You don’t have to read between the limes at Sorrel. The new restaurant, located in the Boon Tat Street enclave, calls itself an approachable fine dining restaurant. In other words, all the good stuff without all the unnecessary fluff.
Opened literally a few days ago, the kitchen is led and helmed by Executive Chef Johnston Teo, who describes Sorrel as a cross over between a bistro and a fine dining concept, “Guests may notice that Sorrel’s interior is similar to a casual bistro. The space is welcoming and unassuming, but the food remains identifiable as fine dining. You’ll still be able to enjoy the quality and presentation of fine dining cuisine at a more accessible price point.”
The 24-year-old chef works with a mantra that good food does not have to be complicated, and we agree.
“We let the ingredients lead the direction of the menu. Using quality products is a given so we work towards creating food that brings about a balance of familiarity and surprise. We explore ways to present a dish in an unexpected way by playing with contrasts and pushing flavours to extremes,” says Chef Johnston on his culinary approach.
If you’re an early adopter like we are, be sure to try their Roasted Baby Chicken paired with Japanese maitake mushrooms, a purée of onion, charred onion, asparagus and a chicken consommé reduction. Not to be missed is Sorrel’s Octopus dish – the octopus goes through the confit process for five hours, then seared and subsequently served with romanesco over a bed of smoked potatoes in an algae emulsion.
For red meat fans, indulge in their Wagyu shortribs. Featuring Japanese A4 Wagyu, the short ribs are sous vide for 36 hours over a low temperature and paired with smoked bone marrow of beef, leeks and seaweed as complements.
Sorrel offers a 3 and 5-course lunch menu ($45 and $88) as well as a 5 and 7-course ($88 and $118) menu for dinner, with vegetarian options available. The menus are overhauled each season to feature produce that is at its peak, with minor tweaks made to keep things refreshing throughout the season.
One thing’s for sure, don’t take your thyme to try Sorrel out. We’re sure it’s going to get crowded as soon as word gets out.
Prices listed are subject to a 7% GST and 10% service charge.
Sorrel, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620, 6221 1911, www.sorrel.sg
Images courtesy of Sorrel’s Instagram