Happenings: Food

FOOD

PROMOTIONS

Omar-Kase At Dolce Vita

This new Chef's Table dining experience centres on a six-course menu of authentic Italian dishes by chef de cuisine Omar Bernardi, emulating the Japanese omakase concept. There will be monthly creations with fresh seasonal ingredients. Guests will be seated around the show kitchen and can watch the chef at work. Each course is paired with wines from the restaurant's award-winning wine list, or mocktails if diners prefer. Limited to six guests for each evening; reservations recommended.

WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Level 5 MRT: Promenade WHEN: Every Fri, 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: From $150++ a person, inclusive of wine pairing TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail mosin-dining@mohg.com

Free Burrito Day At Guzman Y Gomez

The Mexican chain from Australia opens its third local branch at The Star Vista and its opening day celebrations feature free burritos and burrito bowls, made to order with chicken, steak and slow-roasted beef or pork and barramundi or vegetable filling, with rice, black beans, cheese and fresh salsa. The party features a live mariachi band from Mexico and Halloween face-painting for kids.

WHERE: 01-32 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green MRT: Buona Vista WHEN: Oct 31, noon - 5pm TEL: 8598-6377 INFO: www.gyg.com.sg or www.facebook.com/guzmanygomezsingapore

Casa Verde Seventh Anniversary Specials

Casa Verde marks its seventh birthday with seven weekly set lunch specials over seven weeks: seafood hor fun (today, last day); fried Hokkien mee (Oct 26 - 30); Nanyang laksa (Nov 2 - 6); curry chicken with rice (Nov 16 - 20); bak kut teh (Nov 23 - 27); nasi goreng kampong (Nov 30 - Dec 4); and Hainanese pork chop (Dec 7 - 11). Each set lunch includes a soft drink, or tea or coffee.

WHERE: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Till Dec 11, Mon - Fri excluding public holiday, 11am - 3pm PRICE: Sets from $8 nett to $12.50 nett TEL: 6467-7326 INFO: www.casaverde.com.sg

Vegan Feast At Saint Pierre

This 12-course banquet showcases seasonal gourmet vegetables in dishes such as Japanese momotaro tomato confit with homemade fresh almond oil, basil emulsion and "dusts" of black olive and wild herbs; organic eggplant Caviar d'Aubergines; a Jardin Saisonnier of smoked heirloom carrot seasoned with 10 spices, chickpeas, kale, sweet potato, yellow onion and argan oil; organic leek confit with black winter truffle and sherry-shallot dressing.

WHERE: 01-15 Sentosa, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Nov 4, 7pm PRICE: $100 nett a person, additional $80 for wine pairing TEL: 6438-0887 INFO: www.saintpierre.com.sg

The Odyssey Brunch At The Clifford Pier  

The decadent Odyssey Brunch returns to The Fullerton Bay Hotel's heritage-chic restaurant. Enjoy free-flow Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label champagne along with fresh seafood items such as Boston lobster, French oysters, sashimi, and chilled Alaskan king crab legs; Brazilian-style churrasco roast meats such as spice-marinated wagyu rump; carvery items such as crispy rosemary porchetta and whole baked sea bass; and treats such as butter-poached lobster eclairs.

WHERE: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Oct 25, noon - 3.30pm PRICE: From $168++ an adult, $60++ a child TEL: 6597-5266 INFO: E-mail cliffordpiergre@fullertonbayhotel.com

Indonesian Food Festival At Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Inspired by Indonesian celebrity chef Vindex Tengker, and together with Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism, The Square's authentic Indonesian buffet dinner promotion includes dishes such as Ayam Betutu, whole chicken baked with a richly flavoured spice paste in banana leaf; Ikan Masak Woku, smoked stingray in turmeric herb sauce and Soto Betawi, creamy beef soup. Diners stand a chance to win a top lucky draw prize of a 3D2N stay at Novotel Bali Nusa Dua with business class return tickets on Garuda Indonesia.

