With the start of Maison Shūko late final month, Zouk Group completes its trinity of urban Japanese concepts in Clarke Quay‘s The Cannery. A stone’s toss from their famed nightlife flagship manufacturer.
Situated on the same level as sister venues, cocktail lounge Here Kitty Kitty and vibey Japanese omakase experience Sushi Ichizuke, Maison Shūko complements the combine with a great deal of local culinary star electricity.
It brings alongside one another 3 community cooks you could possibly be common with. In fact, “Shūko” is an amalgam of two of their very last names – Planet Gourmand Summit MKN Chef of The Calendar year 2018 and 2020 winner and Zouk Group’s Chef Patron Angus Chow, and regional tv standard Justin Foo, who has labored in the kitchens of Restaurant Par Andre, Le Saint Julien, Senso Ristorante.
Completing the trio is previous chef-owner of Le Binchotan, Jeremmy Chiam, who also brings the hospitality match to their intimate 8-seater cafe with his past encounter stewarding with Singapore Airlines.
The yearlong runway of Maison Shūko commenced with Chefs Angus and Justin wanting to showcase Singapore’s possess producers while crafting their own narrative as Singaporean cooks who trained in French culinary strategies, and we get just that with their initially 8-program menu, which shines with intention and the considered procedures driving each and every program.
The to start with flavor comes in the type of two amuse bouche that established our anticipations up for the night time: Fish Puri and Potato “Chip”. Riffing off Indian avenue food pani puri, the crisp flatbread shells keep seasonal fish tartare (in our situation, tuna) with tomato confit and white wine shallots.
The latter presents an nearly reverse flavour blend with its maximalist interpretation of patatas bravas. Smoked with applewood ahead of serving, its aroma perfumes the air as you tuck into layers of mille-feuille potato, bafun uni, and smoked avruga caviar.
Following the treats are cleared, lights are turned down low for Maison Shūko’s documentary-design and style featurettes. Directed by Chef Justin, who is also an attained producer for digital system FTTG Media, the first small movie normally takes us to Long Kuang Hung Crocodile Farm for a glimpse of their working day-to-working day.
This audio-visible immersion prior to each program realized its intent of heightens connections concerning us diners, the chefs, and our tricky-working farmers and food stuff producers.
Commonly served in soups and lauded by common Chinese medication practitioners for its health and fitness added benefits, crocodile meat will get zesty with a larb-fashion dressing of ponzu, soy, and black garlic in Crocodile & Crackers.
Visually remarkable with its capacity to evoke the lush image of the reptile’s natural habitat, it doubles up as a great vessel for making the most of the tender and somewhat chewy tail meat that was pounded and marinated in lime.
Our screens then zip around to Lim Chu Kang for the future course’s inspiration – Singapore’s only goat farm Hay Dairies.
Observing the goats feed tranquilly on GMO-free of charge alfalfa hay and unique feed from Australia, we’re happy that the foundation listed here is freshly manufactured goat’s cheese.
Balanced with a texture of tomatoes, the tomato and pineapple sorbet with balsamic vinegar was a contact too sweet for us, but we savored the slight gaminess of the cheese just fine with basil oil and heirloom tomatoes.
We appreciate fish from Ah Hua Kelong wherever we’re dining, though Maison Shūko’s binchotan Grilled Grouper could a person up most of them.
To distinction the fattiness of the fish is the French-type fumet – a foundation for soup, sauce, and seafood dishes – built with grouper bones and uplifted with dashi and the slight creaminess of soy milk.
With a dash of earthiness from matsukake mushrooms, we’re content, in particular with a cup of dry sake to pair.
Following, we head west to Jurong Frog Farm, which equipped our favorite study course of this food, Har Jiong Frog Legs & Papaya Sambal Sorbet.
Their chonky bullfrog legs are marinated for a working day in Chef Justin’s secret prawn paste recipe and get there piping warm from the deep fryer even though the sambal sorbets provides a fruity cold factor on the plate.
Warm and cold, savoury and spicy – delectable!
We cross the halfway mark with Au Japon by Chef Jeremmy, inspired by his working experience doing work for a Japanese chef in France – a time when luxuries were hard to appear by and convenience-retailer oden was a quick, comforting meal.
Evenly grilled around binchotan, the sake, mirin, and miso glazed foie gras is layered on sweet nashi pear silvers and simmered daikon. You are going to want to slurp up all the fatty goodness of the dashi broth.
Really do not struggle the decadence of Chef Angus’ signature Truffle & Rooster Yolk Somen. Served chilly, he pairs chilled somen with freshly shaved Australian Perigord Truffles, truffle oil, and an extremely loaded egg sabayon created from the eggs of kampung chicken from Ang Seng.
Toppings of crispy sakura ebi, tobiko, and shio kombu incorporate umami and texture to the lavish sauce and silky noodles.
Japan’s the closing savoury desired destination on this gastronomic journey, specifically to the prefecture of Miyazaki. Evoking the aroma of incredibly hot tea with a dusting of earl grey tea and leek charcoal around grilled A5 Wagyu shorter rib, we thoroughly appreciate its pairing with Yen Cha, a teapot-brewed toasted oolong tea with mineral notes and a extended end.
Its tannic mouthfeel allows to minimize by way of the beef’s rich, buttery marbling and the flavourful sauce of beef jus and emulsified Wagyu unwanted fat.
For dessert, we return nearer to home with the Calamansi Blanc Manger, impressed by Singapore’s city backyard landscape and informed by flavours of essential lime pie.
Calamansi and thyme parfait sit on a mattress of frozen shortbread shavings, almond sponge and calamansi gel, while the raspberry coulis loaded white chocolate bonbon presents a sweet-tart counterpoint.
There is a winner in its finishing of micro cress as well, which are sourced from community social enterprise Green Cube, which trains men and women with disabilities in the city farming of microgreens.
Immediately after ending up the nth pot of Yen Cha with matcha madeleines new from the oven, we depart wanting to return for the trio’s “Asiatique cuisine” that bends boundaries with intention, regard and a feeling of spot.
Maison Shūko is positioned at 3E River Valley Highway, #02-02, Clarke Quay, The Cannery, Singapore 179024, p. +65 9489 8357. Open up Tuesdays to Saturdays with 1 seating at 7pm. Closed Mondays and Sundays.
This article was initially printed in Town Nomads.