Gallery & Co., in collaboration with Rice Creative and Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat from Vietnam, has launched a series of exclusive chocolate bars with packaging inspired by theOn July 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Gallery & Co., in collaboration with Rice Creative and Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat from Vietnam, has launched a series of exclusive chocolate bars with packaging inspired by the architectural elements of the National Gallery Singapore. A three-pack collection of artisanal chocolates, each bar is packaged in wrappers that are meticulously crafted using the traditional Vietnamese technique of Dong Ho printing. The Marou & Co. Chocolates collaboration aims to merge craft with rich heritage and contemporary design.
Says Mr Kola Luu, Director of Partnership Development at National Gallery Singapore, “This ‘delectable’ project is indeed a perfect marriage between the art and heritage of our Gallery and the creative ingenuity of Rice Creative and Marou Chocolate in Vietnam. These artisanal chocolates – from its bespoke ingredients to its locally-sourced design packaging – is a reflection of what we embody and represent in our collection – Southeast Asia.
We are excited to be offering this three-pack chocolate set, which is currently sold exclusively at our museum store Gallery & Co., as part of our growing range of specially curated gifts and products that visitors can take home, appreciate and enjoy.”
Dong Ho printing is a traditional folk art that is exclusive to a small village in the north of Vietnam. Incorporated into the Marou Chocolate collection for National Gallery Singapore, the hand-printed wrappers are intended to blend heritage with contemporary design. Showcasing the art form in conjunction with the launch, the Marou Chocolate and Rice Creative teams will be presenting a showcase and short video dedicated to this distinctively Vietnamese craft. Alongside a rare series of prints, Gallery & Co. visitors will get to go on a visual journey discovering Dong Ho printing through a display of materials, tools and processes.
Dong Ho printing showcase
7 – 31 July 2016
Sunday to Thursday | 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday | 10am – 10pm
The Marou & Co. chocolates trio pack is now available at Gallery & Co. at the retail price of SGD29.90.
Known for its foundation, heritage and the use of the finest ingredients, The Famous Grouse is unveiling for the first time, a small batch matured, craft whisky –On July 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Known for its foundation, heritage and the use of the finest ingredients, The Famous Grouse is unveiling for the first time, a small batch matured, craft whisky – The Naked Grouse, which shares its strong history of whisky making with carefully chosen and seasoned oak casks, creating a fine fusion of malt and grain whisky.
A pure expression of the Master Blender’s craft, The Naked Grouse is produced by selecting aged whiskies from the famous distilleries such as the Glenturret and maturing them longer in small batches in the best quality, first-fill sherry casks. The end result is a masterpiece that is rich in hue, smooth in character with a naturally sweet and spicy taste profile. An aroma of cherries and oak give way to sweet winey notes, with plums and a hint of cinnamon.
Exuding a deep amber glow, The Naked Grouse gives off the aroma of black cherries, cocoa powder and oak wood. With a sweet winey taste on the palate reminiscent of plums and hints of cinnamon, it finishes with a dark chocolate note, with a lingering, medium sweet spiciness and sublime smoothness.
The innovative packaging is designed to tell the story of small batch craft. The artisanal packaging makes this a perfect gift that reveals the naked bottle and liquid beneath.
The Taste Challenge
The Naked Grouse has proven that its quality speaks for itself, especially when put to the test against other popular craft whiskies, exposing us to the naked truth on making good whiskies: all that matters after all is the craft.
The Naked Grouse will be available from June 2016 and retailed at SGD88.50 before GST.
Since 29 April, Resorts World Sentosa has heralded Singapore’s very own Michelin Guide with a series of culinary events featuring renowned Michelin-starred Chefs from all corners of theOn July 6, 2016 / By Aiden Eng
Since 29 April, Resorts World Sentosa has heralded Singapore’s very own Michelin Guide with a series of culinary events featuring renowned Michelin-starred Chefs from all corners of the globe. With Michelin Chef Massimiliano Alajmo of Italy kicking off ‘Art at Curate’, the three-star chef invoked feelings of awe and rapture in all his guests through sheer culinary virtuosity from 29 April to 6 May this year. Taking up the mantle next is two-star Michelin Chef Guy Martin – gastronomical mastermind helming the legendary Le Grand Véfour which has been a giant in Parisian fine dining since 1784.
A self-taught chef who started by trying all 500 recipes of the venerable “Gastronomie Pratique” cookbook before going on to work at a pizzeria, no one, himself included, would have expected the extreme skiing aspirant to become the culinary giant that he is today. Nookmag was given the opportunity to delve into the mind of Chef Martin in an interview prior to his segment in ‘Art of Curate’, and gain a brief glimpse into his world.
In a series of six questions, Chef Martin portrayed his personality outside of the kitchen with candid openness and that undeniable Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi’.
Nookmag (N): With France having a long history as a giant in the culinary scene, what was it like rising up as a self-taught chef in an industry with so many professionals?
Chef Martin (GM): Truth be told – I’m quite fearless, and more importantly, I try not to let the views or criticism made by others affect me too much. I just know I have to keep moving forward, like how a mountain grows – with respect and freedom.
N: When you first bought the “Gastronomie Pratique” during your youth, did you immediately have the passion to take up cooking or was it something that came to you over time?
GM: Since I was young, I had the privilege to taste various kinds of cuisines made by my mother. That helped develop my passion and interest in cooking.
N: Coming from a family of epicureans did you always somehow know that you would become a chef?
GM: Not at all – far from it! I suppose my passions back then (when I was growing up) was like that of a normal teenager. My passions were in extreme skiing and music. I even thought of being a mountain guide.
N: The French perspective towards food has always been something honored and appreciated. Food is translated as a creative output for the chef and is a work of art for each individual to enjoy. In Asia, the majority of people tend to favor more communal, slightly messy meals where everyone could get their hands in and enjoy together, and chefs on the island have been moving towards this style of eating. Do you think there would come a time where we would see more French culinarians taking on communal style meals?
GM: Well, whichever style it is, I just have one thing to say – and that the most important thing one can attain when eating, is to achieve happiness, and that has to come from the quality of the products.
N: The Singaporean food scene is highly competitive with a high rate of failure; we chase fads and see restaurants open and close frequently. Would you say this is a product of our fast-paced culture or is this a global phenomenon happening in other countries as well?
GM: The world is definitely going at a faster pace. In the Food and Beverage world, as long as you get the concept right, and it is good, the restaurants will eventually flourish and would be fully booked. But of course, the food must speak for itself along with decorations which would play a significant role in the guest’s experience.
N: If there were three local Singaporean dishes you would praise for their taste/creativity/cooking, which would they be?
GM: I haven’t tried any local Singaporean dishes yet, but it would be interesting to learn recipes from different countries and customs.
Chef Martin’s was not a story of pre-ordained destiny, but rather that of a teenager, just like the rest of us, who found his passion through his willingness to experiment and openness to all things new. Appreciating the ingenuity of his “Duck Liver Ravioli with Truffle Emulsion Cream” or his “Artichoke ‘Creme Brûlée'” topped with Candied Vegetables and Bitter Almonds Sherbet can be considered something for the bucket list, but let us also appreciate the humble beginnings which molded Chef Martin’s gastronomical inventiveness to what it is today.
The venerable Chef Guy Martin will be serving up his unique array of culinary artistry at ‘Art at Curate’ with Resorts World Sentosa, and feature both a four-course lunch menu with wine pairing, and eight-course dinner menu with wine pairing from 8 to 15 July.
