After four and a half years of delighting diners with exquisite culinary creations from it’s a la carte menu, Singapore’s first modern shudo restaurant, BAM!, has taken theOn July 5, 2017 / By Nookmag
After four and a half years of delighting diners with exquisite culinary creations from it’s a la carte menu, Singapore’s first modern shudo restaurant, BAM!, has taken the leap and revamped to a full-fledged, omakase-only concept.
Following its recent expansion in November 2016 from an intimate sake-tapas bar to a fully fitted restaurant spanning three shop house units on Tras Street, executive chef Pepe Moncayo now writes the next chapter of BAM! by focusing on its well- loved omakase, which has gained a reputation through the years for its affordability and sake pairing dexterity.
Omakase (お任せ in Japanese), meaning ‘I entrust to you’, is an ever-evolving dining experience that consists of dishes selected and coursed entirely by the chef. At BAM!, guests are taken through a gastronomic journey of chef Pepe’s life experiences, each meal designed to be unreservedly different from the next.
“By focusing on our omakase offering, we are able to put our best efforts behind a single free-form menu that showcases the season’s peak ingredients at their freshest, without being bound by any pre-conceived notions of cuisine style or signature dishes,” explains chef Pepe.
In lieu of the former a la carte selection is now an Omakase Menu (starting from SGD98++ for four courses) that is available in four-course, six-course, and eight- course tiers. A Vegetarian Omakase (starting from SGD78++ for four courses) is also available as a meatless alternative to chef Pepe’s culinary ingenuity.
For the post-dinner hankerings, BAM! offers a Dessert Omakase (SGD48++ for three courses), featuring a toothsome selection of desserts and petit fours—all made in- house by BAM!’s dedicated patissiers to give each meal the sweet ending it deserves.
In the true spirit of ‘modern shudo’—a contemporary way of sake appreciation through food—the omakase menus all come with the option of sake pairing led by certified sake sommeliers, effectively adding a divine dimension to the BAM! experience by bringing out the umami flavours of chef Pepe’s cuisine.
Every meal at BAM! is now a revelation in itself, surprising even the most fervent of foodies as chef Pepe continues to find new ways to transform the freshest seasonal ingredients—through innovative permutations of flavours and textures—into one-of-a- kind indulgences, paired with exceptional sakes from the cellar.
38 Tras St, Singapore 078977
Living life in a constant loop? Singaporeans live by routines, generally speaking – wake up, take the same bus or train to work, some drive the same routeOn July 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
Living life in a constant loop? Singaporeans live by routines, generally speaking – wake up, take the same bus or train to work, some drive the same route every day, eat the same lunch, and work late day in and day out. The world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, Zespri, invites Singaporeans to break away from mundane routines and live life through the latest regional movement – Feel Alive with Zespri.
Living in a cosmopolitan city embedded with fast-paced lifestyles, Singaporean adults shoulder multiple commitments across work and family. This deprives them of moments to catch a breather, ultimately leading to mental fatigue and burnout. The vast majority of people surrender their lives to routines unconsciously. It can be comfortable until they wear out and life becomes a monotonous cycle devoid of excitement.
Feel Alive with Zespri was conceived to inspire people to add a dose of colour and flavour to their lives and break away from the everyday.
Live life to the fullest with Zespri Kiwifruit
Can eating healthy food boost your energy and give you an instant perk-me-up? A study from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) found that eating two kiwifruits a day could do just that by improving your mood and provide you with extra energy. The high levels of Vitamin C found in kiwifruits helps to activate a number of enzymes in the body that enhance the levels of metabolic energy, and different neurochemical in the brain.
Small in size but packing a punch; Zespri Kiwifruits are nature’s delicious multivitamin that inject zest into your otherwise mundane days, hitting the mark with each piece of fruit providing 100 per cent of your daily Vitamin C requirement. Zespri SunGold Kiwifruits offers more than three times the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges, while Zespri Green Kiwifruit promises better digestive health with 66 per cent more fibre than papayas.
Break the Routine and Feel Alive with Zespri
Zespri is offering Singaporeans the opportunity to air their everyday routines on social media. Follow @ZespriSEA on Instagram, share with them the routines you want to break together with a caption and hashtag #FeelAliveWithZespriSG. A lucky winner with the best image and caption will be rewarded with an adrenaline-filled experience, including a pair of round-trip tickets to Auckland, New Zealand on Air New Zealand, a 5D4N accommodation, and a thrilling skydiving experience for two!
Zespri will also bring to life the best lines at the Feel Alive with Zespri activation on Friday, 21 July, where Singaporeans will get the chance to break these routines, literally! Join Zespri and win yourself exciting Zespri Routine-Breaker Rewards, including invigorating aerial yoga classes, exhilarating electric karting experience and not to mention, refreshing Zespri Kiwifruits!
Friday, 21 July 2017
8.00am – 7.30pm
Mapletree Business City, 10 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 117438
One of Singapore’s most authentic Bavarian restaurants, has dug deeper into the treasure-trove of classic recipes and introduced a selection of fantastic new items, as part of theOn June 29, 2017 / By Nookmag
One of Singapore’s most authentic Bavarian restaurants, has dug deeper into the treasure-trove of classic recipes and introduced a selection of fantastic new items, as part of the new summer menu. With authentic Bavarian recipes, the new Grillfest menu will satisfy guests looking for a refreshing salad or tantalising grilled meat and seafood fiesta.
As the chilled pints of Paulaner clink, out comes the Brez’n’s Grillfest menu. Expertly marinated and cooked to perfection, the restaurant dives into the Grillplatte! Available from now, all-day round, and perfect for a group of 4-6, the mixed platter of two XXL BBQ skewers, BBQ pork ribs, grilled juicy beef tenderloin and five spicy chicken sausages, will make you sing! The platter is served with thick-cut fries, classic sour cream, home-made garlic butter and letcho sauce (a mildly spicy paprika stew).
