By: Monica Pitrelli
Check out the below to stay up to date with the latest wine and dine news from around Singapore this month. Plus, with Mother’s Day coming up on May 11, you’ll want to check out our guide to great restaurants for lunch dates with the girls.
The Big Eight
Eight restaurants in Singapore were named in San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list. The top spots went to:
- Restaurant Andre – 6th place
- Waku Ghin – 7th place
- Iggy’s – 12th place
- Les Amis – 14th place
- Jaan – 17th place
- Tippling Club – 23rd place
- Shinji by Kanesaka – 35th place
- Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck – 40th place
Ice Ice Baby
If you haven’t yet checked out the ice bar at the 2 Degree Ice Art Exhibition (next to Marina Bay Sands hotel), you still have time. 2 Degree Ice Bar has a main bar where you can sip drinks in your average mall temperatures, and then a wintry -15°C ice lounge – crafted by over 20 ice sculptors from Harbin, China – for the ultimate chilled experience. Complete with ice furniture and ice mugs, it even has a throw wall for some Greek-style “glass”-smashing once you’re done with your drink. Dust off your best winter woollies and gloves and check it out now before it melts away in May.
Revolving Doors: What’s opening, closing and moving around Singapore
- Club Street’s Platters is closing; My Little Tapas Bar (from the people behind My Little Spanish Place) is opening in its place.
- Gattopardo has left Hotel Fort Canning and moved to 34 Tras Street in Tanjong Pagar.
- P.S. Café’s Asian outpost, Chop Suey Café, is scheduled to open a second location at No. 38 Martin Road, the former home of Bomba, Kha and Baker & Cook.
- Japanese-French fusion restaurant Lewin Terrace has opened in the former black-and-white bungalow that once housed Flutes on the Fort. Flutes – which is now called Flutes Restaurant.Bar – is located in the National Museum of Singapore.
Bar Bar Reborn
The best thing about Bar Bar Black Sheep is that it offers multiple cuisines – Thai, Indian, Western – and does each of them justice. The worst thing? All the other people that are in love with this place, too. That’s why the folks behind it have opened Pint & Curries, a Clarke Quay gastro pub that allows you to get a simultaneous fix of butter chicken, green Thai curry and craft beers (many of which are not commonly found in Singapore). Drop in on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a selection of dishes and a pint of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc or Carlsberg at just $19.90. 3D River Valley Road #01-14. Call 6337 4616.
Brunch This Month
The Missing Pan Artisanal bakery and brasserie The Missing Pan sits along a section of the Bukit Timah Road populated by restaurants, a wine retailer, a nail salon, a yoghurt bar and The Old Brown Shoe pub. Located in a renovated shophouse, the entrance is through the bakery, and there’s additional seating on the second floor for a more leisurely brunch atmosphere. Tuck into eggs Benedict with a twist of seaweed crumbs on sourdough (salmon $22, or ham $19), French toast salpicon (shown here, $19) and a kids’ banana split sandwich ($12). The crowd here is laidback, as you’d expect from the location, though it’s not quite the place for toddlers, so parents should tread carefully. Parking after midday on the weekend can be tricky, so go early to get a good spot. To book, call 6466 4377.
Sin for the Southside
If The Grandstand isn’t in your neck of the woods, you’ll be happy to know that one of its most beloved comfort food spots, Omakase Burger, is opening a second outlet this month on Orchard Road. Burgers are made from USDA Angus beef, a secret sauce with 13 ingredients and a whole range of savoury add-ons like hardwood-smoked bacon, imported cheese and grilled onions. Wisma Atria #01-02/38.
Steaks over Sushi
Quick – what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think Japanese food? If you said fish, you may not have tried Japanese steak before. Fat Cow offers three grades of Japanese Wagyu beef (A3, A4 and A5; the higher the number the better the quality) from three different prefectures (from $78), along with beef from Australia and the US. Grading is highly dependent on marbling, which is completely different in Japanese beef (speckled throughout rather than present in large bands) and has a lower melting point to ensure that idiomatic melt-in-your-mouth sensation. Enjoy it with dishes like the momotaru tomato salad ($14) and the “onsen-egg” with crispy beef bone marrow and citrus dashi ($16), and you may never step foot in a sushi bar again. 1 Orchard Boulevard, Camden Medical Centre #01-01. Call 6735 0308.
Sign up for a subscription with The French Cellar to have a monthly shipment of two French wines delivered to your doorstep. The wines are chosen by sommelier Nicolas Rebut, who honed his skills at three-Michelin-starred restaurants Le Meurice (Paris) and Le Louis XV (Monte Carlo). Each shipment comes with tasting notes and the option to reorder the wine at a discounted price. Three subscriptions levels are available for a period of three, six and 12 months. From $79 per month for two bottles.
Cantonese at its Finest
Regent Singapore welcomes guest chef Patrick Chan of Four Seasons Hotel Macau’s two Michelin-starred Zi Yat Heen this month. He is here to showcase an exquisite menu of the restaurant’s 30 all-time favourite Cantonese dishes, such as crispy scallops with fresh apple, sautéed prawns with tealeaves and – the must-try dish – deep-fried fresh milk. April 9 to 14. Call 6725 3288.
There are plenty of reasons why people avoid alcohol – pregnancy, religious convictions, allergy or a propensity to overindulge. But if you’re itching for glass of wine, you can stay on course with alcohol-removed wines. To preserve the wine’s smell, taste and tannin content, the alcohol is removed just before bottling through a cold evaporation process. Choose between a tempranillo from the vineyards of La Mancha and a white wine made from Spanish Macabeo and Airen grapes. Alcohol-free merlot and beer are in the works, too. More good news is that it has less than a third of the number of calories in a regular glass of wine. Find it at Seasonal Salad Bar, SkyFitness and One Degree 15 @ Sentosa Cove or order it here.
Chocolate with a Conscience
Gourmet food company The Providore now stocks Bahen & Co chocolate bars, handmade in Australia’s Margaret River. The stone-ground chocolate is made in vintage machines, using sustainably produced cocoa beans. There are seven new drinking chocolate flavours from The Providore’s own label – all based on cocoa powder sourced from Ghana – and a chai powder, so tea lovers are not forgotten. 315 Outram Road, #05-03 Tan Boon Liat Building and 333A Orchard Road, #02-05 Mandarin Gallery.