The 2016 edition of the annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will take place from 15 to 31 July, and features a record line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences. ThemedOn July 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
The 2016 edition of the annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will take place from 15 to 31 July, and features a record line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences. Themed “Savour the Past, Taste the Future”, this year’s Festival will take intrepid foodies on a culinary journey that spans the ages. From the nostalgia of dining along a shophouse-lined street to the contemporary experience of an outdoor barbeque in a gastro-park, guests are invited to tantalise their taste buds with some of the nation’s best dishes whipped up by our top culinary talents.
Ms Ranita Sundra, Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail, Singapore Tourism Board, said, “The Singapore Food Festival has been carrying the torch for Singapore’s vibrant food legacy since 1994. After 23 years, it is still the only food festival in Singapore to feature local flavours and showcase the inventive spirit of our ever-evolving food scene. This year, Singaporeans and visitors are in for a treat with a record 18 Singapore Food Festival experiences on offer. Young and old alike will be able to savour Singapore’s food heritage and discover modern Singaporean cuisine by being a part of the various partner events and initiatives.”
STREAT Signature Event
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) first introduced STREAT in 2015 as the anchor SFF event to celebrate Singapore food and culinary talents. For 2016, it will feature a pop-up restaurant and a curated medley of Singapore F&B establishments.
STREAT 2016’s pop-up restaurant is helmed by international celebrity chef Susur Lee, who played a key role in developing the concept of contemporary Chinese cuisine following his appointment as TungLok Group’s Group Culinary Consultant in 1997. He is joined by Senior Executive Chef Ken Ling of Tunglok Heen and Chef-Owner Han Liguang of Restaurant Labyrinth. The three chefs will re- interpret and create new expressions of Singapore’s iconic street food, presented in an exclusive six-hands dinner menu. A stellar selection of hawkers and chefs will also helm stalls alongside the pop-up restaurant.
Revitalising Culinary Experiences
Industry partners are also joining STB to cook up a storm at SFF 2016. Culinary talents and establishments, F&B associations and hotels are organising a total of 18 dining experiences for the Festival this year.
Celebrate and rediscover Singapore’s culinary heritage while indulging in Singapore’s traditional and contemporary dishes with your family and friends at the following events!
Look out for the Chatterbox Food Truck by Mandarin Orchard as it travels around Singapore to bring its popular chicken rice to various locations in the city, or learn how to cook Singapore Chilli Crab and stewed Hokkien noodles wrapped in Opeh leaves from Chef Tony Khoo at Cooking from the Heart.
Set off on a culinary adventure with CRAVE! Singapore and learn more about our food history and origins through an interactive programme; savour the dishes of Singapore’s major ethnic groups at Dining in the Garden City, organised by chef and culinary associations and the Food Gen 2 hawkers.
Singapore has its own version of al fresco dining! Swing by East Coast Lagoon Food Village as SFF 2016 puts the spotlight on this landmark hawker centre, and tuck into a sumptuous picnic in air-conditioned comfort at ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2016: Picnic in Style.
Can’t get enough of kueh? Kueh Appreciation Day commemorates the one delicacy that binds various ethnic cultures in Singapore, and you can pick up the skills required to make ang ku kueh and decorate cakes with Learning Journeys.
Taste local heritage cuisine and unique fusion creations at One Farrer’s Food Street, which will recreate the great food stalls that once lined the roads of the Farrer Park district. At the Singapore Favourite Food Village 2016, look forward to three culinary zones, from a heritage food street to contemporary Singaporean cuisine and a food truck park.
Celebrate Singapore Restaurant Month, and visit the heritage restaurants that have been tasked with creating healthy Singapore- inspired dishes exclusively for SFF 2016. Meanwhile, Open Stoves by Timbre+ offers a peek into a chef’s world set amidst a lively atmosphere buzzing with cooking demos, bands jamming, a pop-up barbeque blowout and fun fringe activities.
Relive the nostalgia of old Singapore – The 50 Cents Fest! along Chinatown Food Street embodies Hokkien saying which literally translates into “five cents is bigger than a bullock cart’s wheel”. Each serving of food will be sold in denominations of 50 cents, no more than $2.50 each. Kim Choo Holdings Pte Ltd’s Heritage Town Trail is a chance to rediscover Peranakan food heritage, on a guided tour of Katong and Joo Chiat that includes sampling nyonya delicacies.
Other dining establishments such as Tippling Club, TWG Tea Salons and Mandarin Orchard will present special menus featuring a hawker-inspired cocktail pairing, tea-infused local dishes and iconic Hainanese dishes, respectively.
Bringing a Taste of the Singapore Food Festival to Everyone
Presenting its first collaboration since its recent launch, UberEATS steps up with STB as the official food delivery partner of SFF 2016, surprising passengers with a special culinary treat on 15 July 2016. Stay tuned to find out more!
City Square Mall’s Food Festival 2016
In line with the Singapore Food Festival 2016, City Square Mall will be having its own festivities. This year, the food line-up promises new restaurant openings, exciting F&B promotions and attractive gifts with purchase including mall vouchers and exclusive canvas tote bags. At the top of the “to-eat list” of any foodie this Food Festival 2016 are the 11 weekday lunch sets at only $9.90.
Customers can dine at the participating F&B outlets that include Dunkin’ Donuts, Face to Face Noodle House, Lai Lai Casual Dining, Marutama Ra-Men, OldTown White Coffee, Paddington House of Pancakes, Seoul Garden HotPot, Sunny Korean Cuisine, The Manhattan Fish Market, Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant and Wingstop, and enjoy value-for-money lunch sets from Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) in July.
Carnival Delivery combos by Pezzo Staying in for the weekend and just want to Netflix and chill? Pezzo Pizza (Pezzo) has launched three new Carnival Delivery combo meals,On July 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
Carnival Delivery combos by Pezzo
Staying in for the weekend and just want to Netflix and chill? Pezzo Pizza (Pezzo) has launched three new Carnival Delivery combo meals, allowing individuals who crave for pizza to order delivery even if they don’t have someone to share!
Taste the difference in the pizza base, which is made using fresh —and not frozen— dough. Not only that, premium ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and cold cuts are used to prepare the pizzas. Every pizza slice are then topped with with a generous amount of premium ingredients and special in-house sauces, promising immense satisfaction.
All the sides are oven baked with no addition of oil, making them a healthier option. The chicken wings are available in two options: the non-spicy Angel Wings; and fiery Devil Wings. The latter are marinated with Pezzo’s secret spice mix, and they boast an intense flavour. Guests can choose either the chicken or beef lasagna, both of which promise a heavenly mouthfeel and are baked with love. The potato nuggets are bite-size hash browns with an enticing crispy exterior and soft inside.
Available exclusively on Foodpanda, the combo meals come with Pezzo’s signature freshly baked handcrafted pizza and wondeful accompaniments such as chicken wings, lasagna, potato nuggets, and drinks.
CRAVE and Pezzo create new dishes to celebrate Hari Raya
In conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya festive celebration, CRAVE introduces all-time local favourites — Satay Nasi Lemak Set (SGD5.90), Cendol Melaka (SGD2.50) and Air Limau Selaseh (SGD2.50)— for a limited time only. These new dishes are specially created for CRAVE by owners of Selera Rasa and Rafee’s Corner, which sell one of the best nasi lemak and teh tarik in Singapore.
The Satay Nasi Lemak set that comes with sides of ikan bilis, sliced cucumber and the signature sambal chilli. It is also available à la carte, and goes at six pieces for S$5.90. Think fragrant coconut basmati rice paired with satay – the satay is marinated with a medley of spices and drenched in Selera Rasa’s very own satay peanut sauce concoction.
Wash the good food down with Rafee’s Corner’s rendition of air limau selaseh. In vibrant colours reminiscent of a tropical sunset, it is bound to invigorate your senses with its tangy note. Another great way to end off the gratifying meal is the local’s favourite cendol melaka,with its combination of green jelly noodles, fragrant fresh coconut milk and rich taste of gula melaka. This special menu will be available at all CRAVE outlets islandwide available until 15 July 2016.
