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Food news in Singapore: Dining deals, online shops and more

Looking for a hearty new brunch to try, or a way to stock up on wine without leaving your house? Read on for Singapore’s wine and dine news below…

Revolving Doors      
• After 13 years of business for each, Clarke Quay’s Coriander Leaf Restaurant and Duxton Hill’s Broth are closing.
• Chinatown’s Oriole Coffee Roasters is shutting its doors, though Oriole Café & Bar and Oriole Espresso & Brew Bar will remain open.
• After an eight-month closure, Wild Rocket has reopened at Mount Emily’s Hangout Hotel on Upper Wilkie Road.
• Ricciotti The Riverwalk is closed while it undergoes a revamp.



Free-flow Cristal    
Got your attention, didn’t we? The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia is rolling out a new Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Sunday Brunch with unlimited Cristal Brut Vintage 2006, 2007 Brut Vintage and 2009 Brut Rosé Vintage. Created in 1876 by special request of Tsar Alexander II, Cristal is cellar-aged for five years and left for a further eight months after dégorgement. Enjoy it with the Ritz’s decadent brunch offerings, like shaved Ibérico ham, freshly shucked French oysters, slow-roasted wagyu leg, grilled Canadian lobster, foie gras (done three ways: parfait, terrine and pan-fried with cranberry brioche), a 50-strong array of European cheeses, and a seasonal specialty – this month an autumnal cheese fondue – which is trumpeted out at 1pm along with live music. The price? It’s $428 (though opting for 2007 Brut or 2009 Brut Rosé will reduce the cost to $172 per person).
Sundays at Greenhouse from 12pm to 3.30pm. For reservations, call 6434 5288 or emailing rc.sinrz.restaurantreservations@ritzcarlton.com.



Rum with a View         
Thursday night is one for rum connoisseurs at Ku Dé Ta Restaurant, with the launch of Aficionado, a weekly journey into the various flavours, depths and expressions of the famous spirit, through a tasting cocktail flight ($38) or a classic rum flight ($80). The former consists of four tasting portions of Mai Tai, El Presidente, Old Fashioned and, to finish, a rum served neat or on the rocks, while the classic flight is a line-up of four full serves of different rums from Guyana, Panama, Venezuela and Cuba. With accompanying grooves from DJs Anand and Brendon P, and those amazing panoramas from the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, it’s a superb way to discover more about this versatile and interesting drink.
6688 7688



Singapore Sampler     
Next time you have family or friends in town, schedule a stop at ION Orchard’s new Local Food Trail, an initiative aimed at introducing tourists to Singapore’s favourite foods. You and your guests can sample ten Singaporean staples, including kueh cakes, ba-kwa, teh tarik, kaya toast, nasi padang, roti prata and more, for free. Yep, that’s right – free.
Available Monday to Friday at 11am. Register at ION’s concierge or online.



Ice Cap       
This month, Nespresso is introducing seven iced coffee drinks to its kingdom of capsules. Pick up a recipe at either of the boutiques for iced cappuccino, caramel, chocolate, latte, tiramisu (shown here) and a tropical mango coffee (which, no, we haven’t tried yet). I
ON Orchard #01-14 and Takashimaya Basement 1.



Web Surf        
The Wine Gallery has launched a new website that allows you to browse over 600 labels of wine by country, grape varietal or price (below $50, $50 to $100, and over $100). Best of all, your purchases are delivered directly to your door.



Power Hour          
Grab a quick pint after work or a more leisurely Pimm’s at sundown at Masons’ new extended Happy Hour. The restaurant, housed in a 1930s colonial-style black-and-white house, is kicking things off early with half-price drinks and free Italian pizza samplers from 4pm to 7pm daily (yes, weekends, too).
Gillman Barracks, 8 Lock Road | 6694 2216.


Go Brit this Weekend       
Oxwell & Co is introducing Fish and Chip Fridays and a proper Brit-style roast on Sundays. On Fridays (12pm to late), it’s dory, sea bass or snapper – beer-battered or baked – with mushy peas, pickled eggs, curry sauce and classic vinegar dressing. On Sundays (12 noon to 4pm), it’s 12-hour-cooked roast beef with buttery parsnip carrots, duck-fat potatoes and crispy Yorkshire pudding.
5 Ann Siang Road.



