American Express Launches Brand New Love Dining Celebrity Edition

American Express Launches Brand New Love Dining Celebrity Edition

For the first time, as part of the American Express Love Dining program—think of it as an improved Palate program, offering up to 50% off dining bills with American Express Platinum Credit Card and Centurion cards at over 60 restaurants and some of Singapore’s best hotels—they’ve launched an extremely special series of menus in collaboration with celebrities!

American Express Love Dining - Celebrity Edition

The brand new Love Dining Celebrity Edition partners four renowned celebrities, and their passion for food, with top hotel chefs to create four diverse, limited edition menus. Hurry, these menus are available from 4 March to 3 May 2017 only – and American Express Platinum Series card members get to enjoy savings of up to 50%, as part of their Love Dining privileges.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Featured


Your World, Your Colours – Pastry Chef Janice Wong in collaboration with Executive Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert at SKIRT, W Singapore Sentosa Cove

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert

Set in the equally imaginative W Singapore Sentosa Cove, Pastry Chef Janice Wong presents a vibrant play on colour, teamed with some clever flavour combinations at SKIRT with Executive Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Booklet
American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Spread

Chef Janice’s American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menu:
– Crab & Avocado Kaffir Lime, Bloody Mary Gel, Micro Salad
– Lobster Mai Tai, Smoked Sweet Potato Paprika, Lobster Espuma, King Prawn Kataifi
– 6-Spiced SKIRT Steak with elements of Mushroom & Mustard
– Rhubarb Compote & Pistachio Custard with Champagne Rose Jelly
*Available all day at $148

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Smoked Chocolate Praline

The adventure kicks off with an amuse bouche of Smoked Chocolate Praline, topped with bone marrow and caviar. Chef Janice recommends savouring the bone marrow and caviar first; it’s rich, buttery and umami all at once, before a pop of the brown treasure box morphs it into a smokey sweetness.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - 6-Spiced SKIRT Steak

My personal favourite is the perfectly executed Spiced Skirt Steak, given depth with mix of mustard, smoked mushrooms and a full-flavoured 6-spice rub, or if you prefer something lighter, go for the Crab & Avocado Salad, brightened with kaffir lime and apple.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Crab & Avocado Kaffir Lime, Bloody Mary Gel, Micro Salad

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Chef Janice Wong with Exec Sous Chef Christopher Ronald Hibbert - Rhubard & Pistachio

End off the meal with a dessert of Rhubarb & Pistachio. Rhubarb is not the easiest ingredient to work into dishes, but Chef Janice balances its tartness with strawberries, supple pistachio custard and champagne rose jelly.


An Oriental-Peranakan Fairy Tale – Jeanette Aw in collaboration with Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong

Legit Peranakan Jeanette Aw—not just because she acted in local drama series The Little Nyonya—showcases the best of two heritages with a beautiful ensemble of Cantonese fare by Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant with quintessential Nonya influences weaved in.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong - Spread

Jeanette Aw’s American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menu:
– Double-boiled Salted Preserved Vegetable with Duck Soup & Bird’s Nest Dumpling
– Baked Cod Fish with Pineapple Nonya Sauce  and Deep-fried Tiger Prawn with Chef’s Special Minced Fish
– Braised Chicken with Buah Keluak and Blue Pea Flower Fried Rice with Egg White & Scallop
– Baked Lava Cake with Gula Melaka with Coconut Ice Cream
*Available all day at $138

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong - Double-boiled Salted Preserved Vegetable with Duck Soup & Bird’s Nest Dumpling2

A most definite highlight, and also crowd favourite, is their dish of Double-boiled Soup with Bird’s Nest Dumpling. The simply slurp-worthy soup not only tastes amazing, but also looks impressive with a ‘chrysanthemum’ meticulously carved out from tofu.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong - Braised Chicken with Buah Keluak and Double-boiled Salted Preserved Vegetable with Duck Soup

Instead of the everyday presentation of classic Ayam Buah Keluak, chef scoops the black, nutty goodness out of its shell and mixes it with minced chicken meat into bite-sized balls. For candlenut-virgins, the mix of chicken also brings down that distinctive bitterness a notch.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong - Baked Cod Fish with Pineapple Nonya Sauce and Deep-fried Tiger Prawn with Chef’s Special Minced Fish

