Lumbre, newly-opened at Chijmes, may, on the surface, seem to be a Spanish restaurant, but the menu certainly isn’t limited to Spanish classics.
Hubby and I celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday last week with a lunch at Lumbre, and both his parents were very satisfied with the meal. So was I. The set lunch is a reasonably-priced 3-course affair, showcasing flavour-saturated dishes that are generously portioned. Just the kind of meal I like.
Walking in, I noticed that the chef looked familiar, and later confirmed that indeed, it was Jose Alonso, formerly of Binomio and currently, also the chef at Kulto.
Well, seeing as how I’ve had good meals at the afore-mentioned restaurants, I was expecting nothing less at Lumbre.
The open wood-fire grill and Josper oven rule the cooking styles, so most of the dishes have a grill element to them, always a good thing in my books.
1st Course at Lumbre:
Foie Gras Terrine – apple purée and pistachio and cheese. Can’t quite go wrong with this, and my in-laws, who had never tried this kind of dish, loved it.
Grilled Iberico Chorizo with Mexican cheese – who doesn’t like a smoky, spicy chorizo?
Grilled Corn with sour cream and tomatino sauce.
On to the mains:
Squid Ink Capellini with fried baby squid.
Grilled Chicken with confit potato and fennel salad – chicken usually isn’t my choice of order in restaurants, but this was succulent and so tasty thanks in part to the cooking method and also the Ras El Hanout rub.
We paid an extra supplement to enjoy the 45-day Dry Aged Ribeye and, it was worth it. Meant to be ordered as a portion for two, it was enough to share amongst the four of us. The in-laws remarked that it was a very enjoyable steak, indeed!
Still Grillin’ even till the end:
The Set Lunch is at $35 for 2 courses, +$5 for Dessert and Coffee.
At the end of the meal, we felt as though we had indulged in a lazy, decadent Sunday brunch, even though it was just a weekday lunch, so I guess that’s saying something about Lumbre!
Address: 30 Victoria Street #01-20 Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Contact: 9722 8171
Tue-Sat: 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays