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Lavish Lunch At Iggy’s & Announcing Winners of Garnier Giveaway!

2011 – Ranked 27 in S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant
2010/2011 – Miele Guide Asia’s No.1
2010 - Ranked 28 in S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant
And the list goes on & on for this Award-winning Modern European restaurant, which also happens to be in my top 3 fave list.
The lunch was my first visit after Iggy’s had moved from Regent Hotel to The Hilton. The first few months were always fully booked & I finally gave up trying until a recent occasion when I brought 2 friends there.

Ouch! The 4-course lunch menu @ Iggy’s is now S$85++/pax! I felt really bad as I didn’t expect the prices for lunch had gone up so much. Nevertheless, we were all eager to see what Iggy’s had installed for us.

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Honestly, it was an unpleasant start. I was a little put off by the Amuse Bousche. If you’re not a fish lover like me, you’d certainly give this Anchovy a miss.
The twin fish served on Watermelon was marinated with different seasonings – one sour & the other, salted. It was hard to digest for me, too fishy; but my two guy friends gobbled them without a single trace. I assumed they liked it.

I was starving so I indulged myself in their Sour Dough & Garlic Bread. That was good!

Delightful, crunchy & juicy, is how I would describe the Gillardeau Oyster. The appetizer was an execution of explicitness & taste; a dish which marry European influences with fresh Asian flavour. Love how the deep-fried tempura Oyster was served, floating on a bed of sago with a tinge of lemon & dashi.

Call me silly or loyal. Out of 10 visits to Iggy’s, I would order their Cappellini with Sakura Ebi 10 times. Just couldn’t get enough of this. Tried ordering at another restaurant once, but it was a disaster. Guess I would just stay faithful here. One word to describe the pasta: BEST! I won’t talk too much here since I’ve already made my statement in My S$200 Indulgence @ Iggy's. Be sure check out more exquisite dishes there!

While we were waiting in between our meals, we noticed there was something different about the door to the kitchen. Look at the pix carefully:
One minute it was opaque,

Next, it became a see-through door. The 3 of us were trying to make a wild guess. What’s with this magical door? Give it some thought. I’ll reveal the answer at the end of this post. See if you get it right.

Well, I was in a carnivorous mood that day & so I opted for their Angus Rib-Eye as my main. I was totally satisfied with the succulent tender cut, served with Brussels Sprouts & a dash of Wasabi. Not many chefs could produce a medium-well beef that melts in your mouth, & I was 100% happy with the immaculate skills.

The finale was Guinness for me. The Miso Caramel dessert was a real treat with peanuts & marshmallow. However, my friend wasn’t too happy with his dessert.

“Something missing in the middle?” he asked the waiter jokingly. Either you love or hate the plating of this Strawberry dessert. My friend was complaining that he could hardly find any strawberries in it. Lol! What do you think of this presentation?

Ok, so have you got the answer to the mysterious kitchen door?
Iggy’s has this very interesting concept whereby when the door is opaque, it means the chef is busy preparing in the kitchen. When the food is ready, the door will turn transparent to signal to the waiters to enter & pick up the food! Amazing, isn’t it? Have you seen this in your country too?
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Drum roll…………. Announcing the Winners of the Fabulous Garnier Giveaway, selected by!

Congratulations to: Anncoo, Anita Ho & Deli S.
Kindly email your address & contact no. to Loreal will get in touch with you for the prize delivery.
Thank you all, for your active participation; & thank you Loreal, for sponsoring the Giveaway!


  1. Shirley, I was just about to shut down my computer for the night when your delightful post popped up! That is TOO COOL about the "magic door" and I loved the addition of wasabi to brussels sprouts -- will have to try that!

    Congratulations to the winners of your give-away! I love following you around and your product recommendations! :)

  2. Shirley! Me!! I'm the lucky winner? WOoo... Thank you very much!! hahaa.. you can't see me keep smiling :))

  3. Kim, u never fail to make me smile :) I'm glad my posts keep u coming back for more. Thks, sweetie!

    Ann, Congrats! U've gotten yourself a set of fantastic skincare for your daily routine. Hope u'll like it!