Enjoy the best of two worlds with Pezzo’s newest limited-edition Otah Pizza, where soft chunks of otah are set on a seductively aromatic Katong Laksa paste. Specially created in time for Hari Raya, this Otah Pizza is the ultimate pizza for patrons who love these timeless spicy dishes.
With a medley of red onions, red and green capsicums as well as gooey mozzarella cheese, the combination is divine. The pizza will be available at all Pezzo outlets (except for Lucky Plaza, Takashimaya and Sentosa) from now till 15 July 2016. One slice of the Otah Pizza goes at SGD4.90; three slices at SGD12.90 and a full pan at SGD24.90.
With Independence Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the occasion than a traditional all-American barbecue experience? Come Monday, 4th July, Camp Kilo CharcoalOn July 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
With Independence Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the occasion than a traditional all-American barbecue experience? Come Monday, 4th July, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club and Decker BBQ Restaurant will be joining hands to serve up some of the best on their racks, old school backyard-BBQ cookout style.
Think: American funk and soul music spun through the night by DJ Brendon P; classic American cocktails featuring American spirits, shaken up by Proof & Co.; craft beers by Coronado Brewing Company hailing from California; and of course, hearty meat platters prepared by both Camp Kilo and Decker. Each sharing platter is good for two, inclusive of guests’ choice of 3 meats, 3 sides, as well as potato rolls, pickles, sauces, and the quintessentially American apple pie. We’ll also be giving a free beer to the first 50 guests joining us.
Exactly as its name suggests, expect an evening full of hearty meats, a tipple or two, and catchy tunes, surrounded by family and friends, both old and new. It’s the perfect excuse for a getaway at the start of the week.
Monday, 4th July | 4pm-10.30pm
66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01, Singapore 338987
“Tanabata” is the Japanese reference to the annual Star Festival, literally translating to “Evening of the Seventh”. It originates from the legend of two stars, Vega and AltairOn June 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
“Tanabata” is the Japanese reference to the annual Star Festival, literally translating to “Evening of the Seventh”. It originates from the legend of two stars, Vega and Altair who are separated by the Milky Way, fated to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month.
Lewin Terrace, an ideal destination dining venue to celebrate special occasions, anniversaries and weddings, will be transformed for Tanabata Night on 7 July to create the experience of romance under the stars.
With the backdrop of the historic ambience of Fort Canning, romance begins at the steps leading to Lewin Terrace as fairy lights illuminate the path mimicking the Milky Way. Further illuminating the romantic ambience, the restaurant will also be decorated with fairy lights and candles and diners will be transported to a night under the stars.
To remember the night, each guest will get a personalised menu with their names and a picture as a souvenir and will also be able to hang their wishes written on a piece of paper and hang them in the restaurant. The Tanabata night at Lewin Terrace will feature a 4-course menu specially put together for this special night, featuring the distinctive ingredients native to Japan available during the summer season.
Lewin Terrace’s Tanabata dinner is for one night only on 7 July from 6.30pm to 11pm, priced at $222++per couple. Make reservations at 6333 9905.
Originally found at the Masonic Club off Coleman Street, Bacchanalia was a feast of visual color and setting. From their centerpiece chandelier of blown glass spheres and theOn June 24, 2016 / By Aiden Eng
Originally found at the Masonic Club off Coleman Street, Bacchanalia was a feast of visual color and setting. From their centerpiece chandelier of blown glass spheres and the large, high-backed loungers to their impeccably displayed dishes, Bacchanalia was set to send your senses into overdrive the minute you entered.
But after having shifted to Hong Kong Street, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia underwent a wondrous transformation of casting off their past trappings and enhancing their culinary presence. Now housed in a modest shophouse, The Kitchen is a bright, earthen-toned restaurant running the length of the building, and has approximately 36 seats, give and take a few. The flurry of the main kitchen working their magic greets guests right by the main entrance and the casual seating has an extremely cozy feel. Ambience aside, in the kitchen is still where the magic happens.
We were treated to an array of dishes from the kitchen; dishes which were made fresh with hardly any processed ingredients and, between having a partnership with Hatiku Farm in Cameron Highlands and their own plot on the roof of the shophouse, there is no doubt that the chef is extremely particular about his ingredients. If anything, the ingenuity of Chef Ivan Brehm is communicated through the sheer creativity of his dishes.
The trio of appetizers available during lunch made the largest play of the meal. While the chilled capellini pasta with black garlic mayonnaise and the cured Japanese Hamachi on a bed of rice on a homemade rice cracker were fantastic, the sheer imagination of their simply named ‘Carrots’ was something to behold as well.
Never would I have conceived 6 (or was it 7?) creative interpretations of the humble carrot on the same plate. From a slightly tangy jam, to a sweet custard, to pulpy fibers made to be dipped in everything else, the dish was made to be played with and experienced in full. The ladies around the table went wide-eyed with shock with confessions of disliking carrots but absolutely enjoyed the multi-faceted creation beautifully laid out before them.
As main courses, the butter poached barramundi, chicken breast with reconstructed cheese (which is also homemade), and the lamb with mung beans and mint sauce were all succulent and made to perfection. Homegrown mustard leaves added a wonderful kick to the fresh sweetness of the barramundi, which I hear was personally sourced by Chef Brehm, while the softness of the lamb just made it melt on the tongue. However, among the three, the reconstructed cheese on the chicken breast garnered the most attention. Cheese is easily distinguished with their flavours, textures and scent. But reconstructed cheese? Preconceptions of the dairy product are thrown to the wind as the uniquely nutty, creamy taste and consistency meld perfectly with the moist chicken as pictured above.
The meal came to a close with a choice of either the black seasame almond cake with pink guava sorbet, or a chocolate tart with grapefruit jam, crushed pecans and gold Assam tea ice cream, which drew a clear line between the tasters of the meal. While others favored the moistly dense cake, the play of flavors between the sour jam, slightly sweet, crisp dark chocolate tart and the cold, smoky scent of the Assam ice cream was undeniably impressive.
Coming in at a decently priced SGD48++ for a three-course set lunch, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia carves a perfect niche right at the heart of the city; blending reasonable prices, culinary ingenuity and cozy warmth for a perfect spot to just enjoy a meal with close friends. Chat with the staff; enjoy the show from the chefs – sit back and enjoy yourself at The Kitchen.
As the saying goes, if it were any more fun, it’d be illegal. From the guys who gave you the hit Fresh-Mex eatery Mex Out, say hello toOn June 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
As the saying goes, if it were any more fun, it’d be illegal. From the guys who gave you the hit Fresh-Mex eatery Mex Out, say hello to Barrio by Mex Out!
Barrio by Mex Out is the Mexican taqueria that opens a new chapter on the dynamic success of its parent brand. Everything you loved about Mex Out is now in an exciting 70-seater location right in the heart of Orchard Road.
The barrio, Spanish for ‘neighbourhood’, is a residential space for Mexicans to work, trade, socialise – in short, a hangout.
Living up to its name, Barrio by Mex Out takes on a hip, cheery space for people to take pleasure in good food and fine drink with great company. Urban but with a cool neighbourhood feel, it’s a hangout for friends, fun, and food.
Guided by its Fresh-Mex cuisine, Barrio by Mex Out guarantees authentic Mexican flavours derived from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The restaurant features an expanded menu of fan favourites from Mex Out, complemented by new plated dishes, starters, bar snacks, tortas (a Mexican burger), and desserts. It’s a journey of healthy Mexican deliciousness – at prices that will make you smile.
