Where To Eat This Week: The Ottomani, Antoinette, Crossroads Bar And Alley On 25
The restaurant's Nomad Series, which was launched early this year to showcase international chefs, is back. And cooking alongside resident chef Beau Churchill on September 5 and 6 is acclaimed London-based chef Ben Spalding, who has worked in some of the finest restaurants around the world, including The Ledbury, The Fat Duck and L’Enclume.
What’s in store for diners? Well, it's a “mystery menu” featuring Spalding’s imaginative approach to food. While the restaurant remains tightlipped about the details, hints can be found in the names of the dishes, such as Singapore Grown, The Kebab and Rough Seas. The finale is another mystery course to be revealed, which has been dubbed the Question Box.
Brunch here now serves chef Pang Kok Keong’s revamped menu, made up of dishes that blur the lines between sweet and savoury, such as his watermelon and smoked duck salad. Some cubes of the fruit are sous vide to enhance its natural sweetness, while some are brined in a vinegar-syrup for an acidic punch. These are then tossed in with salad greens, beetroot-yoghurt dressing and a six-minute egg with oozing yolk.
For something heartier, the double prawn linguine is a clever reimagining of the local prawn noodles, while the wagyu beef tagliatelle features wheat pasta with a generous accompaniment of ragout, onsen egg and parmesan cheese.
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It'll be hard to say no to an afternoon tea offering that highlights the best Hokkaido has to offer. And that's exactly what you can expect at Crossroads Bar's Autumn In Hokkaido afternoon tea menu, available until December 31.
The region's bounty is celebrated in dishes like the somen noodle salad, served with Hokkaido scallop and ikura. There's also an open faced sandwich topped with Hokkaido unagi, as well as a fried shrimp sandwich with wasabi tartare. Desserts include some classic favourites, whether its a strawberry éclair or a green tea infused egg tart you crave. Though, we heard they're even better paired with something from TWG Tea or freshly brewed coffee.
Alley on 25
It's worth waking up to early on a weekend if you're headed to Alley on 25's Lazy Brunch Weekend. Stretching across its Icehaus, The Green Oven and Smoke & Pepper concepts, the best way to make the most of this feast is to arrive at 11.30am and stay until 2.30pm. But pace yourself and make time to try most of the offerings.
The Icehouse is a haven for baked items (especially the sourdough bread) and the popular waffles; the latter are served plain or with chocolate, topped with whipped cream and maple syrup. Move on to The Green Oven for breakfast staples that include perfectly crisp pork bacon, bite-sized hash browns, sautéed mushrooms and pork and beans. Last but not least, the Smoke & Pepper is where you should be sitting if you like meats and seafood cooked on the charcoal grill. Think spring chicken, pork ribs and lamb chop. Bubbly and other alcoholic drinks are available when you top up.
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Grand Hyatt has invited pastry chef Robert Nieto of Jackson Family Wines to prepare a delightful afternoon spread of all things sweet and savoury—available from September 12 to October 12.
There’s a lot to choose from, much more than your limited stomach can handle, so dive straight into the signatures. Included at the appetiser stand are the beef tartare served on a crisp lemon chip and bleu cheese and fruit pate on rosemary toast.
Whatever you do, make space for Nieto's specialities, desserts: classic chocolate-blueberry profiteroles, chocolate financier and the caneles de Bordeaux, to name a few.
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