Nicknamed ‘The Grandfather’ of the Singapore F&B scene, Swiss-born Chef Otto Weibel, the man behind the newly launched Black Marble at Raffles Holland V, believes flavours come from the grill and not the 'plastic bags'; hence sous vide meat is forbidden in his kitchen. That makes so much sense, and with those words, you can be assured of the quality of the food at Black Marble. Specialising in grilled items, Black Marble selectively sources meats from Australia, Japan and USA, and they will be all chargrilled to bring out the best of their qualities for you to savour upon.
Black Truffle Emulsion 4/5
Truffle-infused mushroom soups are typical these days but not with Black Marble. Instead of using bits or chunks of mushrooms for textures, Black Truffle Emulsion ($15.00) is spiked with puffed wild rice, crisped kale bits to juxtapose against the creamy mushroom emulsion.
Baked Brie Cheese 4.2/5
Baked Brie Cheese ($16) suits any occasions, be it as an appetiser, as a wine accompaniment if you are just here for a couple of wines, or even as a dessert. Freshly baked, it's like a cheese lava cake but trusts me, it's better than a lava cake. To complement the Brie, which isn't a particularly sharp varietal of cheeses, Acacia honey is used for its mellow and floral sweet notes, and the tiny sprigs of rosemary elevate that herbaceous characteristic. And if you notice the blackish drops on the cheese, that's not balsamic, though it tastes like one. It's actually fermented black garlic, and just a few tiny dices of it adds another depth to the taste of the cheese.
Lobster & Scallop Saffron Risotto 4.5/5
Although Black Marble specialises in grill meat, its contemporary western dishes are worth looking out for, such as this stunning Lobster & Scallop Saffron Risotto ($34.00). The heady lobster broth was well balanced with Cream Fraiche, and the finishing touches of grated parmesan cheese and smoked mullet bottarga provide just the right of saltiness to bring out the crustacean flavours of the dish. Firm and succulent meat of the seafood with the creamy contrast of the risotto, the dish is a winner.
45 Days Dry-aged Angus Bone-in Ribeye 4.5/5
That said, the star of Black Marble is its aged beef. This 45 Days Dry-aged Angus Bone-in Ribeye 600gm ($78.00) dry-aged in-house with Himalayan salt through a time-consuming process, and indeed, only chargrilling it will do justice to this stunning meat. Given such quality and the portion, we all agreed that the price tag is exceptionally friendly. That will have you think twice before opting for a regular steak next time.
Grain-fed Lamb Rack 4.5/5
Grain-fed Lamb Rack 350gm ($38) is equally impressive. The most feedbacks gathered were that one could hardly taste the gaminess at all.
From The Sea 3.5/5
Just to add some varieties to your table, From The Sea ($88) comes with Boston lobster tail, Tasmanian mussels, U6 tiger prawn, octopus and salmon trout. Compared to the rest of the dishes, this was a little underwhelming.
Burnt Banana & Buttermilk Waffle 3.5/5
For dessert, we had Burnt Banana & Buttermilk Waffle ($12) served with peanut butter ice cream. The waffles didn't disappoint us with its crisp exteriors and fluffy core. But I can definitely do more with the Baked Brie Cheese for sure!
Written and photography 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.
Raffles Holland V
118 Holland Ave
Tel: +65 9641 6913
Nearest MRT: Holland Village (CC Line)
Daily: 11am - 10pm
1) Alight at Holland Village MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]