Happenings - Food


Flavours From Italy's Mountains And Seas At Regent Singapore's Basilico

Regent Singapore executive sous-chef Angelo Ciccone and Basilico head chef Luca Beccalli draw inspiration from the mountains and seas of Italy with a different menu each quarter. The first quarter focuses on flavours from the Apennine Mountains. Try the squid ink risotto with cuttlefish and green pea ragout with shallot sauce or the roasted pigeon in parchment paper with seasonal roast-baked vegetable.

WHERE: Level 2 Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till April 3, 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: $88++ a person ($123++ includes two glasses of house wine) TEL: 6725-3232/3 INFO: E-mail basilicogrm.rsn@fourseasons.com

Chicken Rice Festival Buffet Comes Back To Town

Town Restaurant's Chicken Rice Festival Buffet is back for the third year. Lunch specials include the signature Hainanese Chicken Rice and local favourites such as ayam penyet with sweet Java chilli sauce and devil's curry, alongside a dessert buffet. The ayam buah keluak, nasi briyani and other local chicken dishes are available from the international dinner buffet spread. They can also be ordered a la carte at $26++ each.

WHERE: Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sun; lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm; dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: Lunch: $56++ a person ($28++ for each child aged six - 11); dinner, Sun: $56++ a person ($28++ for each child) seafood buffet dinner, today & tomorrow : $69++ a person ($34++ for each child); seafood buffet and BBQ dinner, today & tomorrow: $89++ a person ($44++ for each child), with two hours' free flow of draught beer and Singapore Sling for adults. TEL: 6877-8128 INFO: E-mail town@fullertonhotel.com

Tony's Pizza, A Slice Of New York

Tony's Pizza is open throughout the festive period and its New York-style signature 18-inch pizzas, burgers, pastas and other items are delivered island-wide. Pizza combos good for three people are from $60.90+. Other items on its menu include the Signature Caesar Salad and Tony's Chef Salad ($9.50 each), Seafood or Garlic Prawn Pesto Aglio Olio ($15.90 each) and Classic ($8.90) or Creamy Cheesy Mushroom ($9.90) Burger.

WHERE: 397 River Valley Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Ongoing PRICE: Combo sets $60.90+ - $175.90+ (free delivery for orders above $60) TEL: 6777-4992 (677-PIZZA) INFO: www.tonyspizza.sg


Cassia, Capella Singapore's Chinese Restaurant

Inspired by the monkey's love of fruit, Cassia executive Chinese chef Lee Hiu Ngai has added shredded honeydew melon to this year's yu sheng platte. The Cassia Signature Yu Sheng platter is included in two Family Reunion Dinner menus. The Prosperity Reunion Menu ($128++ a person) features traditional favourites such as Whole Australian Abalone With Seasonal And Braised Spare Ribs and Double-boiled Fish Maw With Scallops And Mushroom In Thick Chicken Broth. Highlights of the Fortune Reunion Menu ($168++ a person) include Braised Bird's Nest With Brown Sauce and Signature Wok-Fried Australian M9 Wagyu Beef With Black Pepper.

WHERE: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Yu sheng platters from Mon, reunion set menus Mon - Feb 8, Chinese New Year set menus Feb 8 - 22 PRICE: Cassia Signature Yu Sheng Platter $45++ a person, Family Reunion Dinner $128++ - $168++, Chinese New Year set menus $128++ - $208++ a person TEL: 6591-5045 INFO: E-mail cassia.singapore@capellahotels.com

Huat Rock Burger Lo Hei At Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa

Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa presents the Huat Rock Burger to usher in the Year of the Monkey. The beef-patty burger is served alongside a yu sheng- inspired salad. Besides American classics such as the Hickory Smoked Ribs, the menu also features Asian specialities such as Nasi Goreng and Seafood Char Kway Teow (all $19++).

WHERE: 01-209 Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway MRT: HarbourFront WHEN:Mon - Feb 29, 11am - 1am PRICE: $25++ TEL: 6795-7454 INFO: E-mail sentosa-enquiries@hardrockcafe-singapore.com

West Meets East With Roadhouse's Burger Yu Sheng

Roadhouse on Dempsey Hill has created a Burger Yu Sheng. Wagyu beef patty chunks are served with ingredients such as shredded cabbage, crispy onion fritters, chipotle, cheddar, fried pickles, jalapeno, bacon bits and pork floss. The beef is meant to be broken up and tossed together with the yu sheng.

