Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Savour 2013 not just for a day but for two days. My friends Biona and Collin invited me to join them at Savour, and I am happy to report that my belly was very happy.
On the first day, it was a blazing hot Saturday afternoon (I was sunburnt). Despite the heat, there was a steady stream of crowd. Savour 2013 is divided into two main sections – the Gourmet Village and the Gourmet Market. You are better off getting the ticket early as there is quite a bit of price difference (compared to getting it at the door). The tickets that we have received allowed us to have access to the two main sections (the Savour Pass allows you to gain access to the Gourmet Market only). Armed with our Savour dollars (which you will need to change to purchase food or products), we walked around the Gourmet Village, deciding what we wanted to eat.
My first stop was at Gunther and I ordered their signature cold angel hair pasta with truffle and Oscietra caviar (S$18). This was one of my favourite dishes that I tasted at Savour. The pasta was a much needed relief from the scorching heat – it was cold yet tender. The truffle was fragrant but not overpowering, and the caviar was briny and firm. Everyone at the table loved this dish and we were happily “burping truffle”.
Biona went off to Pollen Street Social and brought back the slow cooked Angus ox cheek (S$14) which was braised in Burgundy and served with horseradish and potato puree, roasted carrot and topped with bone marrow crumb. I am a fan of Jason Atherton. I have dined in both Pollen and Esquina, and have yet to be disappointed. And this dish was delicious. The savoury ox cheek just melted in my mouth. Though I could not taste the horseradish, the puree was smooth and creamy. The bone marrow crumb was a surprise – it was crispy and salty – giving the dish the much needed “crunch”.
The next dish that I got was L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon’s La Caille – free-range quail with mashed potatoes (S$18). I got this dish because I want to try Robuchon’s famous mashed potatoes. It was pure happiness. Unlike most puree or mashed potatoes I have tasted, it was not really buttery but the texture was velvety and it literally just disappeared when I popped it into my mouth. It did not need any jus or sauce, I can eat a bucket of the mashed potatoes. The quail was perfectly cooked but it was the mashed potatoes that stole my heart.
The prettiest plate of the day was Mirazur’s quinoa risotto, served with bacon, fried Jerusalem artichoke skin and parsley sponge (S$12). It was a beautiful garden on a plate. We almost couldn’t bear to eat this dish. The quinoa was beautifully cooked and seasoned. I was a big fan of the parsley sponge – it was salty and pungent.
After our little feast at the Gourmet Village, we went off to the Gourmet Market where more deliciousness awaits us (and we really needed the air-conditioning). At the market, it was further sub-divided to wine, baking, lifestyle and gourmet. At both lifestyle and gourmet sections, it featured some of our local restaurants like Oso, Balzac. We also each got a cup of free beer (thanks Tuckshop.sg) and we couldn’t resist bagging Cirio tomato sauce and Barilla pasta that were on sales.
At the baking section, Biona and I found our favourite pie shop – Windowsill Pies. We tried their lime with vodka jelly and coconut cream pie which was a new flavour and made its debut at Savour. To go with our pie, the generous owner gave us a sample of Gryphon Tea Company’s Gold Muscato white tea which we love. As for the pie, unfortunately it was not a hit with us. The lime flavour reminded us of cordial and we couldn’t taste much of the vodka. That said Windowsill Pies still have other awesome pies which everyone should try.
After we were done with the pie, we went to the Jasons pop-up store. There were tomatoes, potatoes, jams, chutney and juice for all to sample. Almost half the store was dedicated to cheese. And guess who went around sampling all the cheeses? One of our favourites was Beemester’s classic cheese which was aged for 18 months. Originated from Netherlands, the cheese had a marmite-umami quality, making me wanting more.
We finally ended our day by sharing one dozen of Pacific oysters among the three of us. The guy who shucked our oysters was not very skilled. But the fresh, sweet, briny oysters just made us smile and ended our day beautifully.