Singapore’s latest green landmark and building CapitaGreen is a surprising place for a restaurant. Situated in the heart of the CBD, it is not a place one would likely imagine for some excellent wine and dine. Still, restaurants in office towers are not entirely new. Lovers of pan-mediterranean cuisine and those keen to try something refreshing will be glad to know that sustainable dining establishment Artemis Grill is now newly opened at CapitaGreen. Located on the 40th floor, and with a view that is almost as breathtaking in the day as it is in the night, Artemis Grill promises an experience from food to visual not encountered before. Kept simply, the food was excellent with flavours that are bold and playful. But be prepared to have it for special dates or that business luncheon meant to impress.
Much of the produce used at Artemis Grill is fresh, organic and sustainable. The restaurant takes pride working with artisan suppliers in delivering ingredients that embody both quality and sustainability. Meats are grass-fed and hormone-free, and the restaurant is said to also offer one of the largest selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes in the country.
Those seeking a little aperitif before dinner will enjoy the Artemis bar which overlooks the Marina Bay skyline. A 100 year-old olive tree is the bar’s centerpiece, and the wine list is 350 strong.
I started off dinner with a serving of the Gambero Rosso ($28++; Gluten Free; tasting portion). Flash-blanched prawns were served with a mix of harissa (hot chilli pepper paste) and tomato water. With flavours that danced from the sea sweet prawns to the savoury sparkling freshness of the dish’s liquid, I enjoyed the starter through and through. Recommended with Kris Winery 2014, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, It.
The Alaskan King Crab Salad ($28++; tasting portion) was pretty decent, though my choice to have King Crab is still to have it fresh from the fishery. The crab was sweet, though the salinity level was a little too strong for my liking. Dish comes served with avocado, grilled pimento, and tomato petals that itself was packed with a burst of salty juices. Recommended with Josmeyer “Kottabe” 2012, Riesling, Alsace, Fr (organic).
Interestingly, the Beetroot Tortellini ($20/30++; vegetarian; tasting portion) was a beautiful hue through and through. The bold, purple red colours were marvellous contrasted with the side of orange carrot puree, and added asparagus and brocolini finishing up the palate hues. I enjoyed this dish, with the presentation a winner. Recommended with Vincent Girardin “Cuvee St Vincent” 2010, Chardonnay, Burgundy, Fr.
Next up, the Spicy Iberico Pork Presa ($40++; tasting portion). The iberico pork was wonderfully done with a nice grill on the outside yet leaving the interior flavourful and moist. The meat’s shoulder portion was thus a touch gamey and with streaks of fat that developed nicely with each chew. Interestingly, it was the spoonful of seasoned chilli spice by the side that boldened the pork even better. Its hotness is not to be underrated, and will definitely leave you perspiring a little with your tongue reeling from the addictive heat. Recommended with Franz Haas “Pinot Nero” 2013, Alto Adige, It (organic).
Side of Asparagus
The Grass Fed Black Angus Tenderloin ($45++ for 200g; gluten free tasting portion) was decently good, served up in a tender mid rare and a beautiful colour development from outside to in. Little much needs to be mentioned about the steak, although I definitely raved a bit too much for its accompanying sides. Recommended with Castell d’Age 2011, Tempranillo, Penedes, Spain (organic).
When available, do order the Crispy Cauliflower. The textural contrast provided from the tender cauliflower coated with bits of crispy tempura batter is divine. The sauce was laced with spice, and perhaps a little curry, leaving each morsel addictive and irresistible (for me at least).
Lentils and Bacon
Apricot and Lavender Souffle, served with a side of Vanilla ice cream and a walnut creme anglaise. Recommended with Chateau de la Roulerie 2013, Chenin, Coteaux-du-Layon, Fr (organic).
In all, I enjoyed the culinary experience at Artemis Grill. It is a place heartily recommended for diners seeking bold re-interpretations of mediterranean food with a flavour profile that attempts to play with your tastebuds and visual senses. While my initial visit was marred by a slightly dim interior, reasoned for a need to highlight the surrounding skyline, it was a shame that not all the dedicated platings could be truly appreciated. Still, Artemis Grill is the place to be at, and well worth a return visit or two. Now, I wonder how the other dishes do actually fare.
Thank you Artemis Grill for the invitation.
138 Market Street, Level 40
Reservations: 6635 8677
Mon to Fri: 1130 am to 3pm
Mon to Sat: 6pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays