A hidden gem, literally and figuratively, Plancha’Lah! is a little nook among the coterie of restaurants and bars that make up Andaz Singapore’s Alley on 25.
Only open for dinner, the cosy 26-seater primarily serves up two five-course set menus ($118 and $148). The setting’s intimate, so even if you take the seats at the communal high tables down the middle, you get to admire towering skyscrapers just as easily as what’s cooking on the hotplate.
Given its name, you’re tempted to think the diner has a Spanish bent, serving dishes up a la plancha. But it takes reference from a wider canvas, featuring a range of international ingredients.
From their set menus, you get dishes such as Japanese fruit tomato, comprising a plump and juicy cooked tomato paired with pancetta, pine nuts, balsamic and basil. A mouthful of that combination makes for a multi-textured, toothsome bite.
Patagonian toothfish en papilotte, on the other hand, features an umami, savoury broth that complements the moist, meaty fish well. Alternatively, wild mushroom en papillote is just as appetising, with added earthy aromas forged by a melange of treasured fungi such as shimeji, ceps, morels, chanterelles and king oyster. Another outstanding dish was the wagyu sirloin, A4 Saga beef, which was extremely flavourful and tender to the bite.
Most of all, we appreciate the way the chefs take time to introduce and seek feedback on the dishes as they are served. For its quiet charm, rich flavours and homely touch, we’d return to try what else’s cooking.
5 Fraser Street. Tel: 6408 1288