September 5, 2019

One of the most influential chefs in modern Chinese culinary movement, Celebrity MasterChef Jereme Leung makes his return to Singapore with contemporary Chinese restaurant, 藝 yì by Jereme Leung at Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Nestled on the third level of the restored Raffles Arcade, 藝 yì by Jereme Leung leverages on the art form of fine dining to awaken the appetite and the senses of guests. The restaurant delivers cuisine that takes guests on an exploration voyage to China’s vastly diverse cultural regions.

藝 (yì) means art in the Chinese language and the restaurant’s interior décor reflects this artistic flair. Designed by Aedas Interiors, 藝 by Jereme Leung is a 111-seat restaurant whose design is inspired by the hidden world of deep-rooted culinary traditions and story-telling. Be greeted by a whimsical entrance created by Moss & Lam, an art installation entitled ‘Pale Garden’ which is 90 feet long and cascades across the restaurant’s entryway, decorated with 1,000 handcrafted and individually strung floral strands.

Inspired by the Chinese myth surrounding the god, Pangu which depicts the creation of Heaven and Earth, 藝 by Jereme Leung uses neutral earthy materials and tones like stone and timber to embrace the main dining hall as a reflection of ‘Earth’ while the custom ceiling details references the elements of the ‘sky’. This is reflected as diners step into the main dining hall of the restaurant which seats over 60 persons.

Begin the gastronomic culinary journey with a glass of wine or champagne at 藝’s intimate cocktail bar, designed to mimic a ‘living room’, allowing diners to unwind and indulge as they enjoy Chef Jereme’s signature drinking snacks—Sichuan Spicy Chicken & Luncheon Meat and Sichuan Spiced Crispy Fish Skin.

The culinary trip continues with artistic adaptions of provincial cuisine from various regions of China such as the Hundred-ring Cucumber & Poached Sea Whelk with Soy Sauce Vinaigrette – a classic dish found in China’s Northern region during warm summer months. The dish is skilfully sliced with a hundred cuts forming a continuous spiral and served with poached sea whelk, finished off with a tangy and refreshing homemade vinaigrette.

Other delicacies include: Brined Duck Breast, Beef Tripe & Ox Tongue with Sichuan Chilli Dressing, Golden Roasted Duck with Rose & Fermented Bean Sauce & Rainbow Pancakes, Braised Beef Cheeks, Tendon & Oxtail with Sorghum Grains & Wine, and Fried Rice with Char Siew, Pork Belly & Pickled Long Beans, a traditional Cantonese dish which was popularly eaten when immigrants from Guangdong arrived in Singapore.

Chef Jereme Leung who was raised and educated in Singapore, began his culinary career at the age of 13, starting from the kitchens of Hong Kong. Throughout his career, he has mastered all four cornerstones of Chinese cooking ranging from dim-sum, Chinese barbecue, wok-cooking to knife work. Chef Jereme continued to hone his craft at some of the most prestigious hotels in Southeast Asia which gradually led him to embark on a food pilgrimage across China in the 1990s to explore the flavours of different regions, their ingredients and cooking techniques. He moved to Shanghai, China in 2002, and since then has opened over 9 restaurants across the world. 藝 by Jereme Leung will be his first restaurant in Singapore and his long-awaited homecoming.

藝 by Jereme Leung is open daily from 11:30am to 2:00pm for lunch and from 6:15pm to 10:00pm for dinner.