Barrio by Mex Out is decked out in neo-Aztec graphics and décor, and exudes a cool free- spirited street vibe that begs to be experienced. As the food, drinks, and banter flow, and you feel like you want to linger and chill — you know you’re on the right side of the border!
A cuisine of freshness and flavour
Fresh-Mex is born of Mex-American cuisine, with influences from ancient Mayan and Aztec culture, through Spanish and French traditions to the modern flavours and spices of Baja California and the Caribbean. Combine this with the freshest quality meat, seafood, dairy, and vegetables you can find, and it’s little wonder people speak of Fresh-Mex food in the most salsa-licious terms!
Barrio by Mex Out makes its guacamole in-house every day using fresh avocado mashed and seasoned with lime, salt, and small amounts of red onions, jalapeno peppers, tomato and cilantro. Just the right amount of lime juice is added – key to ensuring the guacamole’s smooth texture and a slightly tangy taste. The tortilla chips too are fried and bagged in-house daily, guaranteeing that the chips are fresh, crispy, and utterly delicious.
Also made in-house daily are the salsas, using ingredients such as freshly diced tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chillis. Some worth trying are the pico de gallo and the unique mango and pineapple salsa. And fresh-caught snapper is used in the ceviche and salad.
Many Mex Out favourites are on the menu, including the burrito wraps, burrito rice bowls, tacos and salads. The restaurant offers plated dishes, starters, bar snacks, tortas, and desserts such as the Chocolate and Chilli Brownie, for sharing. There are vegetarian options and a breakfast menu that’s available until 3pm everyday.
The drinks list features sangrias, margaritas and homemade soft drinks called aguas frescas made with fresh ingredients, along with a selection of wines.
A hip, vibrant interior
Barrio by Mex Out’s interior exudes the laid-back, yet vibrant vibe of a modern Mexican beer garden. Its 70-seat interior is a set piece of open layout, Mexican references, local touches, and bold heady graphics.
Dark wood paneling, hand-scrawled words and illustrations against colourful backgrounds give an edgy tone to the place. Tiles that recall Peranakan houses and ‘kopitiams’ lend just the right amount of local colour, while cacti evoke Mexican connections.
Throwbacks to Aztec heritage can be seen in the use of the tokapu, an ancient Pre- Hispanic textile pattern of squares inscribed with geometric figures. Barrio by Mex Out devises its own tokapu patterns to indicate items on the menu, their lines and shapes cheekily manipulated to resemble the dish.
The open kitchen allows diners to view the freshness of the food being prepared, and flaunts the colour-drenched spectacle of Mexican cuisine. Drinks are mixed and poured at a jaunty island in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant is located ‘street side’, so the diner basks in the surge of passing human traffic and the buzz of a busy downtown mall.
313 Orchard Road
[email protected] #01-14/15
Sunday to Thursday | 11 am – 10.30 pm
Friday to Saturday | 11 am – 11 pm
At face value, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club a roast joint with some of the tastiest, heartiest meats in town, but it’s also an escape from the everyday, taking youOn June 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
At face value, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club a roast joint with some of the tastiest, heartiest meats in town, but it’s also an escape from the everyday, taking you away and out back.
Camp Kilo has actually been a long time in the making. Founded by Series of Intentions (SOI), the same group behind the Kilo restaurants and Grain Traders in the CBD, Camp Kilo has its roots way back at SOI’s first endeavour — the now-defunct Raw Kitchen Bar at Bukit Timah. First opened in 2008, Raw Kitchen Bar was run by SOI founders Javier Perez and Sharon Lee, and was a small, unassuming space where all they wanted to do was to hang out with friends and family over good food, a drink or two, and of course, the occasional backyard roast. It was here that they did their first-ever whole pig roast, and it was then that the seeds for Camp Kilo were planted.
Also central to Camp Kilo’s roasting heritage is co-founder Joshua Adjodha, who, on the other side of the world and perhaps coincidentally, was throwing his own meat feasts in Miami. In 2010, he founded Mas Carne, literally meaning ‘more meat’, a series of beach roast parties; think steaks, whole pigs, seafood, and enough paella to feed a crowd of 300.
Javier & Joshua reunited in Singapore after SOI opened Kilo Kallang in 2011, and they continued to bring their love of roast to the people. Just last year, they threw Kilo After Dawn, a block party at the Ture Building at Kampong Bugis, where Kilo Kallang and Camp Kilo are located, revisiting what they first did back at Raw Kitchen Bar but on a much larger, crazier scale. The team served up Kilo-style street food alongside many other local vendors selling their crafts, while carnival games and booths and a late-night party rounded up the all-day event.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club finally opened on the ground floor of the Ture Building in late May, dishing up Kilo’s famous roasts for old fans and new explorers alike. Open, outdoor seating brings diners close to the serene nature of Kallang’s riverside, providing the perfect setting for a slow weekend with friends, a beer in hand, laid- back beats, and, of course, a platter of hearty comfort food.
This isn’t your typical roast, however, not when there’s a whole 30kg pig cooking on Camp Kilo’s self-made spit for more than 4 hours. Marinated with a blend of secret spices, there’s no doubt that the pig is the star of the show, but there are other dishes to get excited about — kai yang roasted French poussin; corn bread with honey butter; patatas bravas; tom yam “cocido” beans; and a dulce de leche flan, just to name a few. As with the Kilo restaurants, the Camp Kilo menu builds on the mixed heritage of its founders, chefs, and their friends and the people that have inspired them.
Whether you come for the food, to spend some time in good company, or if you just need a little escape, there’s something to satisfy every curious or weary traveller.
Fridays | 5.30 pm – 11 pm
Saturdays & Sundays | 11 am – 11 pm
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to-go on the way to work, or on the hunt for a family-friendly brunch spot in town, Oriole Coffee + BarOn June 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to-go on the way to work, or on the hunt for a family-friendly brunch spot in town, Oriole Coffee + Bar has got you covered. Having just rolled out an all-new weekend brunch alongside a new selection of breakfast items to its Grab and Go Counter menu, Oriole Coffee + Bar, Somerset is the perfect spot to get your breakfast and coffee fix.
Available on weekends and public holidays from 10am to 2pm, Oriole’s new brunch menu, spearheaded by head chef Randy Torres, is packed with hearty and comforting breakfast-inspired dishes that pair perfectly with freshly brewed coffee. Oriole Coffee + Bar is the perfect weekend destination for a relaxing catch-up with the family or a group of friends over good food and gourmet coffee in the heart of the city.
Hearty Breakfast Favourites
Kick start the weekend with a selection of hearty breakfast-inspired dishes sure to leave you satiated. Indulge in Oriole’s Grilled Truffle Cheese Sandwich (SGD14), an amped up rendition of the classic grilled cheese sandwich atop buttery brioche bread and stuffed with truffle cheese, emmental cheese and oak smoked cheddar, served with a creamy tomato cheddar soup for that added level of homeliness.
Definite hits for those looking for something familiar will be the Smoked Salmon Rosti (SGD16) with capers, fresh spring onions and complementing homemade crème fraîche to round it off; egg-lovers can dig in to the Crab Cake Benedict (SGD22), an indulgence of a Maryland-style crab cake, topped with two poached eggs on top of toasted English muffins and drizzled with lemon dill hollandaise; and for an all-American breakfast, opt for the Fully Loaded (SGD20), served with your choice of two juicy sausages (pork or cheesy chicken), two eggs done the way you like them (poached, sunny, over easy or scrambled), maple glazed bacon, air-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and toast, this decadent dish is sure to keep you fuelled for the entire day.
New menu highlights include the Mango French Toast (SGD16), prepared with brioche egg battered toast topped with fresh mango, toasted sliced almonds, espresso mascarpone butter, maple syrup and mint mango coulis for a slight tartness.
