On the hunt for splendid food fairs and hip new restaurants to spoil your tastebuds? Or how to get fresh fish delivered to your doorstep? Then check out Singapore’s latest wine and dine news below….
• Monochrome Fusion Bistro has opened in Chinatown, serving up monochrome-themed, Asian-fusion dishes such as squid ink risotto and meatballs coated with black and white sesame, and desserts like black velvet cake. The bistro’s minimalist-chic look matches the food, from its black and white interior to the simple black signboard outside. 291 South Bridge Road.
• In addition to serving up simple and hearty dishes like beef cheek pasta, vegetable fries and roasted chicken, new, quirky café and store AEIOU is adorned with charming trinkets and decorations made from recycled materials that are also available for purchase. 111 King George’s Avenue.
• Award-winning chef and restaurateur David Myers’ latest creation, Adrift by David Myers at Marina Bay Sands, offers a blend of playful snacks with raw items, and artisanal toast with charcoal-grilled treats displaying a whimsical East-meets-West approach – Lobster Mochi, King Crab Melt with pimento cheese and Green Papaya Soup, to name a few – along with craft cocktails, in a sleek and modern setting.
• Wildfire Kitchen + Bar is firing up the local food scene with its gourmet burgers and charcoal-grilled premium steaks. This no-fuss, self-serve spot also has an extensive range of craft beers. 26 Evans Road.
• Bakery café and food gift shop by day (think lavender Earl Grey tea and laksa cookies), The Snack Culture Company transforms into a small plates restaurant by night. On Fridays and Saturdays, try the by-reservation-only degustation menu ($49 per person), which takes you around the world in nine tapas dishes. 2 Kallang Avenue, #02-17 CT Hub.
• Bar Bar Black Sheep, an affordable comfort food favourite, has opened its newest outlet in Holland Village at 17D Lorong Liput, offering Northern Indian, Western and Izakaya menus, plus a selection of Japanese whiskeys, sakes and shochu.
• The guys behind wood-fire grill restaurant Burnt Ends have launched Meat Smith, a casual, American-inspired smokehouse serving up brisket and other meat dishes prepared in-house using special smokers from the US. The space, formerly occupied by Sophie Bakery, is located at 167 Telok Ayer.
• While Holland Village’s Italian mainstay Michelangelo’s has closed, a new Italian eatery, Madrinaa Italiano, has popped up in its place, serving specialties like penne foie gras, melon Parma ham, pork belly risotto and panna cotta. 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-60 Chip Bee Gardens.
If you think healthy and hearty don’t co-exist, new salad service Spinacas is here to prove you wrong. The salad delivery company prides itself on hearty, low-carb, paleo-friendly salads packed with protein, using fresh ingredients like pickled cabbage, broccoli and baby spinach, and paired with homemade dressings. With five flavourful meat options and two vegetarian options available in two sizes, you have just two key decisions: which protein you’d prefer, and which size (regular, $11-13; or petite, $9-11). Delivery is free for a minimum order of $30 – so get your office pals together and place your lunch order a day ahead.
Over at EL, we love the Moroccan spiced chicken salad – complete with cashews, cheddar and hardboiled egg – and the barbecue pulled pork, slow-cooked in a cinnamon stock, then tossed with barbecue sauce.
Heaven at Level 55
Calling all chocoholics and fromage fanatics – you won’t want to miss this. Marina Bay Sands has introduced a different new experience for guests at The Club, the hotel’s exclusive lounge that from 8pm to 12 midnight turns into a cheese and chocolate bar for the public.
Now located at Level 55 of Hotel Tower 2, The Club offers spectacular, unobstructed views of the city skyline and Gardens by the Bay, and the chance to taste over 40 chocolate-themed creative desserts – dreamy concoctions such as Milk Chocolate Blue Cheese Cream with thyme foam verrine and Passion Fruit White Chocolate Mousse Cake – plus a dozen European cheeses with wine-pairing options. From $48 per person, $67 for one wine pairing, or $75 with three wine pairings. For reservations, call 6688 8858 or visit marinabaysands.com/chocolatebar.