WHERE: 13 Dempsey Road MRT: Holland Village WHEN: Till Feb 29 PRICE: $48++ (serves four, one-day pre-order required) TEL: 6476-2922 INFO: E-mail info@roadhouse.com.sg

Pineapple Tart And Mandarin Nectar Cocktails Paired With Spanish Suckling Pig At Catalunya

Families and friends can treat themselves to a Spanish indulgence with the restaurant's Segovian style Traditional Suckling Pig. The food here is served in sharing portions. The bartenders at Catalunya have created two seasonal cocktails, Pineapple Tart and Mandarin Nectar, inspired by the flavours of Chinese New Year.

WHERE: The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Festive cocktails till Feb 20 PRICE: $135++ ($22++ for tapas version), $20++ each for the seasonal cocktails TEL: 6534-0886 INFO: E-mail reservation@catalunya.sg

Dancing Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng At TungLok

Besides the TungLok Group's vegetarian version of yu sheng (available only at LingZhi vegetarian restaurants), the group serves fresh Norwegian salmon yu sheng for dine-in and smoked Norwegian salmon yu sheng for takeaways. The Dancing Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng is served with Alaskan King Crab legs, smoked salmon slices, fried fish skin and assorted greens and drizzled with a homemade honey mustard sauce and topped off with olive oil.

WHERE: TungLok Group restaurants WHEN: Till Feb 22 PRICE: Yu sheng $48++ (for six people), $78 (for 10); pen cai: $268++ - $368++ (for six people) and $368++ - $568++ (for 10); take-home feasts: $268+ - $468+ (for six people), $368+ (for 10); festive gifts: TungLok Pork Jerky $35+ for 500g, TungLok Nian Gao $20+ a box, Red Dates Nian Gao $28+ a box; reunion dinners: $48++ - $128++ a person, $498++ - $3,888++ for 10 people INFO: www.tunglok.com

CNY Time At Curry Times

At Curry Times, the Chinese New Year Blissful Family Set Menu starts off with its Prosperity Curry Abalone Yu Sheng which is sprinkled with curry powder over the abalone slices and various shredded vegetables. The eight-course menu also has non-curry dishes such as Fried Spring Chicken With Chicken Rice Balls and Pacific Clams With Mushrooms And Vegetables.

WHERE: 02-33 Novena Square, 02-08 Westgate, B2-51 Changi Airport Terminal 3, 01-70 One KM MRT: Novena/Jurong East/Changi Airport/Paya Lebar WHEN: Till Feb 22 PRICE: CNY Blissful Family Set Menu $218++ for eight to 10 people, $128++ for four to six. A la carte Prosperity Curry Abalone Yu Sheng is available at $38.80++ (dine-in or takeaway). TEL: 6354-3206/6369-9609/ 6447-8068/6702-2738 INFO: www.currytimes.com.sg

Ginseng Suckling Pig At Serenity

The cochinillo asado, a whole roasted suckling pig, is a signature dish at Serenity Spanish Bar And Restaurant. This Chinese New Year, it is offering a ginseng version. The suckling pig is usually brought to the table on a large wooden platter and cut into smaller pieces with a small plate. The piglet is marinated with sherry, white wine, vinegar and herbs and slowly roasted for more than six hours.

WHERE: 05-32 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road; 01-98 VivoCity, HarbourFront Walk MRT: Orchard/ HarbourFront WHEN: Till Feb 16 PRICE: $288++ (whole), $158++ (half), $88++ (quarter) TEL: 6235-9989/ 6376-8185 INFO: E-mail info@serenity.com.sg

Zafferano's Italian Roast Duck

Zafferano has an Italian interpretation of another delicacy of this festive season - the traditional roast duck. The Challans duck is stuffed with garlic, onions, salt, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme, orange and vanilla, then oven-baked to a crispy golden brown. The duck is flambeed in front of diners and presented in the middle of the table. The dish becomes a communal affair, with each duck meant for four people.

WHERE: Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Mon - Feb 29; lunch: 11.30am - 3pm (Mon - Fri); dinner: 5.30 - 11.45pm (Mon - Wed), 5.30pm - 1am (Thu - Sat); brunch: 11.30am - 3pm (first and last Sat of the month) PRICE: $228++ TEL: 6509-1488 INFO: E-mail info@zafferano.sg

Swensen's Yu Sheng And Pineapple Upside Down Sundae

Swensen's Prosperity Yu Sheng With Smoked Salmon uses traditional ingredients such as carrot julienne, Chinese lettuce and Chinese celery, preserved cucumber, melon and ginger strips, shimeji mushrooms, crispy wanton skins and aromatic sesame seeds. Accompanying the dish is a concoction of crushed yuzu fruit and plum sauce, lemon juice and lime leaves. Try Swensen's Pineapple Upside Down Sundae, consisting of juicy pineapple rings atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream combined with strawberry toppings and finished off with crunchy biscuit crumbs.

