Sean and I had passed by this place while strolling through Keong Saik Road in the daytime. And after scanning their menu, we decided we’d definitely come back for dinner. And right before we did, it’d earned its first Michelin star! What better excuse to give it a go.
Meta, short for “metamorphosis” promises just that. Asian-French cuisine that stays true to French culinary tradition, while showcasing Asian flavours. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we definitely left feeling both impressed and satisfied.
Walking through these glass doors, we were shown to one of about 20 counter seats that give you a full view of the workings of the kitchen. The ambience? Simple, yet elegant. We couldn’t wait to eat, and ordered their 5-course Winter Menu ($105++) with a Supplementary Dish.
As you might have guessed by now, the chef, Sun Kim is from South Korea. Many of the dishes had the faintest hint of familiar Korean favourites.
We began with an amuse bouche of Octopus, ikura, pickled rhubarb and nori on a crispy rice cracker. Colourful, but rather forgettable.
This next appetiser, however, was something quite special. Here’s the Korean Strawberry Pomegranate Foie Gras Tart.
Gorgeous flavours, and the citrus tartness of the strawberries really cut the richness of the goose liver so well. Loved this.
And to round off the appetisers, (i can’t believe we haven’t even gotten to the first course yet!) we were served the Prawn Chawanmushi with Oscetria Caviar and Dill Oil.
Caviar on anything is always a treat. But that dill oil. Wow. It really brought out the sweet flavours of the prawn and helped elevate this dish to something quite memorable. And we were barely even started!
Our dish course of the day was our supplementary dish of of Irish Oyster & Lemon with Gochujang ($10). Look at those amazing colours!