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!
Save money and the planet
There’s now even more reason to shop on OpenTaste, the online platform that gives consumers in Singapore the opportunity to buy fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy products and a variety of pantry goods from around the world at wholesale prices. (That’s around 30 to 50 percent cheaper than for the same items carried at local bricksand-mortar supermarkets and specialty online grocers.) The online marketplace is now using compostable bags to pack all orders, which means you’re not just saving on your fresh, perishable products but also being kinder to the environment at the same time
Made with natural fibres from plants like corn and wheat, compostable bags are more environmentally friendly than normal biodegradable plastic bags. “These bags can be produced using much less energy than normal plastic bags and are generally considered to be carbon neutral,” say the OpenTaste team, who aim to continue taking steps towards better management of plastic usage while ensuring that customer orders arrive in a clean, hygienic and safe manner.
As part of the upcoming Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF), Four Pillars is teaming up with Asia’s 50 Best Bars to offer an exclusive gin tour ($98 per person). Held on 18 May from 5pm to 8pm, the tour will feature four stops: ATLAS (No. 4 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list), Employees Only Singapore (No. 23 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list), Jigger & Pony (No. 42 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list), and The Other Room (No. 50 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list).
On top of all the imbibing, you’ll get to learn about the different types of Four Pillars gins and explore how they are incorporated in delicious tipples.
• Homegrown bistro The Marmalade Pantry has reopened its flagship store at ION Orchard (#04-11A). Apart from familiar favourites like sticky date and toffee pudding ($14), the 80-seater also offers new and exclusive starters like baked camembert ($18), as well as a refreshed afternoon tea set ($60 for two people).
• Resorts World Sentosa’s latest celebrity chef restaurant, Table65, presents a “fine-casual” experience where diners occupy front-row seats at the chef’s table. Helmed by renowned Dutch chef Richard van Oostenbrugge, the dinner-service-only restaurant showcases the chef’s modern European creations through set menus (priced from $148). A highlight is the show-stopping “Apple” dessert: ginger poached Granny Smith served with salted caramel, puff pastry and walnut crumble.
• New at 55 Keong Saik Road is Olivia Restaurant & Lounge, which brings Barcelona’s dining culture to Singapore with dishes like jamón Ibérico de bellota ($32), a “Catalunya” lobster-avocado roll ($25) and wagyu striploin with truffle sauce and confit piquillo peppers ($64), among other highlights.
Gourmet food fest
From 1 April to 12 May, Asia’s popular food and wine festival World Gourmet Summit (WGS) returns for its 23rd year, offering a selection of masterclasses and gourmet events featuring renowned culinary influencers from across the globe. Highlights include: special “celebratory” menus (1-14 April) at over 30 partner restaurants across the island; the UNGA Gastro-market Place (23 April) at CHIJMES, offering a platform for farmers and growers to showcase their ingredients; a special WGS Gastro Brunch on 28 April; and Masterchef Dining Delights (24 to 27 April), where 12 of the city’s most notable establishments will host specially crafted collaboration dinners.
For more information and reservations, visit worldgourmetsummit.com.
Looking for a new kind of lunch experience? Pan Pacific Singapore’s Edge restaurant has rolled out an all-new Heritage Lunch on weekdays (12 to 2.30pm; $55 per adult, $27.50 per child aged six to 12) featuring a selection of nostalgic Singaporean dishes with modern twists – yong tau foo, Nyonya laksa, soy-poached fish, and steamed lap mei fan with ginger and spring onion, among other highlights from chef de cuisine Howard Leong’s spread. On Saturdays (from 12 to 2.30pm), look forward to an extensive Makan Makan-themed heritage lunch experience ($60 per adult, $30 per child) with 12 live stations: seafood on ice, Japanese, Indian, Indonesian, Peranakan, Singapore street-food favourites, Chinese local delights, hot stone, noodles, pizza, carvings and Asian sweets.
New Bars to Know About
• Tom Cruise fans, take note: Risky Business (37 Duxton Hill) is a spiffy new bar that pays tribute to the Hollywood heartthrob. The menu features creatively named cocktails, including You Can’t Handle the Vermouth ($18): a twist on Negroni that takes inspiration from the movie A Few Good Men.
• InterContinental Singapore (80 Middle Road) welcomes a new watering hole, Idlewild. Located on the hotel’s lobby level, the luxurious bar boasts a stellar cocktail line-up featuring concoctions that are inspired by 10 cities along the popular Transatlantic Route.
• Cantonese restaurant Madame Fan (Level 2, The N C O C l u b , 32 Beach Road) has launched a 40-seater extension, Madame Fan Bar. Headed by award-winning bartender Davide Boncimino, the cocktail menu features 13 tipples with an oriental twist, including the (Not) Classic PBJ ($28): Chinese kumquats, caramelised into a liqueur, concocted against peanut butter fat-washed Glenfiddich 15 whisky.
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