Porta Fine Food & Import Company at Park Hotel Clarke Quay presents an exclusive two-night dinner menu on 18 and 19 October in collaboration with award-winning Philippines-based premium chocolate, Malagos. Created by Executive Chef Alex Phan and his team the exquisite four-course menu has been creatively designed to take guests on a true chocolate discovery.
Cultivated along the equator of Philippines, where cacao thrives best, the Malagos Chocolate farm has a unique terroir that gives its beans an identity and individuality that cannot be replicated elsewhere.
With a distinctive and pronounced taste, Malagos chocolate is all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, preservative free and is non-GMO. This award-winning chocolate has won Silver in the World Drinking Chocolate Competition, organised by International Chocolate Awards, in 2015 for their Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate in Germany.
Start the journey with the Milk Fish with 85% Dark Chocolate. The delicate milk fish is home-cured with sugarcane and vinegar and bathed in a beautiful blend of Malagos 85% dark chocolate and fish sauce. This uncharacteristic pairing demonstrates Chef Alex’s forte with modern European culinary techniques to produce bold new flavours.
Chef Alex’s strong culinary roots have inspired him to ensure that his ingredients and produce hail from the finest sources, which is clearly exhibited in the Foie Gras Terrine with 65% Dark Chocolate.
The delicate foie gras terrine is served with a classic French pairing of balsamic and chutney. This dish displays a deft balance of complex flavours, with the home-made grape chutney infused with 65% dark chocolate and topped with Malagos roasted cacao nibs for added texture.
Pair this dish with a glass of François Cazin, Cour-Cheverny Cuvée Renaissance 2015 from Loire Valley, France, which elevates the sweet dark chocolate and rich, buttery taste of the home-made foie gras terrine.
The warm and comforting Braised Beef Cheek with 72% Dark Chocolate is Chef Alex’s rendition of a Filipino favourite, Kare Kare – a traditional meat stew complimented with a thick, savoury peanut sauce. The beef cheek has been sous-vide for 12-hours, with its natural jus infused with peanut butter, resulting in pure decadence and bliss. This gastronomical dish is best enjoyed with a glass of Bernard & Matthieu Baudry, Chinon 2016 from Les Granges Loire, France.
For the finale, indulge in the Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate Sponge with coconut cream and maraschino cherries, topped with Malagos roasted cacao nibs. To complement the sweetness, this delightful dessert can be paired with a glass of Domaine du Trapadis, Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel 2016 from Southern Rhône, France.
The menu is available at PORTA on 18 and 19 October 2018 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The four-course dinner is priced at S$68++ per guest, and wine pairing is available at an additional S$36++ per guest for three labels. Guests who reserve their seats on Porta’s website before 15 October 2018 will enjoy 20% savings on this exclusive menu.
Chocolate Discovery – 4-course chocolate dinner
Day/Date: Thursday, 18 October – Friday, 19 October 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: S$68++ per person
Additional S$36++ for optional wine pairing (3 labels)
Children below 5-years old will enjoy a free kid’s Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate Mushroom Pasta