First-class dining on the Orient Express

Hop aboard the train's pop-up restaurant for a luxe gastronomic ride

Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
The restaurant is set up like the dining car of a train and serves lunch, dinner, high tea and Sunday brunch.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
The 158-year-old locomotive of the Orient Express, now on exhibition at Gardens by the Bay.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
Chefs Yannick Alleno and Sebastien Lefort worked together on the menu for the restaurant.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
Standout items in the dinner menu include Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons (above); Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
Standout items in the dinner menu include Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille (above); and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Standout items in the dinner menu include (above, from left) Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls. The restaurant is
Standout items in the dinner menu include Jerusalem artichoke cream topped with truffles, chives and croutons; Wagyu millefeuille; and cappuccino, a dessert of amaretto gel, coffee cremeux and crisp coffee rolls (above).ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

When celebrated French chef Yannick Alleno was asked to oversee the restaurant for Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express, an exhibition at Gardens by the Bay, he decided he would make the dining experience worthy of three Michelin stars.

And worthy of the legendary luxury train service, started by Georges Nagelmackers in 1883, when travel was exciting.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 21, 2021, with the headline 'First-class dining on the Orient Express'. Subscribe