Where To Eat This Week: April 16-22
For the first time in Singapore, celebrated chef-owner Tae Hwan Ryu of Ryunique is joining hands with local chef Petrina Loh for a two-night only dinner (two seatings), organised as part of the World Gourmet Summit.
The two chef have different styles—chef Ryu prefers Korean produce cooked using Japanese and French techniques, while chef Loh prefers to balance contrasting flavours using a variety of ingredients—and together, they've come up with a seamless menu showcasing their signatures. The menu includes Loh's Breton blue lobster “grains”, and Ryu's combination of otoro, uni, amaebi and caviar with a “ceviche treasure chest”. Of course, there is also a collaborative dish—a “floral and earthy” pairing of strawberry with galangal.
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We’ll never tire of whisky pairings, so it's welcome news that there’s another one coming up on April 20. Head chef Joeri Timmermans has collaborated with The Macallan to do a five-course menu paired with the finest expressions—double cask, fine oak, rare cask… you name it! Singapore brand advocate Randall Tan will also be around to take guests through the whiskies' nuances and tasting notes.
Let’s not forget the food, a sumptuous medley of vibrant veggies and produce in dishes such as the langoustine, eggplant with XO sauce; pan-seared barramundi, green asparagus and wakame butter; and green tomatoes drenched in crème frache, salmon roe and bone marrow dressing.
3/5 Publico Ristorante
If you’re looking to spend the weekend chilling out over a sumptuous brunch of Italian dishes with a Mediterranean twist, Publico Ristorante's Capri Sundays, from 11am to 3pm, has a cool vibe and riverside view you'll appreciate.
Executive chef Marco Turatti heads the team, and you’ll find them working like a well-oiled machine at the open kitchen, dishing out hit after hit. This includes starters like scrambled eggs perfumed with freshly grated black truffles, and spicy avocado on toast.
What you must order are their pastas, as well as inspired pizzas cooked in a wood-fire oven—fancy a combination of cheesy broccolini studded with chilli and garlic dressed in a spicy oil? Whatever you decide, it helps to wash it down with freeflow prosecco.
Publico Ristorante | 1 Nanson Road, S(238909) | 6826 5040 | Online booking
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4/5 Melt Café
This buffet restaurant is always on top of the list of family-friendly brunch places here in Singapore. For the adults, it involves three hours of freeflow Ruinart champagne, white and red wines and cocktails. And for the kids, bottomless juices, roving magicians and XBox games in the playroom.
Of course, like any good buffet, there's plenty to feast on, with something for everyone. The seafood counter alone boasts three types of oyster, lobsters, mussels and prawns, while the Indian station is brimming with familiar favourites. There's also slow roasted beef rib at the carving station; and for dessert, tiramisu in an edible chocolate cup, chocolate cake and even liquid nitrogen frozen amaretto sabayon served with red fruit compote.
Melt Café | 5 Raffles Avenue, S(039797)| 6885 3500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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There's no better way to end the weekday than with Bluefin Tuna Night on April 20 and 21 and it'll kick off with the ceremonial carving of the sustainably-sourced 50kg fish from Okinawa on the first night.
It's a mouth-watering showcase and sight to behold, watching the culinary team skillfully prepare the fish to be served in various ways—fresh sashimi and sushi, among others—as part of a kaiseki set, which you can enjoy with beer, wine or sake.
Element | 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088539) | 6879 2607 | email@example.com
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