Happenings - Food


Hokkaido Kaiseki At Keyaki

Chef Hiroshi Ishii presents three eight-course kaiseki meals showcasing seasonal produce and seafood from Hokkaido. Available for lunch and dinner, guests may select from the Hokkai, Donan or Hakodate menus, from $168. The grilled or simmered kinki fish is one of Hokkaido's premium specialities as the chilly waters allow the fish to develop a delicate layer of fat that gives the meat a sweeter flavour and tender texture. A seasonal favourite, the king crab, is lightly grilled to maintain its delicate texture, fragrant flavour and sweet meat.

Another dish is the Ishikari Nabe (Salmon Miso Hot Pot), a dish traditionally served during the winter months in Hokkaido. It comprises salmon, seasonal vegetables and Hokkaido potatoes simmered in a savoury miso broth.

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WHERE: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4 MRT: Promenade WHEN: Jan 20 - Feb 26; lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm, dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm PRICE: Eight-course set menus at $168++, $188++ & $198++ TEL: 6826-8240 INFO: E-mail celebrate.sin@panpacific.com

Rejuvenation Afternoon Tea At Axis Bar And Lounge

Start your year on a refreshing note with Axis Bar And Lounge's Rejuvenation Afternoon Tea.

Items include roasted baby beet and feta on rye bread, avocado and crab on pumpernickel, Madagascar vanilla oat scones, sardine and sun-dried tomato puff, passion fruit coconut sable and pistachio raspberry couche, paired with a selection of TWG teas.

WHERE: Axis Bar and Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN: Today - Jan 31, 3 - 5pm with additional seating 12.30 - 2.30pm on weekends and public holidays PRICE: $42++ a person, $80++ for two TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail mosin-dining@mohg.com

Flavours Of Spring At Swissotel Merchant Court

Ellenborough Market Cafe's Claypot Treasures can be ordered a la carte during its buffet lunch and dinner daily. Each portion is good for two to four people. Highlights include Claypot Fish Head, with Curry Fish Head, Nonya Fish Head and Assam Fish Head options.

WHERE: 20 Merchant Road, Lobby Level, Ellenborough Market Cafe MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till Jan 31 PRICE: $58++ a claypot for two to four people for lunch daily ($29++ for each child), $78++ for dinner ($39++ for each child), $40++ for High Tea on weekend and public holiday ($20++ for each child) TEL: 6239-1847/1848 INFO: E-mail emc.reservations@swissotel.com

Smokin' New Line-up At Red Eye Smokehouse

For those craving a lighter meal, Red Eye Smokehouse is offering modestly-sized sandwiches with its BBQ smoked meats - the working man's lunch. Thick layers of smoked brisket and chopped pork with smoked sausages, which have been given a signature dry rub and smoked "low and slow" for up to 12 hours, matched with its crunchy coleslaw and home-cured pickle, are stacked between buttery brioche buns. Another speciality BBQ sandwich addition is the smoked fried chicken sandwich. Holiday specials include wagyu brisket ($17 for 100g), leg of lamb ($13 for 100g), and glazed gammon ham ($7 for 100g).

WHERE: 1 Cavan Road MRT: Lavender WHEN: Wed - Fri, 5 -10.30pm; Sat, 12 -3pm, 5 - 10.30pm; Sun, 12 - 3pm, 5 -9pm PRICE: Lunch at $16-$20 TEL: 6291-0218 INFO: E-mail enquire@redeyesmoke.sg

The Rising Sons Of Japan At Me@OUE

This one-night-only collaboration features chef Chen Kentaro from Shisen Hanten, eldest son of Iron Chef Chen Kenichi, teaming up with chef Hashida Kenjiro, son of chef Tokio Hashida from Hashida Sushi. Their eight-course dinner menu interprets classic Japanese and Chinese flavours with seasonal ingredients. Dishes include sea urchin cream croquette; foie gras chawanmushi; Sichuan-style wagyu beef striploin; omakase winter sushi and almond pudding with black truffle.

