Where Trump And Kim Should Eat This Week: June 11-14
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are in Singapore for a historic summit, which takes place on June 12 at Capella Hotel. And while there are many restaurants offering special dishes, such as the Trump-Kim burgers, to mark this occasion, we prefer to focus on spots where we think they should head out for a delicious meal.
What are their eating habits?
Donald Trump: Based on our research, we’ve discovered that Trump sticks to a healthy diet; he opts for fresh salads and soups, and for days when he wants to indulge—steak prepared well-done. He doesn’t drink coffee, alcohol or tea, too, but would always say yes to a Diet Coke. (Source: Business Insider Singapore)
Kim Jong-un: Even if he’s the leader of the most reclusive country in the world, some secrets are bound to come out—including Kim’s diet. Apparently, he has exquisite tastes as reports suggest he loves to splurge on Kobe beef and sushi from Japan, caviar from Iran, and wines from France. His tipples of choice are Cristal champagnes and Bordeaux wines. It’s a pretty interesting diet, considering the point that more than half of the population in his country are ostensibly starving. (Source: The Cheat Sheet)
1/5 Les Amis
When the two leaders want to rendezvous at night, perhaps to discuss an important issue that can’t wait until the next day, one of the closest restaurants to their hotels (Trump is staying at The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, and Kim at The St. Regis Singapore) is this French stalwart.
Kim would surely love its massive collection of wines—the majority are from France—as well as the caviar served with roseval potatoes and fresh herbs; as for Trump, there’s the spring dinner menu with veggie-heavy dishes like the seasonal asparagus sourced from Provence, served with bitter spring shoots, and langoustine with courgette and virgin olive oil emulsion.
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Unlike Nobu, whose co-owner Robert De Niro banned Trump from eating at all its outlets in the world, the US President is still very much welcome at Wolfgang Puck’s chain of restaurants—Spago included. And if it’s for the benefit of world peace, Kim can tag along too.
They will only be here for a few days, so this is a good vantage point from which to take in the picturesque view of our island city (especially at night). The experience is, after all, even better when tucking into Puck’s distinctly modern Californian cuisine. They can even share the USDA prime Cote de Boeuf, which is more than enough for two diners. Let’s just hope Kim likes his steaks well done.
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3/5 Joel Robuchon
Perhaps they may want to check out an icon in Singapore before it shutters for good. Reservations are probably streaming in—as the last day of service is on June 30—but we’re quite sure the RWS team can accommodate their last-minute request.
This place will cater more to Kim’s taste, with all the finest ingredients including Maine lobsters, salmon, and foie gras served on the menu appetit or menu degustation. Trump need not worry, as it also serves the best meat in town, beef chateaubriand with foie gras.
Joel Robuchon | Hotel Michael, Level 1, 8 Sentosa Gateway, S(098269) | 6577 8888 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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We heard Kim originally wanted to stay at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (we can’t say we blame him—the hotel is gorgeous and also historic). But for now, he can settle for dinner with Trump at Monti, located at the beautiful Fullerton Pavilion offering sweeping views of Marina Bay.
Head chef Felix Chong will prepare a special dinner of contemporary Italian dishes, made with the finest fresh ingredients, to suit both tastes. For starters, a kale salad for Trump and Tajima wagyu beef carpaccio for Kim. The possibilities available for mains give them a dizzying array of options—from pastas such as squid ink tagliolini and ravioli stuffed with ossobucco veal shank, to protein-heavy alternatives which include New Zealand lamb rack and pan-seared monkfish. It’s safe to say that no one will go home hungry after dinner.
Monti | The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, S(049327) | 6535 0724 | email@example.com
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5/5 Summer Palace
You never know when is the next time both leaders will be in Asia, so they might want to indulge in Chinese food, too. Luckily, we have a bevy of sumptuous choices which include this one-star restaurant at the Regent Singapore.
Other than the irresistible dim sum, whose offerings range from the classic to the contemporary, it also has well-known signature dishes at the ready. These include traditional stewed beef and tendon cooked in a casserole, as well as sautéed glutinous rice with assorted meat and dried shrimps. Portions are huge—especially important to note should they order more than two items to try—so Kim can invite Dennis Rodman if he wants to. Surely, Trump won’t mind.
Summer Palace | Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road, S(249715) | 6725 3288 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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