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The Cheat Sheet: Matrix shades, SS18 beauty trends, and Christophe Lerouy’s new restaurant

The biggest news of this week was undoubtedly acclaimed chef Andre Chiang’s bombshell statement that he will close his two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Andre on 14 February 2018. He also requested to return his Michelin stars, and asked that his other restaurant Raw not be included in Taiwan’s edition of the Michelin Guide. This came as a shock to local foodies, as Restaurant Andre has long been regarded as one of Singapore’s finest restaurants. Even before it was awarded its Michelin stars, it was already so popular it had a long waiting list of customers.

For those hoping to dine there one last time, the establishment currently offers a lunch and dinner menu at S$800++ per person, inclusive of beverage pairing. While we’re sad about its closure, we’re excited to see what Chiang has in store next after he returns to Taiwan.

Another major newsflash this week was the announcement of Banyan Tree’s first-ever Singapore resort. Located in Mandai, the property allows guests to get up close to nature, and even offers treehouses as an accommodation option. It’ll be within close proximity to the Singapore Zoo and upcoming Rainforest Park, so guests won’t be short on things to do during their stay.

As we mull over all that has happened over the past few days, it’s also time to plan for the weekend ahead. Scroll through this edition of The Cheat Sheet for some inspiration.


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Christophe Lerouy.

French chef Christophe Lerouy, who previously helmed Alma and led it to its first Michelin star last year, will open a new restaurant next month. Find out more in our exclusive interview with him.


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Johnnie Walker’s Blender’s Batch has released a new Wine Cask whisky.

From Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc 2017 to the new Wine Cask whisky by Johnnie Walker’s Blender’s Batch, there’s much to celebrate this month in the world of drinks.


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Kendall Jenner vs. Matrix’s Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss.

Forget the oversized shades of 2016. This year, the hottest eyewear trend is Matrix-style, super skinny sunglasses. Even Rihanna and Kendall Jenner approve of these futuristic shades.


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Monochromatic eyeshadow was all the rage on the runways.

Fresh off the SS18 runways, here 5 beauty trends we expect to make their way into the mainstream vernacular soon.

#lifestyleasiasg’s Instagram of the Week

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Meet Highland Park’s new Valkyrie whisky.

We took a trip to Orkney today in celebration of Highland Park’s new Valkyrie whisky, the first of three different expressions that celebrate the distillery’s Viking heritage. This smooth blend boasted notes of vanilla, spice, and a healthy dose of smoke uncommon for Speyside whiskies. Highland Park has also undergone a revamp, featuring new bottles embossed with Nordic emblems. We dig it.

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(Main image: NY Daily News; Featured image: Roberi and Fraud)

The Cheat Sheet: Matrix shades, SS18 beauty trends, and Christophe Lerouy’s new restaurant

Sara Yap is passionate about all things dining and jewellery, and is constantly seeking out exciting restaurants and glittering trinkets. When she’s not feasting in the name of work, chatting with talented chefs, or daydreaming about coloured diamonds, she’s probably binge-watching the latest Netflix series or indulging in her guilty pleasure — Hollywood celebrity gossip. Sara is a journalism graduate from Nanyang Technological University and her work has appeared in The Business Times Lifestyle and Prestige Singapore magazine.


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