Yuzu-Citrus Combination - Ash & Elm – lemon sablé breton, yuzu curd, mandarin orange reduction and yuzu sorbet. Suitably refreshing – save for the bodaciously wince-inducing sorbet (which probably had too much whisky the night before as it was served particularly soft instead of in its usual quenelle form), the other sour elements were restrained in zest, with the buttery sablé breton and bitter pistachio providing texturality. 3.7/5

Ash & Elm
80 Middle Road
L1, InterContinental Singapore
Singapore 188966


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