There are lots of new eats to explore this month, but these exciting dining events are worth checking out too. This month, chef Massimo Bottura of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana collaborates with Gucci for an exclusive dining pop-up in Singapore. But if you’ve not got a seat (still on the waiting list?), there are other worthwhile collaborations and festivals to head to as well.
Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura has made its first international stop in Singapore, after a successful run in Florence. This 60-seater restaurant presents a menu of Bottura's signatures as well as unique Asian-inspired highlights from Gucci Osteria's chef Karime Lopez. Aside from food, it's a chance for diners to dine on exclusive Gucci tableware. All sessions are sold out now, but you can still get on the waiting list and try your luck getting a seat.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
If Netflix’s docu-series Street Food has worked up an appetite for hawker delights, be sure to visit the third edition of Resorts World Sentosa’s Street Eats festival. This year, RWS rounds up a slew of hidden hawker gems from around the region. The 10-day event, held at RWS’ Malaysian Food Street, will introduce diners to cult favourites like nasi lemak with cheese-baked lobster from Penang’s Projek Nasi Lemak and ayam penyet belado from Indonesia’s Waroeng Kita. Representing Singapore is Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Hokkien Popiah serving up traditional popiah made from an authentic 70-year-old family recipe.
RWS Street Eats
Ce La Vi’s Sky High Brunch is back with a Mexican twist, in honour of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The day-time party will see an array of Mexican-inspired dishes such as Chicken Chipotle Taco with Jalapeño & Lime, and Avocado Tacos with Tomato & Coriander. The dessert bar is worth checking out too, offering treats like the classic tres leches cake and churros. Diners get free-flow champagne and cocktails throughout the party.
Fine-dining restaurant Preludio invites chefs to have their own take on author’s cuisine through a series of kitchen collaborations. On 6 May, chef Fernando Arevalo will be kickstarting ‘The Preludio Movement’ with a one-night-only dinner by chef Christophe Lerouy. Here, Lerouy’s modern take on French cuisine is reinterpreted through Preludio’s monochromatic theme -- an eight-course menu which may prove an introspective experience for diners and chefs alike.
British cuisine is more than just fish and chips, as this collaboration goes to show. Maggie Joan’s, together with chef Zach Elliott-Crenn of London’s Portland Restaurant, showcases flavourful expressions of seasonal produce from the British Isles. The eight-course menu sees dishes like carrot financier with gouda made in Cornwall and beef tartare using sirloin sourced from Scotland.
Le Binchotan is spicing up supper time again with a new series of collaborations with Level33's chef Archan Chan, chef Sam Chablani and Folklore's chef Damian D'Silva. For one weekend each month till June, the guest chefs will be serving up modern takes on their favourite supper fare alongside Le Binchotan's dishes. Next weekend, Chablani takes the stage with fried vegetable chips and a platter of Vietnamese-style ribs, chicken wings and Iberico pork satay. Diners will also get to try the restaurant's indulgent interpretation of Hokkien Mee.
Singapore’s largest farmers’ market is back for another year, presenting over 90 brands in Singapore’s sustainable. Visitors will have the chance to purchase fresh produce from local farms and sample snacks by Singaporean producers. The festival is also launching cooking masterclasses with chefs Emmanuel Stroobant and Han Li Guang of Michelin-starred restaurants Saint Pierre and Labyrinth, respectively.