As far as food events in Singapore go, the World Gourmet Summit is one of the most extravagant, having run for over 20 years and attracted hundreds of international chefs, wineries, and Michelin-starred restaurants since its inception. But with all the star power going around, it’s easy to forget homegrown talents – chefs that have been around for decades trying to cement Singapore’s position in the culinary world – as well as local flavours that we’ve long come to cherish.
This year, how about checking out one of these seven dinners by leading local chefs and restaurants?
Indulge in an unforgettable tea-pairing dinner curated by Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s Chef Chua Yew Hock. Naturally, each dish is tastefully handcrafted with the finest premium ingredients, pairing a Tea-infused Rock Lobster with Lion’s Peak Dragon Well tea, Double-Boiled Monkey Mushroom Soup with Snowy Flake tea, Xin’s Signature Roast Duck with Pu Er tea, and plenty more one-of-a-kind combinations. If you enjoy Chinese tea, this is one experience not to be missed.
When: Friday, 7 April 2017, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Price: $148++ per person
Xin Cuisine is located at L4 Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Rd, Singapore 169075, p. +65 6731 7173.
A dinner focused on the world’s best produce, Chef Ken Ling will be joining hands with the ‘daredevil chef’ Chef Bíró Lajos to create a menu nonpareil. Age-long Chinese recipes by Chef Ling come together with Chef Lajos’s inventful European classics with a touch of elegance – as expected of the man who opened the first Chinese restaurant in Hungary. Dishes to expect include Bangalow Sweet Grain-fed Pork, Asparagus Cappuccino with Kaluga Queen 20 Years Vintage Beluga Caviar, and Pan-seared Game Farm Quail stuffed with Prawn Mousse.
When: Saturday, 8 April 2017, 7pm – 11pm
Price: $248+ per person
Tóng Lè Private Dining is located at L8/10 OUE Tower, 60 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049322, +65 6634 3233.
In modern Singapore, Open Farm Community is a timely response to the disconnect between restaurants and their produce. This dinner seeks to shine the spotlight on urban farming and sustainability, starting a talk by award-winning food garden specialists Edible Garden City, followed by a four-course dinner with cocktail pairing. Curated by Head Chef Russell Misso and Group Bar Manager Joe Schofield, the menu sees elegant produce-focused dishes like Textures of Potato (crushed potato, curry croquette, sweet potato and pepper puree), Confit Chicken Ravioli, Roasted Grey Mullet with White Carrot Puree and Charcoal Quinoa, and a Calamansi Sponge Cake with served with Bandung sorbet.
When: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Price: $88++ per person (add $40++ for cocktail pairing)
Open Farm Community is located at 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819, p. +65 6471 0306.
Breaking the mould of Chinese dining, Mitzo combines Cantonese cuisine with an artisanal cocktail programme. So if you’ve ever wondered how a har gow or char siew pao tastes like with a cocktail, this is it. Be surprised by the beautiful blend of flavours – try the Singing Geisha, made with Waqar Pisco, pastis, fresh green grapes, lemon juice, and chrysanthemum syrup; or the Shiso Mojito, combining cinnamon- and orange zest-infused rum with shiso liqueur and ginger ale. This and more, paired with the likes of crispy duck rolls and poached dumplings.
When: Saturday, 1 April 2017, 6.30pm – 11pm
Price: $60++ per person
Mitzo is located at L4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857, +65 6603 8855.
Morsels is a place for fantastic ambience and even better food. Head down for a one night only experiential dinner crafted by Chef Petrina Loh as she collaborates with Paper Lantern Distillery, Proof & Co, and Gain Brands Premium Gin. Surrounded by cosy seats, wooden tables, and lush greenery, this night of adventure will bring you exquisite pairings like Hungarian Mangalica Shaved Pork and Brooklyn Gin, Burnt Yoghurt Gnocchi and a yoghurt-infused St. George Terroir Gin fizz, and a Lichu Dark Chocolate Ganache with chocolate washed Skin Gin.
When: Thursday, 13 April 2017, 6pm – 11pm
Price: $148++ (first seating 6pm), $168++ per person (second seating 8.30pm)
Morsels is located at 25 Dempsey Rd, #01-04, Singapore 249670, p. +65 6266 3822.
Open Door Policy (the sister restaurant of Open Farm Community) bust the myths of going gluten-free. Pick up some tips in the art of making gluten-free bread from Resident Chef Freddy Ang. This delicious gluten- and dairy-free four-course dinner promises to change the way you view healthy eating, with dishes like Sous-vide Veal Loin with Fried Bread and Tuna Sauce, Warm Wasabi Green Pea Scallop Soup, and Roasted Pork Rack with Five Spice. Get ready to be impressed.
When: Friday, 14 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm
Price: $70++ per person (add $10 for a glass of organic wine)
Open Door Policy is located at 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650, +65 6221 9307.
Just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road, The Song of India is perhaps the ultimate luxury fine dining for Indian cuisine in Singapore. While the spotlight is usually on the cuisine of Lucknavi royals, this dinner sees the restaurant dishing the best of Indian street fare, albeit in a more elegant style. Journey through India with selections like steamed and tempered lentil cakes – a favourite from Gujrat -, lamb trotter masala soup from the chatori lane, Mumbai-style vegetarian burger, and chicken cooked the same way as it in Punjabi’s street.
When: Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 7pm
Price: $89++ per person
The Song of India is located at 33 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228226, p. +65 6836 0055.
Top Image: Morsels Team