WHERE: Swensen's and Earle Swensen's outlets WHEN: Mon - Feb 22 PRICE: Yu sheng $23.80++ ($32.80+ for takeaway, serves eight people), sundae $10.80++ INFO: www.swensens.com.sg

Tien Court's Chinese Cuisine, Princess Terrace's Penang- Themed Spring Buffets

Tien Court's menu includes braised shark's fin soup with crab meat; crispy-fried prawns with salt, pepper and cereal; braised Australian abalone with broccoli in superior abalone sauce; and star garoupa Nonya style. Princess Terrace's Reunion Feast With Salmon Yu Sheng has items such as kerabu chicken, char kway teow, Hokkien prawn mee soup, wok-fried slipper lobster and shark's fin omelette. Takeaways are available for set menus ($408++ for six people, $668++ for 10) and individual items, such as salmon/lobster/abalone yu sheng (medium $48 - $68, large $68 - $98), whole suckling pig ($238) and nian gao ($18.80).

WHERE: Copthorne King's Hotel , 403 Havelock Road MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Reunion dinners: Feb 7, 5.30pm & 8pm; Chinese New Year A La Carte/Set menus (Tien Court), Festive Spring Buffet (Princess Terrace) & takeaways: till Feb 22 PRICE: Tien Court: $68++ a person; Princess Terrace: $66.80++ a person ($33.40++ for each child), Festive Spring Buffet lunch/dinner $49.80++ - $51.80++/$51.80++ - $56.80++ TEL: 6318-3193/3198 (Tien Court), 6318-3168 (Princess Terrace) INFO: E-mail tiencourt@millenniumhotels.com, princessterrace@millenniumhotels.com


Order Roses With Your Meal At Prive Grill

The roses start at $60++ for six stalks. The meal starts with chilled leek and potato soup with breaded Canadian oyster and caviar, followed by grilled green and white asparagus with duck liver parfait and butter- poached Australian crayfish. Duck pastilla comes next and then the main course of either Seafood Medley or Josper-grilled spring lamb chops. Dessert is roasted peach with pistachio baklava, fig-honey ice cream and raspberry coulis.

WHERE: 2 Keppel Bay Vista MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Feb 12 - 14 PRICE: $118++ a person ($98++ for bookings before Mon) TEL: 6776-0777 INFO: E-mail reservations@prive.com.sg

Empress Adds A Chinese Spin

Empress Restaurant is giving a traditional Chinese spin to its Valentine's Day set menu, from Suckling Pig And Foie Gras to Lover's Orange (orange granita-filled whole mandarin orange). The meal includes a communal Empress' Signature Roast Platter of char siew, pork ribs and roast pork.

WHERE: 01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Feb 12 - 14; lunch: 11.30am - 3pm; dinner: 6 - 11pm PRICE: $108++ a person ($98++ for bookings before Feb 1 TEL: 6238-8733 INFO: E-mail reservations@empress.com.sg

Anti-Valentine's Day Party At Lucha Loco Duxton Hill

Lucha Loco's Anti-Valentine's Day party is into its fourth year. Singles can expect complimentary tequila shots, Tinder match-ups (Love Me Tinder), pinata bashing aggression- release therapy (bash pictures of your ex) , cupids' shots, mixed beer pong and more.

WHERE: 15 Duxton Hill MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Feb 13; 10pm - 1am PRICE: No cover charge TEL: 6235-8900 INFO: www.luchaloco.com

Love Is In The Air At Dolce Vita

Mandarin Oriental Singapore's Dolce Vita has views of the harbour and the Marina Bay area. The Valentine's Day menu starts with an amuse bouche of scallop tartare, followed by baked lobster tail accompanied by chilli corn espuma, oyster Acquerello risotto and a choice of black cod fish fillet served with coconut and cauliflower or roasted veal loin paired with seared foie gras. Dessert features silky cheeses, strawberry fruity cheese and chocolate creameux.

WHERE: Level 5 Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN: Feb 14, 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: $158++ (four-course), $188++ (five-course) TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail mosin-dining@mohg.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI29A'. Print Edition | Subscribe