Happenings - Food

Break fast at a Ramadan buffet at Breez Bistro in Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore Hotel.
Break fast at a Ramadan buffet at Breez Bistro in Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore Hotel. GRAND MERCURE ROXY SINGAPORE

PROMOTIONS

POLLEN TURNS THREE

Pollen marks its third anniversary with a special dinner Anniversary Tasting Menu of five courses - heritage tomatoes with burrata and basil oil; raw Hokkaido scallops with dashi jelly, apple, shiso, wasabi and avocado puree; roasted hake with truffle gnocchi and broccoli; roasted rump of lamb and confit shoulder with asparagus, fondant potatoes and white onion puree; and creme Catalan with berries, pistachio, basil and tarragon. An optional five-wine pairing includes labels such as the Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Marlborough and the Anakena Tama Vineyard Viognier 2014 from Cachapoal.

Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-09 MRT: Bayfront When: June 29 - 31, 6 - 10pm Price: $160++ a person, $300++ a person with wine pairing Tel: 6604-9988 Info: www.pollen.com.sg

ARTICHOKE X COCOTTE BIRD-DAY PARTY

Following on from their previous Gangsta Trolley Brunch, chef Anthony Yeoh from Cocotte and chef Bjorn Shen from Artichoke join forces again for a sequel, held at Artichoke. Only two nights will be dedicated to their respective takes on crispy fried chicken, served free-flow. Artichoke's shish taouk fried chicken, and Cocotte's crispy confit chicken wings, served with accompaniments such as kebab shop sauce, roast chicken gravy, lardon aioli and Lebanese garlic toum sauce, plus side dishes such as Cocotte's Tartiflette potato gratin with Reblochon cheese, onions and French bacon, and Artichoke's Lebanese Slaw, spiked with caraway, raisins and almonds. Dessert is by both chefs: donut balls with baharat sugar, carrot jam and orange ice cream. Reservations accepted only via Peatix at ptix.co/1dTMlpP.

Where: 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square MRT: Bras Basah When: June 30 - July 1 Price: $50++ an adult, $25++ a child Tel: 6336-6949 Info: www.artichoke.com.sg

SHINJI BY KANESAKA ANNIVERSARY DINNER

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Shinji By Kanesaka presents an omakase dinner specially curated by chef Koichiro Oshino. Available at both branches for only two nights, the omakase set will be paired with five types of sake and includes highlights such as seasonal Kyoto produce; summer vegetable jelly with corn sauce and deep-fried river shrimp; conger eel (hamo) in shabu shabu style hotpot; slivers of puffer fish (fugu) with white clams, served sashimi style; smoked asari clams; as well as a chilled chawanmushi egg custard with the "four treasures" of Hokkaido hairy crab, sea urchin, abalone and shark's fin.

Where: The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard Tel: 6884-8239 Where: 02-20, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road MRT: City Hall Tel: 6338-6131 When: July 24 & 25 Price: $500++ a person Info: E-mail reservations@shinjibykanesaka.com or go to www.shinjibykanesaka.com

A TASTE OF SHANGHAI AT CHERRY GARDEN

Guest chef Charles Feng from Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, brings his signature dishes to Cherry Garden next month. Incorporating influences from neighbouring provinces Jiangsu and Zhejiang, Shanghai cuisine emphasises aromas, delicately balanced flavours and colourful presentation. Among the highlights are chilled appetisers such as marinated chicken with aged yellow wine; minced cod fillet soup with black fungus and mung bean vermicelli; braised pork and eight-head abalone with premium soy sauce; sauteed river shrimp with snap peas; citrus-glazed fish fillet with roasted pine nuts; crisp Chinese pak choy stuffed with shrimp mousse and bean curd; eight treasures tea with glutinous rice dumplings. The dishes are available as a la carte items, as well as on lunch and dinner set menus.

Where: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Marina Square, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade When: July 1 - 31; lunch (noon - 2.30pm), dinner (6.30 - 10.30pm) Price: A la carte items from $10++ to $38++; five-course set lunch, $65++ a person; seven-course set dinner, $118++ a person Tel: 6885-3500 Info: E-mail mosin-dining@mohg.com

LAWRY'S ANNIVERSARY MENU

To celebrate the steakhouse chain's 16th anniversary in Singapore, executive chef Nick Lee has created a five-course set dinner (July 1 - 16, $99++ a person) which includes dishes such as 7 Spices Duck with carrot meringue and horseradish cream; Surf & Turf lobster and chicken in tomato broth; and main courses such as the Duo Deluxe, pan-seared United States Prime beef tenderloin and French goose foie gras served with mango salsa on toast. UOB credit/debit cardholders enjoy 20 per cent off the anniversary dinner menu. Also, from July 5, Lawry's will introduce a new Sunday brunch menu showcasing classic main courses such as Toad In The Hole, Club Sandwich a la Lawry's and Prime Rib Eye Foie Gras Burger (from $43++).