A Taste of Culture
Held on the lawn next to Tan Quee Lan Street opposite Bugis Junction, the World Street Food Congress 2015 is all about experiencing cheap international bites and getting a taste (literally) of different cultures. Aimed at raising awareness about the preservation, personalisation and possibilities of street food culture, WSFC is a five-day celebration of street food, featuring over 40 stalls of comfort food from the world’s best hawker artisans – from Mexican tacos to Singaporean chicken rice to Indonesian satay. You can also enjoy a range of activities, recipes and chef demonstrations. 8 to 12 April. For more details, visit wsfcongress.com.
World-class chefs, both local and international, will be in Singapore to host masterclasses, workshops, luncheons, tasting dinners, a gourmet golf event, and wine pairing and whiskey dinners as part of the 19th annual World Gourmet Summit from 14 to 25 April. Host venues will include Jaan, The Prime Society, Tamarind Hill, Dolce Vita, The White Rabbit and Bacchanalia, among others. The gastronomic festival will also feature awards for best chefs, restaurants and rising chefs of the year. For tickets and more information, visit worldgourmetsummit.com.
New Specialties to Savour
This month, Jamie’s Italian at VivoCity rolls out a brand new menu featuring seasonal dishes that make our mouths water just talking about them. The meaty porcini mushroom makes an appearance in two new dishes: crispy arancini ($12.50) – golden-fried balls of porcini risotto with fontina, mozzarella and arrabbiata – and porcini fettucine ($14) with mascarpone, garlic and lemony gremolata. New to Jamie’s seafood selection is the lobster al forno ($48), an absolute Italian classic – a half-lobster marinated and roasted with a silky Parmesan sauce and crispy pancetta, and served with al dente spaghetti pomodoro. New salads include a heritage tomato salad ($7.50) with red onion and Sicilian-style orange dressing and a crunchy kale slaw ($8) with mint, lemon and yoghurt. Wash it all down with the locally inspired Chili Caipirinha ($18) and lovely new wines by the glass. 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-165-167.
From Italy, with Love
Craving buratta? No one prepares this wickedly good indulgence better than Pete’s Place chef, Andre Bontempi, who perfectly crowns an eggplant caponata with a burrata pocket ($22), air-flown from Italy – it’s just one of the delectable dishes on the new à la carte menu, which showcases the authentic Northern Italian classics of Andre’s home. Don’t miss freshly made pasta dishes like squid ink linguine ($29) with sustainable seafood, or beef flank ($32) prepared three ways: charcoal grilled, sous vide and pan-seared. Pete’s Place is possibly the Grand Hyatt’s best-kept secret, with a free-flow Prosecco Sunday brunch that’s one of the best deals in town ($82 for adults; $29 for children). 10 Scotts Road.
Keepin’ it Kuhl
If you’re tired of slopping through wet markets to buy fish from who-knows-where, here’s a simple and super-convenient solution: Kuhlbarra sells sustainable, harvested-to-order barramundi that can be ordered online and delivered right to your doorstep. Certified by Singapore’s Good Aquaculture Practice programme, Kuhlbarra harvests the Australian barrumundi right here in Singapore and delivers ice-chilled, individually cut fillets (200 grams, $10) and family-sized portions (1 kilogram, $25) to your home on the same day to guarantee freshness and flavour; delivery is $15, or free for orders over $50. The fish are antibiotic- and hormone-free, and farmed in the clean waters surrounding Singapore’s southern isles – in fact, the water’s tested every ten minutes by the Danish Hydrological Institute, a trusted advisor of the Government of Singapore. The fish, meanwhile, has been tested by the team here at EL: the fillets are fresh and delicious. Plus, barramundi is packed with heart-healthy and brain-boosting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it one of the most healthful fish options around.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s April 2015 issue.