In a homecoming that truly lives up to its much-deserved significance, Celebrity Masterchef Jerome Leung recently returned to Singapore with the opening of his sophisticated new modern Chinese restaurant Yi by Jereme Leung — at the historic Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Yì, which stands for ‘art’ in Chinese, is the central theme of this restaurant, and one that is beautifully reflected both in its delectable food and the artistic décor. The fine dining cuisine by the multi-award winning chef, in fact, takes diners on a culinary journey through China, presenting the diverse flavours of its many regions in the form of a delightful, contemporary creation.
“Much like this iconic hotel steeped in heritage, I’m excited to present the rich heritage of regional Chinese cuisines that are rarely seen outside of China. After travelling the world for more than a decade, it is only befitting that I present my own expression of Chinese cuisine to Singapore,” said Chef Leung.
An unforgettable gastronomic journey
This innovative expression is revealed in some of the restaurant’s most appealing signature dishes. The gastronomic voyage begins at Yi’s cosy cocktail bar, where Sichuan Spicy Chicken and Sichuan Spicy Crispy Fish Skin perfectly complement the fine wines and other beverages on offer.
Among the mains, creative, modern reinterpretations of traditional dishes present a variety of choices. The Hundred-ring Cucumber & Poached Sea Whelk with Soy Sauce Vinaigrette, for instance, is a refreshingly light creation, reminiscent of classic tastes in northern China. Chengdu’s popular street food gets an exciting makeover as well with the Brined Duck Breast, Beef Tripe & Ox Tongue with Sichuan Chilli Dressing.
The Golden Roasted Duck with Rose & Fermented Bean Sauce & Rainbow Pancakes, served with a house-made rose fermented bean sauce, is a five-coloured dish with the sweet and savoury flavours of sweet potato, spinach squid ink and pumpkin puree. And the age-old food of Guangdong immigrants to Singapore, Fried Rice with Char Siew, Pork Belly & Pickled Long Beans, still packs quite the punch with its hearty character.
Dim sum lovers are sure to delight in the range of offerings, both sweet and spicy, including the Singapore-inspired Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao and the very inventive Purple Sweet Potatoes with Salted Egg Yolk.
Diners may round off this soul-satisfying meal with the perfect dessert: Satay-spiced Ice Cream with Peanut Dust, Fruits & Nuts.
An exceptional dining experience deserves an exceptional setting. And Yi by Jereme Leung delivers beautifully on this aspect, as well. The 111-seater restaurant is inspired by a Chinese legend that revolves around the creation of heaven and earth, which takes the form of warm earthy shades of soft browns and cream, and materials like stone and timber in the main dining room. At the entrance, a stunning, 90-feet long art installation made of 1,000 floral strands, Pale Garden, is a captivating invite into this idyllic haven.
Yi by Jereme Leung is open for reservations for lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, call +65 6337 1886 or email@example.com