For a healthier option, the Wild Berries Oatmeal (SGD10) is a delicious bowl of Organic rolled oats cooked with Oriole’s M.A.D. Milk, goji berries and brown sugar for sweetness, mixed in with an assortment of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blue berries and gooseberries. The oatmeal is served with a drizzle of honey and chocolate chips on the side.
All Day Breakfast
Oriole’s regulars can look forward to familiar items from the breakfast menu such as Bircher (SGD11), a wholesome mix of Greek yoghurt, rolled oats, fresh fruits, orange juice, granola, honey and M.A.D. Milk; traditional Hot Cakes (SGD12); the classic Avocado & Toast (SGD14) that can be changed to gluten- free toast for an additional SGD1; the well-loved Jumbo Breakfast Burrito (SGD16) and the raved-about Humble Baked Egg Skillet (SGD16).
Brunch is available at Oriole Coffee + Bar, Somerset on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 2pm.
Grab and Go
The early morning crowd can look forward to breakfast on-the-go as Oriole Coffee rolls out four new items for the Grab and Go Counter. Focusing on fuss-free breakfast items, Oriole’s Grab and Go Breakfast sets are priced at SGD10+ and includes a hot coffee to get you through the morning.
Chase away Monday blues by starting the morning with a Smoked Salmon Caesar sandwich, or indulge in the New York BLT Bagel, a sesame seed bagel served with hickory smoked bacon. Pick up a Truffle Brioche Croque Madame for a quick bite that will truly hit the spot. Vegetarians can opt for the Mediterranean Wrap with marinated artichoke hearts, baby spinach, roasted capsicum, black olives, feta cheese and basil pesto aioli.
Oriole Coffee + Bar’s Grab and Go Breakfast sets are available on weekdays (excluding public holidays) from 8am to 5pm, while stocks last.
Open Farm Community (OFC), the latest dining concept by Spa Esprit Group in collaboration with Edible Garden City and progressive Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, has introducedOn June 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
Open Farm Community (OFC), the latest dining concept by Spa Esprit Group in collaboration with Edible Garden City and progressive Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, has introduced a smorgasbord of new dishes that feature local farm ingredients that are handpicked by the chefs.
A first-of-its-kind dining concept in Singapore, OFC makes farm-fresh dining in the heart of the city, possible. The new menu serves up a selection of 11 new innovative dishes made only with the finest of produce, and prepared in an open kitchen which sees a custom-built charcoal oven take centre stage.
“At Open Farm Community, we want to show food lovers that local produce, while often taken for granted, can be used to whip up a beautifully created dish,” says Ms Cynthia Chua, Founder of Spa Esprit. “What we hope to do is inspire local chefs to support Singapore’s urban farming community.”
Group Head Chef Daniele Sperindio and his team at OFC work closely with seasoned farmers from Edible Garden City, and other local farms to creatively integrate the freshest local ingredients onto every plate.
Rustic and Honest Cooking
Diners can expect seasonal fresh, innovative and honest dishes – a result of a collaborative effort between Executive Chef Ryan Clift and Chef Daniele, prepared with fresh produce harvested locally. Starters such as the Sweet corn & basil soup made with charred baby corn is served tableside with warm pita bread.
The refreshed menu hosts a selection of new main dishes that utilises a range of fish, meat and vegetables that are slow-roasted in a custom-built charcoal oven. The oven was designed by esteemed Italian artisan, Paolo Parisi, exclusively for Chef Ryan in Asia (the only other chef in the world who owns one is Michelin starred Italian chef, Lorenzo Cogo).
Sizzling favourites include the Coconut laksa barramundi made with crushed potato cake and bok choy, and the Vietnamese pho roasted short rib made with buttery green asparagus and crispy kuzu noodles.
The Carnaroli risotto made with chorizo, cuttlefish, ebi, green peas, saffron threads, and crispy serrano, boasts a symphony of flavours that is set to please any gourmand. The restaurant also serves a selection of pastas such as the Minden road pesto trofie made with potatoes, French beans, and pumpkin chunks. Pastas are made fresh daily with a state-of-the-art pasta machine, using only the highest quality ingredients available.
OFC’s refreshed menu also includes a variety of unique and delectable desserts. For those who love their cakes, dig into the Spiced pumpkin cake served with butternut ice cream, gula Melaka jelly, pomelo and garden herbs.
In keeping with the philosophy of consuming food as close to its source as possible, dishes will be prepared with ingredients sustainably sourced from within OFC’s own urban farm, as well as from farms in and around Singapore and the region.
For a fully immersive experience that stretches beyond the dinner table, educational events and activities for the whole family such as urban farming workshops, farmers’ markets, lawn bowling and outdoor table tennis competitions are also organised on a regular basis. OFC also hosts their monthly Social Market that encourages ‘citysumers’ to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with food and locally produced goods.
Call 6471 0306 for reservations or visit Open Farm Community for more information.
Spend quality family time at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar this Father’s Day by treating Dad to a sumptuous meal set amidst vibrant décor and plush interiors. Executive Head ChefOn June 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Spend quality family time at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar this Father’s Day by treating Dad to a sumptuous meal set amidst vibrant décor and plush interiors. Executive Head Chef Nicky Ng and his team have specially curated a menu of progressive Cantonese dishes created just for this yearly occasion.
Mitzo’s Father’s Day set menu features an array of dishes that stays true to Cantonese cooking philosophy while injecting a contemporary flair with the usage of exquisite ingredients such as truffles and foie gras.
Some of the notable dishes in the special menu are the chilled poached foie gras with orange infused lotus root and Japanese plum wine and the Truffle abalone rice. The combination of bright flavours from the lotus roots and plum wine is juxtaposed with rich and buttery foie gras, while the pairing of truffle and abalone promises decadence with every bite. Other notable dishes include double-boiled morel mushroom with sea cucumber and chicken and Pan-fried venison with enoki mushroom in spicy peanut sauce.
As the perfect way to celebrate the most important man in your life, the Father’s Day set menu entails all diners with free flow draught beer throughout the meal. Create an unforgettable experience for your father and celebrate this joyous occasion with your family members and loved ones.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill has rolled out an all-new ala carte brunch menu focused on classic East Coast American breakfast favourites, and paired with a freeOn June 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill has rolled out an all-new ala carte brunch menu focused on classic East Coast American breakfast favourites, and paired with a free flow Prosecco option.
Available every Saturday, 11am to 3pm, The Pelican’s brunch features classic American breakfast options such as bagels, oyster platters and frittatas; brunch lovers can now look forward to indulging in a boozy weekend of comforting brunch staples focused on The Pelican’s signature seafood mix, alongside the stunning view of the Marina Bay waterfront – all at a more affordable price point.
Diners can expect a twist to classic brunch dishes from the Breakfast of Champs section on the menu, while Seafood enthusiasts can delight in The Pelican’s sharing platters for groups of two to three, such as the Seafood Bouillabaisse (SGD68), a classic fishermen’s stew of tiger prawns, green mussels, flower clams, and barramundi fillets cooked in a rich lobster broth made in house. There is also a new Sweet Endings section on the menu for those with a sweet tooth, featuring treats such as the Berry & Crème French Toast (SGD14), and the Banana Bread (SGD14).
Round off brunch on a high note, diners simply need to top up an additional SGD35++ for free flow of Prosecco to go with their meal.
