The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2019 is just a matter of days away, and Singapore’s beyond fired up. The global culinary awards ceremony will be accompanied by a long list of masterclasses and talks by renowned chefs, intended for both industry professionals and foodies alike. In the meantime, local restaurants are taking the opportunity to rub shoulders with international big shots for something unique and exciting star-studded collaborations for local diners. Here’s what to look out for this month.
Sake enthusiasts will appreciate this dinner collaboration between Fat Cow and Miyasaka Brewing Company, Japan’s oldest sake brewery. Besides sake pairings, this six-course dinner will also be joined by 24th-generation brewer Katsuhiko Miyasaka. Expect seasonal highlights like grilled turban shell (paired with the award-winning Masumi Yumedono Daiginjo) and charcoal-grilled Wagyu (paired with limited edition sakes).
Kimme will be collaborating with chef Heewon Lim of Buto Hannam, a modern Korean restaurant in Seoul. The latter is best known for its contemporary iterations of traditional Korean flavours and dishes. Not much is known about the menu, but diners can expect an interesting discourse in the country's cuisine.
Esora and two-Michelin-starred Den are presenting a special eight-course menu for three nights only. Den was recently placed third place on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 for their innovative, light-hearted approach to Japanese fine-dining. The dinner is now fully-committed, but you can still try your luck by staying on the waiting list.
This massive eight-hands collaboration at Basque Kitchen is a star-studded affair. Chef Josean Alija from Nerua will present his nature-inspired modern Spanish cuisine. Chef Chele Gonzalez of Gallery by Chele will celebrate authentic Filipino flavours while chef Julien Royer from Odette, which was recently-crowned Asia's best restaurant, will be showcases his modern French cuisine. Diners can expect an international gastronomic fiesta here.
If you're missing out on the Basque Kitchen collaboration, here's another one to consider. This time, Odette plays host to a slew of superstars in the world of French gastronomy. Restaurants Mirazur, Atelier Crenn and Alleno Paris have been awarded three Michelin stars each. Proceeds from the one-night-only dinner will be donated to breast cancer awareness organisations.
Aside from presenting a series of signature dishes in this collaboration, one-Michelin-starred restaurants Candlenut and Bangkok’s Nahm will be presenting unique fusion creations as well. Chef Malcolm Lee and Chef Pim Techamuanvivit are cooking up two dishes featuring both Peranakan and Thai flavours -- a surprise to be unveiled during the dinner.
The Colombo-based Ministry of Crab returns for a second exclusive pop-up at Shangri-La Hotel. The five-course dinner menu features only quality crabs and prawns from Sri Lanka. Diners get to enjoy fresh crab liver pate and the restaurant's signature pepper crab cooked with hand-crushed Sri-Lankan peppercorns and in pepper stock.