Wendy received an invitation from Mileage Communications for a tasting session at the newly established Causal Dining restaurant, E'spuma Lab, and they also extended the invitation to Sam & myself
E'spuma is located at level 1, POMO (formerly known as Paradiz Centre) and can be easily spotted by the striking yellow chairs
E'spuma Lab serves up affordable western fusion set meals cooked with either espuma or sous vide technique, usually found only at fine dining establishments.
Espuma is Spanish for foam or froth, is a culinary technique in which an espuma siphon is used to infuse air into food, extruding through a N2O canister. The introduction of air in food gives it a lighter and smoother texture without changing the physical composition or taste of a dish.
Sous vide is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times at an accurately regulated temperature much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 55 °C (131 °F) to 60 °C (140 °F) for meats and higher for vegetables. The intention is to cook the food evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and sealing in the moisture.
We were also presented with information related to company history & methods of cooking, as well as menu
Mr Andrew Koh, the Marketing & Communications Director at E'spuma Lab, gave us a a brief explaination on their unique culinary concept
Chef Teo Yeow Siang doing the demostration of espuma cooking technique
Chef also explained how the sous vide machine works, and the technology behind creating evenly cooked dishes. More siphons and used canisters were also on display at the shop front
After the short introduction... ... let's sit back, relax & enjoy the dishes that will be served to us in just a short while =)
Sous Vide Eggs w/ Smoked Norwegian Salmon $3.80, served with crispy salmon skin and ginger soyu. Egg is perfectly poached while Salmon toppings & ginger soyu blends very well. I swear if they are opened near me, I would probably pop-by & order this at least every other day!
Curry Chicken w/ E'spuma Potato Foam $6.80; The curry chicken cubes blends well with the potato foam which was light and creamy, like a cream soup version of the mashed potato
Sauteed Mushrooms w/ E'spuma Potato Foam $6.80; Mushroom was plump and juicy, and the tasty truffle crumble topping added an extra crunch to the dish
Both are served with mini french baguettes. However, we were not given baguettes as we will be having more dishes later.
Here comes our main dish!
Fragrant Rice w/ Cajun Chicken Leg & E'spuma Curry Sauce, comes with a whole chicken drumstick with thigh that is steam baked till crispy on the outside but retaining its tenderness inside. Best eaten with the lightly textured curry foam sauce. The fragrant rice looks like nasi biryani but tastes like chicken rice with sweet raisins, which is quite nice.
Fragrant Rice w/ Pan Seared Sous Vide Chicken Breast & E'spuma Pesto Sauce, comes with a chunky sous vide chicken beast that is lightly pan seared to achieve a slightly crispy exterior, served with pesto foam sauce. The chicken breast was evenly cooked throughout and remains moist and tender inside.
Spaghetti w/ Swedish Meatballs & E'spuma Caramelized Onion Sauce, comes with crispy beef meatballs and aglio olio spaghetti, served with sweet onion foam sauce. The pasta is bland on its own but taste pretty good with the onion sauce. The meatballs were also kinda ordinary until eaten with the sauce. The portion featured here is a tasting portion size.
We were also given a small portion of Chicken Breast for try cos Sam & myself did not order the dish that comes with it.
Lastly, we had a small serving of dessert/snack each. There is a choice of Spiced Calamari w/ Fries $5.80 or E'spuma Batter D24 Durian Fritters $3.80. Durian fritters, which has a light as air crispy coating with warm and creamy durian puree inside. Durian fritters are great for those who has a sweet tooth.
*P/S: All above pictures of dishes were served in tasting potion (except for both the rice dishes). Actual serving size is of bigger portion
Thanks E'spuma Lab & Mileage Communications for the invitation =)
1 Selegie Road, #01-20/21,
PoMo Mall S188306
Tel: 8222 1113
Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm
Closed on Sunday