Wondering where to eat in Singapore? Every month we bring you the scoop on what’s hot and buzzing across town – from the latest brunch spot to new menus at old favourites, as well as new restaurants and bars. Vegetarian dining, a breezy seafood restaurant in Changi and an indulgent champagne dinner are on the platter this month!
Plant-based plates and tipples at The Botanic
Previously known as Salt Tapas & Bar, The Botanic is a fresh, casual dining concept offering plant-based and gluten-free dishes. The menu showcases Mediterranean and Asian flavours, complemented with a sustainable, organic and biodynamic wine list, as well as fruit-based cocktail offerings.
Start your meal with the vegetarian Scotch egg ($15), an organic free-range egg from Japan wrapped in a flavourful falafel, and paired with a refreshing cucumber and yogurt base. The gnocchi ($25) is another must-try; the combination of parmesan, asparagus, preserved lemon, ricotta and fennel makes for a satisfying starter that isn’t too heavy on the palette. If you’re extra hungry, order the grilled squid ($22), served with a generous portion of inked rice, herbs and dried tomato. Wash it down with a refreshing sundowner; we highly recommend Nature’s Tonic ($18) – gin, elderflower, lemon juice, sugar syrup and tonic.
Fresh seafood and alfresco dining at The Seagrill
Seafood-focused restaurant The Seagrill is strategically located along Changi Beach, making it the perfect spot for relaxed weekend brunches with the family, or a quiet weeknight date. Opt for outdoor seating if the skies are clear; the sea breeze isn’t something you get to enjoy too often in Singapore! Plus, the alfresco area is pet-friendly so your pups are welcome here as well.
Filled with fresh seafood like scallops, king prawns, clams and snapper, the grilled seafood platter ($40) is a crowd pleaser if you’re dining in a group. We also enjoyed the seafood capellini ($21) and wild barramundi ($26) – both work great for sharing, too. When you’re done with the mains, don’t skip dessert; the locally inspired cempedak crème brulee ($15) was a unanimous favourite at our table.
Splurge on a champagne dinner at Stellar
Celebrating a special occasion? Stellar at 1-Altitude’s Dom Pérignon Plénitude Suite offers an exclusive, multi-sensory dining experience that’ll please any gourmand. The secret dining space seats up to eight guests, who will be treated to a feast for the senses through a series of video projections, accompanied by a spectacular, seasonal-changing 10-course menu ($350 per person) designed by Executive Chef Chris Millar. There’s also a full champagne pairing experience (additional $550 per person), where you’ll get to sample rare champagnes from Dom Perignon. And, if you’d like the whole suite to yourself, you can book it with a minimum spend of $1,500!
The multi-course dinner highlights Chef Millar’s personal relationships with artisanal producers from around the world, and one of them is leading French caviar producer, Sturia. Here, the exquisite caviar is served with an Iberico cracker atop Hokkaido Uni custard and chorizo crumbs. As with all dining experiences at Stellar, your meal at the Plenitude Suite concludes with a show-stopping dessert presentation.
Four-hands collaboration at Art at Curate
Art at Curate returns for its 13th series from 18 to 24 January 2019! Look forward to a “four hands” collaboration by chef Guillaume Bracaval of the two Michelin-starred Cuisines Michel Troisgros in Hyatt Regency Tokyo, and chef de cuisine Benjamin Halat of Curate at Resorts World Sentosa.
Chef Bracaval is known for his elevated French-Jap cuisine and will be presenting signature dishes like the eclectically-flavoured Jerusalem Artichoke, an intriguing appetiser comprising fresh egg with black truffles; as well as an iconic main course of Beef Entrecôte, which tops succulent beef cubes with potato and parmesan shavings. Chef Halat complements these luxurious creations with creative and modern interpretations of classical German favourites such as Senfsosse, a dish of poached cod fish and mustard on toast, accompanied by strings of salsify spaghetti and salsify baked in brown butter.
The four-course lunch is available at $138 per person, while the eight-course dinner is going at $308 per person. Reservations required.
Contemporary Chinese cuisine at Blossom
If you’re in the Marina Bay area, drop by the newly opened Blossom. Offering a mix of classic and contemporary Chinese dishes, you can expect soups, roast meats, fresh seafood, rice, noodles and vegetarian options. The restaurant has a modern interior, with private dining rooms and semi-private pods that are perfect for both business and family gatherings. Get your tastebuds ready for the meal with a stellar starter, crispy silver fish with salt and pepper ($12).
For meats, we utterly enjoyed the flavourful American Black Angus beef ribs ($78 per portion), which were fall-off-the-bone tender, well-glazed with New Zealand honey and braised for up to five hours. Another must-try is the pan-fried lobster steak with caviar ($32), made with fresh Canadian Boston lobster. The salty caviar went perfectly with the tender and juicy lobster tail meat. If you can’t get enough of lobster, add on a bowl of poached fish noodles and lobster in lobster soup ($24), loaded with generous pieces of lobster in a tasty rich broth. Don’t leave without trying some of their dessert; you won’t go wrong with chilled mango puree with pomelo and sago ($10).
Tasty Mod-European plates at Maggie Joan’s
As part of modern European spot Maggie Joan’s third anniversary, the restaurant has recently undergone several noteworthy changes – a refreshed menu, revamped interiors and a new head chef. From top to toe, Maggie Joan’s exudes industrial cool, underground chic vibes as soon as you enter the nondescript entrance. It almost felt like we were led into a speakeasy!
You won’t regret starting with the house-baked sourdough with smoked beef fat butter ($4), which was worth every calorie. For something lighter on the palate, try the hamachi crudo, almond, salmon roe and edamame ($23). Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will enjoy the roast carrots, ricotta, apricot and rosemary ($10), which turned out to be the most memorable of the lot. Sweet, savoury and creamy, this dish was absolutely divine. Moving on to the heartier plates, the barramundi, mussels, cavelo nero and parsley nage ($34) was faultless, but if you can only pick one main, we highly recommend getting the uber-tender Duroc pork chop with apple puree and pork sauce ($42).
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