A preview of chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s new restaurant at Raffles Singapore ahead of its official opening on 5 July.
World-renowned chef Anne-Sophie Pic, famously known for earning and maintaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence, Southeast France, has just unveiled a third outlet of her fine-dining concept La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore—her first outlet in Asia. The other two La Dame de Pic outlets are located in Paris and London.
Situated in the hotel’s main building, at the spot where the former Raffles Grill used to be, Pic’s 46-seater restaurant, featuring soft pastel hues, floral accents, and a gorgeous gold chandelier composed of tiers of discs with laser-cut spades (reflecting the restaurant’s name which is a play on the French name for ‘queen of spades’), exudes elegance and femininity. When asked what sets the Singapore outpost apart from her other La Dame de Pic restaurants, Pic shares that the one in Raffles Singapore is her most feminine one so far, and her dishes here will feature local produce and influences.
For instance, diners will find that Pic has taken the effort to inject a local twist to some of the snacks that are served at the start of the meal, such as the crispy cracker topped with confit lemon and mushroom gel, which is inspired by honeycomb cookies—a popular Chinese New Year snack.
When asked why she chose Raffles Singapore to launch her first restaurant in Asia, Pic, who was named the Best Female Chef in 2011 as part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, shares that Raffles Singapore’s illustrious history resonated with her.
“Making our debut in Asia at Raffles Singapore is a very natural choice for me. Like Raffles, the Pic family’s culinary heritage spans more than a century. Just like this beautiful hotel that will become one of our overseas residences, we are storytellers and constant seekers of excellence. Together, we share the vision to provide distinctive experiences to our guests, delivered with innovation that combines both tradition and change,” she says.
A self-taught chef and entrepreneur, Pic hails from a long lineage of chefs—her great grandmother started Maison Pic in 1889, which was succeeded by her grandfather André, who led the restaurant to earn three Michelin stars in 1934. Pic’s father Jacques later took over the business in 1956 until his sudden death in 1992. After his unfortunate passing, Pic’s brother ran the restaurant briefly before she eventually became the third-generation chef-owner of the eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Valence.
Under her stewardship, Maison Pic continues to thrive and today, together with her husband David Sinapian, the couple run a total of 11 dining concepts located in France, Paris, Switzerland, London and Singapore.
La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore is helmed by chef de cuisine Kevin Gatin, who has been a protégé of Pic for over eight years. Some highlights from the set menus (three-course lunch from $128, five-course dinner from $198) include her signature Berlingots, boasting pyramid-shaped matcha flavoured pasta parcels stuffed with French cheese fondue, served with a herb-of-grace (a medicinal herb) consommé; and the Saga wagyu beef, cooked over coal to perfect doneness, served with beetroot rose and lovage beef jus.
All beautifully plated, Pic’s dishes are not just a pleasing to the eyes, but offer complexity and well-thought out flavour combinations, as seen in the Gariguette Strawberry and Rosat Geranium, a gorgeous dessert consisting confit Batak berries, strawberry consommé and geranium rosat sorbet, which offers lovely sweet-tangy flavours with a nice crunch.
Another notable dish to try is the wild sea bass topped with oscietra caviar and champagne sauce—an iconic dish that Pic’s late father created in 1971.
We recommend going for the wine pairing option, offering exceptional wines from the French regions like one-of-a-kind blends by Michel Chapoutier, created specially for Pic’s restaurants.
La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore opens on 5 July 2019. Lunch and dinner is available from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
For reservation and enquiries, call 6337 1886 or email email@example.com.
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road. Tel: 6337 1886
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