Whether it’s a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese, pasta smothered in luscious cheese, or buttery cheese tarts (which were particularly trendy earlier this year), cheese has always been the perfect comfort food. Gooey, salty and oh-so-delicious, it’s a versatile ingredient that goes with pretty much anything — be it meats, sandwiches or even ramen.
But for hardcore cheese lovers, there’s nothing quite like savouring the milky delicacy on its own, to taste its natural goodness. To cater to these foodies, a number of gourmet stores have sprouted up in Singapore with a variety of imported artisanal cheeses. Serving up a hodgepodge of products ranging from mild cheeses to bold-flavoured goat’s milk options, these 5 establishments have got you covered for your next house party.
Founded earlier this year, this new online gourmet store made its debut at the Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands in August. It imports its cheeses from artisanal producers on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Highlights include its signature XO Pag Cheese, a yellow cheese made from the milk of sheep that graze on pastures filled with wild sage. Imported from Paška Sirana cheese factory on Pag island, the latter is aged for 18 months, before being turned and oiled by hand to achieve a creamy texture and intense flavour.
Cheese lovers are in for a divine experience at this store, which specialises in rare cheeses imported from all around the world. Its offerings include Ricotta Salata con Pepperoncino (a Sicily cheese ideal for grating over food), Bricat al Tartufo from Italy (an earthy cheese made from goat’s milk and embedded with black truffles) and Cirone, a Swiss cheese packed with sweet, salty and sour flavours.
The Cheese Ark, 200 Turf Club Road, PasarBella #02-06, Stall #02-K28, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994, +65 9175 0090, www.facebook.com/TheCheeseArk
Choose from over 40 Europe-imported farm cheeses at this bar along Roberston Quay, which dishes up a range of salads, sandwiches and customisable cheese platters. Guests can also indulge in French Raclette cheese, which is heated till molten and poured onto bread, cold cuts and potatoes. Wash this down with some wine from the establishment’s extensive repertoire of booze.
11 Unity Street, #01-05, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, +65 6238 1279, www.wineconnection.com.sg
This online store brings in cheeses from Belgium, Spain, Italy, England and France on a weekly basis. Examples include Pecorino Romano, Gorgonzola, Scarmoza, Burrata and fresh buffalo mozzarella from Italy. Taylor B. Gourmet also offers wines, champagnes and pastas — so you can treat yourself to a big feast alongside your cheeses.
Opened in 2008 by chef Julien Bompard and his wife Edith (both of whom used to run French restaurant Scotts 27), La Fromagerie is an online store peddling gourmet cheeses from France. Its many offerings span the velvety Brie De Meaux (a cow’s milk cheese with a mild flavour), Camembert soaked in Calvados brandy, salty Tomme de Savoie, and homemade truffle brie. For house parties, it also offers cheese platters with condiments.