Monday, 8 August 2022

9 fancy set lunch menus to try in Singapore

There’s nothing quite like a fancy lunch to banish the midweek blues, especially if you’re looking for a change of pace from the usual packed lunches or takeaways. Want to treat yourself to a fine selection of sushi or maybe something more unconventional like a laksa risotto? Here’s our lineup of the best restaurants in Singapore with great executive set lunch offers.

1. 665°F

Perched on the 38th floor of Andaz Singapore, 665°F is an upscale steakhouse that offers prime cuts of beef along with a selection of sustainable seafood. Their four-course lunch tasting menu ($98++) begins with a dainty amuse bouche followed by smoked burratini with blistered cherry tomatoes, toasted pistachio and aged balsamic vinegar. A richly flavoured lobster bisque with rouille, cognac, tarragon and croutons follows next. For mains, choose between Cape Grim beef tenderloin or Patagonian toothfish served with mashed potato, house onion rings and a trio of pepper sauces. End things on a sweet note with a Basque cheesecake with honeycomb and rhubarb jam. If you’re an oenophile, you’ll also want to visit The Cellar, a new concept within the restaurant that offers an extensive winelist.

665 Degrees Fahrenheit Steakhouse Andaz Singapore

2. TWG Tea

TWG Tea offers two set lunch menus featuring fascinating tea-infused offerings that tease the palate. Choose a main course paired with either hot or iced tea (S$29++) and you have an option to add on a dessert (additional S$6). For the week of 13 to 17 August 2022, mains include beef cheeks slow-braised in a rich red wine sauce with a green tea infused potato mash; and an artisanal laksa risotto served with Hokkaido scallops and earl grey-infused tiger prawns with beancurd skin croutons, lemon balm cress and a sprinkle of golden lung ching tea leaves or a lemon tartelette with a vanilla bourbon tea-infused mascarpone chantilly cream. For updated menus, click here and select the restaurant of choice.

TWG - Lemon Blancmange
Dessert at TWG Tea

3. Gordon Grill, Goodwood Park Hotel

An elegant steakhouse in the Orchard Road area, Gordon Grill at the Goodwood Park Hotel has been serving fine steaks and continental cuisine since 1963. For efficient and elegant lunches, there’s a Big-on-Small lunch menu of three- (S$68++) and four courses (S$78++) where several signature dishes can be sampled. Tuck into posh appetisers such as the duck foie gras with cherry compote, apple and raspberry sorbet, and classic mains such as the US beef tenderloin with potato gratin, asparagus and couscous. The dessert course is a sample platter of two items of your choice, which includes a lingonberries crumble tart with vanilla ice cream, plus coffee or tea. Those opting for the four-course meal will enjoy the addition of a trio of Gordon Grill’s signature soups: lobster bisque, cream of mushroom, and soupe du jour.

4. Tablescape

A fine menu of European classics with a modern twist and old-world charm await at Tablescape – a great choice for a meal in the City Hall area. A three-course set lunch (S$39++) awaits diners, with dishes that showcase Executive chef Armando Aristarco’s “flavour first” take on classic European dishes. For example, the hot starter, Egg, is a 62-degree cooked egg served with lentil purée and shaved Italian black truffles in a fondue of aged Parmigiano Reggiano (24 months). A highlight of any meal at Tablescape is the gueridon service, where a variety of fresh bread and butter (both made in-house) are served tableside on a trolley. Expect attentive but non-intrusive service and a lunch menu that changes monthly and features items that are not available on the regular a la carte menu.

Executive set lunches tablescape
62ºc egg with asparagus, Parmigiano and black truffle

5. The Marmalade Pantry

The Marmalade Pantry has just unveiled its refreshed executive set lunch menus for August 2022. The two-course ($28++) includes a main and dessert while the three-course ($33++) includes a starter. Both menus are inspired by modern bistro fair but feature plant-based meat alternatives. Mains include the Impossible bolognese with pappardelle pasta and and Impossible beef sauce finished with freshly grated parmesan cheese. For a low-carb option, opt for the cauliflower risotto which replaces rice for finely chopped cauliflower and features a velvety cream, potato and pea sauce. If you’re in the mood for seafood, there’s also a Cajun-style Shrimp Po Boy made with battered shrimp and herbed sriracha tartar sauce. Round things off with their new chocolate chia seed pudding for dessert.

