Where To Eat This Week: Curate, Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Potato Head Singapore, Gordon Grill, Papi’s Tacos
It's going to be hard to contain our excitement for the 11th edition of Art at Curate as we welcome to our sunny shores Stephanie Le Quellec, executive chef of one-Michelin-starred La Scene in Paris and former winner of the hit show Top Chef France, who will cook alongside chef de cuisine Benjamin Halat from August 3 to 9.
You can go at lunchtime if you’re pressed for time or have a small appetite; but dinner is much better when you get to feast on an eight-course menu of clever creations, with the option to pair the meal with wine.
Other than Halat’s signature Soufflated Farm Egg dish, crowned with oscietra caviar and champagne foam, diners get to dig into his interpretation of pan-seared foie gras with a side of minced onions and chopped apples, and his glazed pork cheeks prepared “Goulash style”. These are seamlessly interspersed with Le Quellec’s lobster ravioli and raspberry-flavoured pavlova.
2/5 Salt Grill & Sky Bar
The four-hands dinner at chef Luke Mangan’s Singapore outpost on August 2 is worth making advance plans for, expecially if you love your meats. With the theme of “Exploring the Westholme Rangelands”, Westholmes’ executive chef Freddy Money and the restaurant’s executive chef Jake Kowalewski has crafted a five-course meal featuring various cuts of exquisite beef from Queensland, Australia, produced by the Australian Agricultural Company.
You’ll discover its exceptional flavours and marbling in the different preparation methods—the freshness in Kowalewski's Westholme chuck eye roll tataki with kimchi juice, pickled mushroom and cured egg yolk, and exquisite flavours in Money’s smoked flank with black garlic, tomato and baby cos lettuce. Just the sound of it makes the mouth water.
3/5 Potato Head Singapore
One of the things to look forward to in August are inspired new dishes, though not all are a nod to local flavours. Potato Head Singapore’s latest is a tribute burger to Tupac Shakur, cheekily named 2Stac Shakur. It’s available until October 2018 as part of the restaurant’s burger series that honours music legends, which, in the past, had included David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
Inspired by Tupac’s favourite food, buffalo hot wings, the gigantic ensemble features two chicken patties dressed in fiery, smoky sriracha, cognac mayonnaise and buffalo sauce. And just because they can, the folks' here will be serving it with a side of spicy chicken wings.
Potato Head Singapore | 36 Keong Saik Road, S(089143) | 6327 1939 | Book here
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4/5 Gordon Grill
It's always a good day when you don’t have to choose between seafood or meat, and instead have both at Gordon Grill’s Surf & Turf four-course menu, which is available for lunch and dinner from August 1 to October 14.
You’ll start with some chilled langoustine and prosciutto, followed by a poultry consomme with vegetables before you build your menu. The "surf" section gives you the ocean’s best—Maine lobster, fish of the day or Hokkaido scallops. It gets interesting with the "turf" options; three delectable choices, namely US Snake River Farms wagyu flat iron steak, free-range Iberico pork collar, or Victoria Farm Australian lamb chop.
Gordon Grill | Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, S(228221) | 6730 1744 | email@example.com
(Related: Alain Ducasse’s Useful Guide To Ordering Seafood In French)
5/5 Papi’s Tacos
Joshua and Sarissa Schwartz, who brought us Employees Only and Lulu’s Lounge, have a new venture—Papi’s Tacos. But instead of bringing the glitz and glamour of New York to our scene, they've decided to take us to the back alleys of Mexico, for authentic tacos and awesome margaritas, of course.
The kitchen is helmed by Mexican native Mauricio Espinoza, while drinks come courtesy of Steve Scheider (both are also their business partners). The food menu comprises beloved street snacks such as the Tostadas de Pollo, where corn tortillas are loaded with refried beans and slow-cooked pulled chicken; tacos de asada, which are essentially corn tortillas topped with shredded steak; and burrito de carnitas, packed with slow-braised pork and rice.
Since you’re going to be queueing (only walk-ins are allowed), might as well toss in some invigorating libations. And the one to go for is the Shaken Strawberry or the Pineapple Margarita.
Papi’s Tacos | 39 Seah Street, S(188395) | firstname.lastname@example.org
(Related: What You Should Know About Mexican Cuisine)