Another recently launched special is the Bucket o’ Prawns at SGD8++, available every Monday and Wednesday, 6pm – 9pm, at The Pelican Deck, includes 12pcs of prawns served cold alongside citrus mayonnaise and lemon wedges. In addition, The Pelican has a 1-for-1 promo on house pours from 12pm – 9pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
Father’s Day specials
Refinery Concepts is also offering a series of Father’s Day specials at their restaurants! Treat dad to a culinary journey with a variety of special menus and dining deals to suit everyone’s preference. Choose from an indulgent three-course set lunch at the award-winning steakhouse Bedrock Bar & Grill, a five-course set menu at Fat Cow, a seafood brunch with a view at The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, or a complimentary lunch buffet for dad at Refinery Concepts’ hotel restaurants – Katong Kitchen, Straits Café and Saltwater Café – and show your appreciation for your father with a meal fit for a king.
At Bedrock Bar & Grill, treat dad to an indulgent three-course set lunch this Father’s Day. Priced at SGD69++, the set meal includes a Grilled Wagyu Striploin cooked to perfection and served with asparagus, confit tomato, celery root puree and foie gras butter, as well as a complimentary glass of Terrazas Altos Del Plata Malbec.
Also, available from 13 to 19 June 2016, Fat Cow has curated a lavish five-course set meal at SGD188++ for Father’s Day, available during lunch and dinner, complete with a complimentary glass of Nomitarite Aji Wo Shiru, Junmai Sake (180ml).
Alternatively, diners can head over to The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill for a hearty meal of East Coast American breakfast favourites, while overlooking the stunning view of the Marina Bay waterfront. The Pelican will serve up a complimentary Pelican Seafood Platter when you dine with your parents in a group of 4 persons spending a minimum of SGD120.
At Katong Kitchen, Straits Café and Saltwater Café, fathers will also enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet when accompanied by three paying adults. Be spoilt for choice as each buffet offers a selection of comforting dishes, sure to leave dad satiated.
If you decide to celebrate Father’s Day with Dean & DeLuca’s Cozy Brunch, dads can tuck in to a comforting breakfast meal of Home Cured Corned Beef Hash and Egg Bake, or Waffles and Fried Chicken served with chipotle cheese sauce. You can also pick up one of Dean & DeLuca’s Father’s Day gift sets, Summer Grilling (SGD60) – the perfect companion for a good barbeque, or the Italian Essential (SGD70) that is perfect for dads that enjoy a hearty Italian home-cooked meal.
Looking for a quick and affordable Korean food fix? OPPA Chicken, a Korean fried chicken joint along South Bridge Road, has just launched OPPA One-Bowls, a set menuOn June 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Looking for a quick and affordable Korean food fix? OPPA Chicken, a Korean fried chicken joint along South Bridge Road, has just launched OPPA One-Bowls, a set menu for those who need a power meal on-the-go.
This set menu has 12 distinct varieties to suit different daily cravings, from classic Korean dishes such as Kimchi Fried Rice and Jjajangmyun Pasta to all-time favourites like Carbonara and Butter Garlic Fried Rice. All meals include the signature OPPA Chicken, available in 6 mouthwatering flavours: Honey Garlic, Yangnyum, Flaming Yangnyum, Soy Garlic, Tangy Onion, and Original, with everything reasonably and affordably priced from SGD5.90 nett.
It is a cheaper alternative to similar restaurants in the area, which may get especially crowded during lunch times. Customers can have their meals in air-conditioned comfort while spending some time socializing and unwinding from the daily grind.
OPPA One-Bowls are available daily for dine in at 11am-10pm, from Mondays to Saturdays.
Walking by OPPA Chicken, one cannot help but notice the inviting neon sign. Step in, and be enthralled by its funky, intriguing decor, and choose between intimate tables for two, or even one of their larger bench tables, depending on the size of your party. Be greeted in Korean by the friendly staff, and immerse yourself in the Korean music while food is served. With fruity soda pops packed in resealable see-through bags, and handy wet tissues (you will need them, trust us) wrapped in quirky designs readily available on the tables, OPPA Chicken is the perfect place to chill with friends and have a relaxing night out.
A cosy yet sizeable restaurant, OPPA Chicken can also be considered a good venue to host your next corporate event or private party for up to 75 people. For more information, email or call them at +65 6221 5217.
274 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058823
Nestled in the quiet Rochester Park enclave, Nosh was first established in 2012, where its lush, green surroundings and quaint settings have made the restaurant a favourite venueOn June 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
Nestled in the quiet Rochester Park enclave, Nosh was first established in 2012, where its lush, green surroundings and quaint settings have made the restaurant a favourite venue for events and weddings. With its recent renovation and revamp in early 2016, Nosh seeks to come back to the heart of what it loves to do — creating an intimate dining experience with food that you would want to come back for — as well as to introduce Noshery, the latest member of the Nosh family of spaces.
Noshery is a café by day, and bar by night located on the ground floor of Nosh’s black-and-white colonial bungalow. An all-day dining and weekend brunch spot, it also features a small outdoor patio and beer garden that opens up in the evenings to serve a range of bar snacks and craft beer on tap. Focusing on delivering a solid, wholesome, weekday lunch, artisanal coffee offerings, along with a decadent brunch, it is ideal for midday catch ups and wind downs, or just coffee, food, beer and great conversation.
Nosh’s dinner menu has also been refreshed and refined; best described as comfort food with a contemporary update, think food that is familiar and heartwarming, but with that little something extra. Balancing global influences, Nosh’s offerings are built upon experimenting and exploring with different textures, flavours and techniques with fresh, high quality ingredients.
Alternatively, Noshery presents a lighter, fresher side to the brand, with the most marked difference being in its interior design. An eclectic combination of inspiration from all over the world, the interior pays homage to the colonial heritage of the building itself. While its botany printed wallpaper brings the outdoors in, the knick-knacks waiting to be discovered in every corner — vintage books, timepieces, postcards and posters — and the heavy use of warm wood creates the feel of a rustic travel lodge in the middle of the wilderness. The rattan chairs are also reminiscent of a Balinese holiday, while its French country bistro chairs and marble table tops complete the homely look. Likewise, mismatched dining plates, sourced from Chinatown, will be instantly recognisable to anyone who’s ever dined in a traditional Singaporean coffee-shop.
Whether you come searching for Nosh, Noshery, or both, the brand hopes to create an experience to remember, bringing you on a journey away from the hustle and bustle of city life and its trappings. Come escape with Nosh — even if it’s just for a little while — and expect the unexpected.
10.30am–2.20pm | 6pm–11pm
10.30am–2.30pm | 6pm–10.30pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Lunch is served from 11.30am–2.30pm
Dinner is served from 6pm–10.30pm
Brunch on weekends is served from 10.30am–2.30pm
Drinks and baked goods available from 2.30pm–6pm
Presented by Campari, Negroni Week was launched in 2013 in the USA as a celebration of one of the world’s greatest cocktail efforts to raise money for charitableOn June 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
Presented by Campari, Negroni Week was launched in 2013 in the USA as a celebration of one of the world’s greatest cocktail efforts to raise money for charitable causes around the world. Growing from a mere 100 participating venues to more than 1,300 participating venues around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities from 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week saw an escalation in participants in 2015, as more than 3,500 venues around the world mixed their favourite Negroni variations and raised over $320,000 for charitable causes.
Negroni Week was launched in Singapore for the first time last year, and local bars that took part included Manhattan, Bitters & Love, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, The Secret Mermaid, Cé La Vi, Tess Bar & Kitchen and The Black Swan.
Negroni Week 2016: 6 – 12 June 2016
This year Negroni Week in Singapore plans to be even bigger and better than past years, and are excited to involve more venues as Singapore takes its place as one of the cocktail capitals in Asia.
Participating bartenders are tasked to put any spin they wish to the classic Negroni drink, and some very interesting entries include a fat-washed Iberico concoction, a pineapple consommé which was slow-pressed for 3 hours, Citrus infused lollipops, Sloe gin, mezcal, sorrel and many more. A couple of creations were also made with different spirits and infusions apart from the traditional gin base.