Grillplatte [serves 4 – 6, SGD158++]
Schaschlik [SGD34 ++] – Diners need not fret about the mess when digging into this dish – the tender stack of beef tenderloin, chicken breast, and mini Bratwurst wrapped with streaks of bacon just drips off the skewers. The smoky red bell peppers, zucchinis and onions add a yummy crunch. The Schaschlik is served with golden thick cut fries and home-made garlic butter and sour cream dip.
Steak Salad [SGD20 ++] – For a healthier but wholesome option, order one of the three new salads. the plate of crisp greens, slices of carrot, cucumber, spring onions and the juicy cherry tomatoes are topped with perfectly grilled slices of ruby-red steak. Finish the dish with a sweet home- made Lemon & Mint Ice Tea – you will not have an ounce of guilt with this unpretentious dish bursting with natural flavours.
Best Schnitzel Selection in Town – Freshest Meat, Crumbled and Fried to Golden Perfection
Wiener Schnitzel [SGD32 ++] – An all-time best seller at Brez’n, and a highlight, is the Wiener Schnitzel. The slices of tender veal escalope beaten until just right, coated with slightly seasoned crumbs and fried to golden perfection. Served with the obligatory potato salad and cranberries, it does not get more authentic than this.
Bayerisches Riesen-Schnitzel [Serves 2, SGD38 ++] – A pure Bavarian treat is the Bayerisches Riesen-Schnitzel (Giant Pork Schnitzel). Marinated with Bavarian sweet mustard and fresh horseradish, it is then pan fried to a glorious crispy goodness. Thick cut fries and two mixed side salads complete the dish.
Then there’s the ultimate indulgence – the Jägerschnitzel-Pfanne (Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Stew). Four grilled pork medallion schnitzels comes to the table coated with a luscious creamy mushroom stew and topped with grilled bacon, cranberries and buttered Spätzle (hand made German egg pasta). This is pure Bavarian comfort food in a pan that will definitely warm the hearts and cast smiles on many faces. [SGD28 ++]
491 River Valley Road, Valley Point
#01-21/22/23, Singapore 248371
Fruit cakes have always been a part of everyone’s childhood, reminiscing the fondest memories with loved ones. Bakerzin is excited to launch it’s Cake of the Month this June – Fruit CakeOn June 25, 2017 / By Nookmag
Fruit cakes have always been a part of everyone’s childhood, reminiscing the fondest memories with loved ones. Bakerzin is excited to launch it’s Cake of the Month this June – Fruit Cake Flan. It gives one a pleasant delight, by bringing back good old classic Fruit Cake Flan! Walking down memory lane with a childhood cake you have celebrated with your family and friends or even had it on your birthday, Bakerzin would like play a part in your journey to reminisce, relish, and indulge on this beautiful surprise.
The soft and tender sponge cake is filled with light cream and decorated with a myriad of fresh fruits – from kiwi to strawberries slices dressed atop a light almond sponge, drizzled sparingly with apricot glaze. Every bite takes you home!
Priced from SGD48, it is available at all Bakerzin outlets & Eshop from now.
· Price: SGD48, Size 7, 20cm diameter, serves 12 to 16 pax
· Order 1 working day in advance
· Delivery and self-pick up options available
· Sliced cake option at SGD6.80/slice, subject to prevailing government taxes and service charge
Tiong Bahru’s favourite neighbourhood bistro Open Door Policy tugs on heartstrings with an honest and rustic makeover of its 100 per cent gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) concept. TheOn June 20, 2017 / By Nookmag
Tiong Bahru’s favourite neighbourhood bistro Open Door Policy tugs on heartstrings with an honest and rustic makeover of its 100 per cent gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) concept.
The menu revamp introduces 15 new dishes to the a la carte menu—each paying careful consideration to ODP’s inclination for hearty, wholesome cooking—that aim to evoke a sense of nostalgia by imparting familiar flavours with a GFDF twist.
At the helm of the new menu is Assistant Head Chef Freddy Ang, who played an integral role in ODP’s GFDF transformation in July last year, under the direction of Executive Chef Ryan Clift.
“These dishes may seem simple at first, but there is a good deal of unique execution, substitute ingredients, and months of research on alternative food sources that went into ensuring that we continue to do the GFDF movement justice,” shares Freddy, who has been working tirelessly with his team on his first foray into developing a brand new menu.
Priming the palate
Perfect for sharing, the new starters whet the appetite with bold, deliberate flavours that prime the palate for what’s to come.
Tummy-warming goodness comes in the form of two new soups – a Warm Wasabi Greenpea Scallop Soup (SGD23++) that wraps a duet of lightly-seared Hokkaido scallops in a luscious, wasabi-tinged green pea broth; and a velvety Watercress Soup (SGD18++) that flaunts flavours seemingly more grown-up in comparison, served with a sous-vide egg and pops of sweet wolfberries.
The Vitel Toné (SGD25++), Chef Freddy’s take on the elegant summertime antipasto, features cold-cuts of
buttery sous vide veal loin, accompanied with creamy tuna mayonnaise and pickled purple cabbage. All these delivered on the perfect vessel of GFDF fried bread. Sharing a similar density is the zesty Avocado Jumbo Rump Crab Salad (SGD25++) and its crunchy counterparts – crispy green kale, sweet corn kernels, salted egg yolk crumble, and fried charcoal bread.
Firmly anchored in the bistro’s signature style of comfort cooking, the mains demonstrate Chef Freddy’s knack for serving up familiar flavours in rustic renditions.
Seemingly simple, the Spaghetti Alle Vongole (SGD28++) is tossed in a white miso sauce that is as dreamy as it is creamy.
A remake of a dish from the previous menu, the Braised Veal Ossobucco (SGD32++) makes a fork-tender encore on a bed of green pea risotto; its richness tamed with drizzles of preserved lemon and pickled purple baby carrots.
Ocean-fresh flavours rise to the occasion with a Pan-seared Threadfin (SGD32++), its buttery flesh juxtaposed with a sweet and spicy Thai mango salad that’s tossed with cashew nuts and crunchy Sakura shrimps; and a Sous-vide Salmon (SGD32++) soaked in a light yet flavourful miso chilli broth that echoes throughout the dish.
