Now that the date for the reveal of this year’s Michelin Guide Singapore has been announced (25 July, in case you missed it), we’re counting down to the big day and making our predictions on which restaurants will make the list. Although there doesn’t seem to be as much fanfare now as compared to when the guide first launched back in 2016, we’re still excited about the results. Seeing our own Singapore restaurants achieve the prestigious accolade is a proud moment for all of us, as it’s testament of how far our dining scene has truly evolved over the years.
Other than mulling over who will get a star (or two, or three), we’re looking forward to the upcoming Negroni Week, which takes place from 4 to 10 June. The annual event sees Singapore’s finest bars rolling out their renditions of the classic cocktail; and part of the proceeds will go to charity. Drinking for a good cause? We’re sold.
Also on our agenda is sussing out new and noteworthy dishes at some of our favourite restaurants. Here are three of our top picks for the week.
Supreme seafood broth with coral-shaped beancurd by Jade
The dish: Filled with crab meat and slices of fish, Jade’s seafood soup is a light and clean-tasting broth that’s the perfect respite from the other heavier, meatier dishes on the restaurant’s new dim sum menu. It also comes with a piece of beancurd, expertly cut so it fans outward into delicate tendrils resembling those of a coral.
The place: Jade is a classy Cantonese restaurant dressed in light pastel hues and decorated with wallpaper featuring motifs of birds and flowers. It recently launched a new Weekend Family Day set menu, comprising a variety of dim sum and appetisers, the abovementioned seafood soup, mains such as sliced beef hor fun and stir-fried vegetables, and a dessert of peach gum with almond cream.
Price: S$48++ per person for the Weekend Family Day set menu.
Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, +65 6877 8943
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Miso salmon by Clan Cafe
The dish: If you’ve been treating yourself to one too many cheat days, here’s a guilt-free salad to consider for your next meal. Miso-marinated salmon is pan seared and paired with vegetables such as edamame, sugar snap peas, lotus root and cherry tomatoes, and set atop a bed of mixed grains and red quinoa. The grains and quinoa are cooked in a dashi and shoyu stock, resulting in a lovely smooth consistency. The grain bowl is best enjoyed with a teapot of Clan Cafe’s comforting chicken and leek soup.
The place: Situated inside private members club Straits Clan, Clan Cafe is the only eatery there that’s open to the public. It focuses on wholesome, nutritious fare spanning grain bowls, salads and broths, and also offers a range of tea blends from homegrown tea company Amuse Projects.
Clan Cafe, Straits Clan, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845, +65 6320 9180
Chilli fried Sri Lanka crab by Qi — House of Sichuan
The dish: A towering heap of Sri Lankan crab — taken apart into chunks and deep fried in batter — is presented on a platter, covered with copious amounts of dried red chillies and peppercorns. Don’t let its fiery facade deter you, though: The crab is deliciously meaty and surprisingly not as spicy as it looks. Each serving weighs a kilogram, and comes at a fixed price.
The place: Originally from Hong Kong, Qi — House of Sichuan has opened its first Singapore outpost at Marina Bay Link Mall. Similar to its one-Michelin-starred flagship, the new outlet offers contemporary Sichuan cuisine, with signature dishes such as chilli oil wontons, and slow-cooked beef short ribs in mala sauce.
Price: S$115 per kilogram
Qi – House of Sichuan, 8A Marina Boulevard, #02-01, Marina Bay Link Mall, Straits View, Singapore 018984, +65 6634 8277
(Main photo: Jade; Featured photo: Clan Cafe)