Where: Mandarin Gallery, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333A Orchard Road, 04-01/31 MRT: Somerset Tel: 6836-3333 Info: www.lawrys.com.sg & www.facebook.com/LawrysSG

SLOW FOOD (SINGAPORE) KUEH APPRECIATION DAY

Slow Food (Singapore), the only Slow Food Convivium in Singapore officially authorised by the Slow Food International Association, presents the inaugural Kueh Appreciation Day 2015, a Fringe Event at this year's Singapore Food Festival, celebrating favourite local confections and snacks. The public will be able to purchase handmade heritage food by vendors from Singapore's different ethnic communities. Mary's Kafe will be selling Eurasian goodies such as Pang Susie, sugee cake, pulot tekan, coconut candies and tepong manis; from HarriAnn's, Peranakan items such as ondeh ondeh, kueh kosui and lapis sagu; from Hainan Xiaochi, Hainanese treats such as yi buah, sticky rice kueh with shredded coconut, sesame and peanuts; from Ji Xiang, assorted Hokkien ang ku kueh; from Kuehs and Snacks, Teochew ang ku kueh, soon kueh and png kueh; and from Chat Masala, Indian tidbits such as Keralan unni appam made with rice flour, jaggery and banana, putu mayam, jalebi and murukku. Ticketed kueh-making demonstration sessions by Mary Gomes of Mary's Kafe, Chef Eric Low and HarriAnn's will also be held. Bookings can be made on www.slowfood.sg/events/event-registration.

Where: ToTT Store, 896 Dunearn Rd MRT: Clementi When: July 26, 10am - 3pm Price: Free entry; kueh-making demos, $12 a person Info: Go to www.slowfood.sg/programs/kueh-appreciation-day-2015 for timings

BENG HIANG RESTAURANT RE-OPENS

Heritage restaurant Beng Hiang opens its doors at its new Jurong East location this weekend. The eatery retains its focus on classic Hokkien dishes such as fish maw soup, spiced sausage and prawn balls, braised duck with sea cucumber, traditional Hokkien noodles and kong bak bao.

Where: Block 135, Jurong Gateway Road, 02-337 MRT: Jurong East When: From Sun Tel: 6221-6695/ 6221-6684 Info: www.benghiang.com

RAMADAN

GRAND COPTHORNE WATERFRONT HOTEL

Dine under the stars and by the Singapore River on a sumptuous Muis-certified international buffet dinner at The Promenade. The spread spans more than 30 international and local delights, such as tom yum soup, assorted sushi and California maki, seafood on ice, baked lamb chops in black pepper sauce, rojak, mutton rendang, mee goreng mamak, ayam goreng masam manis, ikan assam pedas with eggplant, mutton briyani with raisins and cashew nuts, roti prata, barbecued chicken, as well as mutton and beef satay prepared a la minute. For dessert, the spread includes Oreo cheese cake, assorted Nonya kueh, bread and butter pudding with vanilla sauce and pistachio raspberry financiers. Prayer room facilities are available.

Where: 392 Havelock Road MRT: Tiong Bahru When: July 3 - 5 Price: $58++ an adult, $29++ a child aged 5 - 12 Tel: 6233-1100 Info: E-mail dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com

GRAND MERCURE ROXY SINGAPORE HOTEL

Breez Bistro's Ramadan Buffet offers three rotating menus, with dish highlights which include sambal quail eggs, deep fried baby squid with Thai chili sauce, coconut and chilli kerabu salad, Ipoh bean sprout chicken, honey Sriracha butter grilled corn, beef rendang, devil curry chicken, assorted satay, grilled stingray with banana leaf. Desserts include banana cake with ganache, kueh and ice cream.