Satiate your meat hankering with a Roasted Pork Rack (SGD38++) that’s steeped in a five-spice marinate, making for the perfect roast. A spicy pineapple sauce glazes the pork with a rounded tartness, while baked purple sweet potatoes and blanched broccolini lend a well-deserved crunch to the dish.
End your meal on a zesty zing with the Calamansi Chocolate Tart (SGD16++), a classic citrus meringue encased in a crusty no-bake cocoa shell;
or a velvety Cashew Nut Milk Custard (SGD16++) coupled with fruity bursts of kiwi compote.
Old-timers will find a familiar favourite in the Dairy-Free Apple Crumble (SGD16++), revived from its former eight-spiced glory with a crunchy oat-based crumble, lathered in a blanket of cashew milk crème anglaise.
Open Door Policy
19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
Celebrate an early Father’s Day with a Spanish fiesta at UNA. Plan a family dinner of multi-generations to honour grandfathers, fathers and father figures, in the historic andOn June 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Celebrate an early Father’s Day with a Spanish fiesta at UNA. Plan a family dinner of multi-generations to honour grandfathers, fathers and father figures, in the historic and lush surroundings of the one-north enclave, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The elegant colonial interiors and al fresco setting in the charming gardens are perfect for a decadent feasting of tapas, paellas and parilla (Spanish for ‘grill’) specialties, that marries authentic signature delicacies from the South with heartier fare from the North of Spain.
Enjoy robust and wholesome flavours with highlights like the “Pulpo A La Parrilla Con Papas Arrugadas Y Mojo”, tender octopus grilled over a charcoal fired parrilla grill accompanied with baby potatoes and a coriander and pimentón sauce;
“Paella De Chorizo Y Habitas”, a classic family-style paella slow cooked with savoury chorizo, fava beans and aromatic saffron, finished with an aioli sauce;
and “Queso Fresco Calabaza Y Membrillo”, creamy cheese mousse complemented by house-made roasted pumpkin ice cream, quince jelly and caramelised walnuts. Pair these creations with wines from an extensive range of old- and new-world labels, premium spirits, or a selection of artisanal cocktails.
From 13th to 16th June, enjoy 10% off the total bill for families dining with three generations or 20% off the total bill for families dining with four generations.
1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212
For being our hero, silent pillar of strength and dispenser of invaluable advice, dad deserves a relaxing day dedicated to being exceptionally spoiled, and SPRMRKT has the perfectOn June 17, 2017 / By Nookmag
For being our hero, silent pillar of strength and dispenser of invaluable advice, dad deserves a relaxing day dedicated to being exceptionally spoiled, and SPRMRKT has the perfect afternoon planned out for dads with their families or group of buddies.
Decadent Feasting at SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar
The way to dad’s heart is through is stomach, so bring a smile to his face with a resplendent brunch at SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar nestled on the upper level of STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, overlooking the scenic Singapore River. Tuck into elevated comfort foods like the Weekend Roast, featuring a choice of wagyu rump or roasted pork belly accompanied with freshly baked Yorkshire pudding, roasted rosemary potatoes, vine-ripened tomatoes, sauteed mixed mushrooms and housemade ricotta cream; Smoked Chicken Ravioli, a flavoursome dish of handmade ravioli filled with smoked chicken farce in a smoked tomato sauce with mushrooms and spinach; and Scotch Egg, a classic poached egg encased in scrumptious ground pork and bacon bits.
Bond with dad over an afternoon of whisky highball or whisky dry cocktails. With the addition of soda water (whisky highball) or Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, a natural quality brew of three gingers (whisky dry), the thirst quenching cocktails offer a more casual and approachable way of appreciating the intense flavours of whisky. Choose from an extensive menu of scotch, rye, bourbon or Japanese whiskys, with highlights such as the Lagavulin 16 years, Glenfarclas 15 years, Old Pulteney 21 years, Elijah Criag 12 years.
Sultan of Shave Barber Pop-Up
At the end of the meal, treat dad to a grooming session by professional barber artisans, Sultans of Shave. Visit the exclusive pop-up at the foyer next to SPRMRKT Daily on level 1 where a professional gentleman’s barber experience awaits, highlighting time-honored grooming techniques with a contemporary twist suited for the modern male. Services at the pop-up include haircuts, beard trim and shaves, using a stable of the finest handpicked grooming products.
Choose a gift from a collection of local and regional artisanal, natural products at SPRMRKT (McCallum Street) and SPRMRKT Daily. Encourage a healthier lifestyle while indulging dad’s snacking habits with a selection of tasty Pili Pushers nuts, a stress-fighting superfood grown on volcanic soil in Philippines that are activated, dehydrated and bursting with natural enzymes, minerals and nutrients. For dads who like everything hot and spicy, Two Rabbits & Co’s Smoky Chilli goes well as a dip, marination sauce, dressing or a gravy base for stir-frys or noodles. Coffee-loving dads will enjoy the Soul Coffee travel set (launching end May) comprising of a drip coffee filter and a pack of 250grams artisanal Arabica ground coffee from Central Highlands, Vietnam, for instant aromatic hand-drip coffee.
Retail items available at SPRMRKT and SPRMRKT Daily are priced from SGD7 to SGD95 nett.
2 McCallum St, Singapore 069043
This Father’s Day, honour the unsung hero in your life and indulge in three sumptuous set meals specially curated by Executive head Chef Nicky Ng of Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, inOn June 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
This Father’s Day, honour the unsung hero in your life and indulge in three sumptuous set meals specially curated by Executive head Chef Nicky Ng of Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, in celebration of this yearly occasion. Give dad a well-deserved treat, and pamper him with supreme special treats of modern Cantonese cuisine, where a luxurious fare of Father’s Day brunch, a fascinating Father’s Day Hi-tea, and extravagant Father’s Day Dinner Special await.
Be spoilt for choice this Father’s Day and feast upon a sumptuous fare of luxurious dishes with Father’s Day Brunch, which serves over 40 types of delectable dim sum, featuring a spread of perfectly executed salmon dishes, including the Chilled raw salmon with homemade soya sauce, Poached salmon with sour capsicum in superior soya sauce, and Poached salmon topped with spicy dried shrimp, that are set to tantalise every dad’s taste buds.
Fancy a dashing mid-day treat with the family this Father’s Day? Look no further than Mitzo’s Father’s Day Hi-Tea set menu. Have a bite on skilfully made steamed and fried dim sum served in a three-tier stand, featuring a selection of sweet and savoury delights such as Royal shrimp dumpling with sliced truffle, Cheese escargot puff, Black pepper cod fish dumpling, and a revitalizing Chilled bird nest shooter.
No better way to celebrate the most important man in your life than to relish in a deluxe 6-course set meal, offering an array of premium food selections that stay true to Cantonese cooking philosophy, with the usage of exquisite ingredients such as wagyu beef and kurobuta pork.
Alternatively, indulge your superheroes with supreme special seafood dish, such as the Braised 6-head abalone with sea cucumber, fish maw and radish scallop ring, 6-head abalone with matsutake, on the house with a minimum spending of SGD150++ on a la carte dish.
Level 4 Grand Park
270 Orchard Rd, 238857
A mid-day epicurean respite amidst the edenic Singapore Botanic Gardens – Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – commences at Botanico . Relish new contemporary-bistro seasonality-driven menusOn June 15, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s pioneer multi-faceted lifestyle destination, 1-Altitude, will collaborate with Jim Beam to serve refreshing Highballs for the revamped Wicked Wednesdays starting 14 June. The Jim Beam Highball isOn June 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s pioneer multi-faceted lifestyle destination, 1-Altitude, will collaborate with Jim Beam to serve refreshing Highballs for the revamped Wicked Wednesdays starting 14 June.
The Jim Beam Highball is the ultimate drink for Singapore’s tropical climate, serving the No. 1 best-selling bourbon in the world in a refreshing new style. 1- Altitude will be cranking out the Jim Beam Highballs fresh from a special draft machine, serving the tall refreshment with a better high-pressured soda, giving the drink a longer fizz!
The refreshing concoction come in four new flavours – Passionfruit, Grapefruit, Cinnamon and Yuzu – and they are an approachable and fun alternative to the current Ladies’ Night Martinis. The Passionfruit Citrus’ sweet and tangy profile complements the sweetness of the bourbon, while Cinnamon Citrus provides a bold hit of sweet, warm spice to bring out the full flavour of the bourbon.
This impeccable pairing of Jim Beam with our exotic citrus flavours makes the Jim Beam Highball a perfect after-work refresher or the ultimate party-starter at 1-Altitude!
BAM! shakes up the Tras Street afterwork with new Sake-Tapas Tastings – a weekly happy hour that combines sunset sakes and tasty tapas at a steal, happening everyOn June 7, 2017 / By Nookmag
BAM! shakes up the Tras Street afterwork with new Sake-Tapas Tastings – a weekly happy hour that combines sunset sakes and tasty tapas at a steal, happening every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
BAM! is Singapore’s first gastro establishment to pay tribute to ‘Modern Shudo’ – a contemporary way of sake appreciation through food.
Having amassed an impressive selection of over 80 outstanding sakes from 15 breweries around the world, matched with Executive Chef Pepe Moncayo’s rich Catalonian heritage, BAM! is now giving the modern shudo movement a happy hour head start with its new Sake-Tapas Tasting sessions.
Available every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, sake lovers and happy hour hunters can now enjoy a tasting menu of five unique sakes, paired with five mouthwatering morsels, at SGD48++ per person.
Savour a stellar selection of sakes hailing from the Yamagata, Ishikawa and Gifu prefectures, and let the umami flavours of Chef Pepe’s culinary creations unfold with each sip.
Floral and lively, the award-winning Gazanryu Honjozo Koka primes the palate— with sprightly swirls of mild melon, berries, apple and juicy pear—for a silken Ankimo Tofu, honey all-I-oli and shirashu. Exuding clean, delicious, riped plum-like notes, the Chikuha Noto Junmai, paired with crunchy Padrón peppers, ponzu and bonito flakes, segues into a sweet-savoury bliss that lingers on the tongue. In its final days, the summer-aged Michisakari Yuujou Junmai Daiginjou culminates in a mild umami and crisp aftertaste, perfect for reveling in the richness of the Kampong egg, camarones and romanesco.
For those who wish to experience modern shudo in its full gastro-glory, stay for dinner and indulge in BAM!’s highly-affordable Omakase menu – eight exquisite courses entrusted entirely in the capable hands of Chef Pepe and his team; each dish carefully constructed and paired with a hand-picked sake, intended to excite, surprise and pleasure across the senses. The Omakase menu is available at SGD148++ per person, with an additional SGD90++ for sake pairing.
BAM! Tapas Sake Bar
38 Tras St, Singapore 078977
This June, the Despicable Me Minions are in town to take over McDonald’s Singapore, and they’re starting with our Soft Serve machine! For a period of time, theOn June 7, 2017 / By Nookmag
This June, the Despicable Me Minions are in town to take over McDonald’s Singapore, and they’re starting with our Soft Serve machine!
For a period of time, the mischievous Minions will be switching out McDonald’s famed Vanilla Soft Serve with a creamy Banana Soft Serve. From just SGD1, cool off with a Banana Cone, or enjoy a Banana Hot Fudge or Strawberry Sundae available from SGD1.90.
To leave their mark on McDonald’s, the Minions have cut our potatoes into Minion-shaped potato bites and have slipped delicious Banana Pies onto the menu. Minion fans can enjoy the Minion Potatoes available from SGD2. They can also bite into a savoury and mouth-watering Banana Pie available from SGD1.20.
McDonald’s is striking back by releasing the fiery Spicy Chicken McNuggets! For a limited time only, McDonald’s fans can help keep the Minions in line with the return of everyone’s favourite sizzling nuggets available from SGD4.75.
