The Philippine Kinilaw Now On The Menu at Singapore’s Restaurant Andre

A Philippine-inspired dish makes its way to the menu of the highly coveted Restaurant Andre in Singapore! This is the Idea of "Kinilaw" Ceviche, which is Cured Scallop Three Ways in Tiger's Milk served with Cucumber, Apple Jelly and Avocado A Philippine-inspired dish makes its way to the menu of the highly coveted Restaurant Andre in Singapore! This is the Idea of "Kinilaw" Ceviche, which is Cured Scallop Three Ways in Tiger's Milk served with Cucumber, Apple Jelly and Avocado
A Philippine-inspired dish makes its way to the menu of the highly coveted Restaurant Andre in Singapore! This is the Idea of “Kinilaw” Ceviche, which is Cured Scallop Three Ways in Tiger’s Milk served with Cucumber, Apple Jelly and Avocado

My heart was bursting with pride when I discovered that a PHILIPPINE-inspired dish is now on the lunch menu at one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Singapore, Restaurant Andre! The dish is the brainchild of Filipina chef de partie, Johanne Siy-Cuyegkeng, who was inspired when she and chef/ co-owner Andre Chiang visited Manila for Madrid Fusion earlier this year. “I was inspired by the Madrid Fusion experience,” she shares. “The whole approach of drawing from my roots and experiences in creating a dish.”

 

Restaurant Andre Singapore
Restaurant Andre in Singapore has won numerous accolades since it opened 5 years ago, and is consistently on the World’s Best Restaurants Awards– this year it is #1 in Singapore, #5 in Asia and #46 in the world (Photo courtesy of Restaurant Andre)

On the menu, it is called Idea of “Kinilaw” Ceviche/ Cured Scallop Three Ways in Tiger’s Milk/ Cucumber, Apple Jelly and Avocado. It is scallop tartare, cured in Tiger’s milk, mixed with aromatics, spices and shreds of dried scallops– wrapped in a delicate scallop skin, “made by pureeing scallops and rolling them out into a flat translucent sheet like pasta, cooking them sous vide and punching them out,” explains Jo, who worked at Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin and Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud in New York, before joining Restaurant Andre.

Restaurand Andre Singapore Lunch Menu- Idea of Kinilaw Ceviche
The lunch menu on June 12, 2015– what a coincidence, that’s also our Philippine Independence Day!– where the Idea of “Kinilaw” Ceviche makes its debut (Photo courtesy of @richmondezer’s Instagram)
Restaurant Andre Singapore- Idea of Kinilaw Ceviche by Johanne Siy Cuyegkeng 2
Another look at the beautiful Idea of “Kinilaw” Ceviche, the brainchild of Filipina chef de partie Johanne Siy-Cuyegkeng, served with Tiger’s Milk
Restaurant Andre Chef de Partie Johanne Siy Cuyegkeng
Restaurant Andre’s talented Filipina chef de partie Johanne Siy-Cuyegkeng. She worked at Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin and Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud in New York City before moving to the Lion City

It’s not only pretty– meticulously and painstakingly plated, just like every other dish at Andre, but also very refined in flavor, the freshness of the sea– specifically the scallops, sliding flawlessly into the palate– and likewise very refreshing for our Southeast Asian weather! It’s on their lunch menu-– which is a steal at SG $128++— which I highly recommend you order for a taste of the Philippines at the #1 restaurant in Singapore, #5 restaurant in Asia, and #46 in the world.

Restaurant Andre Singapore 3rd Floor
The third floor of Restaurant Andre has a shelf full of photogenic memories and just some of their many, many awards (Oops, I think you can see my reflection taking a photo in the background!)

PS I am currently obsessed with “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan, the sequel to his international bestseller “Crazy Rich Asians.” Hence, I got so excited when I found Restaurant Andre on Chapter 9 of Part 2! In the book, Andre is described as “a top restaurant” and “the elegant white colonial-era shophouse that has been converted into one of the island’s most acclaimed restaurants.” As if we didn’t know that already! :)

Restaurant Andre- Andre Chiang, Cheryl Tiu- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Apart from all the accolades and award,s Restaurant Andre is in the hottest book at the moment– “China Rich Girlfriend!” Andre was puzzled at first when I messaged him “You’re in China Rich Girlfriend!!!” I had to tell him it’s the hottest book right now, which everyone (well mostly girls! ) is reading right now. It’s currently #2 in Changi Airport’s Top 10 Best-Selling Books when I flew out

Restaurant Andre is located at 41 Bukit Pasoh, Road, Singapore 089855. For reservations, phone +65 6534 8880 or visit <restaurantandre.com>. It is open for Lunch: Wednesday & Friday only / $128++; Dinner: Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday / $298++. It is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays