Happenings - Food

Going Light At Absinthe Restaurant Francais

Chef Pierre-Didier presents a four-course menu that includes Fjord ocean trout tartare served with Avruga caviar and crunchy vegetables; and a choice of short ribs confit, couscous, sauteed vegetables and piperade or pan-seared sea bass served with fresh spinach, capsicum and potato gourmande. For this month, the restaurant is also offering Southern French wine specials at $8++ a glass or $45++ a bottle.

WHERE: 72 Boat Quay MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till tomorrow; lunch: noon - 2.30pm, dinner: 6 - 10.30pm PRICE: $55++ TEL: 6222-9068 INFO: E-mail reservations@ absinthe.sg

Going Light With Oso Ristorante's Five-course Italian Menu

Chef Diego Chiarini's menu starts with thinly sliced raw tuna loin served with tomato spicy gazpacho, followed by Classic Five Hours Mixed Vegetables minestrone soup and Angel Hair Spaghettini pasta. The main course is roasted scallops with potato and Avruga caviar with extra virgin olive oil and almond sauce or stewed chicken with cucumber and black truffle. Rounding off the meal is marinated rock melon in Moscato sweet wine.

WHERE: 46 Bukit Pasoh Road MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Till tomorrow; lunch: noon - 2.30pm, dinner: 6 - 10.30pm PRICE: $55++ TEL: 6327-8378 INFO: E-mail reservations@oso.sg

Tapas Paired With Cocktails At Kuvo

Restaurant-bar Kuvo has an updated concept and menu, with lunches and high tea by day and tapas and bespoke cocktail pairings by night. Tapas highlights include the Kurobuta Yakiniku Donburi ($16), grilled kurobuta pork loin with a slow-cooked egg; and the Brandy Flambeed Beef Cube ($22), which is beef flambeed with brandy and glazed with red wine sauce for meat lovers. Recommended cocktail pairings include the Kurobuta Yakiniku Donburi with Tales of Shu ($21).

WHERE: 02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset WHEN: Ongoing, noon - 1am PRICE: Tapas: $14++ - $22++; cocktail pairings: $21++ TEL: 6733-8272 INFO: www.kuvo.com.sg

Caffe B Lunch Set Menu Undergoes Revamp

Caffe B rings in the new year with a revamp of its lunch set menu, adding a Japanese touch to its Italian food. Choose from two appetisers and three mains for the three-course meal. For the mains, there is Linguine con le Vongole, clams and linguine pasta steamed in white wine sauce, chilli confit and Italian parsley. Meat lovers can satisfy their cravings with the Wagyu Groppa Filetto, steaks of pan-seared wagyu rump served with a creamy pomme puree, roasted vegetables and port wine reduction. Or opt for the classic northern Italian take on the Melanzane alla Parmegiana, a gratinated tower of eggplant layered with parmesan and tomato relish.

WHERE: B1-15/01-83 The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Ongoing; lunch: noon - 3pm; dinner: 6 - 10pm PRICE: $25++ TEL: 6887-3311 INFO: www.caffeb.com.sg

Morton's Prime And Wine Offer

Morton's Of Chicago has kicked off the new year by extending the festive celebrations into this month with its Prime And Wine offer. Morton's Prime Burger is available at $58 while its 9oz Prime Ribeye Sandwich goes for $68 - both paired with a glass of Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, 2012.

WHERE: Level 4 The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN: Till Jan 31 PRICE: $58++ - $68++ TEL: 6339-3740 INFO: www.mortons.com

Flavours Of The Fullerton Heritage

Dine at any of the nine restaurants in The Fullerton hotels and the precinct for $58++ a person. Under the third instalment of the Flavours Of The Fullerton Heritage, dinner menus at this price are available at The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, The Clifford Pier and tenants from One Fullerton and Customs House.

WHERE: The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square; The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay; One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road; Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sun, 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: $58++ TEL: 6733-8272 INFO: www.thefullertonheritage.com, www.fullertonhotel.com, www.fullertonbayhotel.com, www.oysterbar.com.sg, www.thepelican.com.sg

One-Night-Only Dinner With The Cult Wines Of Fiorano

Meet Italian winemaker Alessia Antinori at Aura Sky Lounge for a five-course, wine-pairing menu with a welcome cocktail. Dishes include Sea Urchin Zabaione And Pancetta; Sunchoke Cream With Veal Tendon And Confit Ciliegini; Casarecce Pasta With Oxtail And Black Truffles; and Lamb Tenderloin With Romanesco, Borretane And Sage Jus. Wines include the Fioranello Bianco 2014 and Fiorano Rosso 2010.

WHERE: 06-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrews Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Jan 31, 7.30pm (reception from 6.30pm) PRICE: $118++ a person TEL: 6866-1977 INFO: E-mail rsvp@aura.sg by Jan 22


CHINESE NEW YEAR

Japanese-style CNY Menu At Hide Yamamoto

Chef Hidemasa Yamamoto has created a seven-course menu with auspicious ingredients. Long noodles, symbolising longevity, come in the form of his Homemade Soba Noodles With Caviar. Fish represents prosperity and abundance and, here, the Grilled Red Grouper And Small Cheese Risotto is served with vermouth- flavoured mushroom sauce.

WHERE: 02-05 Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Feb 5 - 14, lunch: noon - 3pm; dinner: 6 - 11pm (last order half an hour before closing) PRICE: $218++ a person TEL: 6688-7098 INFO: E-mail reservation@hideyamamoto.com

Reunion Buffet At Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy presents its Chinese New Year Reunion Buffet and Peranakan Specials lunch and dinner. For the peak period from Feb 7 to 10, lunch costs $55.80++ an adult (child: $27.80); dinner is $59.80++ (child: $29.80++). On other days till Feb 22, the buffet lunch costs $53.80++ (child: $26.80++) and dinner, $57.80++ (child: $28.80++). There are discounts for senior citizens and SG50 pioneers.