To top it off, McDonald’s has launched a line-up of 10 exclusive Despicable Me 3 toys. Fans can collect the free Despicable Me 3 toy with the purchase of any Happy Meal on a while stocks last basis.
“Italy is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul-stirring art, food and landscapes rivalled by few and coveted by millions.” Lonely Planet Indeed, Italy is noted for its regionalOn June 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
“Italy is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul-stirring art, food and landscapes rivalled by few and coveted by millions.” Lonely Planet
Indeed, Italy is noted for its regional diversity in food culture offering abundance of flavours from the south to the north. Taste the freshest catch from the Mediterranean Sea in Sicily; savour the soulful braised meat prepared by Italian grandma in Tuscany, and indulge in rich chocolate gelato with generous servings of roasted hazelnuts in Piedmont. It would be an epicurean quest that would take days to accomplish and hundred miles to cover.
On 14 June for one night only, embark on an extraordinary Italian gourmet fare at Zafferano and experience the gastronomic wonders from the south to the north, specially curated Chef Marco Guccio. The exclusive wine pairing dinner features some of Italian’s best local ingredients prepared in an authentic culinary style true to each region.
“Italy cuisine is more than just pasta and pizza; there are many traditional cooking methods synonymous to each region. With my southern roots and culinary training in the North, I want to share the best of Italy cuisine with my diners. This menu truly reflects how the dishes are prepared and enjoyed at different regions from the North, Central and South using different produce from each region.” Chef Marco Guccio
Setting foot from Sicily, the first course presents well-loved Italian sardine in ‘beccafico’ style with orange, fennel and pomegranate salad. A dish inspired from Chef’s childhood memory of summer holidays spent at his grandparent’s home. Local fishermen peddled the freshest catch of the day at local markets. Sardines were his favourite fish as they were small and colourful in various shades of purple and blue.
The sardine is prepared in the traditional Sicilian’s beccafico style where the fish is first de-boned, filled with breadcrumbs, lemon skin, raisin and pine nuts; rolled and baked swiftly. Accompanied with refreshing orange, fennel and pomegranate salad, the dish is paired with Cantine Valenti, Enrico IV, Etna Bianco 2015, a refreshing white wine from Sicily with notes of mint and tropical, which marries perfectly with the fish dishes.
The journey then takes us to Campania – the coastal region renowned for their fish and seafood specialties. The signature of this region is the poached and pan-seared octopus, eggplant purée, and roasted pearl onions. The fresh tentacle is prepared in traditional Campanian style; first boiled with white wine, lemon, parsley, celery, and white onions; then let rest in its own broth for about 6 hours. The infused octopus is then pan-seared and served with the sweet eggplant puree and roasted pearl onions. This succulent dish is paired with Terredora, Loggia della Serra, Greco di Tufo 2015, a full bodied white wine featuring aromatic nose of apricot, apple, peach and citrus.
Travelling to Tuscany, the center of Italy well-loved for its meat, Chef presents homemade ‘pappardelle’, braised veal cheek, grated ‘pecorino’ cheese. The veal cheeks are marinated for 12 hours with red wine, celery and onions; then braised in oven till soft. The vegetables that have been braised with the beef are roughly crushed into the braising liquid and served with the braised cheeks. This deeply-flavoured meat is complemented with Pecorino, a medium-aged sheep-milk cheese, to round up the rich meaty flavour. This dish is paired with Donna Olga, Brunello di Montalcino 2011, a medium bodied vintage filled with aromas of forest floor, truffle, ripe berry, leather, crushed blue flower and a whiff of herbs.
Moving up North to Veneto presents sous-vide rolled lamb shoulder, deep fried polenta, and Amarone wine sauce. The lamb shoulder is stuffed with shallots, herbs and lemon, skin then rolled, pan-fried and slow cooked in Amarone wine and herbs for 48 hours at 52 degree celsius. The lamb jus is reduced and used as glaze. The tantalising meat is paired with yellow polenta a traditional Northern staple where cornmeal is cooked in milk. This rounded-flavored dish is paired with Sartori, Corte Brá, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009, a full bodied red wine with aromatic berries and dried fruit
The gourmet journey ends at Piedmont, the northern region famous for hazelnuts. Best enjoyed with chocolate, this prized nut is featured in a luscious Valrhona (70%) chocolate mousse with mascarpone cream and roasted hazelnut. The sublime creation is paired with Cantine Volpi Moscato d’Asti 2015.
This is indeed an exceptional feast that transports one to a gastronomy journey through Italy.
The Italian wine dinner is available only on 14 June. The dinner is priced at SGD128++ per person. For limited seats only, enjoy a special price of SGD108++ per person for early reservation.
10 Collyer Quay, Level 43
Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Tiger Beer introduces a new and refreshing flavor in time to combat the mid-year heat and humidity – the limited edition Tiger Radler Orange Mango. Combining the iconicOn June 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
Tiger Beer introduces a new and refreshing flavor in time to combat the mid-year heat and humidity – the limited edition Tiger Radler Orange Mango.
Combining the iconic lager with the tropical flavours of natural orange and mango juices into an unexpected refresher with a 2% ABV, the Tiger Radler Orange Mango is the latest addition to the homegrown brand’s innovative product range.
Serve Tiger Radler with ice for a refreshing boost, or get creative and make thirst-quenching Tiger Radler ice popsicles or slushies!
The limited-edition Tiger Radler Orange Mango (2% ABV) will be available in a 6-can (6 x 323ml) pack at a RSP of S$9.90 at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores from today, while stocks last.
OPPA Chicken, a Korean fried chicken joint along the busy South Bridge Road, has moved to a new coffee shop stall at Blk 28 Jalan Bukit Merah, behindOn May 23, 2017 / By Nookmag
OPPA Chicken, a Korean fried chicken joint along the busy South Bridge Road, has moved to a new coffee shop stall at Blk 28 Jalan Bukit Merah, behind IKEA shopping mall. Similarly to the first OPPA Chicken Express stall in Ang Mo Kio, opened at the end of November last year, their express concept will include popular menu items such as OPPA One-Bowls at friendly neighborhood prices. They are great for residents nearby who want a quick and affordable fix of Korean fried chicken & other Korean favorites.
