The Foundry’s Tomatillos; 1-Altitude’s Stellar

The girls in our edit team are a minority, so I wasn’t doing myself any favors when I trooped down to Stellar @ 1-Altitude (62/F One Raffles Place, OUB Centre, 1 Raffles Place, 6438-0410) for lunch with three of the guys. Granted, there was way too much food on the table for most ordinary people, but not us. We wolfed down pan-seared foie gras with pear carpaccio and jamon cream, a charcuterie taster spread including jamon, prosciutto and chorizo ($48); several rolls such as spicy tuna, ebi tempura and swordfish (from $18 each); a fresh sashimi platter; and those were just to get us warmed up. For mains, we moved on to truffled risotto with Maine lobster ($32) and slow-roasted suckling pig with crackling ($48). I even had to fight the boys, hard, for another piece of four hour-roasted Wagyu rib eye with foie gras sauce ($75). We even had dessert, or rather I had dessert while they mostly watched.

Cooking enthusiasts will be very pleased to know that ToTT (#01-01A Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Rd., 6219-7077), which stands for tools of the trade, opened with a clang over the weekend. My initial, albeit unrealistic, plan was to have a quick peek, but temptation proved more than I could bear. 36,000 sq. ft. of space that includes both a demo and hands on cooking studio, a bistro, a cookbook section and a whole host of products for baking and cooking. There’s also a Bake & Go corner where I made a tray of double chocolate chip cookies in 30 minutes flat. I may have cheated a little (the dough was already made), but no one needs to know that. Check back next week for a full story on all things cooking-related.

After a late post-work bite, I chanced upon Tomatillos (#01-04 The Foundry, 18 Mohamed Sultan Rd., 9655-0423), a new Mexican street food joint in my neighborhood. For a change, I was actually too full to consider chowing down. But I’ll be back to try some of their grub, and soon.