F&B split: Chef leaves Les Amis restaurant one week after opening, Terry's Singapore to be renamed

Interior of Terry's Singapore, a Spanish restaurant in Shaw Centre. Just a week after Spanish restaurant Terry's opened at the revamped Shaw Centre, the chef after whom the restaurant is named has left the partnership. -- PHOTO: TERRY’S S
Interior of Terry's Singapore, a Spanish restaurant in Shaw Centre. Just a week after Spanish restaurant Terry's opened at the revamped Shaw Centre, the chef after whom the restaurant is named has left the partnership. -- PHOTO: TERRY’S SINGAPORE

Just a week after Spanish restaurant Terry's opened at the revamped Shaw Centre, the chef after whom the restaurant is named has left the partnership.

The 60-seat restaurant was a joint venture between the Les Amis Group and Spanish chef Juan Carlos de Terry from Manila.

The chef, who has four restaurants in Manila, will remain as a consultant for the restaurant, which will no longer carry his name and logo, says Les Amis spokesman Raymond Lim.

He explains that the two parties parted ways because Mr de Terry was uncomfortable with the ways the restaurant here deviated from his successful restaurants.

Unlike the restaurants in Manila, Terry's here boasts modern decor and has a bar and charcoal grill to cater to diners here. The menu is also half the size of the menu in Manila.

Mr Lim says: "For the menu, Mr de Terry insists that we use particular brands to reproduce certain dishes here but we cannot find the brands in Singapore."

He says that the chef was aware right from the start that Terry's is not a replica of his restaurants but in the end, "all these inconsistencies made Mr de Terry uncomfortable when he came here. His main concern is that when diners come, they expect the same experience in Manila."

It is business as usual while the group comes up with a new name for the restaurant.

But the deli shop Terry's Gourmet will not open next month as planned. It was supposed to be a smaller version of the same concept in Manila, which sells Spanish produce. There are no plans for the space yet.