After a luxurious weekend brunch, a hot new restaurant to try, or gourmet ingredients to spice up your cooking? Check out Singapore’s latest wine and dine news below….
• Previously on Ann Siang Road, Japanese-inspired patisserie Kki Sweets has set up shop on the second floor of the School of the Arts (SOTA). Known for its beautifully decorated cakes, Kki’s customer favourites include tiramisu ($9.80) and the bakery’s signature Antoinette ($8.80) – white chocolate mousse and mango puree – along with a selection of high-end teas ($4.80). kki-sweets.com
• The guys behind popular Boat Quay bar Mogambo have opened Hero’s, a no-frills, Western saloon-style bar offering live music and televised sports games, and Tex-Mex-inspired grub. The Circular Road space was previously occupied by Indian dance spot, World Music Club.
• Vietnamese restaurant Moc Quan has opened at UE Square Shopping Mall, offering sandwiches and street food inspired by Ho Chi Minh City. mocquan.com.sg
• Due to open by the end of 2014 at Marina Bay Sands is Thai restaurant Long Chim, headlined by Australian chef, David Thompson. Renowned for his Bangkok and London-based Nahm restaurants, his new establishment will feature authentic Thai street food. marinabaysands.com
Brunch This Month: Edge
When it comes to brunch – one of our favourite pastimes here in Singapore – the options seem endless. But Pan Pacific’s lovely restaurant Edge offers a four-hour (12 noon to 4pm), free-flow Veuve Clicquot Sunday brunch that is very hard to beat. For $168, you can feast on the freshest seafood and oysters while your wagyu beef cooks on the live grill along with other fantastic options like prime rib and suckling pig. Try the pasta made à la minute, including a duck confit ravioli that melts in your mouth, as well as the feast-on-wheels featuring the restaurant’s signature seafood selection along with cold meats and salads, and a two-metre cheeseboard with over 30 varieties of artisanal cheese. The icing on the cake of a lovely afternoon is a dessert station with more than 20 sweet treats.
This month, don’t miss Edge’s Festive Sunday Champagne Brunches ($178) on 7, 14 and 21 December, and a special Christmas Day Champagne Brunch ($178) featuring traditional holiday specialties and sweets (aniseed ginger vanilla cheese log cake, please!), plus free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, of course. Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3. Call 6826 8240.
Better at Bella
PasarBella at The Grandstand just keeps on growing – this time, The Providore has added to its deli and bakery a 3,000-square-foot gourmet food emporium known as The Providore Grocery. A fresh produce section stocked with quality seasonal fruits and vegetables flown in from Melbourne three times a week complements the extensive private-label range. Also, look out for even more products from boutique suppliers, including artisanal spirits and mixers from Proof and Company, and porcelain and ceramic home-ware from Kinto. Open daily from 10am to 10pm.
New Year’s Booze & Views
If you’re looking to send off 2014 in style, head to Orgo for a front-row seat to Singapore’s special fireworks show, complete with free-flow drinks from 7pm to 1am and an exclusive Golden Jubilee dinner buffet (7pm to 10pm) on 31 December. Situated on the rooftop terrace of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Orgo – short for “organic chemistry” – is known for its menu made up of organic ingredients and fresh cocktails creatively crafted by renowned Japanese mixologist, Tomoyuki Kitazoe. $325 per person; each group of four ticketed guests will be entitled to a bottle of prosecco worth $80. 8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01. Call 6336 9366.
Beef Up Your Birthday
Modern steakhouse and whiskey bar, Bedrock Bar & Grill – beloved for its delicious wood-grilling and smoking techniques – turns six this month and, to celebrate, the eatery is giving away a three-course set lunch to anyone whose birthday falls during the months of October, November and December. To enjoy this special birthday treat (worth $58 or more), simply dine in with three adults, each ordering an à la carte main or set lunch. 96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard.
Calling cupcake lovers! Royal Plaza on Scotts’ Gourmet Carousel has introduced artisanal cupcakes featuring some unusual, savoury concoctions such as Salted Egg Yolk, a combo of salted yolk and potato mousseline with mango ravioli and whipped cream; and Corn and Scallion, an imaginative mix of spring onions, potato mousseline and caramelised sesame popcorn. And if you’re really adventurous, try the Olive Polenta and Salami cupcake, made of smoked black-pepper chicken salami, potato mousseline, polenta and olives. Not to worry, there are sweet options as well, like Cranberry Orange, Caramel Almond and Red Velvet with raspberry meringue balls, plus a gluten-free range that includes flavours like Carrot, Honey and Figs, and Fruity Muesli, an all-bran cupcake with soya milk, bananas, raisins, apricots, cranberries, almonds and pecans. $6 each; $17 for a box of three. 25 Scotts Road.
Curry Up and Try This!
With 800 million portions of currywurst sold in Germany every year, it’s about time this classic street food arrived here in Singapore – and it has, thanks to some German expats who just couldn’t enjoy their beer without it. Like the American hot dog, there are many varieties of currywurst, but German restaurant Mr Berlin offers an additive- and filler-free version. The sweet, tangy and spicy creation is available in chicken and pork, and topped with a house-made curry-ketchup sauce. 1 Shenton Way, #01-09.
Our Taste Buds’ 2015 Wish List
TripAdvisor recently announced its 2014 Travellers’ Choice restaurants in Asia, giving us a top 25 list of places to try to hit in the New Year. Cut by Wolfgang Puck is the only Singaporean entrant listed (at number 21), while China’s TRB (Temple Restaurant Beijing) took first place, followed by Le Versace in Patong, Thailand. With food, service and ambience all taken into account, the awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers over a 12-month period. See the full list here.
After undergoing a facelift, Italian eatery Ricciotti Riverwalk has reopened in time for its tenth anniversary, with a new dining concept that incorporates on-going collaborations with Italian artists in an effort to blend art, culture and good food. Along with the overhaul comes Ricciotti Group’s new Food for Good initiative, aimed at giving back through various programmes, both internally and externally. In addition to donating catering services for charity functions, Ricciotti is offering job opportunities to those with limited education, no matter their backgrounds; special training is provided to committed staff members looking to follow a professional path. Ricciotti is also donating a percentage of each bill to charity and, as the first in Singapore to run the charitable Crozzborderz initiative – an innovative IT-based platform promoting several charity projects – the restaurant group encourages patrons to log onto crozzborderz.com to select their chosen project. (There’s even an option of topping up payments via PayPal.) Sounds like a successful revamp!
If you’re a truffle lover, you’ll go nuts over Verace Food and Luxuries’ range of organic Italian truffle products – from preserved truffles, oils and creams to black truffle salsa, white truffle honey and truffle tagliatelle pastas. Unlike many artificially flavoured truffle products out there, Verace offers the “real stuff” – wild-grown and handpicked from the mountainous Molise region in Southeastern Italy, and free of artificial truffle extracts, aromas or essences. The products are available for purchase on their website and at Chef & Divine Shoppe, 587 Bukit Timah Road, #03-23 Coronation Plaza.