Allowed to pick a charity of their choice, each bar is able to choose their donation mechanics from sales of the drink. Some picked charities include the ST pocket money fund, community chest, Food Bank Singapore, animal rescue, as well as the Nepal relief funds.
Highlights of the week
Jekyll & Hyde (all week, #wishuponanegroni)
Order a negroni and $2 from each drink will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to that, #wishuponanegroni with your drink and share your well wishes for the kids. The awesome guys at Jekyll & Hyde will then share your well wishes for these lovely kids.
Sugarhall guestshift (8 June, 7pm – 12am)
4 featured Negroni Week bartenders will come together for one night to showcase their drinks, and $1 from each drink sold on that night will go towards the Community Chest. Featured bartenders include Andrew Goodall (The Cufflink Club), Kelly D’Cruz (The Secret Mermaid), Symphony Loo (Neon Pigeon), and Sugarhall’s main barman Stuart Danker.
Bitters & Love (8 June, 7pm – 12am)
A guestshift hosted by professionals from different industries will bartend for one night to raise awareness for ASD (Action for Singapore Dogs). Puppies are allowed at this event.
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (8 June, 8pm onwards)
Ah Sam’s will play host to another guest shift featuring veteran bartenders mentoring junior bartenders as everyone pulls together 4 shifts in one night to support the cause for Negroni Week 2016. Featuring Shawn and Bryan Kishore, Benedict Poh, Samuel Sim, Sam Wong, Charmaine Anne-Thio and Martin Ambrose Liu, the night promises to be a fun one.
Shin Gi Tai (9 June, 8pm onwards)
Two volunteers from the bar’s adopted charity, Noah’s Ark CARES will guest bartend on Thursday as part of a join effort to raise awareness for animal rescue and education in schools. They will learn to make the famed classic negroni, the best in Singapore as perfected by head barman, Anthony Zhong.
Participating bars for Negroni Week 2016
Bitters & Love | Tess Bar & Kitchen | Smoke & Mirrors | Oxwell & Co | FOC Restaurant | The Secret Mermaid | Jekyll & Hyde | Long Chim Singapore | The Library | VASCO | Hopscotch | Manhattan | PTT FOLK | Lime House | The Cufflink Club | Nutmeg & Clove | Neon Pigeon | Sugarhall | Gibson | Jigger & Pony | Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall | LongPlay | Shin Gi Tai | Kite | Waku Ghin | DB Bistro | Bread Street Kitchen | Ce La Vi | Club 55 | CUT | Spago | Osteria | Pizzeria Mozza | Rise Lounge | Flight Bar | Adrift | 28 HKS | Sarnie’s
For more information, visit the Negroni Week official page.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and for the folks whose dad already has everything he needs, here are a few suggestions to help you find theOn June 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and for the folks whose dad already has everything he needs, here are a few suggestions to help you find the perfect gift for daddy. Who knows, you may even be able to find something daddy didn’t even know he wanted! If your dad likes woodworking then get him this benchtop drum sander, it will help him sand faster and more efficiently.
For the dad who’s always buried in work,
how about something for the office?
Craft Design Technology Leather Business Card Case
Gallery & Co. | SGD109
Craft Design Technology of Japan seeks to combine modern design with the Japanese heritage of traditional craft and technological excellence. As such, their Leather Business Card Case is made of high quality genuine leather, with a simple,
compact design perfect for carrying around a small bundle of cards.
Craft Design Technology Stationery Gift Set
Gallery & Co. | SGD49.90
Also from Craft Design Technology, consider the ultimate gift for the stationery obsessed. This set contains a mechanical pencil, lead refill, eraser, plastic fountain
pens in black and red, a glue stick, and adhesive notes.
AREAWARE Stationery Gift Set
Gallery & Co. | SGD78.90
For an alternative choice in stationery, AREAWARE is a Brooklyn, New York based producer of everyday objects that are functional and unusual. Their Stationery Gift Set consists of a concrete stationery set including a tape dispenser, pencil holder and a small tray.
On the other hand, if your dad is always out attending
business meetings or entertainment dinners,
perhaps something small to take along in
his pockets would be a better choice.
AREAWARE Bottle Opener
Gallery & Co. | SGD18.90
Turn a relatively mundane task of opening a bottle cap into a pleasurable aesthetic experience. Made of wood, a bent nail and two magnets, one magnet catches the bottle cap while the other makes it easy to mount on a fridge to keep after use.
Carrie K. Forget Me Knot Cufflinks
Gallery & Co. | SGD208
Carrie K. tells stories through playfully provocative artisan-crafted jewellery. While the yellow gold colour may not suit everyone, it makes for a classy feature to contrast a regular boring white shirt.
Gallery & Co. | SGD45
Neighbourgoods, ampulets’ product label, brought back the Good Sweat Project at the end of Dec 2015. Together with Theseus Chan of WORK, Kenny Leck of Books Actually, Tan Pin pin and Carrie Yeo of The Freshman, the team created 6 handkerchiefs made of 100% baltic linen bearing phrases to inspire, encourage and cheer on.
Timex Limited Edition Three-Piece Collection
Gallery & Co. | from SGD218 to SGD288
Timex traces its origins as far back as 1854; originally founded in Waterbury, Connecticut. Their name has become synonymous with innovation and a timeless,
clean approach to design. Red Wing began life in 1905 in Minnesota, creating sturdy and durable footwear. In 2016, the brands brought their expertise together to form
a limited three-piece collection as shown above.
Alternatively, if your dad is a foodie who loves the great outdoors,
here are a few gifts that may come in handy.
Gallery & Co. | SGD29.90 for a pack of 3
Marou, Vietnam’s first artisan bean to bar chocolate maker, collaborates with National Gallery Singapore to create a series of 3 sleeves, inspired by the gallery’s architecture. While chocolate may seem a mundane gift, note the flavours which may give daddy dearest a kick start away from the dreaded Monday blues!
MENU Hallgeir Chamber Light
Gallery & Co. | SGD169
The elegant Hallgeir chamber light by MENU is a versatile lamp for candles, tealights or aromatic oils. With a handle that makes it easily portable, this lamp serves as a friendly reminder that you can always bring the light wherever you need it. Perfect for a camping trip, or perhaps just a little sit on the grass in your backyard; looks like a wonderful opportunity for a good heart-to-heart with daddy.
Weber Portable Grills
Weber Original Store & Grill Academy
For the dad who loves to cook, Weber offers a full range of portable and world-class quality grills along with accessories for the perfect grilling experience. With their Portable 2-piece Tool Set, Instant Read Thermometer, and a high temperature resistant barbecue mitt, it’s time to fire up the grill for steaks and seafood galore! Furthermore, Weber’s grills feature enameled grilled parts and a porcelain shroud that promises a world-class quality grill that will last a long time.
Weber Original Store & Grill Academy
463 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427675
Weber Experience Centre @ BQ Mart (Bukit Timah Outlet)
733 Bukit Timah Road, #02-03 Second Ave Junction, Singapore 269748
Weber Experience Centre @ BQ Mart (Kallang Leisure Park Outlet)
Leisure Park Kallang, 5 Stadium Walk, #02-24/25/26, Singapore 397693
1872 Clipper Tea Co. Collection
1872 Clipper Tea Co.
Apart from the essential staple blends of tea favoured by men such as the Timeless Earl Grey and Classic English Breakfast, why not treat dad to 1872 Clipper Tea’s Signature Destinations range? Featuring the most luxurious teas that are hand-selected across 10 key destinations around the world, this collection of blends include the Yunnan Silver Tips, Milk Oolong, Gyokuro, Finest Darjeeling and Nuwara Eliya.
