REVIEWS

Ignis: bespoke cocktails and earthy flavours

by: Angie Kwon
18 Apr 2019
Restaurant   Ignis
Address   1&2/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar St, Central
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Ignis, with its duel personality, is the newest addition to the LKF nightlife scene. Calling itself a “hybrid entertainment venue”, the sleek and large two-storey space encompasses both a nightclub, and a restaurant helmed by executive chef, Mark Sin. A bar in the bottom floor, a bar in the top floor, and another bar in the back behind the curtains.The hidden bar behind the curtains as previously mentioned is a not-yet-named private area for cocktail experiments and a quiet tipple, which is where we began our evening. The charming Paulo whipped up one of the best (and sweetest) Bloody Mary’s we’ve ever had, and a deceptive yoghurt-based cocktail with a sneaky wasabi kick. Although our favourite was the fermented rum over rocks, house-fermented with notes of caramel and a woody finish.

Cognitive dissonance beginning
We started the meal off with the curious amuse bouche served inside an egg shell. While we knew it was not egg, we were not exactly sure what it was, the texture was reminiscent of silky tofu, with the flavour of chicken consommé. The term that sprang to mind when eating it was “cognitive dissonance”, perhaps a nod to Sin’s former days at Bo Innovation.This was followed by two notable starters. The gorgeous springtime dish of Cold-smoked tomato, featuring applewood-smoked tomato, feta, tomato crumbs and kombu, and the Morels and king mushrooms with confit egg and potato puree, with a slight aftertaste of truffle (oil).

The highlight of the night was the Galician octopus, cooked to tender perfection and served with kimchi mayonnaise and ponzu daikon. 

Beginning at the end
The desserts are not to be missed. The Chocolate soufflé tart is guilt on a plate, rich, decadent and sooo chocolatey, but nicely balanced with a nutty aftertaste from roasted sesame and macadamia. While the Baked apple features a thin carved layer of baked apple swimming in orange tonka caramel, rolled up into a dainty cone shape and served with fresh chocolate cream. Heaven!

All about timing
When to go and experience this new opening will all depend on your personality and your mood. Romantics and those looking for a typical restaurant experience should dine there during the day or early evening. Night owls, who want to combine food with sex appeal, in an ambience best described as exclusive, secretive, and ritzy, will want to dine late.

Brunch inspired lunch
This news just in - Ignis has introduced a mix-and-match three-course lunch menu featuring light and healthy options. The menu focuses on brunch-inspired items, with the selection broken down into sections — power breakfast, leaves, eggs, carbs, cheats and proteins. It might be one of the best weekday lunch deals in town, priced at only $158.

The highlight of the night was the Galician octopus, cooked to tender perfection and served with kimchi mayonnaise and ponzu daikon.

— Angie Kwon