Iggy’s has been commonly known to be Singapore’ Best Restaurant. The restaurant named after respected restaurateur Ignatius Chan is in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2009, the first restaurant in Singapore to be on the coveted S. Pellegrino list.
It was considered the best Asian restaurant in 2012 when it was placed at No. 26 (though fell to the No. 65 spot during 2013). It has been named as the best restaurant in Asia 3 times by the Miele Guide.
Recently, it was the only restaurant in Singapore to enter the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants, compiled by renowned food critics including Patricia Wells, Gael Greene, Ruth Reichl and Masuhiro Yamamoto.
With that many accolades, one would expect more than a gastronomic experience. The main reason for me coming here is that to be a food blogger reviewing some of Singapore’s best restaurants, I should at least try THE restaurant widely known to be THE Best.
It is tough to categorise Iggy’s food. Some call it European, fusion, or east-meets-west. More correctly said, Iggy’s create dishes based on its founder’s favourite food and combinations, incorporating inspirations from the Asian, European and Australian continents.
For lunch, the tasting menu is at $125++, while its usual Dinner Menu is at $195++ and Gastronomic Menu a pricier $275++.
While its dishes are named simply, such as “Bonito”, the presentation of burrata cheese and ginger is like an exquisite piece of art, with taste with a print that is unique to Iggy’s.
Take for example, another dish called “Chlorophyll – sea and soil”, uncooked vegetables placed on a deep black plate resembling an evolving stem. I may call this “Avatar”, but its present name is apt.
This is a salad of 34 different leaves and petals, all raw, all meticulously placed together. It is a visual spectacle more than a taste explosion, though chomping down 34 different plants at the same time will make an impressionable aftertaste- for the food or bad.
Iggy’s signature dish is its Cappellini with sakura ebi, konbu and shellfish oil, which has been around since its days in The Regent. I don’t use the word ‘umami’ often, but this IS UMAMI. The crunchy sakura prawns bring out the flavours of the lightly tossed angel hair pasta, and gently let it slip through your mouth. (The other fantastic angel hair pasta is from Gunther’s.)
However, when I would to look at the overall experience, Iggy’s reputation of the “Best Restaurant” could be a double-edge sword. Service was competent, reservations was easy (via an online form). But I did expect more ‘wow’. Some dishes were impressive, though a good half would not be as memorable or mind (taste)-blowing.
My dinner experience was perhaps marred by the patrons sitting next table, a lady busy name-dropping and complaining about her husband to another man. The distance was close enough that I could hear every single name she dropped. (Not impressed.)
Overall, you would have to appreciate Iggy’s for its aesthetic craft and creation of dishes not found elsewhere, unique to its name.
Level 3, The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883 (Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6732 2234 or send text message to +65 8188 3200 www.iggys.com.sg
Opening Hours: 12pm – 1:30pm (Mon-Fri Lunch), 7pm – 9:30pm (Mon-Sat Dinner), Closed Sun