December may be the hallmark month for celebratory specials year after year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be making merry before that.
The month of November will see a whole host of commemorative menus from some of our favourite establishments in Singapore. We’re talking hearty Thanksgiving classics, succulent seasonal crab dishes and anniversary feasts that are sure to delight even the fussiest of diners.
Read on for the full list of dining events to look out for this November.
(Hero and featured image credit: Shang Social)
Succulent crabs take centre stage this month at modern Chinese restaurant, Shang Social. Diners will be spoilt for choice as they feast on 10 different seasonal dishes that feature the meaty crustacean. Notable items on the menu include the Stuffed Chicken Wing with Crab Meat and Bird’s Nest, an innovative dish that marries the sweet meat from the crab with exquisite bird’s nest, encased in a crispy chicken skin that leaves guests hankering for more. Other highlights on the menu include the comforting Wok-Fried Flat Noodle with Crab Meat, Crab Roe and Seafood in Scrambled Egg Gravy, perfect for rainy days.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse may be known for their excellent dry-aged beef, but they’re taking it up a notch this year with other roasted dishes for Thanksgiving. For your mains, think generous servings of Boneless Turkey Breast and USDA Prime Petite Filet Mignon, served with Roasted Vegetables, Baked Sweet Potato, and Stuffing, complete with sides like the Caesar Salad and Butternut Squash Soup with Corn Bread. The extensive menu comes with too: round up your meal with a serving of Apple Strudel served with Ice Cream for good measure.
If you’d rather spend Thanksgiving at home, you can always pre-order a whole turkey (takeaway), for collection between 26 to 29 November.
Looking for more Thanksgiving alternatives? Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s one night only, three-course Thanksgiving set menu is sure to pack a punch with highlights like the Pan-Fried Duck Foie Gras with Chutney Relish & Brioche, Roast Turkey with Caramelised Chestnuts and more. Spending your time at home this year? The hotel will be preparing a whole host of Thanksgiving favourites (from 23 to 26 November) that you can have delivered right to your doorstep. Do note that they will require guests to pre-order the dishes at least three working days in advance.
Cantonese restaurant Yàn will be marking five memorable years at the National Gallery this November — and what better way to do so than with a five-course set menu to commemorate the occasion with? Ease into the menu with the Double-boiled Brazilian Mushroom and Chicken Soup, a soulful broth that features delicacies such as Brazilian red mushrooms from the Yunnan highlands, dried sea whelk and dried scallops to create a deep, savoury bowl sure to delight any diner. Notable mentions on the menu include Poached Cod Fish with Daikon and Luffa, a dish that Yan’s very own Chef Ng learnt during from his first apprenticeship. The long-forgotten union of waxed duck meat and fermented beancurd sees a reappearance in this dish, which elevates the familiar steamed codfish fillet in a delightful in an umami broth.
Besides the special anniversary menu, Yan will also be playing host to a hairy crab feast this month. The seasonal crustacean is for known its buttery roe and sweet flesh, and diners will be able to enjoy a taste of its highly coveted meat with an array of a la carte dishes. Choose between dishes like the classic Steamed Hairy Crab, served with a traditional dipping sauce of black vinegar and julienned ginger and Pumpkin Broth with Hairy Crab Meat, which sees a harmonious marriage of succulent crab meat, pumpkin purée, and a consommé of pork and chicken.
If you can’t decide, perhaps you’d like to give the elaborate six-course Hairy Crab Feast Set Menu a go: it features plates such as the Crispy Bean Curd and Seasonal Vegetables with Hairy Crab Meat Sauce and a whole Steamed Hairy Crab, before ending the meal with a refreshing serving of Double-boiled Hashima in Ginger Tea.
Three Michelin starred Odette will also be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with a one-of-a-kind menu. Titled “Marchands de Bonheurs”, or Merchants of Happiness in Engish, the menu will be presented by five of the restaurants very own rising chefs to take the pass alongside Chef Julien Royer. Little is known of the special menu’s exact dishes, but one can be assured that the menu will remain fundamentally French, all whilst taking great pride in infusing Asian sensibilities.
Art and World Alba White Truffle Charity Auction will be coming together for one night only to present the Alba White Truffle Benefit Dinner, an exclusive silent auction dinner that celebrates the spirit of Italian gastronomy, fine wines and charity. Guests will be able to enjoy a delightful 5-course degustation menu, highlighting the exquisite Alba White Truffle with every dish, all whilst competing for seven to 10 silent auction items (including a 500-gram white truffle and 200-gram white truffle exclusive to Singapore). All nett proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will be donated to Foodsteps, a free nutrition education program in Singapore that supports underprivileged primary school children.
There are few ways to better end the evening than with good dessert. Better yet if it comes with cocktails. For that, only two of the best in their respective fields would do, so imagine our joy when Potato Head and 2am: dessert bar launched their dessert-cocktail pairing concept. The new menu — a mix of Janice Wong’s ‘best ofs’ as well as some specially created ones — is a feast for all the senses, carefully balancing sweet, savoury, and everything in between for a night out to remember. Of the lot, the 6 Tastes Pairing stands out for its umami-ness, while the Cassis Plum Pairing is refreshingly light, perfect after a couple of the establishment’s famous burgers.
What happens when you take four French chefs turned friends and put them together in the same kitchen? We imagine it’ll look a lot like this. David Thien of Corner House is reuniting with his friends, Chef Julien Royer of Odette, Pastry Chef Alain Herber and Chef Frédéric Colin of Brasserie Gavroche for an exclusive two-night only, 40-persons-per-service dining extravaganza unlike any other. The eight-course omakase menu will feature premium ingredients like the botan ebi, caviar, foie gras, guinea fowl, white truffle, and although some of the dishes may be familiar to those who’ve dined at the four establishments, this collaborative feast is set to come with surprises and personalised touches by each chef.