OPPA Chicken Express
OPPA Chicken Express offers the cheapest Korean fried chicken meals in Singapore as compared to similar Korean restaurants in shopping malls, particularly now that it is available in a hawker-coffee shop concept.
Probably the first to bring Korean fried chicken into the hawker scene; OPPA Chicken plans on shifting away from the usual café types and expanding into the hawker field instead. Their Korean fried chicken are served hot & fresh together with hearty Korean meals which are suited for fuss free customers on a budget, & for those who do not mind the non-air conditioned environment to unwind from the daily grind.
Their coffee shop stall menu features classic Korean mains and local delights to go with their signature Korean fried chicken. OPPA One- Bowls consists of a wide variety to suit different daily cravings, from classic Korean dishes such as Kimchi Fried Rice, Bibimbap, Japchae Noodles to local favorites like Butter Garlic Fried Rice. All meals are inclusive of fresh salad and their signature OPPA Chicken which you can choose from five mouthwatering flavours (Honey Garlic, Yangnyum, Flaming Yangnyum, Soy Garlic, Original), reasonably and affordably priced at only SGD5.90!
Singapore’s highest gastronomic destination, is proud to be the first restaurant in Singapore to rear its own wagyu cattle at Australia’s premium Wagyu farm Tiana Park, located inOn May 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s highest gastronomic destination, is proud to be the first restaurant in Singapore to rear its own wagyu cattle at Australia’s premium Wagyu farm Tiana Park, located in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
Steadfast in its ongoing promise of sourcing and serving only the best ingredients from around the world, Stellar at 1-Altitude is now exclusively serving Tajima Wagyu beef sourced from its own cattle.
“Working directly with the Strong family, who owns the Tajima Farm at Tiana Park, gives us a special insight into what it takes to produce such a premium ingredient, which in turn inspires our culinary approach, ultimately resulting in an elevated gastronomic experience for our diners,” said Executive Chef Christopher Millar.
In Tajima We Trust
Originating from the Hyogo prefecture in Japan and first introduced into Australia in 1991, the Tajima crossbred Wagyu is the most famous of all Wagyu bloodlines. It is fed a specially formulated Japanese diet for a minimum of 400 days and and is described as the highest quality beef in the world, renowned for its sought after tenderness, distinctive marbling and flavour.
Reputed for its remarkable quality, the Tajima crossbred Wagyu recently claimed top honours in the 2017 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition, scoring Gold in the class of Crossbred Wagyu, Bronze for Commercial Wagyu Steak, and was awarded Grand Champion Wagyu Brand by the Australian Wagyu Association.
A Cut Above
In addition to premium cuts such as tenderloin, rib eye and strip loin, diners are now presented the rare opportunity to taste over 20 unique cuts from every part of the Wagyu—such as the tri-tip, oyster blade, intercostal and karubi cuts—transformed through quintessential progressive Australian cooking by Chef Millar.
Start of the a la carte three-course menu (SGD110++ per person) with a Spicy Tajima Wagyu Tartare topped with Japanese rice snow-flake and caper gel; or partake in A Tasting of Specialty Tajima Wagyu Cuts (MS 7-8) that features a distinctively beefy Josper-grilled tri-tip that is balanced with heirloom carrot puree and shimeiji mushrooms; a melt-in-your-mouth chuck rib braised in red wine; and a tender, flavourful oyster blade that’s sous vide and grilled to perfection.
From the six-course Constellations menu (SGD130++ per person), diners can opt for a beautifully marbled Tajima Wagyu oyster blade—blushed in shades of beetroot and truffle—as a prelude to dessert.
For a truly indulgent experience, the Antipodes menu (SGD190++ per person)—a bona de fide reflection of Chef Millar’s Australian heritage, experiences and culinary adventures—puts forth A Flight of Three Cuts of Tajima Wagyu – a seasonal selection of specialty cuts sourced from our own cattle.
1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Summerhouse Dining Room is offering an exclusive kate spade new york inspired Mother’s Day brunch menu this month, in collaboration with KateOn May 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Summerhouse Dining Room is offering an exclusive kate spade new york inspired Mother’s Day brunch menu this month, in collaboration with Kate Spade New York and Poppy Flora & Nature Studio.
The four-course brunch menu is inspired by the fashion brand’s Moroccan-themed Spring 2017 collection that draws inspiration from dusky desert landscapes, the pattern play of candle lit lanterns, rose petals, the sensory overload of the souks and the oasis of calm in the Majorelle gardens. Rich hues such as saffron yellow, bright orange, dusty pink and bold peacock blue compliment richly embroidered styles that are unique and sophisticated.
It is a fitting partnership with The Summerhouse, where busy modern moms can enjoy a idyllic countryside respite; and be pampered by their loved ones on this special occasion. With its overall “nature-inspired, farms to table” menu concept, the Moroccan-forward weekend brunch menu is specially curated by Chef de cuisine, Florian Ridder, showcasing influences from his former tenure at 1-Michelin-star Piment in Hamburg, Germany.
The exclusive Mother’s Day weekend brunch is sold at SGD160++ per pair of tickets, and will feature kate spade new york inspired table decor and florals from Poppy Flora & Nature Studio. Kate Spade New York is also gifting every pair of tickets purchased a special gift and a kate spade new york shopping voucher that will be bundled with a complimentary personalised greeting card, illustrated by Sarah Lim, Founder and Creative Director of Poppy.
