Friday, 30 October 2020

Journey around the world with these hot new menus in Singapore

Singapore might just be a tiny little dot on the map, but let it not be said that the city-state is lacking in the food department. In fact, thanks to Singapore being a cultural melting pot, its diverse and vibrant food scene has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting.

Waves of new restaurant openings occur frequently, and at the same time, restaurants and bars who have been stalwarts in the scene are working hard to bring new and global flavours to diners, so foodies don’t miss out on epicurean adventures while travelling remains restricted.

Here are some innovative new options that will jazz up your dining experience.

Manhattan bar
Golden Hour with rockmelon osmanthus syrup, Belvedere Smogory Forest Vodka, lavender bitters, bitter orange and elderflower tonic

1. New YorkManhattan

The new menu at Regent Singapore’s Manhattan celebrates six iconic Manhattanites who have made their mark in the arenas of music, film, fashion, the culinary world and politics, such as the late celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain, actor Robert Downey Jr, rock band The Ramones and designer Vera Wang. Comprising 18 new cocktails and six zero-proof beverages, they spotlight the intimate journeys of each of these luminaries. After Hours, for example, is a cheeky interpretation of Bourdain’s love for truffle focaccia loaded with oozy cheese. To create this, a buttered Never Never Triple Juniper Gin is mixed with Cocchi Americano and Salers Gentiane, and finished with a fried cheddar crisp. Golden Hour – a creamy, floral beverage with rockmelon osmanthus syrup, Belvedere Smogory Forest Vodka, lavender bitters, bitter orange and elderflower tonic – is a perfect representation of Vera Wang, who is known for her intricate bridal gowns.

Vienna Afternoon Tea Raffles Hotel Grand Lobby
Vienna Afternoon Tea. Photo credit: Raffles Hotel Singapore

2. Vienna – The Grand Lobby

Located in the grand dame of hotels, Raffles Singapore, this elegant tearoom is offering an afternoon tea set that is inspired by the lustrous Austrian city. From Vienna sandwiches to lobster crostini and Sachertorte, the menu here will make you feel like you travelled straight to the imperial capital with this selection of treats. Available until 16 December 2020, you can pair it with Mariage Frères premium tea or the Raffles custom-blended coffee. A curated menu of handcrafted cocktails is available, too, for an additional fee.

Straits Place 1819
Bak Chor Mee Capellini with scallops, caviar, prawns, poached egg and fried wanton skin

3. Singapore – Straits Place 1819

A new concept by the folks behind d’Good Café, the recently opened Straits Place 1819 at VivoCity celebrates Singapore’s gastronomic culture and highlights some favourites – but with a modern interpretation. The beloved bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) is given a luxurious refresh here with the addition of scallops, caviar, prawns, poached egg and the use of capellini pasta; while the classic hor fun is elevated with rib eye, toman fish and poached egg. Complete the meal with a reimagined Singapore Chendol dessert – soft azuki beans and chewy pandan jelly rest on a warm pancake in a skillet, topped with vanilla bean ice cream, crunchy coconut sable and finished with palm sugar syrup.

House-made tagliolini pasta with butter sauce and Alba white truffle

4. ItalyZafferano

Prized white truffles from Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy reign supreme in this seasonal menu that will be available under December 2020. The house-made tagliolini pasta is an earthy, aromatic dish served with a luscious butter sauce and topped with lashings of Alba white truffle. Or you could opt to add white truffles to any of Zafferano’s dishes – we recommend the Sanchoku Wagyu beef striploin served with black garlic purée and mushrooms; or the creamy risotto in saffron sauce with ramsons and roasted bone marrow – at S$15++ per gram.

28 Hong Kong Street
Michy’s Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy

5. American South28 Hong Kong Street

The atmospheric speakeasy, currently ranked 30th on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, is offering a new dinner service from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Available from 5pm to 7pm, the “Proper Dinner” menus go beyond basic bar snacks and are recreated with recipes by leading chefs from the United States. First up is a menu with James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, who is offering Southern Comfort-style cuisine from bar-grill Sweet Liberty in Miami. Tuck into a hearty Michy’s Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and a feta watermelon salad, or a sumptuous steak with au poivre (Hollandaise sauce available on request) and green beans almondine. Wash it down with a selection of cocktails – such as the Brown Derby with Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon, grapefruit and honey – that is meant to accompany your dish.

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

SEE ALSO: Celebrate World Pasta Day (25 October) by trying one of these unusual pastas

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