WHERE: 177A River Valley Road, The Square MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till Nov 14, dinner PRICE: $58++ an adult, $40++ a child TEL: 6433-8633 INFO: www.novotelclarkequay.com or e-mail H5993-FB6@accor.com

Noodles Of Singapore At Cafe Brio's

Executive chef David Toh brings diners on a nostalgic journey with daily rotating noodle specials on the local and international buffet, prepared a la minute. They include prawn and pork rib noodles in rich broth; braised pig trotters beehoon with Chinese mushroom; springy noodles with char siew and chicken and prawn dumplings and Singapore laksa. At weekend dinners, diners can enjoy charcoal-grilled meats and seafood from the barbecue station.

WHERE: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Road MRT: Tiong Bahru WHEN: Till Oct 29 PRICE: Lunch, Mon - Fri $48++ an adult and $24++ a child, Sun $45++ an adult and $22.50++ a child. Dinner, Mon - Thu $58++ an adult and $29++ a child, Fri - Sun $68++ an adult and $34++ a child TEL: 6233-1100 INFO: E-mail dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com

Gaststube At The Kitchen Table

A Gaststube is a restaurant or tavern serving up home-style cuisine.

W Singapore's culinary director chef Frank Koppelkaum brings this classic German dining style to the Food From The Heart series, with a spread spanning Bavarian-style sausage salad, herring with sour cream, apples and onions, stuffed braised cabbage rolls with bacon sauce, veal schnitzel with roast potatoes, Bee Sting Cake with pastry cream and honey roasted almonds.

WHERE: Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Oct 26 - 29, 6 - 10.30pm PRICE: $65++ a person TEL: 6808-7268 INFO: E-mail thekitchentable.singapore@whotels.com


DEEPAVALI

The Song Of India

Signature handcrafted mithai include the Diamante Delight with Iranian figs, cashews, almonds and pistachios, the Mango Magnifique with Ratnagiri Alphonso mango, white chocolate and silver leaf, and the Rose Royale with cashews and Lucknow rose petal preserve. New items include the Cheraunji & Saffron Sensation, the Blueberry, Hazelnut & Almond Indulgence, and the spicy, rich Clove & Pistachio Classique. The preservative-free vegetarian sweets come in gift boxes of various sizes (from $33+ to $98+, each box from 12 to 30 pieces. See website for deals). The Deepavali Celebration Dinner (Nov 1 - 15, 6 - 11pm, $59++ a person) features four courses of chef Manjunath Mural's finest dishes, with a complimentary mithai sampling.

WHERE: 33 Scotts Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Till Nov 10, while stocks last TEL: Restaurant, 6836-0055; mithai orders, 9730-9725 INFO: www.thesongofindia.com

StraitsKitchen

Chef de cuisine Kishore Solanki and team present a Deepavali spread of South and North Indian chaats, freshly made naan and roti, dips and curries, tandoori meats, biryani and traditional desserts, plus Chinese, Malay and Peranakan dishes. Highlights include paneer beetroot chaat and Bengali-style fish curry.

WHERE: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Lobby Level MRT: Orchard WHEN: Nov 6 - 11, lunch noon - 2.30pm, dinner 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: Lunch $54++ an adult and $28++ a child, dinner $68++ an adult and $38++ a child, prices include free flow of selected juices TEL: 6732-1234 INFO: http://singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/


HALLOWEEN

Senso

Turn terrors into treats at the Halloween Brunch, which features creations such as pumpkin risotto with "trumpets of the dead" mushrooms and pecorino, and red snapper fillet with "Bloody Mary" sauce, crispy black polenta and butternut puree.

WHERE: 21 Club Street MRT: Telok Ayer WHEN: Oct 25, 11.30am - 3pm PRICE: $98++ a person, inclusive of prosecco, wines and beer TEL: 6224-3534 INFO: http://senso.sg

Lady M

Exclusively available for online advance orders and in Lady M boutiques for Halloween, the Pumpkin Nuage is a refined marriage of pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake, with a light cinnamon-spiced pumpkin cream cheese filling .

