Christmas is just around the corner but that doesn’t mean all we have to report on for our food section are turkeys, gourmet takeaways and Christmas dinners. Oh no, for us, the frequency of which we drop into restaurants doesn’t change, festive season or not (we just eat more).

This week, we sat through a long, languorous lunch at one-Michelin-starred restaurant Saint Pierre which has just introduced a delicious new menu, tucked in to new and classic dishes at PS. Cafe’s new outlet at Raffles City and dined under a sun roof at the hottest eatery to arrive at cafe enclave Tiong Bahru. Here are the three best dishes from these places.

A staffer drizzles shallot and cream reduction over the tart at Saint Pierre.

Green pea, romaine and black truffle tart at Saint Pierre

The dish: The menu description of green peas, romaine and truffle does little justice to this tart for what’s hiding under that tangle of freshness is an onion puree that lifts the ensemble with a savoury and lightly sweet touch. The sauce being drizzled on top of the slivers of black truffle is a shallot and cream reduction that adds that mild bitterness of caramelised onions.

The place: The dish is available at one-Michelin-starred Saint Pierre as part of its new adventure menu, a 16 course opus that you’d need to set aside at least three hours for. It’s a polished fine dining establishment where the staff are suited and booted with views of the Marina Bay area — perfect for that business lunch in the day or a romantic dinner at night.

Price: $248 with add ons like $148 for a wine pairing, $298 for a higher tier of wines and $28 for a cheese supplement.

Saint Pierre, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, +65 6438 0887.

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The halved grilled lemon does wonders to a huge plate of fried chicken at PS. Cafe Raffles City.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken at PS. Cafe Raffles City

The dish: If you’re craving for fried chicken and can’t bear the thought of jostling with the hoi polloi at fast food spots or Korean eateries then PS. Cafe Raffles City has just the thing. The buttermilk fried chicken is not just crispy and oh-so-indulgent, but it comes with a moreish smoked jalapeño aioli with barbecue sauce and half a grilled lemon to help cut through the richness.

The place: PS. Cafe Raffles City is the homegrown brand’s latest outlet. It has taken over the shopping centre’s third floor space that was previously an empty space and filled it up with its well-loved aesthetics of black and white interiors filled with lush green plants.

Price: $26

PS. Cafe Raffles City, Raffles City S.C, 252 North Bridge Road, #03-37, Singapore 179103, +65 8858 8728.

Merci Marcel does comfort food best with this bowl of ravioles de royan.

Ravioles de Royan at Merci Marcel

The dish: Forget everything you know and love about mac and cheese for Merci Marcel is about to school you on how to cook pasta with cheese. Here, ravioli is stuffed with comte cheese, butter and parsley. This is cooked in a sauce of sour cream with tete de moine — a Swiss cheese produced in the mountainous French-speaking Canton of Bern.

The place: Merci Marcel is a picture-perfect spot that’s newly opened in Tiong Bahru. Its decor is distinctly tropical where rattan furnishings make up the bulk of seats and even the bar while plants dot the space. Sit out in the air-conditioned courtyard which has a sun roof so your pictures will be kissed by daylight.

Price: $18

Merci Marcel, #01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056, +65 62240113.

Azimin Saini
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Azimin Saini is the Editor of Lifestyle Asia and manages the team in Singapore. He has been told the sound of his backspace is like thunder through the clouds. On a regular day, he has enough caffeine in him to power a small car.