White Truffle Dinner December 2015

In December 2015 I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a White Truffle Dinner at the Tower Club Singapore that was arranged by the Tower Club’s Executive Chef, Frank Kilian. As the meal was going to be something special we had to “push the boat out” yet again, and we most certainly did!

The view from the Tower Club, which is on levels 62 – 64 of the Republic Plaza in Raffles Place Singapore, is pretty good and always adds to the night.

The Food

The Menu

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But first the reason we were there, the White Truffle!

White Truffles usually sell for around €4000 per kilo retail, so this one was worth a bit! Guessing it weighed about 200 – 300 grams.

Starter

Confit Tuna with Onion Marmalade and Soubise

White truffles just added to this great starter!

 Second Course

Torched Veal Tenderloin with Truffle Mayo, Celeriac and Herbed Dust

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Pasta

Tagliatelle

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Freshly shaved white truffles with any pasta is always good, this was even better, it was excellent!

Main Course

Spanish Pork Loin with Sweet Corn Sorfito, Pork Lardo and Fondant Potatoes

Enjoyed this dish immensely, always enjoy a good pork loin. The different textures and flavours made this one of the highlights of the night. Not enough truffles though!

Cheese

Mont dor Cheese with Pear and Croutons

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Had never had Mont dor Cheese before and enjoyed it. Very different experience to what I was expecting

Dessert

The Mystery Dessert!

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This was whipped up by Chef Frank when he found out that we had a dessert wine, especially a Klein Constantia Vin de Constance. Not bad for no notice and no one around to help, as it was a bit late by this time so the kitchen was closed!

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Thanks Frank!

The Wine

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2 Arlaux Premier Cru Brut Grande Cuvee

Vintage: NV
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: 60% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 12.5%

Have had this a few times now and have always enjoyed it. A good go to for bubbles, not overly expensive but still a high quality NV Champagne
3 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

Vintage: NV
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12%
4 Felton Road

Vintage: 2011
Region: Bannockburn Central Otago, New Zealand
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
5 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 47

Vintage: 2008
Region: Hunter Valley, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.5%

A good example of what Aussie Chardonnay should be, not over powering on the nose or palate. Still developing, should evolve into a great wine in few more years.
6 Giaconda

Vintage: 2001
Region: Beechworth, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Format: Magnum

My contribution to the night, still very youthful. Surprised a lot of people that it was a Pinot, lots dark fruit and berries, balanced with a long finish. Even though it was in a magnum it disappeared way to quickly. Definitely one to add to the must have again list.
7 Gambert de Loche Hermitage

Vintage: 1995
Region: Rhone Valley, France
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 13%

Lots of fruit, nice balance, elegant tannins, long finish.
8 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm

Vintage: 2006
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%

Way too young, but still a good drop. According to some experts the peak of this wine maybe 2030.
9 Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay

Vintage: 2007
Region: Volnay Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13%

Great deep colour, a balanced wine with fine tannins and an enjoyable long finish!
10 Domaine Joseph Voillot Les Rugiens Pommard 1er Cru

Vintage: 2007
Region: Southern Rhône, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13%

A very structured, balanced wine, nice nose, long finish. Enjoyable!
11 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance

Vintage: 2005
Region: Constantia Western Cape, South Africa
Varietal: Muscat de Frontignan
Alcohol: 12.3%

What a great wine, my first sticky from South Africa and will not be my last. Love the golden colour, great nose, balanced acid with a long finish. Can't wait to have this again.

Oz’s Wine Reviews

 

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As he usually does, Chef Frank provided us with a superb dinner that was backed up by a great selection of wines. Can’t wait for the next dinner!

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Cheers!

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