Marmalade Pantry Executive Set Lunch Singapore
Marmalade pantry offers two meat-free executive set lunch choices.

6. Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare

Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare’s forte is fresh seafood, Sicilian classics and handmade pasta dishes. The plush confines within a Tanjong Pagar shophouse make for elegant three-course set lunches that are excellent value at $58++ (Tuesdays to Saturdays). The menu constantly evolves with whatever is in season, but you cannot go wrong with seafood-centric dishes such as the risone pasta with baby cuttlefish and bottarga and grilled swordfish belly with Sicilian caponata. Dessert is a Sicilian noto almond milk pudding with wild berries or a cheese platter. Pay extra and ask the sommelier to make recommendations for wine pairings by the glass or bottle.

7. LeVeL33

The highest microbrewery in Singapore pairs an excellent beer programme with its executive set lunch menu by incorporating beer and beer brewing elements – such as malt and spent grain – into the dishes. The experience is further elevated by the views from Marina Bay Financial Centre’s 33rd level. LeVeL33‘s Executive lunch sets start at $45++ and can be enjoyed in the dining room or the outdoor social space. Dishes include the Brewery Burger with a Wagyu patty topped with cheddar and resting on top of a crispy beer malt artisanal brioche; and the IPA-battered fish-of-the-day chips. Make sure you wash the meal down with one of their house-brewed craft beers.

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A juicy burger and a pint of beer

8. Bedrock Bar & Grill

Located at the ground floor of Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Bedrock Bar & Grill is known for serving up the finest steak cuts that can be paired with its collection of rare and old single malt whiskies. The three-course set includes a starter, main and a choice of dessert. Not to be missed is the signature Bedrock black pepper steak rice bowl (S$58++), an Insta-worthy offering  that showcases a a wagyu petit fillet, luscious foie gras, grilled onions and soft boiled eggs resting atop a warm bowl of fragrant beef drippings garlic rice. Another standout is the woodfire-grilled ribeye steak (S$68++), which comes with thick-cut fries and thyme butter. For dessert, choose between three mouthwatering options: burnt cheesecake, salted caramel lava cake or an artisanal ice cream of the day with vanilla cookie.

Bedrock bar and grill
Woodfire-grilled Tenderloin

9. Kinki Restaurant and Bar

Kinki sports an edgy, countercultural vibe with a punk-chic aesthetic. Its penchant for pushing the boundaries shows in its food as well, with its offerings sporting creative flavour combinations and presentations. Set lunch options (from S$32++ to S$99++) are an enjoyable mid-day affair – A choice of main comes with a garden salad, miso soup and mochi dessert. Take your pick from dishes such as Executive Sashimi (15 pieces of assorted sashimi); Executive Sushi (10 pieces of assorted sushi and maki); chirashi don (premium seafood on sushi rice); High Roller Wagyu Don with Ohmi A4 Wagyu, Hokkaido uni, ikura, black truffle and onsen egg; and Buta Kakuni Claypot, a slow-braised pork belly claypot rice dish. Can’t make up your mind? Simply go for the All-Star Ninja Executive Set Lunch ($78++) which comprises a wide array of dishes such as sashimi, sushi, hot appetisers of foie gras chawanmushi and miso soup, cold appetisers of sakura salad, snow crab and century egg tofu, as well as a choice of sorbet for dessert.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar - High Roller Wagyu Don
High Roller Wagyu Don

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

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Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Bar Trigona

Stunning and over the top, Bar Trigona is the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s unapologetically glamorous signature bar. The lavish interior celebrates Malaysian heritage motifs in an opulent manner – there’s a crystal Chinese diabolo chandelier and glass mosaic walls are laid out in a ketupat (rice dumpling wrapped in woven palm leaves) pattern. But it isn’t just about excess. The bar also celebrates sustainable Malaysian produce, in particular from trigona bees, for which the bar is named: almost all of the refined craft cocktails include the stingless bees’ raw honey. This is done imaginatively, like in the Trigona Old Fashioned featuring trigona honey, bourbon and cedarwood bitters, which is presented with liquorice root, a chunk of honeycomb and a substantial ice cube. They also painstakingly source ingredients from around the country, such as wild turmeric from Pahang that’s infused in Terra, a vermouth and gin cocktail.

