Young, innovative and highly talented, 35-year old chef Dirk Hoberg of two Michelin-starred restaurant Ophelia (Konstanz, Germany) is best known for marrying international flavours with those of his native Germany. In town until 25 Feb as part of Michelin Guide’s 2016 International Chef Showcase, he’s set up shop in Monti Singapore at Collyer Quay
Serving up a gorgeous slate of Asian-European dishes that thrill and delight, he is most certainly no stranger to Asian cuisine. He’s often in this part of the world, trawling through the local markets for new ingredients to bring home. “Asian cuisine has a different flavours than German cuisine—there’s spicy, sweet, sour. I like it!” he says.
But it is not without its challenges.
“Usually we use French pigeon [in restaurant Ophelia], so this is my first time using American pigeon. Same with the venison; here, we have the Australian one that’s a lot larger than what we’re used to. Normally, we have the small German one, and there’s a difference in flavour, too.”
Besides the blend of East-meets-West, chef Hoberg’s work offers a creative twist on classic dishes—you’ll find foie gras terrine marinated in charcoal and sweet wine, with a touch of apple sorbet on the menu, alongside a pineapple mousse and dehydrated yoghurt sponge dessert.
Tickets are available at $278++ for a four-course lunch menu, and $398++ for an eight-course dinner. All set menus come with a specially curated wine pairing by Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
Chef Hoberg’s visit marks the end of Michelin Guide Singapore‘s 2016 International Chef Showcase. Watch this space for the latest news on the upcoming 2017 season.
Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay
Tel: 6535 0724