I also enjoyed the course of Baked Cod Fish with partner of deep-fried tiger prawn. The paste wrapped around the tiger prawn is handmade from a blend of Hokkaido scallop and fish, which give it that extra springiness and bite.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Jeanette Aw with Exec Chinese Chef Brian Wong - Baked Lava Cake with Gula Melaka with Coconut Ice Cream

Dessert is a rich Baked Lava Cake, drizzled with Gula Melaka sauce and matched with a delicate coconut ice cream.


Dear Memory – Pornsak in collaboration with Chef Davian Santang, Sous Chef of The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang

Inspired by the memories of his childhood and his mother, Pornsak works with Chef Davian Santang, Sous Chef of The Line, to present a glorious feast featuring sweet and sour pomelo and bold, tropical Thai flavours.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Spread

Pornsak’s American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menu:
– Crab Meat & Pomelo Salad
– Curry Seafood Velouté
– Barramundi with Green Peppercorn & Kaffir Lime
– Soursop & Raspberry Pudding
*Available only on Mondays and Wednesdays as part of the lunch buffet at $62 and dinner buffet at $79

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Spread 2

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Barramundi with Green Peppercorn & Kaffir Lime
American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Curry Seafood Velouté

Personal highlights were the Curry Seafood Velouté—a rich and creamy soup, generous with ingredients and fresh seafood flavours, made robust with heat from curry spices—and the Crab Meat & Pomelo Salad, unselfish with ample Sri Lankan crab meat and a hint of bird’s eye chilli for piquancy.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Crab Meat & Pomelo Salad

Pornsak goes full-blown summer with his smile-inducingly delightful dessert of Soursop & Raspberry Pudding. Silky soursop pudding, given an extra zing with sweet-tart raspberry crystal jelly and summer berry compote.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Pornsak with Chef Davian Santang - Soursop & Raspberry Pudding


East Meets West: Purity – Lennard Yeong in collaboration with Chef Armando Aristarco, Chef de Cuisine of LaBrezza at The St. Regis Singapore

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco

Borne from his well-eaten path around the world, Lennard Yeong has partnered with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco to create a menu that combines the best from the two cuisines that has constantly impressed him: a fascinating fusion of Italian and Japanese.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Spread

Lennard’s American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menu:
– Tonno, Alghe & Bonito
– Minestrone & Brodo Di Dashi
– Spaghetti, Vongole & Sake
– Tagliata Di Manzo, Soia & Sesame
– Savoiardi Al Thé Verde & Mascarpone
*Available only for dinners at $138; wine pairing option available at $188

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Minestrone & Brodo Di Dashi
American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Tonno, Alghe & Bonito

For starters, go straight for the Tonno, Alghe & Bonito—simple yet delicious, fresh yellow fin tuna tartare, masterfully accentuated with crisp Wakame salad, with bonito flakes and a special bonito-soy dressing for that umami kick.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Tagliata Di Manzo, Soia & Sesame

Lennard matches glorious, beefy flavours of the 120-day Grain-fed Angus Beef Striploin with tangy Japanese Wafu (Soy-Sesame) sauce and a stunningly juice side of “Datterino” tomatoes crowned with shaved Parmigiano.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Savoiardi Al Thé Verde & Mascarpone

Matcha-lovers will love the Savoiardi Al Thé Verde & Mascarpone, where the usual coffee elements in Tiramisu are switched out for Matcha. Matcha ladyfinger biscuits are soaked in green tea syrup and topped with Mascarpone mousse, then teamed with matcha pudding and a contrasting Sakura gel for zing.


The Love Dining Celebrity Edition menus are available from 4 March to 3 May 2017 to all diners starting from $62. American Express Platinum Series Card Members can enjoy savings of up to 50% as part of their Love Dining privileges. Terms and conditions apply – http://amex.co/lovedininghotelstnc.

American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition - Lennard Yeong with LaBrezza Chef de Cuisine Armando Aristarco - Amex Card

This was an invited media tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.

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Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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