Brunch This Month: Seasons Bistro
If that Harley Davidson tour across the US keeps getting put off, let this new joint trick your tongue into thinking you’re trekking across North America. Start at the East Coast for New England clam chowder ($8) dive down south for Louisiana gumbo ($27) and finish in Cali with yellowfin tuna tacos ($14). But what about brunch? All items on the lunch and dinner menus are up for grabs during weekend brunch, in addition to selections like Montreal & Lox, a bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and onions (shown here, $15) and The Season’s Breakfast – a US portion (read: huge!) of eggs, fries, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, sausage, smoked bacon and toast ($17). There’s nothing more American than apple pie, but a banana split has got to be a close second, and the deconstructed version here ($12) with caramelised bananas, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, granola nut crumbs, fresh strawberries and Nutella turns this kiddy classic into a defensible adult dessert.
Triple One Somerset #01-11| 6836 5841



Living La Vida Vino 
Spanish Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant Vida Vino has a new chef on board. Spaniard Victor Caballé Molina comes from a long line of restaurateurs, pâtissiers and chefs, and brings skills honed in London’s Quo Vadis and Spice Market restaurants along with Singapore’s Bomba and Keong Saik Snacks. In true Spanish style, this man knows his pork – whether it’s the Ibérico pork secreto with butternut squash purée and apple cinnamon crisps ($29, shown here) or through delicate shavings of pure “5 Jotas” Ibérico jamon de Bellota flown in weekly from Jabugo ($38).
29 Keong Saik Road | 6222 1963



Blackbird, Hello!
It’s equidistant from Plaza Singapura and Cathay, so get down to Blackbird Bar & Bistro for a pre- or post-movie drink, and a bite to eat from their newly expanded menu – ideally before Happy Hour ends at 8pm. Detox with their signature Antioxidant: blueberry, strawberry, pineapple and red apple; or retox instead with something from the brilliant cocktail menu, like the Plantation Mojito ($15 before 8pm; $19 thereafter) – it’s delicious and packs a mighty punch. House wines start from $14. Great value from the small plate menu was the outstanding crispy pork belly ($10, shown here) on pea puree with tempura onions and spicy miso sauce. Try the cured salmon salad ($16.80), or the 24-hour marinated NZ lamb rack (pricey at $49.90 but truly top-notch). A strong Kiwi influence comes through, from the green-lipped mussels to the Kapiti ice cream served with apple and pear crumble, and the warm, friendly service.
6 Handy Road | 6337 3448



Bites of Heaven          
Next time you’re at The Star Vista, drop into Tart, a new shop that whips up creamy little sweet treats in 15 different flavours. Best-sellers include coffee, matcha azuki, black sesame and the classic fruit tart (shown here). Slices and full-sized tarts are available once you find your favourite. There’s no GST and no service charge. Free Wi-Fi.
#02-27C The Star Vista | 6268 4491



Chasing Tail      
For live Maine lobsters, Alaskan king crab and a slew of other so-fresh-they-are-still-moving kinds of seafood, visit new e-store Go Fresh. Check out the selection of meat, veggies, herbs and spices while you’re there.



A Barista’s Dozen
Singapore is hosting the world’s first café crawl this month. Sample lattes and pastries from 12 popular cafés, such as Jimmy Monkey, OZ Speciality Café and Maison Ikkoku, at Café Fest. There will be live music, coffee-sack races and other games, too. Simply purchase online passes before you go and select which cafés you want to try out.
6 and 7 September from 10am to 8pm (7pm on Sunday). The Waterfront Promenade.



French Toast        
Up until now, only those who could read French were able to shop at Le Petit Depot, the online French supermarket based in Singapore. But recently the shop decided to “go English”, so the rest of us, too, can enjoy top quality French food delivered directly from France to our front doors. Just click the little trolley with the UK flag at the top to browse – in English – over a thousand French products from wine and chocolate to fine cheese from Le Fromager and cold cuts from Huber’s Butchery. Next-day deliveries from Monday to Saturday.



Festival for Foodies         
Rub elbows with chefs like Nahm’s David Thompson and Waku Ghin’s Tetsuya Wakuda (shown here), taste foods and wines from over 50 restaurants and take part in an array of master classes at the Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands. Back for a second year, the market’s theme this year is “sophisticated picnic”. Don’t miss the cook-off challenge between the executive chefs at db Bistro Moderne and Osteria Mozza, who will be given one hour to prepare a winning dish from a mystery box of ingredients.
$23 for a three-day pass. 12 to 14 September. Sands Expo and Convention Center. Buy tickets at sistic.com or marinabaysands.com.