After all the excitement from this year’s ground-breaking Michelin Guide, Singaporeans are back in the ever-persistent discussion on how relevant such accolades are in determining a good restaurant. Fine-dining and French cuisine come up tops again on the Guide and well-loved restaurants that are deemed worthy of a star are nowhere to be found.
The Michelin Guide is, as its name suggests, just a guide. The discovery of worthy eats is ultimately a game of chance coupled with a daring sense of adventure. This month, restaurants and hotels are pulling in a fresh slew of events and collaborations, introducing some of the best chefs and produce around the world. Take a chance and explore the makings of a great restaurant. The best dining experiences are the ones yet to be known to the world.
If you tire of the usual wine dinners, consider Preludio’s latest dinner event highlighting the some of the best balsamic vinegar to be found in Italy. Chef Fernando Arevalo, in collaboration with the family-owned producer ll Borgo del Balsamico, will feature an eight-course menu weaving in a range of this syrupy condiment and other condiments in innovative ways across savouries, pastries and beverages. Preludio’s signature, a butternut squash agnolotti dressed with Il Borgo’s 25-year-old balsamic vinegar, will be on the menu too.
Since joining the Shangri-La Group, critically-acclaimed Chinese chef Gordon Leung has been on a world tour sharing his innovative cooking around the Group’s various properties. The newly-crowned corporate Chinese executive chef will soon be making his way to Singapore for a four-hand collaboration with Shang Palace’s chef Mok Kit Keung. The indulgent eight-course menu is a curation of signature dishes from Shang Palace and Summer Palace, both reputable names in Hong Kong’s dining scene. Otherwise, there’s also an equally exciting lunch and dinner menu featuring hairy crab at Shang Social from 14th to 15th October -- perfect for those who have travel plans coming up.
KL-based restaurant Nadodi is a familiar face in Singapore, having done four-hand collaborations with local restaurants. This time, the modern South Indian restaurant will be shaking things up with Salted & Hung, a modern Australian restaurant endorsing head-to-tail dining. This coupling is rather unexpected, but the result is a fascinating menu tying traditional South Indian culinary techniques and fermentation along with quality produce around the world. Look forward to dishes like Nadodi’s fish head curry with aubergine skin, Salted & Hung’s soy-infused grouper and their selection of charcuterie.
Café Gerbeaud, one of Europe’s oldest and best confectionaries, is making its Southeast Asian debut in Singapore at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. The 160-year-old Hungarian coffee house will be introducing a list of its sweet treats, enjoyed by artists and royalty for decades, over afternoon tea at the hotel’s lounge The Landing Point. The cafe’s pastry chef Robert Mártha has shared recipes for signature desserts like the Cognac Cherry Bonbon, Dobos sponge cake and their famous Gerbeaud Slice here too. So while diners won’t be eating at the legendary cafe, the local affair is expected to be as magical.
Following Singapore’s growing thirst for rum, Keong Saik’s bars have come together to host the inaugural Rum Bellion, a festival dedicated to the spirit. Throughout the entire day, the bars will be introducing nearly 30 brands of rum from around the world as well as guest shifts by cocktails bars such as Hong Kong’s The Sea by the Old Man and Bangkok’s Tropic City. There will be food pop-ups around the festival too. Look out for Fat Prince’s kebabs, Fung Kee Hotdogs and a special rum-infused Jamaican curry from Taki Taki.
The iconic Raffles Hotel will be opening its doors to all member of the public for the first time since re-opening in August. The hotel will be transformed into a block party, with events and experiences curated around the property. New restaurants like La Dame de Pic, BBR by Alain Ducasse and Burger & Lobster will be serving up their signature creations alongside glasses of champagne and caviar through the evening. The party will also see special performances by comedian Hossan Leong, singers Kit Chan and Jeremy Monteiro as well as The Sam Willows. Come by early enough for a tour around the hotel’s latest suites, art and antiques as well. All proceeds from the party will be going to the Community Chest Singapore.