If you’re a foodie and hosting your wedding at a Michelin-starred restaurant has been on your mind for a while, we’ve got great news for you. Alma by Juan Amador is very approachable and serves excellent fusion cuisine that all your guests can definitely appreciate.
The man who lends his name to the restaurant, Juan Amador, is sometimes described as the best chef in the world. He is of Spanish descent, but he honed his skills in Germany, which was where he earned his first Michelin star. Marrying his Spanish roots and his sharp sense of aesthetics, Juan Amador’s signature style can be seen in the dishes he creates, and he would later go on to achieve three Michelin stars in 2011, an outstanding culinary achievement for any chef.
Alma by Juan Amador, situated at Goodwood Park Hotel, is helmed by Executive Chef Haikal Johari, who brings with him a distinguished culinary career from all over the region. This results in the menu you will see at Alma, which is made up of the freshest ingredients, infused with the Asian flavours that you are familiar with. Alma received its first Michelin star in 2016 and has kept it for three consecutive years.Image of The Cellar, courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image of The Wine Library, courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image of The Courtyard, courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador
We were invited to taste a few dishes from their lunch menu, which starts at an affordable $39++. The interior of the restaurant was minimally furnished, with crisp, white table linen as seen in all fine-dining restaurants, and accented with red pillars and avant-garde art pieces. The restaurant can host a wedding of up to 100 guests. What was more interesting for me were the two private rooms, The Cellar, and the Wine Library. If you’re looking to have an intimate do, and great food and wine is a deal-breaker, then this is it. As one of the biggest American wine importers in Singapore, wine lovers can find excellent rated wines, as well as a prized collection of Screaming Eagle wines, which are a highly rated cult brand produced in Napa Valley.Freshly baked potato bread Strawberry granita to be served on gazpacho Mara de Bois Strawberry, gazpacho with watermelon and swimmer crab Crispy Tofu, with wild mushrooms and foie gras emulsion Brittany Cod, with smoked shimeji and ponzu emulsion Victorian Spring Lamb, with vadouvan, ajvar and mashed carrots Jackfruit dessert, with coconut, banana and custard
Although there didn’t seem to be a theme to the four-course meal we had, it was a meal full of pleasant surprises, and I would return again just for the Mara de Bois Strawberry and Crispy Tofu, which is a signature of Executive Chef Johari.
The gazpacho was sweet, tangy, and savoury at the same time, which was a refreshing appetiser to start the meal with. We were also pleasantly surprised by the homemade tofu. The skin was deep fried to perfection, and there is no faulting the rich foie gras emulsion that complements the gentle texture of the tofu.
The hearty cod fish from the coast of Brittany was paired with subtle Japanese flavours, while the lamb was served with fragrant spiced curry. This, perhaps, was Executive Chef Johari’s playful and direct way of showcasing an East-Meets-West menu.
Get a taste at the Wedding Showcase
It is not often that a Michelin star restaurant opens its doors for an open house, but guess what? Alma by Juan Amador is going to have a wedding showcase on 25 November 2018, and you are all invited. This is a great chance to sample the offerings from Alma and have a look at what hosting your wedding there will be like.Image courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador Image courtesy of Alma by Juan Amador
If you confirm your wedding package during the wedding show, you get to enjoy exclusive privileges worth more than $3,500! To find out more information about the Alma by Juan Amador Wedding Showcase and to register, you can visit this page. Admission is free, so do register early. Even signing up for the wedding showcase wins you a chance to enjoy a complimentary Michelin star-worthy meal for two!
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