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Monday, 1 August 2022

Get your hands on these Breitling x Singapore Airlines Navitimer watches

Coming on the heels of the success of Singapore Airlines (SIA)-themed lifestyle products such as The Upcycling Project‘s fashion and homeware items made from retired parts of SIA aircraft, as well as the Batik Flora reed diffuser and eau de toilette spray perfume, SIA introduces something new that is sure to excite aviation enthusiasts: three limited edition pilot’s watches made in collaboration with esteemed Swiss watch brand Breitling as it marks the 70th anniversary of its iconic Navitimer timepiece.

The final product design of the limited-edition watches was a collaborative effort by Breitling together with valuable input from SIA pilots alongside the KrisShop team.

Both the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition and the Navitimer Automatic 38 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition feature Breitling’s legendary pilot’s watch in SIA’s distinct shade of blue, but where the former has an open-caseback view, the latter has an eye-catching batik print caseback design that pays homage to the airline’s rich heritage.

The Navitimer – short for navigation and timer – is beloved by pilots who use it to plan their flights using the circular slide rule located on the watch’s rotating bezel, and by collectors who like its sophisticated mechanism. Here’s what you need to know about the exciting collaboration between Breitling and SIA – two icons in the aviation industry.

Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition

While all Navitimer watches have a circular slide rule, baton indexes, a trio of chronograph counters and a notched bezel for easy grip, the three limited-edition SIA watches feature a flattened side rule and a domed sapphire crystal that creates the illusion of a more compact profile.

What distinguishes the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 from the Navitimer Automatic 38, apart from its 41mm diameter, is a slimmer silhouette on the oscillating weight that enhances the open-caseback view of the watch’s mechanism – the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This movement is backed by a five-year warranty, provides approximately 70 hours of power reserve and allows the wearer to change the date – now visible through a discreet window in the subdial at 6 o’clock – at any time.

The Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 comes in a distinctive shade of blue that is representative of both Breitling and SIA. It is further enhanced with rose gold indexes and hands that add a touch of elegance and luxury. The quintessential mark of aviation distinction, the Singapore Airlines logo is etched on the crown and on the caseback with “One of 100″.

Navitimer Automatic 38 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition

The Navitimer Automatic 38 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition has many of the same features as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41, but unique to this timepiece is its eye-catching batik print caseback that pays homage to the Singapore Airline’s rich heritage. While the Navitimer Automatic 38 omits the subdials, it retains a date window at the six o’clock position for a cleaner look. The watch’s Breitling 17 movement offers a 38-hour power reserve, with a two-year warranty. Like the B01 Chronograph, it comes in a distinctive shade of blue representative of both brands, and is further enhanced by rose gold indices and hands for a touch of elegance.

Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Singapore Airlines Pilots Limited Edition

Breitling’s final offering in the collection is the Breitling x SIA Pilot’s Edition Navitimer that will be available exclusively to pilots of the Singapore Airlines Group. It features the same movement, colour scheme and etched crown logo as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41, as well as a flattened side rule and a domed sapphire crystal that creates the illusion of a more compact profile. It distinguishes itself with a larger 43mm case, which lends the watch an impressive wrist presence, and also increases the legibility of the dial, making it indispensable to professional pilots. The watch’s open-caseback is also engraved with its unique number and attitude indicator – an instrument all professional pilots will be familiar with.

The Navitimer Singapore Airlines Limited Edition will retail exclusively on KrisShop, under the Batik Label concept store, which spotlights one-of-a-kind collaborations featuring Singapore Airlines’ Batik Motif.

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