Where to Eat in Singapore This Week: Ellenborough Market Café, Shang Palace, Tiffin Room, Hai Tien Lo, V-Dining
If you need any more reasons to dine out this week, food lovers will be glad to know that there's much to look forward to from our talented chefs—from restaurant re-openings and enhanced buffet experiences, refreshed menus to highly-anticipated collaboration dinners.
1/5 Ellenborough Market Cafe
The much-loved Peranakan buffet restaurant has finally re-opened, albeit with a few changes to adapt to the new normal. Guests can still order unlimited servings of Peranakan, local and international dishes from the extensive menu, but the staff will now serve these plates tableside.
Popular favourites remain including la mian, seafood platter (heaped with yabby, tiger prawns and black mussels), artisan pasta with truffle cream sauce and, of course, Peranakan classics. Dig into kueh pie tee, babi pongteh, Nyonya chap chye, ayam buah keluak and the restaurant’s signature durian pengat topped with coconut chia seed pudding.
2/5 Shang Palace
It’s the season of hairy crabs, and executive Chinese chef Mok Kit Keung has whipped up a special menu that presents the crustacean in many delicious ways. The classic steamed hairy crab is simply steamed to let its freshness and natural sweetness shine, and served with a cup of ginger tea to balance out the yin and yang elements.
In the braised fish maw with hairy crab roe, Mok uses locally-sourced fish maw that’s cleaned, boiled and air-dried. This is cooked with broth, ginger and onion before it’s topped with glorious hairy crab meat and roe for a luxurious dish that teases the palate with a variety of textures and flavours. The hairy crab dishes are available à la carte or in a six-course menu for lunch and dinner until November 30.
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3/5 Tiffin Room
Chefs Kuldeep Negi of Tiffin Room and Mano Thevar of Thevar have joined hands to present a six-course menu showcasing their signature Indian dishes. Negi is all about “authentic flavours and traditional cooking techniques” which you’ll taste in dishes such as corn-fed chicken leg kabab with mango chutney and grilled paneer roll with tomato cashew nut chutney.
As for Thevar, he cooks up classic Indian fare with a unique twist. That said, he’ll prepare the likes of cured Hamachi decked with Tellicherry pepper and coriander, as well as chilled coconut sothi with caviar. Available for lunch and dinner until October 28. A vegetarian option is also available.
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4/5 Hai Tien Lo
Executive chef Ben Zeng is welcoming diners back with a refreshed menu, featuring authentic Cantonese dishes elevated with contemporary twists. Come with an empty stomach and feast on delicious new offerings, including the chilled marinated abalone accented with jellyfish, black caviar and golden flakes.
For mains, the standout is the braised pork ribs with fermented red yeast rice sauce. Zeng’s rendition of this Cantonese classic sees the pork spare ribs marinated with sugar seasoning and fermented red yeast rice sauce, before they’re slow-braised in two special sauces and oven-baked to achieve the juicy and fork-tender texture. Dessert is a refreshing chilled Taiwanese oolong tea jelly elevated with rose petals.
Executive chef John-Paul Fietchner now helms the kitchen of V-Zug’s first restaurant in Singapore, and his exciting new menu is a representation of his classic European training and innovative flavours inspired by multiple culinary traditions.
He opens up the dining experience with snacks, including the oyster pearl ice cream coated with cacao butter and stuffed inside a nasturtium bloom accented with kimchi for a hint of spice. It only gets better with more imaginative dishes such braised taro that’s shaved and layered with whipped parmesan. The dish is also decorated with pickled onion buds, crisp dried onion skin and green powder made from kitchen trimmings.
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