There are some amazing dining opportunities to be had in Singapore. Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of those, Novus, to sample their Summer Truffles Creations menu created by Austrian resident chef, Stephan Zoisl.
Novus, as the website states, is housed within the recently refurbished portals of Singapore's National Museum on Stamford Road. The restaurant setting is refined and totally in fitting with its surroundings. The ambiance is discreet and relaxing and it is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, entertain business associates or just simply for no reason other than as a special treat. The restaurant only seats forty eight in order to preserve this unique ambiance and to ensure that every dish can be served to the highest quality possible.
Asides from the restaurant Novus has a bar area serving a range of drinks including some deliciously refreshing cocktails. The bar is as intimate as the dining area and is the perfect way to begin your dining experience at Novus. There is also a separate area of the restaurant available for private hire as well as a cafe open during the day.
The summer truffle creations menu I sampled runs from now until the end of August 2011. It was a delight with every dish perfectly presented and full of flavours. The Novus website describes the dining experience here as 'sensorial' and it most definitely was. The look of every dish as it arrived at the table alongside the care and attention to detail each was given was tantalising to the taste buds and all my senses. Once tasted they truly were wonderful and absolutely as good as they looked.
It has been almost impossible for me to select any dish above all others that I enjoyed the most. They were all stunning. If I was really pushed though and as I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I'd probably select the desserts and in particular the Summer Feelings dessert as that really was refreshing to the palate. Regardless though the service was impeccable with the dishes flowing constantly and our every need looked after by Chef Stephan Zoisl and his team.
The chef, Stephan Zoisl was born in Austria. He began his career by helping in his parents family run restaurant before working his way up in a variety of restaurants in Vienna, Switzerland and Portugal, including two-Michelin-starred restaurants. Having previously worked in Singapore he then returned to Europe on a eight month sabbatical which included a month at The Fat Duck in the UK, before returning to Novus and creating these stunning dishes.
|Heirloom Tomato and Prawn Tempura|
Novus is definitely a restaurant to visit and a dining experience not to be forgotten. I don't think you'll be disappointed by any aspect of it, the Summer Truffle Creations dishes are absolutely exquisite and served in perfect surroundings.
|Foie Gras Parfait Treated Like A Salad|
|Crisp Duck Confit|
|Black Angus Beef Meets Summer Truffle|
|Summer Truffle Ravioli|
|Snow Cod and Zucchini Flower|
|Ocean Trout and Summer Truffle|
|Organic Chicken and Truffle|
|Triple Cooked French Fries|
mangosteen, berries and citrus fruits surrounded by chocolate crumbles, elderflower granite sphere, wild strawberry espuma and cassis ice cream
|Snowball and White Peach Sorbet|
|Verrine of Nectarine, Green Tea and Sauternes|
|Valrhona Chocolate Test|
38% mousse, 55% souffle, 66% creme anglaise, 72% truffle, 85% sorbet
Novus Restaurant, Bar, Cafe and Courtyard
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road #01-02
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday
Lunch from 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner from 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Bar from 5.00pm to 12 midnight (Monday - Thursday), 5.00pm to 1.00am (Friday and Saturday)
Tel: (65) 6336 8770
Dress code: Smart, elegant
Other details: Complimentary parking coupons provided for restaurant diners; major credit cards accepted; smoking tables available.