WHERE: 01-27 / 02-07 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, TEL: 6509-3673; 01-10 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, tel: 6820-0830; 02-25/26 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, tel: 6250-8993 WHEN: Oct 24 - 31; minimum three days' advance notice required for orders PRICE: $8.50++ a slice: $80+ a whole 23cm cake INFO: www.ladym.com.sg

Dean & DeLuca

Indulge in the mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake ($5.50 nett a piece); Halloween Iced Cookies ($2.50 nett each) shaped like pumpkins and ghosts; and Halloween Cupcakes ($5.50 nett each). Post a photo of any of the above on your Instagram account, tagged #ddsghalloween and @deandelucasg, and stand a chance to win $50 worth of Dean & DeLuca vouchers.

WHERE: 04-23/24 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, tel: 6509-7708; 01-01 Far East Square, 47 Pekin Street, TEL: 6536-2460; 01-01 HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise, tel: 6710-7282 WHEN: Till Oct 31 INFO: www.facebook.com/DeanDelucaSG

NEW MENU

Esquina

The Spanish tapas eatery introduces dishes by new Barcelona-born executive chef Carlos Montobbio, inspired by his experiences in Spain and Singapore. With themes of Snacks, Soil (vegetable dishes), Sea (seafood items), Land (meat dishes) and Desserts, dishes include Sea Urchin & Crab Bisque and a reinvented Spanish Omelette with a potato, onion and egg patty, crisp bread, onion confit and olive oil caviar. A Classics menu section features signatures such as the Mini Spanish Breakfast.

WHERE: 16 Jiak Chuan Road MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Ongoing PRICE: A la carte items from $6++ to $28++ TEL: 6222-1616 INFO: http://esquina.com.sg

Angelina

The Paris tearoom unveils new seasonal creations (from $10 to $14, ++ for dine-in, nett for takeaway): the Mont-Blanc Framboise with raspberry confit; the Flore, with candied raspberry, vanilla mousse and meringue; the milk chocolate-passion fruit Tartelette Choco-Passion and the Negresco, chocolate mousse showered with chocolate shavings.

Till Nov 15, post a creative snapshot of an Angelina dish on Instagram, tagged #angelinasingapore2paris and @airfrance, and stand a chance to win two return air tickets to Paris, plus lunch at Angelina Paris-Rivoli. Also, on Nov 4 and 5, Angelina branches worldwide will hold the inaugural Mont-Blanc Affair, where diners can sample seven variations of its classic Mont-Blanc, with flavours such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, blackcurrant, and praline ($14++ each).

WHERE: 01-82 Capitol Galleria, 15 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till January TEL: 6384-0481 INFO: www.angelina-paris.fr/en


WINE EVENTS

Singapore Craft Beer Week

This year's Craft Beer Week includes activities for all levels of appreciation, from beer geeks to home brewers. They include brewery tours of microbreweries, masterclasses, beer launches, food pairing and tasting sessions, and promotions at selected bars and eateries. See website for details.

WHERE: Various venues WHEN: Oct 24 - 31 INFO: www.singapore craftbeerweek.com

Pukeora Estate Wine Dinner At Merchants Of Singapore

Pukeora co-founder and winemaker Kate Norman leads this dinner, featuring fresh lamb from New Zealand and vintages from her Hawke's Bay winery on New Zealand's North Island. Taste wines such as the Pukeora Ruahine Range Pinot Noir 2011. Limited to 30 seats.

WHERE: Merchants of Singapore, 52 Duxton Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Oct 24, 7.30pm PRICE: $108++ a person TEL: 6440-0892 INFO: E-mail info@merchantsofsingapore.com.sg or go to http://store.merchantsofsingapore.com.sg/specials/pukeora- estate-wine-dinner.html

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings: Food'. Print Edition | Subscribe