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Masterclass @ Salt Tapas and Bar

~Invited Session~

For many reasons, I love Salt Tapas and Bar. Especially when I have had such good encounters time and again. This time round, it was a chance at watching Executive Chef Ronald cook! This almost sounds insane but I have never cooked a whole fish before. My closest encounter to seafood is limited to frozen salmon filets, clams and prawns.

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If I were in Master Chef, this mystery box would be such a joy to work with.

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Chef Ronald was going to demonstrate his signature dish no less! What a treat I must say.

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Spot the difference between a Japanese and Australian Sea Bass.

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Skilful filleting of a seabass, and he says it's a piece of cake. Not. 

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Frying a whole fish in a saucepan of oil takes more grit!

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Basting in hot butter and olive oil. 

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The precious bottle of Verjus which is the soul of this dish, nearly. 

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And more cooking of the bak choy, artichokes and clams!

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For sure Chef Ronald made it look like nothing in 15 minutes but the skills involved probably would take me a fair while. I will be attempting the same recipe with fish fillets soon, wish me luck! 

After an eye feast, it was definitely time to tuck into their new ala carte menu, one that I have raved over before and even made bookings the following week for that! Talk about timeliness sometimes.  

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Roasted Garlic Flat Bread with Romesco ($6)

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Romesco made this appetizer sing, made primarily with peppers. I loved the colour and flavour that it gave to the otherwise bland flat bread.

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Taco of Tempura Soft Shell Crab, Pineapple Salsa, Wasabi Mayo ($14)

I always rave about this and it gets better and better each visit! The most generous portion of soft shell crab sandwiched in a taco and those huge orbs of fish roe. Super yummy and I wish they had main portions for this.

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Pork Belly Sliders, BBQ Pulled Pork, Pickled Cucumber, Chilli ($13)

Another favourite that keeps getting tweaked - imagine having pork belly and pulled pork in a single slider? Lipsmacking delicious. Portions above are clearly multiplied by so many, the usual ones are three to a plate if I am not wrong!

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Day Sashimi, Ginger, Shallot, Persian Feta  ($16-19, price upon application)

Slivers of sinewy goodness. And who'd have thought ginger, shallots and feta would be a worthy marriage?

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House Salad with Ponzu Dressing and Pickled Ginger, Crispy Beancurd ($12)

Plenty of greens in this garden of delight, the crispy beancurd skins gave this already asian inspired salad an added boost.

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Beets, Ricotta Cream, Fig, Pickle Green Chilli, Honey, Thyme Dressing ($14)

I consider this one of those acquired salad dishes, afterall beets are not the easiest vegetables to love. That said, I am a beetroot and fig fan, double love from me.

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Grilled Big Head Prawn with Papaya Salad, Fried Peanuts, Tamarind Dressing ($27)

Be prepared for huge portions but it's perfect for sharing. A culinary art piece infact with such huge yet gorgeous looking big head prawns. It can do with more punch and tang but an easy salad dish to love over and over again.

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Paella of Prawns, Mussels, Clams, Squid, Chorizo, Chicken, Parma Ham, Saffron Rouille ($42)

Paella even in its single portion was way too much to stomach after all the food served. Which is a huge bummer because this was umami amazing. It really puts off the notion that the best paella is served by a spanish chef because it is not true.

Loved the bite of the rice grains, the clever usage of seafood and saffron rouille most importantly that balances the flavours so well!

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Grilled Day Fish, White Wine Clams, Artichoke, Pak Choy ($46-55,  price upon application)

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Having seen the chef whip this up infront of us made this one dish I was looking forward to most. Excellently done with crispy skin and a broth that was full bodied in flavour. The elements came together in good measure of yin and yang.

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Salt Tapas Butcher's Block ($68)

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Grilled Sirloin (150g)

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Spicy Cajun Spatchcock, Chimichurri, Corn Salsa ($26)

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BBQ Pork Ribs, Mash, Pickled Onion, Sauteed Pea, Edamame ($19)

A meat lover's paradise with various techniques displayed, grill, barbeque and sous vide on a single platter. Another of those plates great for sharing, please bring a serious appetite if this is on your wishlist.

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Liquorice Parfait ($12)

Next to icecreams and sorbets, this liqourice parfait is this hot weather's saving grace. Like a granite, it is a thirst quencher, melts in my mouth and is served with zesty citrus wedges.

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Dulce de Leche, Salted Pecan Semifreddo, Strawberries, Wafer ($13)

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Churros, Nutella Sauce, Orange Marmalade, Chantilly Cream ($14)

Tuck into these deep fried snacks that come with a medley of sweet finishes. My personal preference is to dunk it into nutella sauce then chantilly cream for the best of both worlds in a single mouthful.

Nowhere to go for a hearty brunch? Consider Salt Tapas and Bar, a place that I hold dear and would not hesitate to return in a heartbeat.

Salt Tapas and Bar
Raffles City

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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