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Go Up to 1-ATICO for Argentinian and Nikkei Cuisine

The two restaurants, FIRE and FLNT, at this rooftop, multi-concept destination promises panoramic views of the city and South American bites.

Come 18 December, the 56th storey of ION Orchard will be home to 1-ATICO, a multi-concept dining destination housing Argentinian wood-fired restaurant FIRE, Japanese-Peruvian sumiyaki bar FLNT, and 1-Atico Ultra Lounge — a nightclub that will greet the city in 2021.  

FIRE’s Amelia Park Lamb Saddle (Image courtesy of 1-ATICO)

Paying homage to one of the most important elements of cooking, FIRE is an authentic Argentinian restaurant that puts the spotlight on asado dining, a South American barbecue where meat is grilled over an open flame.

With the support of Argentinian chefs Soledad Nardelli and Patricia Ramos and a taste panel from the Embassy of Argentina in Singapore, FIRE’s culinary development team spent months perfecting their modern interpretations of traditional Argentinian recipes and methods.

Using an Argentine Parrilla grill to achieve the smoked flavours and textures associated with the asado, FIRE presents dishes such as almond wood ember fired mud crabs with rescoldo, a Chilean unleavened bread, and Amelia Park Lamb Saddle, an Australian-sourced lamb saddle that is rubbed with rosemary and chimichurri, served with a citrusy and pickled eggplant escabeche and hot pepper sauce.

FLNT will be Singapore’s first gastrobar to serve Nikkei cuisine, which fuses Peruvian ingredients with Japanese techniques. Head chef Lamley Chua honours the vibrancy of this cuisine by combining his expertise in Japanese cooking principles with exotic Peruvian flavours, conceptualising dishes like salmon ikura don with aji amarillo, Peruvian yellow chilli pepper, and cuttlefish and shrimp sushi with aji verde, a spicy and tangy Peruvian green sauce made with cilantro and jalapeños.

Ceviche Nikkei (Image courtesy of 1-ATICO)

The most notable dish to come out of Nikkei cuisine would undoubtedly be the ceviche, popularised in the 1980s when the Japanese community in Peru taught locals to prepare fish more simply. FLNT’s rendition stays true to the classic recipe, comprising raw fish, yuzu, roasted hazelnuts, shallots and avocado.

FLNT’s interior that showcases their open kitchen (Image courtesy of 1-ATICO)

An ode to the sumiyaki aspect of the restaurant, an open kitchen allows you to enjoy a visual feast of the chefs preparing sharing platters of grilled meats and vegetables from white and charcoal binchōtan. Sip on Nikkei-inspired cocktails as you wait such as the Nuevo Casa that blends Japanese yuzu sake, cherry blossom essence with Peruvian pisco and a South American favourite, yerba mate orange tea.

1-ATICO is located at Level 56, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn Road, Singapore 238801.

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Beverly Teo

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High-spirited, creative, and a little bit ditzy, she dreams of the day she'll be able to adventure around the globe and feast on all the good desserts the world has to offer. When she's at home, you would probably find her obsessing over her dog.

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