15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is the signature restaurant at Capitol Kempinski Hotel. It bears the name of the celebrity chef behind the 3 Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. The $29 or $39++ set lunch is a good deal to dine at this posh restaurant.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is a large restaurant at the lobby level of Capitol Kempinski Hotel. The most beautiful part of the restaurant is the bar and lounge area right after the entrance.
The restaurant itself is traditionally decorated with some cosy semi-circular booth seats available. With the safe distancing arrangements in place it is very pleasant with diners spread far apart. The menu showcases Alvin Leung (a.k.a. Demon Chef)’s creativity in reinterpreting local classics and introducing Asian elements into international dishes. There are items such as Wagyu steak with Sarawak Black Pepper Sauce and Grilled Barramundi with Buah Keluak Sauce in the menu.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung Set Lunch Menu
Here is a picture of the 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung Set Lunch Menu. We decided to try the 3 course set lunch.
Here are pictures of a couple of pages from the 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung wine list.
Our starters were Coal Charred Beetroot with pine nut, fried kale, burnt butter and parmesan (picture above) and Asian Sea Bass with palm sugar, cilantro, red chilli, lime coconut milk. They were both very good, offering a combination of taste that is different from the typical hotel restaurant appetisers. We thought that the charred beetroot was probably the more unique and nicer of the two. The seabass was in a semi-raw state, reminding us of yu sheng, a dish that is popular during Chinese New Year.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung Main Courses
For main courses, we picked the two local dishes – 15 Stamford Rotisserie Chicken Rice and Pork Prime Rib ‘Bak Kut Teh’. The chicken rice was very good. We debated whether this was better than Chatterbox and concluded that that the rice at Mandarin was a tad better. This was quite an orthodox version of chicken rice without much creative intervention.
It was a different story when the bak kut teh was served. 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung’s interpretation of BKT is nothing like the pork ribs soup that we are familiar with. This dry version of bak kut teh looks like regular BBQ ribs. The BKT reference was only obvious when we tasted it. The usual BBQ sauce has been replaced by one that has a concentrated flavour of bak kut teh soup – the herbal kind. This is an interesting dish and the ribs were top notch. They were meaty and had been cooked enough for the meat to fall off the bone easily.
Since there were only two types of dessert on the 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung business set lunch menu, we tried both.
The first one was Yeung Ji Kam Lu. I am not sure what that means. But it looks like a Martini glass with mango, sago, pomelo and finely powdered sugar with smokey dry ice effect. A modern version of sago pudding perhaps.
Our other dessert was Rotisserie Pineapple Masala. It is said to be made with dark Rum, lime salt and Madagascar vanilla ice cream. The thinly sliced pineapple had been roasted till they were caramelised. Very sweet with a smokey flavour. This was the better dessert.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Lobby Level, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore 1
5 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner: 18:00 – 22:30
Nearby MRT Stations: City Hall, Bras Basah
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