Nov 8, 2010

Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey

Burgundy paired with delicately poached quail and a side of sautéed foie gras.

Passé, clichéd, boring.

When everyone’s doing it, it’s no longer mind-blowing; like Waygu beef – good but commonplace now. So restaurateurs have been innovating their alcohol-food pairings. After all, wine goes with dine. 

At Infusion, dining goes with single-malt whiskies. The kind that you’ll only find in Scottish distilleries. I’m not actually sure many types of whiskies that they have – but it’s a lot.

There’s Highland, Lowland, and Island whiskies. Each with their own characteristic bouquet, bite on the tongue, and fire down the throat – which makes it quite challenging to create a menu around.

Interior Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
Infusion interior

John See, corporate chef, says “In alcohol-food pairings, either the food goes with the alcohol or vice-versa. Whisky has about 40% alcohol which can overpower the food. Thus I’ve created a menu where the food accompanies the whisky.”

In some cases, John’s menu works extremely well.

Such as the Starter which cleanses the palate with rice (weird but it works) before imbibing the whisky, and the Main course where the duck fat nicely complements the Isle of Jura’s “wok-hei” flavour – reminiscent of excellent char kway teow.

While the soup was great on its own, but its gust-of-sea-breeze aroma blew away the whisky’s nose...and that’s a huge loss to the alcohol. The flowery  Bruadar Whisky Liquer would certainly excite folks with a nose for Bai Jiu, but I’d much prefer the whisky-vanilla cream. 

In all, it’s a fun menu which would appeal to drinkers and experimental diners.

The Menu

Starter

Brown Rice Salad Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey

Whisky: Dalmore (Highlands)

Food: Wild Brown Rice Salad with semi-dry tomatoes, baby quail egg, Dalmore Whisky aspic and citrus orange dressing.

Soup

Seafood soup Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey

Whisky: Glenfarclas (Speyside)

Food: Seafood Bouillabaisse, Glenfarclas whisky creme, bouquet of Shiso mix

Main

Duck Confit Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey

Whisky: The Isle of Jura (island)

Food: Confit of salt-herbed crusted duck leg timbale, caramelized onion potatoes, arugula leaf and whisky-malted vinegar glaze

Desert

Rich Fruit Cake Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey

Whisky: Bruadar Whisky Liquer

Food: Rich fruit cake with a shot glass of whisky-vanilla ice-cream

Where

Infusion @ Dempsey
Add: 16A Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6479 6188

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Exterior Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
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The View Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
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Canape Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
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Canape Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
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Whiskies Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
Whiskies

Whiskies Whisky & Food pairing: Infusion @ Dempsey
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