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The year in 3 dishes

Antoine Lewis aka The Curly-Haired Cook

This has been a year of great meals for me. These three stand out over the many others.

Ottimo, ITC Gardenia: I have no reservations in saying that the best Italian meal I’ve had in my life has been at Ottimo. While other Italian restaurants are caught up with ideas of provenance and tradition, Ottimo takes on a completely novel approach to Italian food. Chef Vittorio throws caution to the wind as he tricks the eyes and the palate with a refreshingly new style of presentation and plating.

My first course, Just like Tuna, had me confused — blood-red looking pieces of meat coated with sesame seeds, served with plum-looking sauce and chopsticks was what I’d expect from the hotel’s Japanese restaurant Edo. It was a trick. The ‘sashimi’ turned out to be perfectly cubed, compressed watermelon and the sauce, a balsamic reduction. Next up was an ice cream on a…

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