Yup, another secret supper and this time, it’s with Singapore Secret Supper Society. I can’t recall how I came to know about this group…maybe the same way as the previous? Well, I had joined the online group for a few months and finally, I managed to sign up for one of suppers. As you might have read, my last secret supper wasn’t as great as I hoped it to be, but after this round, I think it’s quite safe as the organiser is the chef, especially since I’ve sampled the cooking. The payment method was also a little different. We pay on the spot and even though a suggested amount was given, we can decide how much to put in the “pot” after the meal. I believe this meal was well worthed the suggested amount.
This session was simply called “Meet & Eat” (they usually have themes) and at a “place immersed in art”. It turned out to be held at Artichoke at Sculpture Square (Middle Road), which was closed on Mondays, so the organiser (Jeremy Cheok) could book the place for the event. I even met a work acquaintance at the event! Talk about small world.
Just a short pitch for the organiser: He and team run a set-up called JAM where you can hire them to plan, cook and serve a private dinner at your home, be your secret sous chef or even learn cooking from them.
So, here’s the menu.
First up was the Caramelized Pumpkin Shooter, which was our soup of the day.
Yum, the oven roasted pumpkin puree was thick and rich, and what’s really cool was that they were served in shot glasses, and topped up with carafes of soup. And the (what looks like) paprika sprinkled on top added that tinge of spice to it. I believe I took 2 or 3 “shots” and would have drunk more if I weren’t saving my stomach for the later dishes (which were unknown to us).
Second up was the starter, Chargrilled Squid, which was squid stuffed with olive and piquillo pepper squid ink risotto.
Squid is very hard to cook; being under- or over-cooked would mean “rubber”. But this was cooked just nice so I could easily bite through it and squid ink risotto is always a winner. I was quite intrigued by the slight tangy zesty taste at the end. Was that the piquillo pepper? It tasted almost lemon-lime I think…a familiar taste, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. It was a bit messy though as the risotto fell out, but not too difficult to scoop it up.
Next were the sides and main course. First, the sides – Garden Platter (garlic lime leaf roasted potatoes, triple bypass broccoli and charred baby kailan).
They all tasted very well-seasoned and delicious, but my fave was the broccoli. It had a very fragrant almond taste to it.
Then there’s the main Angus Rib Eye with chimichurri. Chimichurri is a sauce used for grilled meat.
The beef was very tender and surprisingly smooth, making it easy to chew and glide down the throat. No tough meat there nor meat stuck in your teeth. The sauce went well with it.
Then, the grand finale came, a dessert you probably haven’t tried. Well, I haven’t. Presenting Banana Smores (freshly baked banana bread/cake with slow roast marshmallows and chocolate ganache). I guess the closest thing you can draw similarities to it would be the banoffee pie, maybe.
The marshmallows looked almost like it has an ethereal sheen to it…okay, I exaggerate, but this really rounded up the meal very well, settling our tummies for the night. The banana cake was moist and soft, probably because it was full of bananas, and the marshmallows crisp on the outside and soft on the inside (think campfire marshmallows). Well, I would have liked the marshmallows to be a little more oozy, but it was still delectable, especially when you topped it with a warm chocolate ganache sauce. We all wanted second helpings but sadly, none was availed to us.
On the whole, it was a great experience, and was pretty exciting as we didn’t know the menu at all and just waited to see what would come next. Of course, the taste of the food helped to keep us wanting more. And it was almost free flow as second (or third) helpings were gladly served to us (except for dessert :(). Oh, before you start thinking that I ate all these all by myself, these were actually for sharing among a group of 4-5 of us, but they were replenished if we wanted more. So it was just nice such that we didn’t overeat and were able to savour the meal.
If you noticed, this post has been labelled “1”, so yes! I believe I’ll be going back for more.