurant

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Last November, Mr Vegan surprised me with a series of silly fun things to do on my birthday. The highlight of the day was definitely dinner at Bacchanalia! Chicks Eat Vegan did their first vegan event there and we saw some mouth-watering dishes which we were eager to try. We made a booking a few days in advance to request for a vegan menu.

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It was a 5 course meal and it was SUPERB! The flavours, textures, rare vegetables and presentation was really out of the world. It was decently priced too at $99 per person after taxes.

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The first dish we had was onion soup with caramelized onion essence, tofu, rye croutons and alliums! What on earth was alliums? I did some research and found out tha Allium comprises of monocotyledonous flowering plants and includes the onion, garlic, chives, scallion, and the leek. What a fancy name 😛

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Next we had A different vegetable salad with seasonal root vegetables roasted, pickled or raw with poached banana hearts, banana puree and ponzu veil. This salad was a great mixture of sweet and sour with warm veggies. We loved it and finished every single “splattering” of veggies.

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One of the highlights of the dinner was the freshly baked bacchanalia signature hot sourdough bread made in house with cherry vinegar and chives with extra virgin olive oil dips! The bread had the perfect crust and density:)

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We applaud the chef for coming up with one of the most unique risotto dish ever! It was a symphony of flavours on this creamy coconut risotto, chilli paste, fermented coconut with Thai inspired flavours. It was one of those moments you go.. how can the risotto be savoury with coconut? Strangely, it was WAY better than it sounds and we were fighting to get the last bite. Another unique thing about Bacchanalia is the way they serve their dishes. It is unlike most fine-dining restaurants where you get served an individual plate. Here, they encourage guest to share food on the same plate and do communal eating.

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The last main dish to arrive was Sunchoke a L’Indianne with Jerusalem artichoke in different crumbs, chickpea and Masala emulsion. At first bite, we thought it was potatoes and wondered where were the artichokes. Later on when Chef Ivan come out to speak to us, we unashamedly asked where were the artichokes and was embarrassed to realize the “potatoes” we have been eating were Jerusalem artichokes! What we love most was how different each artichoke was when coated with a completely different crumb. You have to try this dish to know what we are talking about!

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We had two desserts and this Granita with compressed coconut blew my mind away! It was super good, intense and we loved the sticky bites.

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The last dish we had was compressed fruit salad with manly blueberry sorbet and we thought the earlier dessert was really more impactful and much more creative than this fruit dessert.

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Another surprise when I got home was receiving Betty Goes Vegan cookbook by my mum-in-law:) If anyone of you have tried any good recipes from the book, please let me know! There are so many to choose from and all of them sound so yummy.

Bacchanalia
23A Coleman Street
Singapore, 179806
(65) 65091453

Lunch:

Friday: 12pm – 3pm

For Lunch events Monday – Thursday please email: events@bacchanalia.asia

Dinner:

Monday – Thursday: 6pm – 12am

Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 2am

12 course vegan fine dining at Saint Pierre’s- Organized by Chicks Eat Vegan

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Ever since our trip to NYC earlier this May, we have been thinking of all the gourmet vegan dishes we tried and wished we had such choices in Singapore. To our surprise, Chicks Eat Vegan is the latest vegan gourmet meet-up group that encourages non-veg established restaurants around Singapore to create a specially curated vegan menu just for a day! This group is set up by Tara, Kheng and George (previous president of the Singapore Vegetarian Society) as they source the best places to do fine dining- vegan style. We heard that they visit each restaurant and even suggest what kind of oils and vegetables to use as substitutes to meat/seafood options each restaurants uses to ensure the menu for each event is unique and really healthy!

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We jumped at this opportunity and despite the pricing which was $100 nett per head for a 12 course vegan degustation menu or $180 nett with wine pairing. It was relatively reasonable considering the amount of dishes we will be having. If we dined like this in NYC, it would have cost us double or triple the amount. Lo and behold, we had one of the best vegan fine dining experience in Singapore and it was at Saint Pierre’s where we met new faces and formed new friendships. They have an upcoming event happening on 15th October at 7.30pm and we will be there too! Click here to register for Chicks eat Vegan next event. We are really confident it will be another mind blowing vegan food tasting experience!

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GOMBO
Okra, Almond Milk Jelly, Pickled Daikon, Mirin Gel, Mustard Cress

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COURGETTE
Aubergine Puree, Grilled Baby Zucchini, Popped Amaranth, Cherry Tomato Confit

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TOPINAMBOUR
Jerusalem Artichoke, Raw Asparagus, Meyer Melon, Black Truffle Essence

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CHOU

Green Leaf Savoy Cabbage “Maki”, Pinenut Consomme, Momotaro Tomato Concasse

The Japanese series was just WOW! I cannot believe with such ingredients they could make one of the best japanese food we have ever tasted!!!

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QUINOA
Quinoa Sushi Tempura, Pickled Jelly, Pineapple Jam (THIS WAS MY FAVOURITE!)

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CONSOMME
Seaweed Consomme, Kainome Rice, Sesame, Baby Spinach

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PAPAYE
Papaya Sorbet, Yuzu Zest, Cocoa Nibs

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AUBERGINE
Steamed “Jade” Eggplant, Poached Shitake, Gomadare Dressing

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CELERI
Salt Crust Roasted Celeriac, Brittany Grown Baby Vegetables, Micro-Cress Salad

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PASTEQUE
Compressed Watermelon Tartare, Iced Mango, Mint

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GRAINE DE CHIA
Chia Seed Pudding, Organic Soy Milk, Raw Sugar

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CHOCOLAT
Home-Made Chocolate Mendiant, Pate-De-Fruit, Walnut-Date Cookie

We were surprised to learn that Chef Emmanuel Stroobant is vegan himself and that vegan food reservations are available at his restaurant upon 2 days advance notice.

Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-15 Quayside Isle, 098375

Phone: 6438 0887

Tue – Fri: 17:30 – 00:00

Sat: 11:30 – 14:30

Sat: 17:30 – 00:00

Sun: 11:30 – 00:00

Closed: Mon

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