Where: 50 East Coast Road MRT: Paya Lebar When: Until July 16, 7 - 10.30pm daily Price: $35++ an adult, $18++ a child aged 5 - 12, $32 nett a pioneer generation member Tel: 6340-5860 Info: www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg

SG50

BRIZO RESTAURANT & BAR

Brizo at Park Hotel Clarke Quay launches Taste Of Singapura, a nostalgic dinner buffet, coupled with fun family bonding social media activities. Distinctive local specialities on the spread include appetisers such as gado gado, satay and ngoh hiang; salted egg crayfish; aromatic fish head curry; wok-fried la-la clams in bean paste; butter prawns with curry leaves; Brizo's signature black pepper crab and chilli crab; DIY prawn laksa and Singapore-style curry prawn noodles. There is a carving station with items such as baked red snapper in sambal chilli and roasted Angus striploin with pepper and herb crust. Desserts include durian pengat, Nonya kueh and orh nee. Diners can take a photo of themselves with family and friends and upload it on their Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtag #BrizoQualityTime. Three weekend staycations at Park Hotel Clarke Quay worth $1,100 will be given away by October for the best photos submitted. Diners who upload their photos while at the buffet will get everyone on their table a complimentary glass of non-alcoholic beverage, upon showing the uploaded photo to restaurant staff. The public can also take part in the Makan Buddies contest on Park Hotel Group's Facebook page, to win a buffet dinner for two.

Where: 1 Unity Street MRT: Clarke Quay When: July 1 - Sept 30, every Wed - Sun, 6.30 - 10.30pm Price: Wed & Thu, $58++ an adult, $29++ a child aged 6 - 12; Fri - Sun, $68++ an adult, $34++ a child Tel: 6593-8855 Info: www.parkhotelgroup.com/clarkequay & www.facebook.com/parkhotelgroup

BWB

The American-style restaurant specialising in burgers, wings and bar beverages has curated two Singapore-inspired dishes to celebrate SG50. The Chilli Crab Wings ($18.90+) are deboned fresh chicken wings stuffed with crabmeat, fried and dressed with BWB's signature chilli crab sauce, while the Tiger Prawn Otak Otak Burger ($17.50+) features an otak patty made with premium mackerel and chunky whole tiger prawns, clasped in a sesame brioche bun with streaky bacon, sunny-side-up egg, lettuce, cheddar cheese and curry aioli sauce.

Where: 11-03/04 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset When: Until Aug 31 Tel: 6634-0423 Info: www.facebook.com/BWBSingapore

NEW MENU

PATARA

As part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's campaign 2015 Discover Thainess, Patara Fine Thai Cuisine welcomes diners to explore the diversity of regional Thai flavours in new and lesser-known dishes. The menu is a collaboration with Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai (above), noted chef, TV personality and managing director of MSC Thai Culinary School. Dishes include Yum Hua Plee Goong Pao, spicy banana blossom salad with grilled tiger prawns, from central Thailand; Koi Pla Tuna, spicy tuna tartare salad in Thai style herb dressing, from the north-eastern Esarn region; Tom Som Pla Krabok, sweet and sour soup with mullet, with a balanced flavour from pepper, shallots, ginger, chilli, shrimp paste, fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind; Pad Prik Khing Pla Yang, stir-fried black cod with red curry paste and long beans, a favourite dish of Thai nobility; and Nam Prik Pla Tu - enjoyed in both royal and common households - mackerel and baby eggplant chilli relish with chili, garlic, palm sugar, fish sauce and shrimp paste, served with raw vegetables and acacia leaf omelette.

Where: 03-14, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard When: From July 1 Price: New a la carte items from $13++ to $45++ Tel: 6737-0818 Info: www.patara.com.sg

FRY BISTRO

As it marks its third anniversary, Fry Bistro presents a revamped menu with new items such as Truffle Edamame, boiled edamame beans drizzled with truffle oil; Kimchi Pork Belly Mac & Cheese, a sour-spicy spin on the restaurant's popular Mac & Cheese, topped with a sunny-side-up egg; and Salted Egg Fries, tossed with salted egg, chilli padi and curry leaves. The cocktail menu has been spiced up with a handful of new additions, such as Passion On Fire and the Sawasdee.

Where: 96B Club Street MRT: Telok Ayer When: Ongoing Price: A la carte food items from $12++, cocktails from $18++ Tel: 8418-5995 Info: www.facebook.com/FryBistro

WINE EVENTS

SINGAPORE-INSPIRED MARTINIS AT MARTINI BAR

The Martini Bar at mezza9 introduces nine new flavours of its signature tipple, inspired by favourite local ingredients, so you can sample the taste of Singapore in a glass. They comprise the Sugarcanetini, the Pandantini, the Bandungtini, the Lemongrasstini, the Jackfruitini, the Teh Tariktini, the Chin Chowtini, the Milotini and the banana Pisangtini. During happy hour from Monday to Saturday (6 - 9pm), enjoy all nine martinis at half price.

