Where To Eat This Week: Shima, Hai Tien Lo, Ellenborough Market Café, Crossroads Café, The Clifford Pier
How do you like your maguro? Whether it’s sashimi, grilled or fried, you will surely find something you fancy at Shima’s Maguro Festival, from now until April 15.
Kudos goes to chef Hoshiba Fumihiko for a well-curated a la carte menu; early fan favourites include the maguro steak, for its crisp skin and juicy meat doused with butter sauce and shoyu, as well as the akami katsu. The latter boast fresh chunks of the fish that are fried with rice puffs and served with a side of tartar sauce and smoked radish or tonkatsu sauce.
And to sweeten the deal, the chef has brought in skyberry, a premium strawberry breed from the Tochigi Prefecture known for its juiciness and exquisite flavour.
Shima | Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, S(228221) | 6734 6281
2/5 Hai Tien Lo
We’re glad to share news that executive chef Lai Tong Ping and dim sum chef Lee Siaw Cheen have updated their offerings for the weekday dim sum lunch buffet.
There’s a galore of choices, so we suggest skipping breakfast to make space for the quintessential steamed xiao long bao, filled with piping hot broth and minced pork; deep-fried prawns rolls with wasabi mayonnaise wrapped in vermicelli; steamed glutinous rice with dried scallops; chicken, salted egg yolk and mushrooms; and deep-fried prawn rolls with banana. among others. More offerings are available on weekends, just in case you want more.
(Related: Review: Hai Tien Lo)
3/5 Ellenborough Market Café
This buffet restaurant is known for its Peranakan fare, but this month, you’ll also find a French twist to its spread with the addition of the seared foie gras, dusted with five spice and served with mango relish and balsamic reduction (available for dinner only).
Have as many as you want (it’s free flow), but be sure to leave room for its winning renditions of local favourites. The chef’s ayam buah keluak, for instance, is the perfect medley of spicy and tangy tamarind with the distinctly nutty flesh of the fermented fruit. And for dessert, the creamy durian pengat always steals the show.
Ellenborough Market Café | 20 Merchant Road, Swissotel Merchant Court, S(058281) | 6239 1847/48 | email@example.com
(Related: Review: Ellenborough Market Café)
4/5 Crossroads Café
This al fresco café is the perfect spot in Orchard to while away an afternoon people watching. And now (until April 30), when hunger strikes, there are four burgers to satiate.
The Primetime is a deliciously gorgeous tower of thick, juicy wagyu beef patty, smoked bacon, stilton cheese, black garlic aioli, foie gras and pickled onions sandwiched between charcoal buns. But if it’s too sinful, a somewhat healthier meat option is the lamb burger with goat cheese, mango chutney and tzatziki sauce, or even better—the healthy tuna burger with avocado buns.
Crossroads Café | 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, S(238865) | 6831 4552 | Reserve here
5/5 Book Ahead: The Clifford Pier
Craving more choices of fine Peranakan food? Well, here's one by guest chef Philip Chia—who will present his culinary masterpieces from March 26 to April 13—with an enduringly delicious view to match. Having learned the tenets of Peranakan cooking since he was six years old, diners can trust to be impressed with dishes such as his ayam buah keluak, in which the chicken is braised until fork-tender. There's also his itek sio to boot; the succulent duck is braised in a tamarind and roasted coriander concoction.
These are available in the set lunch, set dinner, heritage dinner buffet and a la carte menus.
The Clifford Pier | The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, S(049326) | 6877 8911/12 | Reserve here
(Related: Review:The Clifford Pier)