Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stellar @ 1-Altitude

Stellar at 1-Altitude City Viewa
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Stellar @ 1-Altitude, has been well known for its modern gastronomic cuisine. If you are keen to try more than one main course, (which I always am), Stellar at 1-Altitude's Gastronomic Menu has up to 19 items for either a four, five or six-course tasting menu. The mix and match menu also features a dessert experience, in which you have a choice of sweets and "dessert art," and you get to see them prepared right in front of your eyes.

Chef Jasmin2a
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Desserts, are often being sidelined, but not to the ladies maybe. However, we can’t deny the fact that, more often than not, they are indeed crucial to concluding your gastronomical journey. I believe it takes a lot of creativity, work and effort, to weave the different ingredients into a petite delight. And Chef Jasmin Chew, seems to possess the right DNA to be recognised in this arena.

Chef Jasmin1a
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A naturally creative person, I believe her graphic design background has enabled her to use colours even more artistically. What her guests will be tasting, are her creations borne of her skills acquired from working overseas, as well as local’s renowned restaurants.

To have a taste of how complex it is, we were first made to do our own dessert - Yoghurt Crème Brulee, which is one of her signature desserts. Trust me, seeing her taking out the Crème Brulee from the mould seems as easy as snapping your fingertips. But when comes to doing it, it’s a totally different thing.

Dessert Art ExperienceHRa
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Luckily we were only required to do one out of the 4 desserts - Fire Ball, Cherry Alaska and Smokey Coals. Plating these 4 desserts were the 2nd challenge. We were equipped with some edible gold paint, coffee crumbles, flowers, whipped cream etc, all the necessary to gel these desserts into one single painting. One of the most important items on the table, was the hand-held flame torch. With this, we torched the sugared top of the Crème Brulee, followed by flaming the liqueur for pouring over the Alaska and the Fire Ball.

Dessert-Peach Alaska1
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When the last drop of flamed liquor fell onto the Fire Ball, it was time for tasting!
Cherry Alaska ($16.00++) - Morello Cherry Sorbet Alaska with an aromatic Amarena soaked cherry centre flambéed with Grand Marnier. Distinctive color contrast was the first thing that caught my eye when I broke the ivory pyramid - a dark red Morello Cherry Sorbet. Sweet and sour, a refreshing dessert to wake up my taste buds. And the best part was when I bit into the Amarena soaked cherry!

Dessert_Chocolate Snow Gardena
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Then we moved down to Smokey Coals ($16 ++). Lapsang Souchang tea infused chocolate ganache wrapped in a thin layer of sponge. A pristine looking piece of art. It is like a white version of your usual molten cake but much more exquisite and delicate. Its flavour is rather subtle.

Yogurt Crème Brulee ($16.00++). I like this tangy version much more than the normal eggy ones, which tends to be sweeter. It is less rich, and I enjoy the lightness of it. The sprinkle of sea salt on top of the crispy burnt sugar works like magic in heightening the overall taste.

The finale was the Chocolate Bomb ($16.00++). After it being flamed with liqueur, it left a dark trail of warm, dark chocolate around the velvety hazelnut praline. Every scope of it, together with the centre piece was heavenly. Marrying the chocolate with the berry compote adds on to the divine factor.

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photo credit to Stellar @ 1-Altitude

If you are here at Stellar, do remember to leave some room for their desserts. Seeing the Chocolate Ball flames in front of your eyes, or smelling the sweet smelling burnt sugar that perfumed the air, their dessert art is not just about satisfying your gastronomical cravings, but an experience that will please your other senses as well.

Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.


Stellar @ 1 Altitude
One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place
Level 62
Singapore 048616
Website
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (NS Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 12am
Sat, Sun & PH: 6pm - 12am

Direction:
Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk towards One Raffles Place which is on the left. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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