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!
New menu and more
Family-friendly European bistro-pizzeria Picotin Express has launched its new menu at both its Bukit Timah (60 Fairways Drive) and East Coast (382 Joo Chiat Road) locations, featuring signatures like whole roasted spring chicken ($25), the Pico Burger ($26) with bacon, cheddar cheese and fries, the Pinto Pizza ($22) – which includes mozzarella, Parmesan, Parma ham and rocket – and crispy pork belly with petits pois à la Française and apple-thyme compote ($32).
This month, don’t miss Picotin East Coast’s Quiz Nights on 7 and 21 August (complete with prizes), and the East outlet’s exclusive discount: for the month of August, get 10 percent off all food items from the à la carte menu from 9pm Monday to Friday. At the semi-outdoor Bukit Timah branch, which overlooks the Champions Golf Course, enjoy yoga and brunch with a view every Wednesday morning; yoga ($70 for one session, or $650 for 10) starts at 9.30am, followed by a free, healthy brunch. For more details, visit picotin.com.sg or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Straight from the Source
Did you know that water does more than just quench your thirst and keep you hydrated? As the primary substance your body needs for flushing out toxins, water is vital to the body’s metabolism and digestion, not to mention a natural stress-buster. That’s right – according to the folks at Natural Springs Australia, water increases the body’s resistance to stress, as it thins the blood, fights fatigue and supports the immune and cardiovascular systems. That said, it’s important to choose quality water. Drawn directly into export containers from the source – Victoria’s Black Hill Mountains in Australia – with all natural contents intact, and no chemical treatment whatsoever, Natural Springs Australia is as pure as it gets.
Sign up between now and 31 October, and you’ll receive three free five-gallon bottles (worth $57) with a refundable deposit of $250. Also, enjoy a rent-free, hot-cold dispenser with a minimum purchase of 36 bottles per year. Simply use the code “ELMA3” when you place an order through naturalsprings.com.sg. For more information, call 6872 3468.
Cocktails and Kebabs
Whether you’re hungover or not, Fat Prince’s newly launched Hangover Brunch is definitely one to try! Offered every Saturday from 11.30am to 3pm, the brunch comes with a free-flow of Prince’s famous kebabs – think grilled halloumi cheese with smashed avocado, charred pork belly, spicy Adalar prawn, baharat spiced chicken and roasted lamb shoulder – along with one main dish; choose from pumpkin seed granola, cured salmon pastirma with poached eggs, quinoa goreng, strawberry and watermelon with mint, pomegranate, pistachio crumble and rosewater dressing, and lamb menemen (a traditional Turkish egg dish). Throw in unlimited rosé, white, red and sparkling wine or free-flow Prima Donna cocktails (Hendrick’s Gin-based and served in cute tea cups), and you’ve got yourself a new boozy brunch go-to. (Price: $108 for food and alcohol, or $56 for food only.) 48 Peck Seah Street. fatprincesg.com
Beer Bonanza Taking place at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, Beerfest Asia is back for its tenth edition from 30 August to 2 September, with all kinds of commercial and craft beers, and ciders to sample, plus live tribute band performances. For ticketing and more details, visit beerfestasia.com.
• JYPSY, a casual Japanese restaurant by PS Café, has taken over the space previously occupied by Chopsuey Café at 38 Martin Road. Expect contemporary takes on robata sticks, sashimi and sushi rolls, with untraditional dishes like salmon tacos ($16) and The Nest of Fries ($11), crispy shredded potato, white truffle oil, wasabi mayo and teriyaki balsamic rice – JYPSY’s own version of PS Café’s iconic truffle fries.
• After six years on Amoy Street, beloved bar Jigger & Pony has relocated to Amara Singapore in Tanjong Pagar (165 Tanjong Pagar Road), along with its sister bar-restaurant, Sugarhall.
• The Butcher’s Wife has taken over the spot of Open Door Policy (19 Yong Siak Street). A collaboration between Spa Esprit Group, Consultant Chef Diego Jacquet and Head Chef Diego Carlos Quispe, the new restaurant boasts an entirely gluten free menu with highlights like chestnut pappardelle with braised osso buco ragu, topped with walnuts and parmesan.
• Spanish restaurant La Ventana has relocated to a new space at 26B Dempsey and has rebranded as Tapas 26. Tuck into all-time favourite tapas and dishes from Spain, along with a selection of Spanish wines and traditional drinks.
Thoughtfully sourced food
Grand Hyatt Singapore’s multi-cuisine concept restaurant Mezza9 has joined the ever-growing list of eateries to focus on “conscious eating”, with a newly redesigned menu featuring sustainable ingredients – including Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified sustainable seafood, organic herbs from the hotel’s very own rooftop gardens, and organic greens from cooperative farms in Singapore and Cameron Highlands – used in each of its seven kitchens. Some of the new menu must-tries include Nuea Yang-grilled Black Angus beef salad with tamarind and chilli ($48) from the Thai kitchen, Sushi Kiwami ($98) – seven kinds of nigiri, five types of sashimi and two rolls – from the sushi counter, and the great-for-sharing Mezza9 clam and lobster bake ($128) from the grill, which includes Maine lobster, tiger prawns, clams, black mussels, smoked sausage, sweet corn and potatoes. And, of course, don’t miss pre- or post-dinner drinks at the connecting martini bar, where there are over 30 flavours to choose from (happy hour is from 5 to 9pm daily)! 10 Scotts Road. 6732 1234 | singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/mezza9
New vino to know About
If you’re a fan of South African wines, check out Rhino Ridge Wine Company, a newly launched wine shop offering free delivery islandwide. Specialising in bringing in labels from the Cape Winelands, the online shop currently has three wines available (a rosé, a bubbly and a red), all reasonably priced below $40 per bottle. The best part? A percentage of their proceeds go to supporting Room to Read, a nonprofit organisation working to help millions of children by promoting literacy and gender equality in the poorest communities in Asia and Africa. Visit rhinoridgewine.com to place your order
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