We bring you the exclusive scoop on what’s hot and buzzing in the wine and dine department this month, so you won’t be left behind. From the latest restaurant promotions to upcoming vino events, here’s what you need to get in on!
Party at Picotin
Throwing a holiday party or other type of bash? European restaurant Picotin Express has got you covered. The East Coast outlet (382 Joo Chiat Road) features historic colonial architecture, and can seat up to 200 guests in its outdoor and indoor areas combined; it comes equipped with a sound system and projector, plus a football and snooker table. Meanwhile, the Bukit Timah location (60 Fairways Drive), overlooking the Champions Golf Course, seats up to 250 people and features an alfresco deck that’s perfect for group gatherings. Bonus points for Picotin Bukit Timah’s mini golf course and nine-hole course, which make team bonding activities and kids’ parties extra fun. Special kids’ party menus are available at both family-friendly locations, with pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and brownies among the fan favourites. picotin.com.sg
The Loco Group, known for its ever-popular contemporary Mexican restaurants, has released a special collection of four Mexican-inspired craft beers at Super Loco Robertson Quay, Super Loco Customs House and Lucha Loco. Made here in Singapore by local brewery, Trouble Brewing, each of the beers ($13) are unique; Tulum Verano is a crisp summer ale with a citrusy tang, Nuevo Gringo is a clean-tasting, North American-style pale ale with a fruity aroma, Pesado packs a punch with notes of prickly pear and earthy hop aromas, and the cult-favourite Mayan Dark is a cross between a stout and dark ale, with rich cocoa and coffee notes.
Beloved Tiong Bahru eatery Bakalaki Greek Taverna has launched an online deli, giving Greek food-lovers more reason to rejoice – as if Bakalaki winning New Restaurant of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit’s Awards of Excellence wasn’t enough! Customers can buy a range of authentic Aegean products, from cheeses, olives and sweet treats to pickled goods and other Greek snacks and ingredients, all hand-picked by chef Spiros and imported from Greece.
Delivery is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm. bakalaki.com/collections/greek-deli
For fresh and authentic Mexican fare, head to Papi’s Tacos, a new taqueria at 39 Seah Street. The cosy and casual 16-seater offers an unpretentious menu consisting of burritos, tacos and quesadillas, paired with unique sauces that are made from scratch. Executive chef Mauricio Espinoza helms the kitchen with nostalgic recipes from his hometown Tlaxcala in Central Mexico. Crowd pleasers include the burrito de carnitas ($15) – slow-braised pork with Mexican rice, black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo (salsa) and sour cream – and tacos de asada ($13 for two) – marinated steak, homemade Guajito salsa, red onion, coriander and lime. Wash it all down with a glass of margarita: classic ($15), strawberry ($18) or the flavour of the day ($18).
Bigger & Bolder
Popular seafood restaurant The Boiler has opened its second outlet at Esplanade Mall. Kick things off with a side of fried oysters ($13.90), then move on to the star of the show: the fresh seafood boils. If you’re visiting in a group of four, go for the sharing-sized Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag ($149), which gets you around 900 grams of crab, as well as prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corn and buns. You can choose your sauce to go along with the seafood; the garlic butter is a crowd pleaser, but if you prefer something punchier, the “Peppa’ Butter” or signature “The Works” sauce are equally delicious. Besides the famous seafood-in-a-bag repertoire, there’s also a wider variety of à la carte items exclusive to the Esplanade Mall branch, including grilled Iberico pork ($11.90) served with homemade spices and pickled veggies.
Previously known as Odd One Out, Hej Kitchen & Bar (180 Orchard Road) is the latest addition to Peranakan Place. Tuck into casual grub like crispy chicken crackling ($15) – bite-sized, deep fried chicken skins with a fragrant ginger-rojak dressing – and Nasi Goreng Istimewa ($18), an Indonesian-styled fried rice, at the cosy alfresco diner.
Whisky Weekend Whisky and spirits festival Whisky Live Singapore is back for its ninth edition from 3 to 4 November, taking place this year at Andaz Singapore in Bugis. Organised by La Maison du Whisky, the always-popular event lets enthusiasts taste over 70 whisky and spirit brands, partake in master-classes and purchase bottles from the on-site store. Look out for a line-up of some of Singapore’s best bars on Cocktail Street, accompanied by food stalls to pad the stomach!
For tickets and more information, visit whiskylive.sg.
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