Where To Eat This Week: Ding Dong, L’Entrecôte Customs House, Shangri-La, Gordon Grill, Osia
Before the spotlight shifts to next week's celebration of local flavours via a lip-smacking line-up of National Day menus, indulge your palate in this week's appetising mix of four-hands dinners, French savoir-faire and truffle-inspired fare. There's even a genuine Hawaiian luau to partake in.
1/5 Ding Dong
In the lead up to Singapore’s 54th birthday bash, head chef Miller Mai will cook alongside the MasterChef 2018 finalists for a not-to-be-missed eight-hands dinner on August 2 and 3.
Winner Zander Ng will prepare his reimagined version of otah-otah with seafood custard, kaffir lime gel and coconut slurry, while runner-up Genevieve Lee will follow it up with a sumptuous roasted duck adorned with kumquat compote, taro croquettes and spiced plum jus. Aaron Wong, who placed third, will make his Sanshui chicken, or chicken terrine beautified with ginger-garlic gelee and scallion oil.
Mai will complement these beautiful creations with local-inspired snacks like Singapore chilli crab and kueh pie tee, as well as rendang beef cheek and mini bao. Includes optional wine pairing.
2/5 L’Entrecôte Customs House
Since it opened in May of this year, L’Entrecôte Customs House has been the new after-work hangout spot in the CBD for its sweeping Marina Bay views, wide selection of innovative bar bites (some are exclusive to this outlet) and tipples.
It’s all about the French savoir-faire here, so dig into the likes of plump escargot cooked in garlic, parsley, butter and onions; succulent wagyu beef cubes accompanied with the legendary L’Entrecôte sauce; and crispy deep-fried golden-brown frog legs with a side of heady garlic aioli.
Don’t forget to complement the meal with drinks—from the thirst-quenching Lillet to start with to the full-bodied (and L’Entrecôte exclusive) Bordeaux Superieur 2016 to cap off a beautiful night.
L’Entrecôte Customs House | 01-01 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, S(049323) | 6690 7565 | email@example.com
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There's much we appreciate about a celebration of Hawaiian culture beyond the grass skirts and Aloha shirts, but there's only one place you need to be if you're looking to revel in some of the best the islands' heritage has to offer. After a successful re-launch last year, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is bringing back its "Hawaii Luau" celebration which will take place this week.
A festive dinner showcasing a buffet spread of classic Polynesian flavours is available every evening from August 1 to 3 at the Dutch Pavilion, or you can decide to make it a family affair and have brunch instead on August 4 at the Garden Terrace room. Of course, it's not a luau without the traditional entertainment, which comes in the form of music and dance performances by award-winning Hawaiian musician Jeff Peterson, soprano Lea Almanza, and dance master Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina and the Hālau Hula `O Nāpunaheleonāpua.
For reservations or more information, call 6213 4398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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4/5 Gordon Grill
In just one meal, you’ll be able to take a culinary trip of Europe through the kitchen team’s three-course lunch and four-course dinner menus, as well as an eight-course degustation set, available from August 2 to September 29.
Start the journey in Greece with an invigorating farmer’s salad, studded with heirloom tomato, roasted red capsicum, olives and feta cheese, before making your way to Italy, known for its hearty minestrone soup brimming with an assortment of seasonal veggies.
For mains, you have a few countries to choose from, namely Portugal, home of beautiful prawns which have been grilled and set atop eggplant purée and tomato-sweet paprika rice, and Britain, famous for its grilled angus tenderloin jazzed up butter vegetables and red wine jus.
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5/5 Osia Steakhouse and Seafood Grill
Truffle season in Australia is just around the corner, and chef Scott Webster is welcoming it with an enticing four-course menu you can have from August 5 to 25. The delicacy from a town called Manjimup, located in Western Australia, is favoured by chefs for its heady, intense and earthy notes.
Its complex flavours are a good match to Webster’s beautiful creations, which include a silky mushroom and black truffle soup crowned with puffed wild rice; angus beef tenderloin with butternut puree, banana shallots and freshly shaved truffles; and capellini with smoked bacon cream, jamon iberico, keta roe and, of course, truffles.
The menu comes with optional Penfolds wine pairing.
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