SG Veg Meet-up at Bacchanalia

By George Martin Jacobs

SG Veg Meet-up at Bacchanalia!

At most of our meetups, we eat vegan food at moderately priced vegetarian eateries. Just for a change, it might be nice to try vegan food at a more expensive, non-vegetarian eatery. Bacchanalia - http://bacchanalia.asia – is an award winning restaurant with a legendary lineage from Heston Blumenthal's highly-acclaimed The Fat Duck restaurant in London. Earlier this year, Bacchanalia won two prestigious award: New Restaurant of the Year at The Peak Magazine’s annual G Restaurant Awards, and the S. Pellegrino New Restaurant of the Year award at the 2014 World Gourmet Summit.

The vegetarians behind the ‘Chicks Eat Vegan in Singapore’ FB visited Bacchanalia earlier this year and came away raving about it. (Visit www.facebook.com/ChicksEatVegan to learn more, with plenty of photos). Based on their visit, we decided to try a meetup at Bacchanalia. Chef Ivan Brehm has put together a special totally vegan menu for us, chock full of ingredients and combinations we have never tried but are keen to sample.

During the dinner, Ivan and his vegetarian wife will be talking to us about the food and their food journeys. We will also be joined by other of Bacchanalia’s food experts, plus the restaurant’s co-director, Raj Datwani.

If you are ready to try something different, please join us. Places are limited to the first 30 people who register and make payment. Hope to see you there. --george

Chef Ivan Brehm Bio

With Culinary Art degrees from Senac, in his native Brazil, and the Culinary Institute of America in the US, Ivan Brehm’s aspirations have taken him on revelatory gastronomic travels. Each stop on this journey has offered him opportunities to learn from some of the world’s best chefs, resulting in both the development of his own personality as a chef and a formation of a great culinary repertoire and expertise.

From Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Ivan was welcomed into New York City’s well-loved Applewood by Chef David Shea, often considered the antithesis of the Michelin star. His travels took him next to the Spanish Basque country, where he trained under Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz and discovered that food could be poetic and evocative at the hands of a true artist. Ivan then worked at Paco Roncero’s La Terraza del Casino in Madrid before travelling to Italy where he found himself learning wine-making and authentic hand-made pasta in Piedmonte.

In 2006, Ivan moved to London and worked under Claude Bosi at Hibiscus in London before training with 2013 Observer Food Monthly’s ‘Chef of the Decade’, Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in 2008. For four years, Ivan thrived amidst the camaraderie of his peers and worked his way up to development chef of Heston’s Experimental Kitchen. At The Fat Duck, dishes were conceptualized with scientific precision, based on painstaking research and substantial empirical data. Here Ivan learned the importance of acidity and umami to boost flavour and intensity in food. He even collaborated with designers, food historians, scientists and musicians, teaching him that food could be enjoyed not just by tasting in isolation but as a holistic experience.

Inheriting his initial love of food from his two grandmothers who were exceptional cooks, Ivan spent the majority of his childhood in a kitchen. Now as Executive Head Chef of Bacchanalia, he enjoys the freedom and ownership over a menu that is an eclectic mix of plates, inspired by childhood memories, a multicultural upbringing and rich culinary experiences. He reinvents classic dishes, with flavours that are recognizable yet paired and prepared in ways that diners may not have experienced before.

Where many kitchens are often ruled by fear, Ivan chooses to lead his staff by mentoring and training them in an environment of mutual respect. His deep-rooted conviction in the importance of food in family life and its effect on the community has led him to view food and cooking as a means for human expression.


Bacchanalia Sourdough and Foccacia Breads, House Made Dips

Onion Soup

Caramelized Onion Essence, Tofu, Rye Crouton and Alliums

(individual dish)

A Different Vegetable Salad

Seasonal Root Vegetables Roasted, Pickled or Raw with Poached Banana hearts, Banana Puree, Ponzu Veil (sharing courses)

A Grown Up’s Risotto

Aged Carnaroli Risotto, Black Olive Pure, French Lavender, Pickled Lemon (individual dish)

Sunchoke a L’Indianne

Jerusalem Artichoke in different Crumbs, Chickpea & Masala Emulsion (sharing courses)

Granita (individual dish)

Compressed Fruit Salad and Sorbet (sharing courses)


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Wed Jun 18, 2014
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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1 Pax Dinner $94.00

On sale until Jun 18, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Venue Address
23A Coleman Street Singapore
Tara Melwani