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Three new restaurant menus to explore this month

Thought-provoking new dishes from Preludio, Kimme, and El Mero Mero.

  • El Mero Mero

    For the longest time, Mexican cuisine in Singapore was limited to mostly the low-hanging fruit of Tex-Mex cuisine — copious amounts of melty cheese, loaded nachos, and fajitas. As our foodways started getting more diverse, so have the options. With El Mero Mero's new menu, one finds some manner of authenticity with plenty of contemporary touches. While they've got the usual crowd-pleasers — like extremely good fish tacos made with patagonian toothfish and flour tortillas — it's the chance to try traditional Mexican flavours; and the use of hard-to-find indeginous ingredients that make the place truly shine. 

    You'll find huitlacoche, a parasitic corn fungus that's a delicacy in Mexico. Said to taste like savoury, earthy mushrooms, the fungus gets turned into doughnuts here; and served alongside grilled baby corn and chilli mayo in a dish inspired by elotes. There's also a take on aguachile (literally: "chilli water"), the Mexican version of ceviche where hot peppers are traditionally pounded with water to create the base for a raw seafood marinade. El Mero Mero takes this version up a notch, with hamachi, hibiscus flower-infused coconut milk, avocado puree, and trout roe — all served in a halved fresh coconut. Sometimes, the dishes get a dose of cross-cultural inspiration, like pan seared foie gras cut through with sweet vanilla-pineapple puree and pico de gallo; and plated with chicharron, and miso-tinged black beans for a dish that jumps between three continents.

    They've also got quite an expansive drinks programme that has everything: a bit of theatre, a respectable bit of wine, many agave spirits, and even a bit of haute with a couple of bottles from the hyper-progressive guys at Empirical Spirits. Try the eponymous El Mero Mero, a mezcal and orange-based tipple that they turn into a frozen margarita tableside with liquid nitrogen. 

    30 Victoria St, #01-20 Chijmes. Tel: 9722 8171

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