Where: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, mezza9, Mezzanine Level MRT: Orchard When: From Mon Price: $22++ a cocktail Tel: 6732-1234 Info: www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/baratmezza9

ASAHI SUPER DRY SPECIAL MENUS

From next month to September, Asahi Super Dry presents a series of exclusive collaborative menus created by three Japanese eateries, offering flavours and dishes to complement the beer's signature karakuchi (clean, crisp and refreshing) taste. Next month, Katanashi An restaurant offers a five-course beer-pairing menu (July 1 - 31, $50++ a person) with dishes such as beef tataki with garlic teriyaki sauce, deep-fried tuna cutlet with homemade wasabi tartar sauce and ichiyadori chicken with yuzu pepper from Fukuoka. In August, Boruto restaurant's four-course pairing menu (Aug 1 - 31, $75++ a person) focuses on deep-fried items such as bacon-wrapped Hokkaido scallops, boneless chicken wings stuffed with minced pork and vegetables, tom yum-marinated pork belly and a tempura rice bowl with seaweed, shiso leaf and chilli. In September, an eight-course omakase menu at E.Pachi (Sept 1 - 30, $100++ a person) harnesses seasonal produce in dishes such as raw Kyushu beef sashimi garnished with spring onions and sesame, pumpkin broth with zucchini and sakura flowers, a Season's Best Chef's Selection sashimi and sushi platter, and butter-poached asari clams with konyaku, broad beans and dried chilli. Each menu will be accompanied by two pints of Asahi Super Dry.

Where: Katanashi An, 1 Boon Tat Street, 01-01 MRT: Telok Ayer Tel: 6221-5101 Where: Boruto, Golden Castle Building, 01-01, 80 South Bridge Road MRT: Clarke Quay Tel: 6532-0418 Where: E.Pachi, 40/40A Boat Quay MRT: Clarke Quay Tel: 6535-1869 When: July 1 - Sept 30 Info: www.facebook.com/ borutosingapore & www.epachi.com.sg

NIGHTS OF SPIRITED MAGIC AT FAT COW

The Japanese steakhouse presents a set dinner pairing four courses by chef Fukashi Adachi with Highland Park whiskies. They include Seafood Onsen Egg with Ika Somen (squid sliced thinly to resemble somen noodles) ikura and sudachi citrus zest, paired with the sweet notes and gentle smoky aftertaste of Highland Park 12 Years Old; Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Sake Torched Toro, served with dashi-braised daikon radish and soya-tamamiso reduction, matched with robust Highland Park Dark Origins' nuances of dry peat, maraschino cherries and warm dark chocolate; Sumibiyaki Saga-gyu, tender, succulent pieces of Saga beef grilled over binchotan charcoal and served with yuzu shoyu, charred spring onion and pickled myoga, paired with sweet and nutty Highland Park 18 Years Old and to finish, Green Tea Shortbread with Black Sesame Ice Cream.

Where: 01-01/02, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard MRT: Orchard When: July 1 - 31 Price: $168++ a person Tel: 6735-0308 Info: www.fat-cow.com.sg & www.facebook.com/fatcowsg


DEALS

Take advantage of these dining offers exclusively for bookings made through Chope Online Reservations at Soshiok.com, or through the Soshiok app.

SAHA SIGNATURE INDIAN RESTAURANT & TERRACE BAR

The fourth guest dines free when the $38++ or $48++ set lunch is ordered.

Where: 9A Duxton Hill, Level 2 MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Until July 31, noon - 3pm (Mon - Fri) Tel: 6223-7321 Info: email@chope.co

KAKI'S BISTRO & BAR

Get 10 per cent off your total bill this month with a minimum spend of $150.

Where: 289 Farnborough Road MRT: Pasir Ris When: Until Tue Tel: 6214-2956 Info: email@chope.co

MAJESTIC BAY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Get 30 per cent off all live fish with your choice of cooking style. This offer is available for lunch and dinner.

Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-10 MRT: Marina Bay When: Until July 31 Tel: 6604-6604 Info: email@chope.co

LIME HOUSE

With every main ordered, get your choice of either a complimentary Lime House Signature Rum Punch (worth $18++) or a light bite from the Liming Menu.

Where: 2 Jiak Chuan Road MRT: Outram When: Until July 25, Tue - Thu Tel: 6222-3130 Info: email@chope.co

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - TVFR26'. Print Edition | Subscribe