Thursday, July 12, 2012

Meet the Pros: Chef Gunther Hubrechsen of Gunther's Modern French Cuisine, Singapore

Back in February this year, Hubby took me to Singapore for a weekend getaway. One of the places that we dined in was Gunther's Modern French Cuisine on Purvis St. A meal at Gunther's is how a good meal should be - you leave the restaurant smiling and will still be talking about it many months down the line. (You can read our previous review here)

Chef Gunther Hubrechsen

Gunther's Modern French Cuisine was opened on 2 August 2007, a collaboration between award‐winning Chef Gunther Hubrechsen and Roberto Galetti, representing the Garibaldi Group of Restaurants. Gunther's Modern French Cuisine has made it into The Miele Guide's Asia's Top 20 since 2008, and is currently listed No.14 on the list. They were also listed as no.84 restaurant in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2010. Most recently in 2012, Gunther’s was awarded with the “Restaurant of the Year” and “Outstanding Caterer of the Year” at the World Gourmet Summit Excellence 2012; an achievement that demonstrates culinary, cuisine and service excellence in Singapore.


 

Of Belgian descent, Chef Gunther has worked in several renowned restaurants in Belgium, including Le Bouquet, and Restaurant Gravin van Buren before moving on to France where he worked as a sous chef under his mentor, Chef Alain Passard at his three-star Michelin restaurant, L’Arpège in Paris for 5 years.

In 2002 Gunther arrived in Singapore to work with the Les Amis Group. Thanks to his dedication and talent, he brought Les Amis restaurant to 83rd position in the UK Restaurant Magazine’s list of Best 100 Restaurants in 2007.

Gunther’s cutting edge style and flair using natural jus and slow cooking techniques to enhance the flavors of a dish offer a refreshing change to classic French food. This modern angle emphasizes the importance of textures and flavors and leaves no margin for error in the kitchen.



Not only is Chef Gunther a master of the kitchen, he is also an extremely down-to-earth guy. After our meal, he approached us and started chatting to us as well as giving us a brief tour of his restaurant and kitchen - it felt like we hit the jackpot! He even made us his signature dish - the cold angel hair pasta served with white truffle oil and oscietra caviar (S$60) which tasted absolutely heavenly.  We were truly impressed with the taste, flavours and presentation of all his dishes.


Baby Sumo (BS): What inspired you to open your own restaurant?
Gunther Hubrechsen (GH): Well, after working with other group of restaurants for so many years, I thought it’s about time that I can present my cuisine that I can truly call my own. Afterall, I've always wanted my guests to focus on my food and to feel at home when they come to Gunther’s.


BS: What is your style of cooking? Do you have a favorite cooking method/technique?
GH: I enjoy cooking simple, honest and down-to-earth food, using fresh ingredients. And I like to be creative when it comes to cooking, like doing small little steps so I’m able to bring out the flavour of each ingredient. Working too much on the product is not my kind of style simply because I respect the natural shape and flavour for every ingredient. Nothing like a lobster that look like a lobster and nothing cooks better than what nature has to offer.


BS: After we were seated, your waiting staff brought out a tray of produce to showcase to us.  We thought it was a brilliant idea. Tell us more about it.
GH: We want to let our guests know that whatever we serve at Gunther’s are served fresh and of quality, because what they see on the tray is what we are going to serve on the table. Plus, we are able to do different cooking style to suit our guests’ taste. So they can ensure that the food they are eating are top-notch and enjoy the whole dining experience at Gunther’s.



BS: How often do you update your menu?
GH: We update our menus quarterly to reflect changes in season, and to include the world's finest ingredients. For our lunch menu we rotate it weekly so our guests are able to enjoy different dishes when they come. Our 3-course set lunch menu is very affordable at $38++ only! 
BS: (I can attest that it is indeed very good value for money and absolutely delicious!)


BS: What is your signature dish and what is the main ingredients and method of preparation.
GH: My signature dish definitely has to be the Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar and this is the dish that I enjoy cooking the most. It is a very spontaneous dish plus, everyone loves it. (Laugh) If I give you the ingredients and method of preparation, I will be giving away one of my most prized possessions.


BS: Is there a particular ingredient that you like to cook with.
GH: I don’t really have a particular ingredient but seafood is often my choice. For example, Alaskan king crab, blue lobster, beef, mushroom, clams and also any fresh vegetables.




BS: What are the must-try dishes for anyone visiting your restaurant?
GH: 1. Cold angel hair pasta, Oscietra caviar.  2. Fine apple tart “ à la dragées“, Havana rum ice cream  3. Alaskan king crab leg, chili Monte Poro.


*We would like to thank chef Gunther for taking time to answer our questions. All photos courtesy of Gunther's. For anyone wishing to read my full review of the restaurant, please click here. 

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Opening times: Mon to Sat 12.00-2.30pm; 6.30-10.30pm.

Location: Gunther's Modern French Cuisine, 36 Purvis Street, #01-03, Singapore, 188613

Tel: +(65) 6338 8955, or +(65) 8655 0208 for SMS reservation.
Website: http://www.gunthers.com.sg/index2.html

14 comments:

  1. Thot they were your photos.. pretty amazing shots! Will have to check him out

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    1. Haha I only travel with my iPhone4S. No DSLR. Yeah his restaurant is definitely worth checking out if you go to SG.

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  2. Oh, wow...that is one restaurant at which I'd LOVE to dine! The pasta and tart look wonderful~

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    1. The pasta is very delicious, no wonder it's their signature dish!

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  3. Gunther? German eh? I love German food... I agree with him when he said, "I enjoy cooking simple, honest and down-to-earth food...And I like to be creative when it comes to cooking..." 100%!!!

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    1. Arthur, he's Belgian and his cooking style is French. But his food is really good... until now I still drool when I think of his signature pasta!

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    1. Hehe go try next time you're in SG!

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  5. Hi! This restaurant is like a short walk from my office at suntec, looking at your photos I feel inspired to check them out. $38 is very reasonable! Mich@Piece of Cake

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    1. Hi Mich, how lucky for you. Gunther's is definitely worth trying if you have a long lunch hour, they're even open on Saturdays!

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  6. I wanna go there too!!!! The food looks delicious!! $38 is a steal!!!

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    1. You should! Gunther's has got my approval in terms of food quality and service ;)

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  7. arghh, the thought of the havana rum ice cream, which sounds so tempting, is gonna stick in my head for the next few hours! :D

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    1. Hehehehe so did you manage to find somewhere in KL to fix your craving?

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