Dudi Audeus – SINGAPORE TATLER – May 27, 2019
In keeping with the Basque spirit, the team at The Alkaff Mansion have partnered with Basqvium, the so-called guardians of Basque cuisine in and outside Spain, and have set up the Spanish Cuisine Development Group. Members include Basque chefs Marta Elvira Segalés and Silvana Pascual Romero, Tom Kung, head chef of UNA, and Sujatha Asokan, the World Gourmet Summit’s Rising Chef of The Year 2019.
They’ve gone to great lengths to ensure you get the same experience here as having a delicious meal in cities like Bilbao or San Sebastian by bringing in rare Basque wines and tipples and dishing out Basque favourites using Basque produce where possible.
It’s easy to immerse yourself in this vibrant culture by having a few drinks at the bar, located on the first floor. If the weather is unforgiving, choose to sit inside and revel in the gorgeous space that has an expansive pintxo bar counter in the middle. Otherwise, park yourself at the outdoor area while having a cocktail, ice cold beer, wine or cider along with small plates.
The second level is dedicated to the restaurant, arguably the most romantic place in the mansion with its ebony-hued timbers, contemporary lighting fixtures that bathe the interiors in warm yellow light, and a view overlooking the lush greenery in Telok Blangah.
Before you leave the premises, make the Wildseed Café on the ground level your final stop. This is an extension of the original outlet at The Summerhouse, offering all-day dining pastries and cakes crafted by executive pastry chef Jasmin Chew. Have them at the quaint café, or better yet, bring home some treats to share.
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