3 Park Ln, Singapore 798387
This Mother’s Day, Mitzo gifts Mum with a progressive Cantonese fine-dining meal paired with artisanal cocktails set amidst vibrant décor and plush interiors. Executive Head Chef Nicky NgOn May 12, 2017 / By Nookmag
This Mother’s Day, Mitzo gifts Mum with a progressive Cantonese fine-dining meal paired with artisanal cocktails set amidst vibrant décor and plush interiors. Executive Head Chef Nicky Ng of Mitzo Restaurant & Bar has put together three special menus featuring Mitzo’s signature items in celebration of the first lady in our hearts. From indulgent Bird’s Nest Champagne Brunch to artisanal Dim Sum Hi-Tea and luxurious 6-course Set Menu, Mitzo has you covered.
Bird’s Nest Champagne Brunch (SGD98++ per person)
For mums who prefer to indulge in dainty delights, the Bird’s Nest Champagne Brunch serves unlimited servings of over 40 types of delectable dim sum, Cantonese favourites and a one-time serving of a Supreme Special seafood and bird nest dish such as Steamed bamboo clam with minced garlic in soya, Abalone truffles rice and Braised tofu topped with bird nest in carrot broth. Other highlights on the menu include Poached rice with chicken in superior pork broth and Deep-fried chocolate liqueur dumpling as a delightful sweet treat.
Dim Sum Hi-Tea (SGD48++ per person)
Available only on this Mother’s Day weekend, the artisanal Dim Sum Hi-Tea is perfect for those looking to take a break and pamper themselves after an afternoon of shopping with Mum in the heart of Orchard Road. Nibble on exquisite steamed and fried dim sum served in a three-tier stand of a selection of sweet and savory delights such as Royal shrimp dumpling with sliced truffle, Cheese escargot puff, Black pepper cod fish dumpling and a revitalizing Chilled bird nest shooter.
Luxurious 6-course Set Dinner Menu (SGD128++ per person)
A modern twist to Cantonese fare, the luxurious Mother’s Day 6-course set menu presents a scrumptious selection of seafood and poultry dishes, for a journey of great flavours and textures. Some of the key highlights in the celebratory menu are, the luxurious Braised lobster in 20-year “Shao Xing” wine, Truffle kurobuta pork belly with seasonal greens, Bird’s nest and red dates yoghurt sponge cake that is set to impress every mom’s taste buds.
Mitzo celebrates this special day with a uniquely crafted cocktail as a toast to all moms for their endless love. Sweet and floral, the First Lady cocktail, crafted by esteemed Bar Manager Marco Pignotta pays tribute to the unwavering tender loving care of mothers all around. Every set menu comes with a glass of the cocktail, on the house.
As a salute to all mothers on this special occasion, Mom gets to dine free with every three paying adults.
Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd
Fret not if you have yet to plan for a meal to celebrate Mother’s Day! We’ve specially curated a list of places for you to pamper your mumOn May 11, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
Fret not if you have yet to plan for a meal to celebrate Mother’s Day! We’ve specially curated a list of places for you to pamper your mum on this special day – whether its enjoying a leisure brunch or having fine Spanish fare, we’ve got it all planned out for you.
Pamper mum with a delectable 4-course brunch menu, comprising a serving of freshly shucked oyster, Idiazabal croquette and lamb tartare, followed by a choice of starters, mains and desserts. Mums will feel exceptionally special when presented with a surprise Chocolate Merlot cake at the end of the meal, with compliments from Botanico.
Delight in starters like the King Crab Salad, a refreshing mix of crispy potatoes and garden herbs dressed with a tangy yuzu sour cream; Smoked Farm Egg featuring a sous vide egg smoked in an Inka grill oven, complemented with a baked celeriac foam, laces of Ibérico ham and black trumpets; or Pasta All’uovo, an interlace of flat, thin ribbons of tagliatelle pasta and tender cuttlefish, topped with a smoked egg yolk to be enveloped all together with a savoury Idiazabel cheese and squid ink sauce.
Two themed cocktails have been specially concocted for Mother’s Day. Inspired by classic gifts to express love and gratitude, Chocolate N’ Roses is a blended cocktail of vodka, rose syrup, chocolate sauce and milk, garnished with chocolate-coated strawberries. Perfect for a sunny afternoon in the gardens, Watermelon Cooler is a thirst-quenching mélange of gin and watermelon juice with muddled raspberries and mint leaves.
The 4-Course Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Set Menu is available on 14th May, 11.30am to 3.00pm
Botanico at The Garage
50 Cluny Park Road (Level 2)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Mum knows best and deserves only the best. What better way than to pamper the queen of our hearts than with a Spanish gastronomical indulgence all week long at UNA, housed within a conserved heritage bungalow amidst lush verdant greenery. Plan a family dinner in honour of mum and dine in elegant colonial interiors or al fresco in the gardens under the starry sky or enchanting fairy-lit canopy, while relishing the robust and wholesome flavours of multi-regional Spanish fare.
Enjoy a specially crafted 3-course dinner set menu, featuring a choice of savoury starters such as the “Croquetas De Setas”, a creamy mushroom béchamel crusted with breadcrumbs; “Pimientos de Padrón”, chargrilled Padrón peppers simply seasoned with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil; and “Pulpo A La Parilla Con Papas Arrugadas Y Mojo”, smoky grilled octopus accompanied with roasted new and purple potatoes, a mojo verde coriander sauce, as well as an almonds and sherry vinegar sauce.
Select from hearty mains like the “Panceta Ibérica Con Encurtidos Y Crema De Calabaza”, an irresistible dish of braised pork belly with pickled parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes and pearl onions, drizzled with pumpkin cream and pork jus; “Pollo Al Ast”, whole roasted grain-fed poulét stuffed with thyme and garlic, served with chargrilled Padrón peppers, deep-fried potatoes, roasted whole garlic and chicken jus; or UNA’s signature “Paella De Marisco”, saffron bomba rice cooked with fresh prawns, clams, mussels and chicken in a cast iron skillet.
Satiate sweet cravings with the perennial favourite, “Churros Con Chocolate Y Café”, a delightful dessert of crispy churros dusted with cinnamon and sugar, complemented with dark chocolate sauce and coffee-infused foam. As a special treat, mothers dine for free with every two paying diners.
