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!
Organic, at your door
Looking to feed your family organic veggies? The Frank Food Company delivers fresh, certified organic greens to your door weekly, taking the hassle out of hunting for sustainable produce. Sourced from the volcanic soils of Central Java, all of the veggies have Japanese, EU or USDA certification and are delivered within 12 hours of leaving the farm. Each delivery features a variety of seasonal veggies, with mainstays like carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and kale included each week. The “Regular Family Veggie Box” (6kg; $109 per week) is suitable for families of up to four, while smaller groups can opt for the “Small Family Veggie Box” (4kg; $89 per week); there’s also a 12kg box for $189 per week (a whole lot of veg!). Subscribers also receive weekly recipes and tips from Chef Duncan, who’s always on call to help if you’re stumped on what to cook for dinner. Bonus points for the company’s flexibility – you can unsubscribe at any time, or pause deliveries when you’re out of town. EL readers can enjoy a 20 percent discount off their first box with the code “EXPATLIVING”. For more details, call 8751 3879 or visit frankfoodcompany.com
New weekend brunch
Look out, Singapore – there’s a new boozy brunch spot in town! Located right on the water at Customs House (#01-05, 70 Collyer Quay), The Jigger & Pony Group’s recently opened Caffe Fernet not only offers great Marina Bay views but also a solid menu of modern Italian offerings. We love the fact that the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu, which includes many of the restaurant’s dinnertime dishes, is served à la carte, with an option of free-flow strawberry or watermelon frosé (a refreshing rosé wine slushy) and Aperol spritz for $55.
Highlights include house-made ricotta and jam toast ($15), avocado toast with chilli flakes, radish and mint ($15), hamachi crudo (raw yellowtail) atop roasted eggplant, black olive tapenade and Calabrian chilli ($25), and mafaldine “cacio e pepe” ($25) – a four-peppercorn pasta with pecorino. Other must-tries include a giant chicken Parmigiana sandwich ($22) with smoked scarmorza cheese, basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and caramelised cauliflower with hazelnuts and brown butter ($9). Finish things off with the olive oil cake ($14) – baked with orange, pine nuts and rosemary, and served with a side of mascarpone cheese and olive oil – and one of the best espresso martinis ($22) we’ve ever tasted. The portions are large – even the “small plates”, so come with a group!
Luxury travel retailer DFS Group has launched its 2018 Masters of Wines and Spirits Collection, a specially curated selection of more than 120 masterpieces – many of which are DFS exclusives – from 60 of the world’s most legendary wine and spirits houses. Among the the many whiskies, wines and Cognacs in this year’s range are Louis XIII Le Jeroboam with T.T. Trunks Paris, the JeanPaul Camus 1945 Private Reserve, the Harlan Estate Double Magnum 100 Point Trifecta and the Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux 2010 Double Magnum. Already available for purchase at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wine and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3, the 2018 collection hits T Galleria by DFS in Hong Kong and Macau this month, too. dfs.com
Listen up, foodies! Singapore has claimed seven spots on the 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, with Odette taking the number five slot, in addition to nabbing the title of Best Restaurant in Singapore. Also on the list are Burnt Ends (#12), Waku Ghin (#23), Les Amis (#29), Corner House (#36), Jaan (#44) and Whitegrass (#50).
Cocktail lovers will want to check out the newly revamped cocktail menu at Japanese-influenced Italian restaurant-bar Caffé B, featuring 10 signature cocktails created by head mixologist Michael Kumar. In addition to an espresso martini ($25) with Bombay Sapphire gin, a shot of espresso, Kahlúa, crème de cacao and palm sugar, bargoers can also look forward to artisanal concoctions like the Sake Cucumber ($22) with muddled cucumber, fresh ginger, lychee juice and Kiku Masamune sake, and the sweet and sour Heart ($25), made with yuzu plum, lime juice, fresh raspberries and Mathilde blackcurrant cassis. 64 Club Street. 8218 7751 | caffebsg.com
Aussie-owned online meat retailer The Meat Club has launched a selection of 100 percent Australian chicken, including whole birds, breast fi llets and thighs, to complement its already-popular selection of beef, lamb, sausages, bacon and salmon. Raised on non-GMO feed, the poultry is cage-free, hormone-free and Halal certified. Use the code “EXPATLIVING20” at checkout to enjoy $20 off with a minimum spend of $160. themeatclub.com.sg
Female Food Star
This year’s title of Elit Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef goes to Bongkoch “Bee” Satongun, chef of Bangkok-based Paste restaurant, which is celebrated for its creative yet authentic Thai flavours. The self-taught Bee works alongside Australian-born husband Jason Bailey, and is known for her contrasting textures, attention to detail and ability to reinterpret traditional Thai cuisine in a modern context by combining ancient and contemporary techniques with surprising twists, and reviving centuries-old recipes and rare ingredients.
Given as part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants programme, which is voted on by over 300 industry experts across the region including food writers, chefs and other foodies, the accolade recognises an exceptional female chef whose culinary skills, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity have earned her the admiration of critics, connoisseurs and fellow chefs. For more on the 2018 winners, visit theworlds50best.com/asia.
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