In partnership with the Les Amis Group, Kausmo at Shaw Centre is a dining concept that sparks conversations about thoughtful and conscientious ways of living.
The new venture promotes thoughtful living by challenging food norms that bring about unnecessary food wastage. Derived from the word “cosmos” – a system of thought, Kausmo is the brainchild of co-founders Lisa Tang, 24, and Kuah Chew Shian, 26.
Lisa, nominee for the Rising Female Chef award at the World Gourmet Summit 2019 and runner-up for the 2014 Les Amis Awards Culinary Competition, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. It was her time in Primo, a restaurant on a farm that actively engages in zero-waste practices, that inspired her to start a thoughtful business back home. With Kausmo, Lisa hopes to creatively repurpose aesthetically filtered fruits and vegetables that are overstocked, over-ripened, and oddly-shaped and sized.
“Retailers are looking for produce that are of uniform shape and size, but nature doesn’t workthat way. We want to show that ingredients not ideal for retail can be perfect on our plates. AtKausmo, we celebrate imperfections,” shares Chew Shian, restaurant manager.
Every dish created at Kausmo incorporates thoughtfully sourced ingredients; seafood from small farming communities in the region, secondary cuts of meat which are often overlooked in favour of prime cuts, as well as forgotten native greens and florals.
Combining European techniques with Asian influences, Lisa, who has worked at Pollen, Jaan, and Les Amis, demonstrates how lesser-loved ingredients are no less delicious than their popular counterparts.
Kausmo will offer a 6-course Carte Blanche menu at $75++, with Kombucha tasting at an additional $20. Diners can expect flavourful dishes inspired by stories, as the team behind Kausmo takes supply volatility in their stride.
“We’ve learnt to embrace the volatility of our ingredients, because Mother Nature is just as beautifully unpredictable! Much more operational planning and preservation of produce has to be in place to better utilise our ingredients – a challenge that we willingly welcome. In a city known to be able to source almost anything at any time, perhaps it’s time to slow down; better appreciate and understand our food sources & produce,” comments Lisa.
Expect to be greeted with a sense of comfort too as parts of the menu draws inspiration fromthe team’s cultural roots, such as Lisa’s Teochew heritage. Each meal at Kausmo presents a thoughtful approach for guests to think about how they can all make more conscientious choices in their everyday lives and contribute to a more sustainable ecosystem, in Singapore and beyond.
With an emphasis on recreating distinctive Peranakan flavours of old, the concept is a platform for the continuation of a family’s culinary legacy; where guests are invited to rediscover the flavours of a bygone era through recipes inspired by the matriarchs of old.
Helming the restaurant is 28 year-old chef, Chong Jun Xiang. He may not be Peranakan but benefits from the personal mentorship of Desmond Lim and his cousin, Gloria Teo who consults on the menu.
“Peranakan recipes are very personal as they differ from family to family. The recipes are not written out but passed down by taste and word of mouth; from one generation to the next. The cuisine is extremely labour intensive, intricate and precise. A lot of love goes into every process of preparation and cooking.” - Chong Jun Xiang, Head Chef - Indigo Blue Kitchen.
Tucked along Zion Road is Yujin Izakaya, a lively hang out where one and all are received as friends. Spotting an industrial-chic look, the unassuming modern 50-seater izakaya features a bar that opens to the five-foot way and main street, beckoning with the glow of display fridges showcasing an enticing range of sake. Step past the metal mesh doors at the entrance and you will find yourself being welcomed into a space humming with positive energy.
An open kitchen anchors the room dressed in a palette of black and copper, and this is where chef-owner Freddie Lee fires up a curated repertoire of creative bites that take its inspiration from the traditional Japanese izakaya. The menu spans inspired cold and hot appetisers, smokey grilled vegetable, meat and seafood dishes, beautifully singed skewered items, warming items served in small bowls and light desserts.
Jinjo is a modern Japanese Sumiyaki concept by the Les Amis Group that focuses on the Japanese art of grilling. It is also where traditional Japanese fare is presented with a contemporary spirit. The restaurant is helmed by veteran washoku sous-chef Makoto Saito.
Japanese charcoal-grilling mastery is celebrated through a prefecture focused menu. Cooked over handcrafted charcoal, prime seasonal ingredients, which have been painstakingly sourced from all over the Japan, are imbued with a delicious smokiness and transformed into delectable dishes.
The dining experience at Jinjo is completed by a selection from our extensive sake menu. Curated specially to match the taste profile of Jinjo’s sumiyaki items, the list is also a representation of the best from the different prefectures of Japan.
Tarte By Cheryl Koh has relocated to level 2 of Shaw Centre. It used to be just a takeaway tart shop and it is now a new patisserie with a dining area. Enjoy the sweet creations by Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016.
At the new 1,100 sq ft space, you will uncover a cosy 30-seater dining area and an expanded menu featuring a curated selection of beverages, as well as tantalising sweet and savoury treats.
One of life’s greatest gastronomic indulgences can be found at Tarte by Cheryl Koh, a spin-off by the Les Amis Group with Les Amis restaurant’s pastry chef Cheryl Koh, which opened in April 2015. In a span of a year, Chef Cheryl was awarded ‘Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’ in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2016.
The new retro-chic, Jinzakaya by award-winning Les Amis Group, is tucked in a pedestrian backstreet off Rangoon road beside sister concept Sushi Jin. Whilst Sushi Jin exudes luxuriousness with delicate Japanese food in a finer setting, JINzakaya is a riot of fun that transports one back to old Tokyo train station taverns.
Immerse in this casual laid-back Japanese izakaya where one can enjoy an eclectic mix of affordable set lunches, sharing plates and assorted yakimono (grilled items). The dinner menu takes on a more Izakaya identity, offering an assortment of grilled skewers and mains to choose from.
JIinzakaya is ideal for a fun-filled weekend in a buoyant atmosphere of animated laughter or a casual space on weekdays for workers to decompress among colleagues.