For a spin on things, treat dad to The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.’s Tea infused cocktail and mocktail mixology workshop! Spend an evening with Dad learning how to create your own tea-infused cocktails and mocktails at the mixology workshop conducted by Bacardi Singapore’s Trade Ambassador, Caryn Cheah, on 17 June. Who says tea can only be consumed hot? For more information, visit the workshop event page.
ION Orchard, B4-07
Raffles City, B1-48
Tangs Orchard, Basement 1
Robinsons The Heeren, Basement 1
Gardens by the Bay gift shops
Singapore Botanic Gardens gift shops
Night Safari Village Craft
With all this and more coming up on Father’s Day weekend, which gift wins your fancy? Tell us here : Nookmag
Offering one of the most innovative modern Chinese menus around town, Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House continues to deliver elegantly crafted dishes that shake up Singapore’s dynamic foodOn June 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
Offering one of the most innovative modern Chinese menus around town, Blue
Lotus Chinese Eating House continues to deliver elegantly crafted dishes that shake up Singapore’s dynamic food scene from the idyllic Sentosa Cove. From June onwards, the critically acclaimed restaurant launches new signature dishes that stay true to Owner and Creative Chef Ricky Ng’s culinary philosophy of offering new perspectives on Chinese food that are both exciting and always relevant.
As the undisputed pioneer of New Age Chinese cuisine, Chef Ricky continues to push culinary boundaries by experimenting with a myriad of flavours and artfully blending these with what today’s discerning diners look for in a meal; never failing to throw in contemporary spins to traditional and popular dishes, creating iconic Blue Lotus dishes such as their signature Pomelo Chilli Crab as well as their Wok-fried Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Tenderloin.
With their new menu for the season, diners would now be able to savour more of Chef Ricky’s unique interpretations and twists on traditional Chinese and local favourites, including his Smoked Truffle Wonton Lobster Bisque, Josper Grilled Barramundi Fillet with Pickled Chilli Sauce, and Wok Fried Prata Seafood “Char Kway Teow”.
Synonymous with one of the island’s best chilli crab dishes and innovative modern Chinese menus around town, Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House has always kept three main points in top priority: quality, value, and to provide quintessential Chinese food with a twist. Alongside innovation and creativity in the kitchen, the Blue Lotus team promises to challenge your palate with a seasonal menu that will evolve once every few months.
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01 -13
Mon-Fri : 6pm-10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Weekends & Public Holidays :
11.30am-3pm and 6pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
+65 6339 0880 | Website
Come 1 November, the Blue Lotus is set to make its mark in the heart of the city and CBD at the highly anticipated Tanjong Pagar Centre. City dwellers and food fanatics alike are welcome to the same dynamic avantgarde take on Chinese cuisine at the casual, high-energy dining establishment of Blue Lotus Chinese Grillhouse & Bar.
Apart from being found in almost every city in the world with an impressive display of awesome, old school rock and movie paraphernalia as well as literally ‘global’On June 3, 2016 / By Aiden Eng
Apart from being found in almost every city in the world with an impressive display of awesome, old school rock and movie paraphernalia as well as literally ‘global’ merchandising, Hard Rock Café has never really been the first “go-to” brand when it comes to a hearty meal. Under the impression that this place was more for novelty and fun rather than quality, tasty food, I now stand corrected.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Hard Rock Café introduced an Asian perspective to their ‘World Burger Tour’ event, whetting our taste buds as huge burger fans. Launching its inaugural trip last year, The Hard Rock Café World Burger Tour features 15 different burgers picked from 150 hopeful entries. With burgers representing signature elements of their own countries, diners could pick up a Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger with pickled vegetables or even a Scottish Haggis Burger with actual haggis in the works. This year, the tour features even more mouth-watering offerings picked out from a whopping 160 entries along with our very own Satay Burger, which had the honour of making the list.
Kicking off on 13 May, the Asian edition of the Tour began with the ‘World Burger Send Off’, breaking into a street party at their popular Cuscaden Road restaurant which just recently began working on renovations. With rock music of the 80s blaring, the event welcomed a good 50 odd people to a teaser session of what to expect from the Tour. Despite the heat of the night, people mingled with burger-in-hand at a party befitting the Hard Rock name; a casual affair of chatting with friends, big burgers and a cold mug of cola all mixed in with that undeniable vibe of American rock.
Oh, and check out the fleet of 20 Harley Davidsons which were hired to escort the giant World Burger Truck on their first leg of their tour! Driven by members of 3 different biker gangs from around the island, the entourage toured a total of six cities in nine days. The truck rocked its way to Hard Rock outlets in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang in Malaysia, and hit the roads of Bangkok and Pattaya in Thailand before returning to Singapore on 22 May. Instead of an all-Harley escort, the truck was ushered back in style by a convoy of Ferraris instead. No big deal, right?
Beginning the next phase of this event, burger lovers across the island would be able to feast on four headliner burgers for the entire month of June – our very own Satay Burger, a Giardiniera Deli Burger from Chicago, the Golden Gate Burger out of San Francisco, and my personal favourite, the Big Little Italy Burger of New York – along with five unique cocktail creations to wash down your burger and fries.
From fruitier blends of orange, lime, cucumber and Hendricks to spicier concoctions of ABSOLUT Peppar, Ginger Liqueur with a red pepper garnish, these cocktails are bound to tease the palate before, during and after your evening is over.
Big Little Italy Burger, New York
I’d like to think of this as the “Give Me Another. Now.” burger. With a thick beef patty, topped by pepperoni, sautéed mushrooms, and fried mozzarella cheese sticks all drenched in a tomato-y pizza sauce, this makes for the most gratifying heart-attack on a bun you would be happy to go into cardiac arrest over. Every bit of the flavor and texture spectrum was present, representing the wonderful hallmark of a good dish. With a hearty bite, a crunch, and a soft fluffiness experienced alongside the chewy tang of mozzarella, herby sautéed mushrooms and juicy beef, this pizza-burger was just sheer comfort food which fills the soul. And if you need some extra crunch, get some fries and dip them in some spicy mayo on the side. All I can say is give me another. Now.
Satay Burger, Singapore
I was never a big fan of ‘local creations’, although this one got me pretty hooked. Maybe it was the subtle blend of such unexpected flavor notes; the right amount of sweet peanut sauce which wasn’t overpowering, the crispy, refreshing cucumber planks adding a crunch, a spicy and creamy sriracha mayo for a kick and body, and peppery arugula leaves which came together really nicely. To add a further dimension to the play on your tongue, throw in diced red onions to make everything spring to greater heights, and the flavors pop even further. A huge kudos to the creator of this unassuming burger, and just one question to the café: when will this feature on the usual menu?
Giardiniera Deli Burger, Chicago, Illinois
The Giardiniera Deli layers a wonderfully generous amount of sliced roast beef on top of its beef patty (how could you go wrong with double meats?), roasted red peppers, giardiniera pepper, and mild, soft provolone cheese. ‘Giardiniera’ refers to peppers or vegetables pickled in vinegar or oil. For fans who just enjoy succulent meat and cheese without any extra frills with their food, this burger is for you.
Golden Gate Burger, San Francisco
This burger is really more of a sandwich, and despite the name, it definitely reminds me more of a grilled cheese sandwich than a burger. With a layer of sliced salami, grilled onions, Swiss cheese and pickles, this “burger” had as strong a scent as its burst of flavor in each bite. Cheese lovers who enjoy their dairy and the tangy mix of pickles would fall in love with this creation.
While it is no closed secret that the burger scene on our tiny island is still lacking, we would like to give a salute to Hard Rock for taking an amazing step forward in bringing proper thick, flavourful, kick-ass burgers to our doorstep. Here’s one Singaporean hoping that the World Burger Tour will take their goals and spur more restaurateurs to look into building the scene with their own creative meaty mixtures.