By: Monica Pitrelli
Get stuck into the latest news from Singapore’s bars, restaurants and foodie festivals.
A Mouthwatering Month
Foodies, prepare to let your belt out a few notches this month. The World Gourmet Summit is coming to town, allowing you taste the works of world-class chefs, such as Michelin-starred Thomas Bühner and Lorenzo Cogo (shown here), in restaurants right here in Singapore, plus take part in hands-on workshops and classes (26 March to 5 April, tickets from Chope). Those who simply want to eat can make a reservation during Singapore Restaurant Week (15 to 23 March) for fixed prices on set meals at some of the island’s most popular restaurants.
Tippling in Tanjong Pagar
Chef Ryan Clift’s Tippling Club has moved, swapping sleepy Dempsey for busy Tanjong Pagar Road (no. 38). New too is lunch ($42/$57 for 2/3courses) and pre-theatre menus from 6.30pm until 8pm ($70 for three courses and a glass of wine). Expect exemplary dishes and theatrical presentation. Portions are small and carb-light – a formula which works for the larger menus but leaves you feeling the full effect of award-winning bartender Zachary de Git’s cocktails if you’re having the pre-theatre offering. New menus, which include amuse bouches of clear tomato gazpacho soup served in test tubes and sipped through basil-infused straws, are remarkable value given the restaurant’s credentials (the Miele Guide named it Asia’s 12th Best Restaurant) – and the fact that the full gourmand 12-course tasting menu with alcohol-pairing goes for $415.
Cups and Cakes
Everton Park, one of Singapore’s oldest HDB blocks, is undergoing a major revival. First came the trendy coffee shops followed quickly by gourmet sandwich shops and bakeries. And now there’s a place that is doing all three. The Audacious Cakery is whipping up gourmet sandwiches and cappuccinos alongside rows of cupcakes, tarts, petits gateaux and macarons. The desserts are all made on site, and cupcake flavours range from Black Forest to black sesame. Don’t miss the Zacherie, a mango passionfruit cheese mouse on a ginger biscuit base, that isn’t the slightest bit jelak (Malay for “overpoweringly rich”, we learnt while there). #01-61 Block 2, Everton Park.
All Hands on Deck
There is a newbie on the block over at One Fullerton. The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill recently changed its alfresco area to create a chic but laidback new bar, The Pelican Deck. Grab a pre-dinner tipple and a few creative seafood bites, like crispy whitebait ($15), Lobster Po’ Boy ($24) or the exotic cod’s tongue with garlic emulsion and pork croutons ($22). Catch music spun by live DJs from Wednesdays to Saturdays, too. Call 6438 0400.
Forget IHOP. We’re into PHOP these days – as in Paddington House of Pancakes, where you can globetrot from country to country one pancake at a time. The folks here ate their way around the world – from light and fluffy pancakes in the US to smooth and supple blintzes in Russia – and narrowed down their favourites to bring you their top 100 pancake picks. #02-35/36 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road. Call 6612 9029.
Nasi Goreng in NYC?
Anthony Bourdain has made no secret of his affinity for Singaporean hawker food. And now he is taking his passion for prawn noodles and laksa to a new level by opening a massive market-style eatery in New York City – tentatively called Anthony Bourdain World Market – to bring the best street food from around the world under one roof. He told Eater: “If nothing else, I hope to soon be able to enjoy a really good chicken rice in NYC.”
Hard to Swallow
In a new world record for the most expensive whisky ever sold, this bottle of The Macallan M single malt sold for US$628,000 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. The decanters, made by Lalique, each required the work of 17 craftsmen. Only four were made: this one called Constantine, named like the other three after Roman emperors; another purchased by a private collector in Asia; and two others that have been archived by The Macallan.
Have a Ball
We can think of so many reasons to have a set of Chillballs in our freezer. Dropping one into your drink means no more having to refill ice-trays or drink watered-down white wine. Plus, it’s an instant cure for our ice-eating habit. Did we mention they are on sale, too? Get 20 percent off the usual price of $35 by calling 8163 1883.
You’re not drinking enough water. You’re not getting enough calcium. If these refrains run through your mind all day like they do ours, then we are all in luck. Steinsieker Mineral Water contains 62 percent of your daily calcium needs, and it’s all natural, bottled directly from the Steinsiek spring in Germany. Plus, it’s believed that small amounts of calcium ingested throughout the day are absorbed better than if you take it in one dose. So sip away. $3.90 at Yogi House. 390 Victoria Street, #02-30 Golden Landmark Shopping Centre.