Get a move on if you want to dine by the race circuit at the upcoming Formula 1 weekend.
Most of the restaurants around the race zones started taking reservations as far back as a year ago, and many are now fully booked. But you can still land some good deals though.
These include timed discounts of up to 50 per cent at Greenhouse cafe at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, based on how far in advance your reservation is made; a midnight dim sum buffet at Mandarin Oriental's Cherry Garden restaurant; and a Champion's Dinner at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel's Coleman's Cafe.
Those looking for posh nosh by culinary stars can check out the restaurants in Marina Bay Sands, where celebrity chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Justin Quek and Tetsuya Wakuda will present F1 menus.
But act fast as seats are filling up quickly. Just about one-third of the 60 seats are left at Peninsula Excelsior's Coleman's Cafe, while only lunch seating is available for the international buffet at The Ritz-Carlton's Greenhouse restaurant.
Seats are also running out at Moorish restaurant Artichoke in Middle Road, which is presenting an F1 menu for the first time. Its chef-owner Bjorn Shen, 31, notes that the race this year presents more dining options than previous years.
He adds: "F1 is a rare occasion in Singapore where a significant number of blokes would leave their man caves and venture out, so menu items are loosely based on major food groups that guys often live on - such as chicken wings and steak - but done with our brand of reckless creativity."
Dude, Where's My Food? at Artichoke
As a nod to the testosterone-filled race, chef-owner Bjorn Shen will put together a menu from Tuesday to Sept 21, with new menu items such as sticky wings with Red Bull glaze ($22), bak chor mee sandwiches ($16) and a ramen salad ($16, above) that comes with crunchy Indomee, smoked soft-boiled egg and bar nuts.
Where: 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square
Info: Call 6336-6949 or go to www.artichoke.com.sg
Celebrity chefs at Marina Bay Sands
The likes of Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Justin Quek and Tetsuya Wakuda will be in town to present F1 menus.
Diners can chomp on an F1 Grand Prix lunch at Guy Savoy on Sept 22 (call 6688-8513 or book online at www.marinabaysands.com/GuySavoy) with an ala carte menu as well as a two- or three-course menu from $55++ featuring summer dishes such as lamb shank in saffron-marjoram crust with carrots.
Waku Ghin by Chef Wakuda will open for lunch on Sept 21 and 22 with a degustation menu for $250++ (call 6688-8507 or book online at www.marinabaysands.com/WakuGhin). Menu items have not been confirmed.
Meanwhile, chef Puck will host a wine dinner at Cut on Sept 23 at $498++ a person (call 6688-8517 or book online at www.marinabaysands.com/cut). It will feature 11 wines, such as the Cabernet Sauvignon from 1987 and iconic 1997 vintages from three of Napa Valley's most classic wineries, paired with a bespoke five-course dinner and hors d'oeuvres. The vintages are the Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon "Reserve", Chateau Montelena's Cabernet Sauvignon, and Beaulieu Vineyard's Cabernet Sauvignon "Georges De Latour".
Chef Boulud will host a $550++ wine dinner on Wednesday (call 6688-8525 or book online at www.marinabaysands.com/dbBistro), with a five-course menu featuring dishes such as the Squan Duo, a foie gras dish, and the Mediterranean sea bass, which is cooked and served in a paper package.
Wines served include those from the producer E. Guigal, such as the Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2006 and Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2006.
His db Bistro Moderne will also offer a brunch special from 11am to 4.30pm on Sept 21 and 22, with a three-course menu including the Original db Burger and Iceberg & Blue salad for $60++.
Chef Quek's Sky On 57 is offering a five-course set dinner menu from Sept 20 to 22 at $200++ (call 6688-8857 or book online at www.marinabaysands.com/Skyon57). It features dishes such as nordic king crab, wagyu beef and Maine lobster.
Where: Marina Bay Sands, various locations
The Champion's Dinner at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel
Just two minutes by foot to Gate 4 at the Padang, the hotel is hosting a six-course dinner at its Coleman's Cafe on Sept 22 from 6 to 10pm. This includes drinks at the hotel's Sky Lounge, where diners can view the race action.
The fine-dining set dinner includes an appetiser of gratinated scallop, poached prawn bruschetta and pan-seared salmon, followed by mains such as Italian spicy grilled chicken served with roasted baby potatoes, or the grilled American Black Angus striploin with sauteed baby spinach, pumpkin puree and rosemary sauce on the side. The dinner includes free flow of housepour wine, beer, spirits, juices and soft drinks.
Where: 5 Coleman Street
Cost: $300++ an adult, $120++ a child
Info: Call 6416-1132 or go to www.ytchotels.com/peninsulaexcelsior/
Mandarin Oriental's timed buffets and midnight dim sum buffet
Fuel up with a 45-minute lunch or 60-minute dinner at Melt - The World Cafe with international offerings such as an Indian food counter, a barbecue alfresco terrace and a dessert station.
There is also a midnight dim sum supper buffet at the hotel's Cherry Garden Cantonese restaurant at $58++ a person on Sept 22, from 11pm to 1am.
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue
When: Sept 20 and 21 (lunch, from noon to 2.30pm) and Sept 20 to 22 (dinner, from 6.30 to 10pm)
Cost: $45++ for lunch, $60++ for dinner
Info: Call 6885-3500 or e-mail email@example.com
F1 set brunches at Pan Pacific Singapore
Try the F1 Sunday brunch at Edge ($128++ an adult, $34++ a child - without alcohol) on Sept 22, with free flow of alcoholic beverages such as G.H. Mumm champagne, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. One diner eats free for every three paying customers.
The restaurant's seven open kitchens will prepare their usual Asian and Pacific cuisines too.
There is also an eight-course Japanese set brunch at Keyaki on Sept 21 and 22, with assorted sashimi, yakimono and teppanyaki dishes ($60++ a person) and a six-course set menu at Hai Tien Lo from Sept 20 to 22 (from $108++ a person), with highlights such as barbequed Peking duck and double-boiled abalone.
Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
Info: Call 6826-8240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ritz-Carlton's race countdown discounts
Count down to the race with up to 50 per cent off international buffet lunches from Monday to Sept 20 at Greenhouse restaurant. Diners who confirm their reservation will get a discount based on how far in advance their bookings are made.
For example, you get a 10 per cent discount if you book one day in advance, and 50 per cent off if you book five or more days in advance.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue
When: Monday to Sept 20, noon to 2.30pm
Cost: Usual price: $68 an adult, $34 a child
Info: Call 6434-5288 or e-mail email@example.com