Veteran chef Otto Waibel opens his new White Marble restaurant as a tribute to childhood memories on the Mediterranean coast.
Mediterranean cuisine is a melting pot of rich culinary traditions and cultures. The region is surrounded by 21 countries and is at the center of Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Traveling to Greece with his family as a teenager, Otto Weibel first encountered the Mediterranean, it was like love at first sight as the scenery, culture, hospitality and food left their mark.
And now, as a tribute to the incredible experience he had in this vibrant region, the 158-seat informal White Marble Restaurant Weibel embodies his simple culinary philosophy of using only simple cooking methods to showcase the natural flavors of the finest quality products with a focus on seafood. and vegetables. The cozy dining space (including the bar and outdoor patio) evokes Mediterranean fun with its white and gray tones and sleek contemporary design, complemented by natural luxury finishes such as mother-of-pearl mosaics that mimic the diverse, resonant landscapes of the Mediterranean. earth.
The kitchen is run by Weibel Chef’s protégé Kenneth Loake, and diners are served a menu featuring classic and typical dishes from the (aforementioned) three major Mediterranean regions, as well as a wide range of fresh produce and vegetables, herbs, spices and cereals. In particular, the grill section features a wide selection of vegetables, seafood and premium meats, seasoned and perfectly grilled in a charcoal oven.
It can’t be Mediterranean without the typical signature Mezze plate ($34 for two) including quinoa tabbouleh, fattoush, eggplant. mutabal (This comes from Lebanon and is usually considered a spicier version of baba gannouj with tahini added), hummus, chicken skewers and pita bread. It’s fresh, vibrant and filled with natural flavors that are reminiscent of favorite Weibel dishes from the Middle East.
Start your meal with hearty snacks like the beautiful Roasted Butternut Squash ($12), the eye-catching perfectly caramelized Roasted Butternut Squash with Spicy Labneh and Coriander Salsa; or try the classic Spanish grilled octopus ($36) served with smooth garlic cream, fried shredded potatoes, pistachios, and chili oil.
For your main course, choose the classic, hearty Italian Prawn Bucatini Puttanesca ($28), filled with fresh cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, garlic, shrimp, and anchovies.
Another popular Middle Eastern dish is hanging kebabs on skewers served with lemon garlic cream, harissa aioli and salbitksada sauces. Choose from seasonal vegetables ($20), seafood ($38), chicken and mushrooms ($34), Australian lamb ($48), and Black Angus beef ($68).
Grilled Fish of the Day includes the fresh catch of the day, simply cooked and seasoned with sea salt flakes, lemon, light herbs and extra virgin olive oil, then cooked over hot coals. But for something a little different, the classic Moroccan tagine bone-in chicken leg stew ($60 for two) with curry-leaf pilaf rice doesn’t disappoint at all. The chicken is deep marinated with shawarma spices throughout the day and then slowly cooked with canned lemon, dates, olives, capers and tomatoes in a tagine.
Round off the gourmet meal with desserts ($16 apiece) such as fig and almond pie and Catalan cream.
White marble is in 1 Tanglin Road, #01-09, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905 Tel: 9772 9434