1 Rochester Park
3) The Disgruntled Brasserie
Located within The Club at Ann Siang Hill, The Disgruntled Brasserie is the sister outlet of the acclaimed The Disgruntled Chef at Dempsey. Unlike its fine dining counterpart, The Disgruntled Brasserie is a modern European brasserie with a relaxed environment, though the food philosophy stays true to the concept of large plates and small plates. On 13 and 14 May 2017, enjoy a 5-course Weekend Brunch Set priced at $48++ per person. One Mom will enjoy the brunch for free, with every three brunch sets ordered. The menu consists of four signature small plates, a choice of large plate, and a choice of dessert. Expect signature dishes such as the Gruyere Cheese Souffle, Boston Lobster Bisque, Pan Roasted Barramundi and “Bailey’s” Creme Caramel. For an additional $38++ per person, diners can also enjoy a free-flow prosecco, wines, beers and spirits.
Last but not least, Moms will receive a gift of NARS “Mini Velvet Lip Glide in Le Palace”, and a NARS “MakeupYour Mind” Complimentary Makeup Service Voucher.
The Disgruntled Brasserie
The Club, 28 Ann Siang Rd
SPRMRKT is the place to be at this Mother’s Day.
Exclusively for the Mother’s Day weekend, Beverly’s Blooms will transform the bar at SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar into a floral pop-up. Shower mum with extra love and attention by spending a leisurely afternoon with her, customising a bespoke bouquet together. For those who prefer Beverly’s personal touch, ready made bouquets are also available for pre-order or purchase from the pop-up bouquet bar.
Mums rejoice as they take the day off and head out for a memorable family day at SPRMRKT (McCallum Street) or SPRMRKT Daily. Radiating from the inside and out, mums deserve a special, freshly blended wellness smoothie made with nutritional ingredients such as soy milk, blueberries, lemon juice, thyme, chia seeds, banana and honey; with compliments with a minimum spend.
Huddle family members and cuddle mum to snap and print a photo using the Canon printers available at SPRMRKT (McCallum Street) and SPRMRKT Daily. Post a photo of the printout on social media and tag #SPRMRKTxCanonSG to receive a complimentary wellness smoothie.
Continue the celebrations at home with an exquisite “Fleur” Mother’s Day cake featuring a light elderflower honey sponge layered with strawberries compote and white chocolate chantilly, with a crunchy praline feuilletine base. Taking centrestage is a delicate raindrop elderflower jelly that tops the cake, surrounded by an alluring garden of fresh berries and edible pressed flowers. For pre-order and collection at SPRMRKT Daily.
Go beyond the usual and surprise mum with a gesture of love from a thoughtfully curated retail selection of local and regional brands at SPRMRKT (McCallum Street) and SPRMRKT Daily, ranging from artisanal, natural food and beauty products, to household items for the domestic goddess and design-related merchandise.
2 McCallum St, Singapore 069043
Forbes Five-star resort Capella Singapore, together with Fine Dining Lovers by leading still mineral water Acqua Panna and sparkling mineral water S.Pellegrino, is excited to host two Michelin-starredOn May 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
Forbes Five-star resort Capella Singapore, together with Fine Dining Lovers by leading still mineral water Acqua Panna and sparkling mineral water S.Pellegrino, is excited to host two Michelin-starred Chef Jungsik Yim on his first culinary visit to Singapore on 19 and 20 May. Only in town for two days, Chef Yim will present his “New Korean Cuisine” with two five-course dinners at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Cassia.
“Capella Singapore is dedicated to bringing some of the finest epicurean experiences around the world to our well-travelled diners. We are honoured to be able to work with culinary change-maker, Chef Jungsik Yim on his first visit to Singapore. Together with our premium partners, Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino, Cassia looks forward to introducing his cuisine to our diners on 19 and 20 May,” said Dennis Laubenstein, Director of Food and Beverage of Capella Singapore.
As ambassadors of fine taste around the world, Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino are bridging the best of the best in the culinary world and encouraging the fine enjoyment of water, wine and cuisine as part of its ‘Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series’. Finedininglovers.com by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna is the globally renowned virtual platform and one-stop destination dedicated to exploring the finest taste and culinary culture from around the world.
Two Michelin-starred Chef Jungsik Yim
Korean-born Chef Yim made his culinary debut during his army days, where he was made a personal chef to his commanding officer. The experience inspired Chef Yim to go into professional cooking at Culinary Institute of America in New York. He continued to hone his skills in leading New York restaurants, Aquavit and Bouley before relocating to Spain in 2007. During his time there, he apprenticed at winning restaurants including the two Michelin-starred Zuberoa and the three Michelin-starred Akelarre before moving back home in 2009.
Chef Yim’s first restaurant in Seoul, Jungsik, broke gastronomic boundaries by being the first to introduce modern interpretations to the traditional Korean cuisine. He modifies elements such as temperature and texture to recreate the classic Korean dishes.
Jungsik’s remarkable culinary creativity has earned him several international accolades, including the one-and two-Michelin star ratings in both his restaurants in Seoul and New York, as well as ranking top in Korea on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for four consecutive years. His contribution to Korea’s fine dining scene also includes lending his experience to young rising chefs as a chef-judge of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Northeast Asia in both 2015 and 2016.
New Korean Cuisine: Korean dishes prepared in modern style at Cassia
His first Singapore visit marks a precious opportunity for food connoisseurs to savour his innovative Korean delicacies exclusively at Cassia.
Alongside Cassia’s Executive Chinese Chef Lee Hiu Ngai on 19 and 20 May, Chef Yim will present a five-course dinner menu featuring his signature dishes such as oysters breaded with squid ink and truffle-flavoured beef tenderloin wrapped with seaweed. Other creative specialities include braised abalone with seaweed-anchovy dressing, charcoal-grilled branzino served with aged kimchi, as well as a Mexican-inspired corn-based dessert with caramelised pecan and cayenne pepper.
Chef Yim’s special menu will be available for two nights only at Cassia from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday. With a maximum of 60 persons each evening, the menu will be priced at SGD190++ per person or SGD325++ with wine pairing.