Saint Pierre's 21-course meal is not for the faint-hearted

Saint Pierre's 21-course meal is not for the faint-hearted

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Text: Amelia Chia

Come starving, and be prepared to be taken on a journey that will delight all your senses

What's the most number of courses you've ever eaten at one sitting? For most of us, it's three; for luckier ones, it's five; and for degustation lovers, maybe eight. Any more, and we reckon all that food can well be split over two meals.  

Saint Pierre flips all those notions out the window and delivers a 21-course adventure with 26 dishes; one that might baffle you at the start, but that finishes beautifully without leaving you too full. Inspired by the alphabet, each dish takes on a letter of the alphabet from A to Z and showcases their creativity with fresh ingredients, cooking methods, and divine plating. The first five "courses" at this one Michelin-starred restaurant are bite-sized morsels — avocado and quinoa, beetroot macaron, crème fraîche and ikura, dried black olive and uni, and an eel cannelloni — that cleverly fuse different textures and flavours. The rest of the meal flaunts a generous array of vegetables, seafood, and meat in small, starter-sized portions, and finishes off with five refreshing, light-as-air desserts. Our favourites of the day were the lobster royale, roasted cod and oxtail consommé served with Jerusalem artichoke, seared wagyu, and the brilliant concoction of XP5-marinated pineapple, lemongrass, coconut, and meringue.

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Did we think it was too much? Surprisingly not, if you arrive hungry. While you will be indulging in 26 dishes, the menu is thoughtfully planned out to take you through a wide variety of food and flavours, without leaving you rolling out the door. Come brave enough to try everything, as it almost felt like a wonderful sampler of Chef Emmanuel Stroobant's best dishes, which are all at once familiar and novel.

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Coupled with a pristine view of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore River, we can't think of a more idyllic way to spend the afternoon. Our only word of advice? Bring someone you love chatting to, because while the staff were extremely efficient in bringing out all the courses, it'll take you about three hours to complete this culinary feast.

The Adventure Menu is priced at $238 per person, with wine accompaniment at an additional $168. For more information, visit Saint Pierre.