With the festive season behind us, we have (reluctantly) begun our journey towards leading a healthier lifestyle. Instead of devouring cheese tarts, steaks and truffle fries with reckless abandon the way we did last year, we are now turning to salads, poké bowls and the occasional vegan meal. Some of us are even considering signing up for a gym membership, or picking up a new sport such as Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts or boxing.
But every once in a while, we can’t help but crave for something a little less nutritious. That’s where the #cheatday comes in. It is our answer to those moments when our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak — when we know we ought to be working out and grazing on vegetables, but all we truly desire is a greasy burger with upsized fries.
For those moments of weakness, we’ve put together a guide to three delectable dishes worth the extra calories. And if it makes you feel less guilty, they aren’t even that unhealthy. In fact, a couple of them contain fish, which is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Carabinero by Monti x Dirk Hoberg
The dish: This mouthwatering concoction features juicy Carabinero prawn alongside an assortment of mussels, fish slices, cabbage, ginger and coriander. It is part of a four-course lunch menu and eight-course dinner menu designed by guest chef Dirk Hoberg of two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Ophelia in Konstanz, Germany.
The place: Located at the Fullerton Pavilion, Monti is a modern Italian restaurant serving up sharing plates of seafood and homemade pasta. From 22 to 25 February, it will host chef Hoberg for the International Chef Showcase, which features chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants.
Price: S$278++ for lunch and S$398++ for dinner, with wine pairings.
Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion Singapore 049327, +65 6535 0724
Atlantic cod by Saint Pierre
The dish: This lovely green-hued dish comprises steamed-baked Atlantic cod coated in a crust of wild herbs and garnished with black winter truffles. It is also served with crispy new season leek. The cod is part of Saint Pierre’s Chinese New Year set lunch menu, which ends 10 February.
The place: Saint Pierre is an upscale fine dining restaurant specialising in refined French cuisine. Its chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant is known for incorporating seasonal ingredients and Asian flavours in the dishes.
Price: S$58-S$100 for a set lunch, depending on number of courses.
Saint Pierre, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, +65 6438 0887
Lobster laksa by Melt Café
The dish: The humble bowl of laksa gets a luxe upgrade in this lobster-infused rendition at Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s Melt Café. It consists of thick rice vermicelli smothered in coconut gravy, and filled with chunks of Maine lobster, fish cake and bean curd.
The place: Melt Café is an all-day dining restaurant with a wide variety of food spanning Asian and European cuisines. From 7 to 21 February, it will offer a lobster-centric repertoire of options such as Thai lobster salad, lobster fried rice and cognac-infused lobster bisque.
Melt Café, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3500