The Mediterranean—which is at the junction of Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East—is truly a magical place. Its majestic landscape, pristine blue waters and diverse culture have paved the way for a distinct cuisine crafted with the season’s best local produce.
Its delectable cuisine has attracted many gourmands from across the world, one of whom is 75-year-old chef Otto Weibel, Singapore’s doyenne of Western food and beverage. His first visit to the region was in his teens, and this was followed by many more gastronomic journeys during his professional career to further understand its rich culture and food. His learnings and discoveries form the backbone of White Marble restaurant—his paean to the Mediterranean cuisine.
The restaurant has taken over the spot previously occupied by Modesto’s at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. And, in keeping with the White Marble name, the 3,000 sqft space (divided into a dining hall, outdoor terrace and bar) is swathed in hues of white and grey and accented with luxurious finishes such as mother of pearl mosaic.
The menu focuses on popular dishes from the Middle East, Southern Europe and North Africa—naturally, these are made with fresh produce and vegetables, herbs, grains and spices. Executive chef Kenneth Loke, who is Weibel’s protégé, leads the young kitchen team and dishes out an extensive selection of mezzes, salads, proteins and grilled items. Below, we share five dishes worth trying.