WHERE: Feast@East Buffet Restaurant, 50 East Coast Road MRT: Dakota WHEN: Till Feb 22 PRICE: $53.80++ - $59.80++ an adult, $26.80++ - $29.80++ a child) TEL: 6340-5665 INFO: E-mail H3610-FO16@accor.com

Going Big At Mandarin Oriental Singapore's Cherry Garden

For dine-in, festive set meals range from $128++ to $268++ a person (add $10++ for Premium Hamachi Yu Sheng). The Success set menu, which starts from $138 a person, features The Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai, touted as Singapore's largest, weighing more than 25kg. For home celebrations, order from the spring festive takeaway menu. Signature festive goodies include the Cherry Garden Fortune Gift Box, which comprises 16 miniature green tea mochi balls, stuffed with sweet lotus paste filling and macadamia nuts. For takeaway, the Eight Treasures Yu Sheng contains otoro, hamachi, Hokkaido scallops, hokkigai clams, Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, abalone and caviar (from $888++; order three days in advance).

WHERE: Level 5 Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN: Feb 1 - 22 PRICE: $128++ - $268++ TEL: 6885-3500 (6885-3541 for takeaways) INFO: E-mail mosin-dining@mohg.com (mosin-festive@mohg.com for takeaways)

Reunion Dinner At Wah Lok, Reunion Stay At Carlton Hotel

Carlton Hotel invites diners to have their reunion meals at the Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant and stay the night in its Deluxe rooms. The set meal for 10 people ($3,388++) starts with Alaskan Crab Lo Hei and includes Wah Lok's Braised Shark's Fin In Red Carrot Soup; Buddha Jumps Over The Wall; and Longevity Poon Choi or Braised Whole Abalone, Dried Oysters And Vegetables. The Deluxe room stay (Feb 4 to 14) costs $238++ a night and comes with buffet breakfast and nian gao.

WHERE: Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Level 2 Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Jan 25 - Feb 22 PRICE: $398 for four people - $3,388++ for 10 TEL: 6311-8188/8189 INFO: E-mail wah.lok@carltonhotel.sg

Festive Dining At Westin's Seasonal Tastes

The reunion dinner at Seasonal Tastes restaurant features items such as the Mini Buddha Jump Over The Wall - a double-boiled fish maw and crab meat broth with ingredients such as abalone, mushroom, chicken and Chinese cabbage; Salmon Yu Sheng; traditional Eight Treasures Pen Cai and Braised Pork Belly. Chefs at live dim sum and Cantonese-style BBQ stations will serve Roast Pipa Duck and other roast meats. Seafood lovers can choose from Alaskan king crabs, Maine lobsters, prawns, scallops, oysters and sashimi.

WHERE: Seasonal Tastes, Level 32 The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Feb 7 - 22 PRICE: Feb 7, dinner: $108++ a person ($54++ for a child aged four - 12); Feb 8 - 22, dinner: $75++ an adult ($37.50++ for a child); seafood dinner, Fri: $82++ a person ($41++ for a child) TEL: 6922-6968 INFO: E-mail seasonaltastes.singapore@westin.com

Reunion Set Lunch, Buffet Dinner At White Rose Cafe

York Hotel's White Rose Cafe is serving a reunion set lunch and buffet dinner on Feb 7 with a spread of Prosperity Lo Hei Platter; Braised Shark's Fin Soup With Crabmeat and Fried Rice With Waxed Meats in Lotus Leaf. Other buffet dinner items include Baked Prawns With Sichuan Chilli Bean Sauce; and Braised Sea Cucumber With Pork Belly. For the buffet dinner, a complimentary regular Prosperity Lo Hei platter (sliced conch) is provided for every table of four to seven people. Tables of eight to 12 receive a complimentary large Prosperity Lo Hei platter.

WHERE: York Hotel, 21 Mount Elizabeth MRT: Orchard WHEN: Feb 7, lunch: noon - 2.30pm; dinner: 6.30 - 10pm PRICE: Set lunch: $368++ for six people ($528++ for eight); buffer dinner: $59++ an adult ($29++ for a child) TEL: 6830-1156 INFO: www.yorkhotel.com.sg

PrimaDeli's Laksa Sauce Mix Goes Into Its Cookies

PrimaDeli has come up with Laksa Cookies for the new year. They are made using its Prima Taste Laksa Sauce Mix. The newest addition to its range of pineapple tarts, Supreme Pineapple Tarts ($23.80 a tin) feature a caramelised pineapple jam centre made from freshly grated Sarawak pineapples. Making a return this season are the bite-sized Pillow Pineapple Tarts ($18.80 a tin); Fortune Pineapple Tarts ($1.80 each); and Cheese Pineapple Tarts ($18.80 a tin). Also, check out the Peanut Butter Cookies ($18.80 a tin); Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ($16.80 a tin); Almond Cranberry Cookies ($16.80 a tin); Hazelnut Blackcurrant Cookies ($16.80 a tin) and Walnut Sugee ($18.80 a tin). Among its signature cakes are the Orange Butter Cake ($9.50), which is infused with mandarin orange pulp and topped with glazed orange slices; and Lapis Surabaya ($12.80) in original, chocolate and pandan flavours.

WHERE: PrimaDeli outlets, including 01-20 Square 2, 10 Sinaran Drive, tel: 6397-2359; & B2-K1 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, tel: 6225-4579; go to website for outlets & opening hours MRT: Various WHEN: Till Feb 7 PRICE: $16.80 - $18.80 a tin TEL: 6276-3333 INFO: www.primadeli.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI15A'. Print Edition | Subscribe