Almost exactly a year after first being blown away by Quest by Que (see previous review here), we finally got round to returning and sampled another of Chef Que Vinh Dang’s fantastic tasting menus. This time, in line with the bitterly cold weather we’ve been experiencing, Chef Que’s menu is inspired by comfort food that reminds him of home – perfect winter warmers.
It seems that diners have become a little too curious and demanding, as the menu is now shown at the start of the meal, as opposed to only at the end. I have to say I prefer it this way, so I can see what I’ll be eating and get excited, as the way Chef Que presents each dish is already enough of a surprise, even if I know what’s coming.
Our meal started with a yellowtail tartare that was utterly fantastic. The fish was incredibly fresh and was topped with tiny balls of smoked cream cheese that had both a lovely texture and great flavour.
The maple-glazed pork belly doughnut was as amazing as it sounds, with a comforting combination of sweet versus salty flavours. The doughnut itself was light and fluffy, whilst the pork belly simply melted in the mouth. Somewhere in there, there was the lovely contrast of crispy pork crackling and crunchy pickled cucumber that completed the dish.
Since the theme of the menu was comfort food, of course there had to be mac ‘n’ cheese. Chef Que’s version was made with Applewood smoked cheddar and chorizo, topped with a mound of braised oxtail. Again, it had a nice balance of sweet and savoury that made it not seem overly heavy.
To follow came some poached lobster served in a clam and saffron chowder. This was wonderfully light and fragrant, and warmed us right to the core.
I think perhaps my favourite dish of the evening was the grilled spring chicken. Chicken is rarely something I order at a restaurant, since I eat a lot of it at home and it’s not the most exciting protein, yet I could eat this one every day. The chicken was incredibly tender and juicy, served alongside a chicken “nugget” and a piece of perfectly crispy chicken skin that doubled as a vessel for transporting the honey chipotle devilled egg to the mouth. So good!
Those who know me will be familiar with my hatred of fruit and chocolate being served on the same plate. So when I saw that the dessert was a cherry Oreo tart, I was a little apprehensive and wasn’t expecting to enjoy it at all. How wrong I was. Having used sour cherries, Chef Que created something magical here that presented a perfect balance of sweet and sour. The tart itself tasted as if Chef Que had separated the Oreo biscuits from the filling and moulded them into a tart – seriously it was like being a child again! The only difference is that the icing, under the sour cherries, had been made with bourbon, giving it a nice little kick.
Que Vinh Dang truly is an excellent chef whose skills are evident in every dish that comes out of the kitchen. Dining at Quest by Que is not only an exciting experience, but also a real treat that’s worth every cent. Speaking of cents, the menu price is actually now only $680 per person (it once was $780), which isn’t bad at all for the sheer quality and taste of the food. Throughout the month of February, the restaurant is offering free corkage too! This scrumptious menu will be available until the end of March. Quest is definitely one to recommend and even made it onto my Top 10 Restaurants of 2015 list.
Quest by Que
28/F, 239 Hennessy Road
Tel: +852 2554 0888