It pays to have friends in the right places, especially when it comes to the collaboration game – this generation’s not so secret weapon for success.

While fashion tie-ups can be a hit-or-miss, culinary ones do the job of attracting more diners though the hosting restaurant’s door. When that collaboration is with a newly-minted one Michelin star chef, chances are it’s a sold out event.

From 25 to 27 July, one Michelin star chef LG Han of Labyrinth will pair up with Mitzo’s executive head chef Nicky Ng as part of the ‘Friends of Mitzo’ series. Later installations will see Morsels’ Petrina Loh and Shen Tan (previously of Wok & Barrel and Raffles Hotel’s Ujong) working with Ng to fuse his progressive Cantonese style with a dose of local flavour (we’re already betting there will be a nasi lemak-style dish for chef Shen Tan’s stint).

For chef Han’s event though, the focus will be on highlighting the five basic taste sensations — sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami — through Cantonese standards with a twist. A humble congee (porridge) dish will be elevated with the use of ginger espuma and sea bass, the dim sum platter won’t have a salted egg custard bun but one made with uni (sea urchin), and the traditional har kaw (prawn dumpling) will take on a new flavour with the use of truffles. Check out the mouthwatering dishes below.

Abalone tart with Labyrinth’s homemade oyster sauce

Chilled herbal resin jelly served with deep-friend Hokkaido milk cheese dumpling

Creamy seaweed noodles topped with pan-seared beef

Dim sum platter

Elevated fish congee served with sea bass and ginger espuma

“My collaboration with Mitzo has been a long time coming. Chef Nicky has been steadily building a reputation in Singapore for modernising Cantonese dining; keeping things interesting without sacrificing its flavours and soul. Similarly, I started the neo-Sin movement to do just that,” affirms Chef Han.

For lovers of both Catonese and mod-Sin cuisine, there can be no two better culinary talents to come together and create a meal to remember. 

From 25-27 July, 6.30-9pm. $118++ (for six-course dinner), $168++ (for six-course dinner with cocktail pairing). Email rsvn@mitzo.sg or call +65 6603 8855 for reservations. 

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