Wagyu Beef Rossini

Kimme – a Korean-inspired Mod European restaurant

{Update: 11 Jan 2020}

It’s been two years since I last visited Kimme. It’s funny reading the last paragraph of my original post below where I said I’d bring my hubby the next time.

I guess it’s taken me two years, huh?

Anyway, to celebrate a very important milestone, we decided on Kimme last Friday night.

And, I am happy to report that Kimme is going as strong as ever. Yes, my hubby was suitably impressed and if I had to recommend a place that serves something really quite unique in terms of mashing flavours, Kimme is it!

We had the Journey menu, a series of 8 dishes ($198 for 2 pax) but unfortunately, I heard that they are probably going to discontinue the concept. Too bad, because this is definitely the best way for folks to discover the full range of the chef’s progressive Korean cuisine.

Well, maybe if they received enough feedback to keep it on their menu, they might, we’ll see.

Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of the what we ate, and while the menu will change, you can definitely get a sense of the direction from the dishes below:

Kimme Snack 2
A sushi ball topped with uni and served on a seaweed cracker started the night.
Kimme Snack 1
Smoked eel kueh pie tee with.. caviar! My kinda snack.
Kanpachi sashimi
What made this kanpachi sashimi next level was the combination of sweetness from the grape slivers, the spice from the gochujang and the herby notes of the basil oil. Win!
Kimme Vegetables
Tangy yuzu sabayon, artfully draped over some Jeju abalone, mushrooms and asparagus.
Kimme Barramundi
Yes, skin that stayed crisp despite the fish swimming in a broth. And what a flavourful broth it was!
Kimme Wagyu Tartare Bibimbap
Not your regular Bibimbap… Wagyu Tartare Bibimbap with an onsen egg and seaweed crisps. Served with homemade white kimchi and of course, best eaten with lots of gochujang sauce.
Wagyu Beef Rossini 2
Kimme’s signature Wagyu Rossini, cooked almost rare in the middle, enveloping foie gras. Served with crunchy kohlrabi to cut through the chewy beef.
Kimme Dessert
Hotteok, Walniut ice cream, gula melaka. Probably the only dish that didn’t wow me, but still, I shamefully ate it all up!

Definitely will make visit #3 happen! Hopefully not in another 2 years. 🙂


{Original Post: March 10, 2018}

I’ve had to crawl out of my hole to write this. It’s been a while since I have blogged: mainly because I have gone back to work full-time and simply do not have any energy to expend on this awesome hobby of mine and also because, it has to take somewhere really special for me to bother to write about it.

So, Kimme. Am I still raving and salivating at the thought of a repeat visit? Well, not to that extent, but good enough that I would like to revisit with my hubby someday soon.

Speaking of hubs, he was away on his own gourmand journey in San Francisco, so left to my own devices, and hell bent on not spending Friday night alone, I called up an ex-Straits Times alum of mine, and headed off to Kimme.

Now this ex-journo friend of mine puts the pressure on me whenever we meet. She is reliant on me to suggest places that I love, but I, on the other hand, always want to check out new places, which might end up being a hit or bust.

Luckily, Kimme turned out to be a hit. Opened by Michelin-starred Meta’s head chef, Sun Kim, the stylish, rather spaceship-like, restaurant is located at Amoy Street. Why I say spaceship is simply because when you walk in, curved walls cocoon you, with the open kitchen, all stainless steeled and pristine, just making you feel kind of… enclosed.

Not to say that it’s claustrophobic, though if you have a social phobia, best you head on upstairs, because on the ground floor is a large, communal table, normally occupied by chatty, pretty people.

Upstairs, separate dining tables are placed relatively close together, but that just adds to the buzzing vibe, matched by the friendly staff. They are nice, but not overbearing, introducing the menu and specials, without unnecessary aplomb.

Kimme octopus
Kimme tartare

We selected the Spanish Octopus, Endive, Salsa and Dill ($24) and the Shima Aji Tartare, Caviar, Egg ($30) to start. They were both light and flavourful bombs, I enjoyed the fragrance of dill in the octopus dish, somewhat uncommon, and of course, tartare is a great way to show of the clean, fresh taste of the shima aji, which with the salty pearls of caviar and punchy taste of sesame, was very enjoyable.

Kimme Seaweed pasta

Still sticking with the sea theme, our next dish was the Spanner Crab and Seaweed Linguine ($25). Again, rather unique flavours, strong seaweed taste with the mildly sweet crab meat, in a broth that my friend described as being “homey”.

Kimme Beef

Without a doubt, our dish of the night had to be the Australian Wagyu Striploin ($45). The beef was cooked just the way we liked it, perfectly medium, and the meaty mushrooms and sweet onion puree just made the dish all the more robust.

We had no room left for dessert but all in all, yes, Kimme gave my gal pal and me a great night, and enjoyable enough a dinner for me to bring the fiercest critic back for the next time – my dear hubby.


Kimme:

Address: 47 Amoy Street,

Contact: 6514-1588

Opening Hours:

Noon to 2.30pm and 5.30 to 11pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays


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