  4. The changing concept of the doors seem very intriguing and like you have shared, some of the food worth the try.

  5. This is why I hate U sis.. Always drooling and carving for some food when I'm here.. Ha ha ha.. but the cost really make me like O_o?? Ha ha ha.. Hm,btw,I already check out your recipe for maybe a try on.. BUt found out U got a lot of em!! Wahhhhh.. So many to try.. I think will start from simple desert first.. :-p

  6. Nava, it's the 1st time I've seen this concept & it's brilliant!

    Aki, now u know why my blog's called Luxury Haven! Lol! Easy, just look at the pix in the slide. Click on the one u like & it'll bring u to the page. Remember to send me your pix after cooking yah :)

  7. Serious? The door is really cool then. Hahahahaha!! Wanna visit there for the door. Pffffttt...nola, for the food as well. Food looks good and interesting. =]

  8. Iggy's should have copied your anchovies toast instead. LOL!

    Btw, Thanks for the prize.

  9. Yum yum! Expensive but is sure worth it right? ;)

  10. wow tonnes of nice food there! love it!


  11. Kahmon, u're impressed too, aren't u? Lol! Thks for visiting, will pop by your blog soon!

    Doris, I take that as a compliment. Hahaha! I'm happy that u like my Anchovy recipe :) Congrats on the win!

    Fish, hahaha! Drooling......

  12. That's one very fancy restaurant, Shirley and the food looks great, especially your Gillardeau Oyster, yum yum! And that's a really catchy plating for yoru friend's dessert, I thought you took a picture of the plate after he ate his dessert lol And how cool is that door??? Never seen one anywhere, ever haha.

    Awesome post, Shirley, and congrats to your giveaway winner!


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  13. Hi Shirley, very interesting. Good to know too.
    And you sure know your stuff.
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.

  14. Wi, hahaha! And we thought the waiter took a bite b4 serving us. lol! Thks again, for your awesome comments!

    Uncle Lee, thks & it's great to hear from u :)

  15. Charmaine, guess it's ok to indulge once in a while. Heehee!

  16. waaa it's all about culinary art...great! if i was there, i'd think thrice before eating them..they're too beautiful to be eaten! haha.

  17. Aemy, looks like u've got some good taste too :) Hahaha!

  18. I love dining like this!! What a wonderful review, I only wish I lived a little closer so I could go too. Nicely done!

  19. Kim, sounds cool! Thks for visiting & will love to find out which part of the world u're in :)

  20. Woohoo...congrats to Ann! That magic door is something else!

  21. Biren, hope u'll get the chance to visit Iggy's the next time u visit S'pore :)

  22. Congrats to the winners! So love the door concept, very cool and not I have not seen that anywhere before. The menu sounds overall wonderful, but I agree with your friend on the plating of his dessert, a bit off...
    As always a great and thoughtful review my friend :)

  23. So the strawberry dessert is mean to be presentation only haha :)

    those food portion is slightly too little except the spaghetti . . .

    Fine dinning isn't it :)

  24. KF, guess it's buffet if one prefers quantity. For fine dining, the lesser the food, the more expensive it is. Hahaha!

  25. Alisha, guess it's a totally new concept. I really like it, it makes things so much easier for the staff. The dessert plating's a joke. Really. They should at least add some more strawberries in the middle :)

  26. I'm glad your meal ended on a better note than what it started with. Your friend's dessert plating looks like a piece of art, but I'd probably think there was something missing too. Teehee. That door is so cool and such a great concept. I've never seen that before. Thanks for sharing, Shirley!

    Congrats to your winners!

  27. Lequan, seems none of u have seen this concept before. Looks like it's really new in the mkt. The plating is not cool at all. Lol!


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