Wednesday 20 March 2013

Spices: Gunther's (Singapore) - Ranked 14th as Asia's Best for 2011/2012

After securing our plane and F1 tickets, the next thing I did was to look for a nice place to eat in Singapore. Since there would be the F1 event, I knew that most good restaurants would be fully booked. After making inquiries in some of the restos, Gunther's replied and told me they have a table available on our selected date.


The restaurant is relatively small, there were only a few tables set up. The place evokes a very chic and minimalist vibe with its black walls and ceiling. 

Inside Gunther's

We decided to have their Three Course Lunch Set Menu. Luckily for us the starter and main course had three choices so we got to try out everything. The Lunch Set cost SG $38++ (around Php1300) per person.

Lunch Menu

Complimentary mini baguette and butter was served.

Mini Baguetter and Butter

The first starter that I got to try was the Stuffed Eclair, Farmer Salad, Iberico de Bellota ham. It looked really good but this was our least favorite. 

Stuffed Eclair, Farmer Salad, Iberico de Belotta Ham

Between the eclair was the famer salad and Iberico ham. I felt that it would have been better if the potatoes were cut smaller and they could have added more slices of the ham. The huge chunks of potatoes overwhelmed the flavors and textures of the whole dish.  

The Toast Champignon de Paris, Vongole consists of a toast withe slices of mushroom, lettuce, arugula and clams. The combination of flavors and texture on this dish was spot on.

Toast Champignon de Paris, Vongole

I like the bread's crunchiness, it complimented the juicy texture of the mushrooms and clams.

The Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon looks and tastes so simple. But this has to be the most creamiest and tastiest scrambled eggs I've ever had.

Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon

For our main course, I started with the Roasted Threadfin, Green Asparagus.  

Roasted Threadfin, Green Asparagus

The very first thing that caught my attention was the huge stalks of green asparagus, it was thicker than a normal finger and is around eight to 10 inches long. I thought the the asparagus would be hard and stringy but it turned out really soft and tender.

The fish was cooked perfectly, the skin was crispy and the center was soft and milky. It was on top of a lightly seasoned chunks of tomatoes and olive oil. Also on the dish was some fragrant rice.

The Tomato Pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano was an absolute delight, all of us declared it to be our favorite. Angel hair pasta in a creamy Parmigiano Reggiano cheese sauce with cherry tomatoes

Tomato Pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano

Everything on that plate was perfect. The pasta was al dente and I love the harmonious blend of the saltiness of the creamy cheese sauce and the sweetness of the juicy tomatoes. So simple yet unforgettable.

The last main course was a surprise, we asked what Gunther's Creation was for that day, the server answered Braised Beef Cheeks. When the dish was served it looked so promising, a chunk of beef with a red wine reduction on top of mashed potatoes, roasted corn and a vegetable fritter on the side.

Braised Beef Cheeks

The most tender part of any meat, be it pork, fish or beef can be found on the cheeks. This is exactly how the dish was prepared, the chunk of beef was so tender that you wouldn't even need a knife to cut a piece off. The beef cheeks was under seasoned, it needed a tad more salt to bring the flavors of the sauce and meat. Nonetheless we enjoyed the dish.

For dessert, Caramelized Banana, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ganache and a Spiced White Wine Reduction. The dessert was simple and tasted like how it looks. What I enjoyed most is the swirl of the spiced white wine reduction on the plate, mixed with the different components on the dish, it brought out interesting flavors.

Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Caramelized Banana with Spiced White Wine Reduction

The Coffee they served was Nespresso and it came with Petiys Four that consist of a Madeleine, Almond Cookie Financier, Vanilla Syrup Crisp and Chocolate.

Nespresso Coffee

Petits Four

Our lunch was simple yet satisfying, we all had smiles when we made our way out of the resto. Each ingredient was of excellent quality and everything was cooked perfectly.  And for only SG $38++, this is one of the best lunch where we got great value for what we spent.

Gunther's Modern French Cuisine (Singapore)
Address: 36 Purvis St., Singapore 188613
Operating Hours:  Open from Mon to Saturday for Lunch ( 12pm to 2:30 pm)
                                                                             Dinner (6:30pm to 10:30pm)
                              closed on Sundays
Tel No: +65 6338 8955

1 comment:

  1. Gunther's Modern French Cuisine25 March 2013 at 20:37

    Hi Yaj, thank you for your kind compliment. On behalf of the team at Gunther's, we hope to see you back at the restaurant again soon. Cheers!