Ash & Elm – New Culinary Theatres at Intercontinental Singapore
Situated on the ground floor of Intercontinental Singapore, the new Ash & Elm takes over the space which used to house the longstanding all-day dining restaurant, Olive Tree. Featuring three exciting culinary theatres – a Charcuterie & Cheese room, Wood-fired oven and an open-grill kitchen, it’s not just a feast for your stomach, it’s also a culinary feast for your eyes!
True to the offerings of a European dining restaurant, their menu revolves around an assortment of classic and re-invented dishes that are prepared on-the-spot (“live in action”) at its three culinary theatres. Complemented by a list of over 100 different labels of wines handpicked from renowned regions, a comprehensive selection of quality wines are made available alongside exceptional menu highlights.
Designed for diners seeking hearty and comforting European food, the menu at Ash & Elm offers a selection of sharing platters, house-cured and premium meats, as well as sustainability-sourced seafood, primed with the traditional craft of classic wood-fired ovens and charcoal-grill.
We began with a selection of their signature sourdough bread, flatbread and French baguette accompanied by unsalted butter and flavoured butter specially sourced from France. We had the seaweed flavour and really like that the butter gets its natural saltiness from the seaweed. There are more oriental flavours such as the yuzu and the citrus butter.
Pumpkin and Bacon flat bread ($18) is made fresh in the wood-fired oven kindled with Jarrah hardwood from Western Australia. Containing ingredients like pumpkin, bacon, nutmeg, sage, mascarpone and parmigiano reggiano, the aroma lingers in the air when the flatbread is taken out of their oven. It makes us even hungrier and more eager to sink our teeth into this delectable dish.
Moving on, we checked out their Charcuterie & Cheese room where the chef introduced 10 different types of cheese from across France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom. Their selection of cheeses here are served in Cheese platters of three, four or five cheeses ($24/$28/$34) for those looking to round up the meal before the sweets.
Charcuterie on the menu is served in small and large portions, catering to varying group sizes and is perfect for sharing. The meat is sourced from France, Italy and Spain. We recommend first-time diners to try the Ash & Elm Platter ($24/$42) which consists of a mix of house-made delights including house-cured beef pastrami, house-cured hot smoked pork loin, cold-roasted beef, air-dried pork belly and presse de foie gras with smoked duck that is served straight out of the Charcuterie & Cheese room. Our personal favourite is the presse de foie gras with smoked duck. With a soft and lovely texture, it’s simply wonderful to the palate!
Platter servings follow through to the Beef Tasting Platter ($108), giving diners the option of sampling a range of meat offerings from the “Mains” and the Charcoal Grill that uses specially imported Manuka woodchips from New Zealand, alongside charcoal to provide broad robust flavours and natural caramelisation to meats. We had USDA New York Striploin, Australian Rib-Eye steak and French Bavette dAloyau with béarnaise, peppercorn and natural jus. Some sides include handcut baked roseval potato wedges with paprika-rosemary, grandma’s mashed potatoes, sautéed mixed mushrooms and grilled green asparagus.
For those with a preference for seafood, the classic Seafood Linguini ($31) coated in a thick crustacean sauce, and the sustainably farmed Tasmanian Salmon Fillet A La Plancha ($46) with a grapefruit hollandaise are two must-tries from the “Mains”.
A good dessert is often the key to ending the meal on a high note. Desserts at Ash & Elm are designed and created by Pastry Chef, Ben Goh. Using a few key ingredients in each dessert, they emphasize on the interactions between the texture and flavour of each, so that it’s simple yet satisfying.
We had their chocolate-hazelnut pizza ($24) which contains chocolate brioche, dark, milk and white chocolate, praline and marshmellows, accompanied by cocoa granite and white chocolate ice cream to clean your palate. This dessert is so chocolatey rich, perfect for chocolate lovers! We had Peach Melba ($14) and Yuzu-Citrus combination ($14), as well as their seasonal soufflé ($15).
Ash & Elm
Address: Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6825 1008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (daily a la carte lunch), 12pm – 2pm (Mon-Fri semi-buffet lunch) and 6pm – 10.30pm (daily dinner)
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