A Taste of Tuscany at il Cielo, Hilton Singapore
Newly minted 2019 Michelin Plate restaurant, led by Chef Yohhei Sasaki, invites diners to experience a gastronomic homage to his favourite region in Italy
SINGAPORE - Newly minted 2019 Michelin Plate rooftop Italian restaurant, il Cielo, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Yohhei Sasaki, is known for continuously elevating the Italian culinary standards in the city with his unique Japanese influence. Chef Sasaki is inviting diners on yet another gastronomic journey to experience Tuscany through his innovative dishes. As a tribute to the beautiful region he once called home where he honed his skills as a young chef, Chef Sasaki has curated a new five-course Italian degustation menu that is priced from $138++, drawing inspiration by Tuscan landscapes, flavours and culinary techniques.
“My recent visit to Italy and in particular Tuscany felt like coming back home,” says Chef Yohhei Sasaki. “Having the opportunity to go back to the place where my professional career began and present a series of dishes that are a personal interpretation of a culture and cuisine so close to my heart has been an extremely rewarding experience, and I hope guests enjoy the journey.”
Italian classics are given a modern and innovative spin within the five-course tasting menu. The starters are contemporary versions of traditional favourites — Bruschetta al Pomodoro e Burrata is a delightfully refreshing tomato sorbet and basil crumble with creamy burrata cheese, parma ham and balsamic vinegar jelly; and the Insalata all Cacciatore is Chef’s version of the traditional stewed meat dish with dollops of chicken mousse and a frothy, light egg white mushroom mayonnaise over marinated butter lettuce sprinkled with dried olive and tomato powder for a tangy, umami finish.
The popular Capellini Burro e Timo remains on the menu — a hearty serving of house-made capellini, seared Maine lobster and rich thyme butter sauce finished with a generous handful of porcini crumble and shaved black truffle for added mouthfeel and a deep, earthy flavour. Grigliato di Caramaro alla Viareggina is a quirky parcel of grilled squid stuffed with minced Viareggio prawns accompanied with a bagna càuda cream sauce and squid ink herb powder to bring out the flavour of the ocean, Chef Sasaki’s modern take on the classic seafood ravioli.
Anatra Arrosto is an adaptation of the popular wild game and pigeon stews in Italy featuring duck prepared three ways — seared duck breast is paired with crispy, creamy confit duck leg croquette and a house-made foie gras powder, with a tart raspberry sauce to cut through the richness and toasted, crushed hazelnuts for added mouthfeel. Tramonto is a sweet way to end the night, with a gorgeous, colourful plate of strawberry granite, yogurt gelato, white chocolate yogurt espuma and yogurt meringue artfully and delicately arranged to resemble the stunning glow of a Tuscan sunset.
Chef Sasaki’s adventures of hiking and foraging through the forests of Tuscany have also found a home in his new Autumn Seasonal Menu that is priced from a four-course menu at $118++, which features his signature style — fusing Italian and Japanese cuisine. Do not miss the Tartare di Quaglia con Terrina di Foie Gras, a delightful combination of confit quail tartare, smoked foie gras terrine and porcini powder arranged in a manner reminiscent of the dense forest floor; and the Grigliato Maiale di Vino e Fungi Giapponese, Miyazaki wine pork prepared two ways — grilled over charcoal and braised with soy sauce, mirin and sake then grilled and basted to create a sticky, caramelised crust. Italian truffles also factor heavily in the seasonal menu, with the indulgent Uovo al Tartufo — a decadent dessert of truffle milk jelly and sweet pumpkin cream paired with white truffle gelato and generous shavings of black truffles.
Experience the taste of Tuscany at the newly refurbished il Cielo — a space designed to reflect the lightness of its namesake and bring a little touch of the Mediterranean to the heart of Orchard Road.
Five-course Italian Degustation Menu
5-course: $138 (additional $50 for wine pairing)
Seasonal Autumn Menu | Available in October and November only
4-course: $118 (additional $50 for wine pairing)
5-course: $138 (additional $60 for wine pairing)
7-course: $168 (additional $80 for wine pairing)
il Cielo Restaurant
Lunch: Noon – 2:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Dinner: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
Level 24, Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
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About il Cielo Restaurant
Located on the top floor of the 24-storey Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road, the stylish, contemporary il Cielo (which means ‘the sky’) restaurant is the benchmark of Italian culinary standards in the city with handcrafted homemade foods, natural and organic ingredients as well as carefully sourced seasonal produce. Italian flavors are recreated with a contemporary twist in the preparation methods for diners to enjoy the aromas and flavors of modern Italian cuisine. Take in the panoramic view of Orchard Road skylines with the interiors and surroundings of the poolside providing an urban resort experience. Il Cielo seats up to 48 persons with 32 seats indoors including a private dining room for 10 guests as well as 16 seats by the pool side. Visit hiltonsingaporerestaurants.com/ilcielo, and follow us on Instagram (@ilCieloSG)
About Hilton Singapore
Hilton Singapore is an institution in Singapore’s hospitality scene, being among the first international hotels to bring its trademark level of service excellence and culinary innovation to the city-state. Located in the heart of fashionable Orchard Road, the city’s most popular shopping and dining district, the 423-room hotel is a superb venue for both the business and leisure clientele. The stylish, contemporary rooms and suites offer modern amenities and are equipped with WiFi capabilities. The hotel also offers guests a quality dining experience in its award-winning restaurants. The hotel’s central location makes it an ideal choice for meetings and conferences. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests and a further 11 versatile function rooms all fully equipped with natural daylight and advanced multimedia equipment that provide options for events and meetings of any nature. Visit singapore.hilton.com for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@HiltonSingapore).
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