Love and Care Inspired Cuisine

Show your love this Valentine’s Day with sumptuous meals and sweet delights from East and West

Issue: Feb 2012

At Ma Maison Restaurant, chocolate takes centre stage as ingredients starting with this Tenderloin Steak with Black Chocolate Sauce
At Ma Maison Restaurant, chocolate takes centre stage as ingredients starting with this Tenderloin Steak with Black Chocolate Sauce

While Valentine’s Day is one occasion that may not be officially recognised as a holiday, yet it is almost universally observed. This Valentine’s Day, INSIDE gives you some suggestions on how to show how much you care with meals inspired by the culinary expertise of both the East and the West. After all, the way to one’s heart is through the stomach.

Chocolates and flowers are common symbols of love on Valentine’s Day. Drawing from the sweet and aromatic inspiration, some restaurants have created sweet and savory dishes and treats to tantalise the taste buds of anyone in love.

At Ma Maison Restaurant at Bugis Junction, Valentine’s Day gets a Japanese spin. This fusion French-Japanese restaurant, with a cosy cottage décor, is introducing chocolate as its star ingredient for of the menu and there is a delightful reason behind it. In Japan, it is the traditional on Valentine’s Day for the women to give out chocolates. The favour is returned on White Day, which is a month after Valentine’s Day, on 14 March. On that day, men who have received chocolates on Valentine’s Day give away white chocolates, marshmallows and cookies to the ladies.

Chocolate is given a savoury twist at Ma Maison Restaurant this Valentine’s Day Chicken Roll Steak with White Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate is given a savoury twist at Ma Maison Restaurant this Valentine’s Day Chicken Roll Steak with White Chocolate Sauce

In honour of the Japanese way of observing Valentine’s Day, Ma Maison Restaurant has incorporated chocolate into its menu for the season of love. Tenderloin Steak with Black Chocolate Sauce uses dark chocolate to create a rich, smooth sauce. Chicken Roll Steak with White Chocolate Cream Sauce has succulent slices of chicken stuffed with vegetables and then rolled to seal in the filling, and served with a creamy white chocolate sauce. A complimentary drink, called Love Potion, a complimentary drink, is also given with every meal. The concoction has grenadine syrup added to Sprite for a fizzy drink with extra oomph. To introduce Singapore diners to White Day, diners will get a card that entitles them to a free gift when they dine at Ma Maison during the White Day season between 9 and 14 March 2012.

Bring on the European Charm

At the heart of Raffles City Shopping Centre’s The Raffles Marketplace is a chic casual dining restaurant that promises to give you and your loved one a taste of Europe through its ambience and culinary offerings. The 2,700-square foot Aerin’s Café and Expresso Bar is set in a gorgeous open-air setting that combines the charm of al fresco dining with the cosiness of being indoors. The décor is reminiscent of old Europe - lush greenery that recalls European gardens in summer and a striking water fountain programmed to spray jets of water in a choreographed aquatic display.

Smoked Duck Salad with Pine Nuts in an Orange-sesame Plum Dressing and Seared Barramundi Fillet with Julienne Zuchini and Mushroom Butter are lovingly created by Aerin’s Café & Expresso Bar to seduce your senses
Smoked Duck Salad with Pine Nuts in an Orange-sesame Plum Dressing and Seared Barramundi Fillet with Julienne Zuchini and Mushroom Butter are lovingly created by Aerin’s Café & Expresso Bar to seduce your senses

This Valentine, Aerin’s Café and Expresso Bar has a menu lovingly prepared to seduce your senses. Savour the French inspired Smoked Duck Salad with Pine Nuts in an Orange-sesame Plum Dressing, followed by the Squid Ink Linguine with Crispy Whitebait, Asparagus and Sun-dried Tomato Sauce. The latter evokes Italy with every bite of the Al Dente past and flavourful fish. Your senses will be tantalised with every bite of the flavorful fish. Seafood lovers can opt for the Seared Barramundi Fillet with Julienne Zuchini and Mushroom Butter that is delightfully flaky and fresh. Alternatively, the Grilled Australia Ribeye Steak with Sautéed Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables and Pommery Mustard Sauce makes for a hearty main course. Finish it all off with the Manjari Chocolate Cake which features a layered chocolate cake made with quality chocolate from the best beans from Madagascar, and served with a scoop of refreshing, aromatic Earl Grey sorbet on the side.

Magosaburou’s succulent Special Prime Short Rib, which is complimentary for every dining couple on Valentine’s Day, gives lovers more reason to celebrate
Magosaburou’s succulent Special Prime Short Rib, which is complimentary for every dining couple on Valentine’s Day, gives lovers more reason to celebrate

At ultra-luxurious Japanese-style barbecue restaurant, Magosaburou, at ION Orchard, a treat awaits. The restaurant specialises in quality beef with their original recipe marinade made from the finest ingredients and aged to perfection, accompanied by their dipping sauce whose tart flavour balances the slight sweetness of the marinade. This Valentine’s Day, Magosaburou which just opened last December, is giving away a complementary dish of Special Prime Short Rib worth S$38++ to every dining couple. The dish features the finest Kurohana Wagyu beef from Kumamoto of Japan masterfully prepared to bring out the best flavours of the beef.

Valentine’s Day may have its origins in Rome but when it is about something as universal as love and care, there is no containing the celebration. East or West, whichever style you wish adopt to observe the occasion, there will something for you at CapitaMalls Asia malls.

Aerin’s Café & Expresso Bar
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-11/12
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6337 2231
www.aerins.com.sg

Ma Maison Restaurant
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction #02-51
Singapore 188021
Tel: (65) 6338 4819
www.ma-maison.co.jp

Magosaburou
2 Orchart Turn
#04-11A/05-01
ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6634 1411
www.magosaburou.sg

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