Tono offers four ceviche variations*, its tiger’s milk made with limes and ají: a spicy sauce whose key ingredients are cilantro, ají peppers, garlic amongst others. I went for the tasting platter*, so I could choose three of its offerings (S$35): a fixed roster of Mixto; Tono; and Nikkei. The Mixto* was a compilation of baby octopus and prawn, its feistiness coming from Rocoto chilli. Tono featured deep-fried baby calamari and hunks of white fish, soused in smoked ají Amarillo tiger’s milk that tingled with a spicy note. Boasting Japanese leanings and hence its fitting name, the Nikkei* came with yellowfin tuna, a dressing of sour-spicy interplay and was topped with shredded onion and films of nori.
I also had the Lima (S$22), a tor of crabmeat, tartar sauce with crinkled confetti-like sweet potato noodles at the apex. This is a type of causa, a classic Peruvian potato-based salad, usually served cold or at room temperature. Tiny globes of red quinoa as well as tobiko lent a juicy bite and the dollops of avocado puree a sweet note. For the main course, I went with the Aguadito (S$28)*, not the prettiest of dishes at Tono, but packing the same intensity. Long grain rice, crispy mackerel, tender chicken, cubed carrots and green peas (which I am averse to) were partially submerged in a coriander-cumin soup, and then stippled with red chilli powder. Dessert was Alfajores (S$12)*, which was butter cookies reminiscent of Royal Dansk cookies with a texture that immediately melted in my mouth, layered with chocolate filling that had the consistency of caramel. A frond of mint leaf, as well as cubes of mango topped the cookies, the latter providing a yang of sourness to the sweet.
At the end of my training, I was happy, and relishing the high I could not wait to go back for more.
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*Accurate as of time of visit. According to an article by Burpple, the restaurant has a new menu.
Address: DUO Galleria, 7 Fraser Street, #01-49/50, Singapore 189356
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm
Sundays: 12pm – 3pm