WHERE: Me@OUE, OUE Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay, Rooftop Level MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Jan 28 PRICE: $295++ a person TEL: 6634-4555 INFO: E-mail enquiry@me-oue.com or go to me-oue.com

The All-Time Greatest Hits At 10 On Claymore

The restaurant's most popular dishes appear in a single spread during this promotion. Highlights include five varieties of freshly shucked oysters from the United States, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand; signature items such as Peddler's Famous Char Kway Teow; and Asian dishes such as Blackmore Wagyu Beef in Teppan Style, Penang assam laksa and teriyaki unagi-don.

WHERE: Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore, 10 Claymore Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Jan 31 PRICE: Lunch: $42++ a person (weekday), $48++ a person (weekend); dinner: $68++ a person daily TEL: 6831-6686 INFO: E-mail dining.ppsgo@panpacific.com

Winter Kaiseki At Akari Dining & Bar

Chef Hirotaka Murata presents two 10-course winter kaiseki dinner menus, showcasing seasonal ingredients such as cod fish milt, tile fish and yellowtail.

Indulge in courses such as a sashimi platter featuring fresh cuts flown in twice weekly from Japan; tile fish braised with yuzu citrus; unagi porridge cooked in an earthen pot; and grilled wagyu beef with hoba miso on a magnolia leaf.

Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

WHERE: 01-02 Marina Bay Financial Centre, 8A Marina Boulevard, Ground Plaza MRT: Downtown WHEN: Till Feb 29 PRICE: $100++ a person and $150++ a person TEL: 6634-0100 INFO: www.akaridiningbar.com and www.facebook.com/Akari.Marina

Boulevard Fire And Sake Ramen At Shin-Sapporo Ramen

Ramen lovers can order Shin-Sapporo's new Fire Ramen ($15.80++, advance reservations recommended). Hot garlic oil is lit and poured into a bowl of Hakata noodles in pork-bone broth, forming a column of fire.

Also, Sake Ramen specials return, including Tonkotsu Sake Ramen ($15.80++), made with a customisable level of sake. Sake Ramen and Fire Ramen dishes are available only at Orchard Gateway and Century Square outlets.

WHERE: B2-04A/05 Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, tel: 6702-4906; B1-10/11 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, tel: 6783-6304 MRT: Somerset/ Tampines WHEN: Ongoing INFO: shin-sappororamen.com and www.facebook.com/ ShinSapporoRamen

Penang Hawkers Fare At York Hotel

Twenty-two of Penang's favourite hawkers return to White Rose Cafe to cook up a storm of Penang's authentic street food. Enjoy unlimited servings of char kway teow, Penang prawn mee, Penang laksa, nasi lemak served with Nonya chicken kapitan, crispy lor bak, Penang rojak, cuttlefish kang kong, oyster omelette and soup or dry kway teow, plus desserts including ban chang kueh, ice kacang and chendol. Diners stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as accommodation and meal vouchers, and a top prize (worth more than $1,500) of a weekend stay in a Premier Room for a family of up to four.

WHERE: 21 Mount Elizabeth MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Sun, lunch: noon - 2.30pm, dinner: 6.30 - 10pm PRICE:$28.80++ a person, $20.80++ a child TEL: 6830-1156 INFO: www.yorkhotel.com.sg


Galette des Rois

Jazz up your New Year party with Paul Singapore's galettes des rois or King Cake, a crisp pastry filled with almond marzipan. Buy the whole galette and you will receive a charm and crown to insert into the pastry for one of your lucky guests to find in their slice and be crowned the king or queen. Post a photo with your crown on Instagram with the hashtag #paulsg and redeem a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, limited to one redemption a post.

WHERE: All eight Paul Singapore outlets including Westgate, Tanglin Mall and Takashimaya WHEN: Till Jan 31, or while stocks last PRICE: $6++ a piece, $25++ whole INFO: www.facebook.com/ PAUL1889.singapore

Lunch at Copthorne King's Hotel's Starscafe

Treat your loved ones at Starscafe with a four-course set menu, which features double-boiled chicken consomme with wolfberries and abalone mushroom, a choice of either baked medallion of Atlantic cod with coconut crust and miso cream or grilled ribeye steak with shallot red wine sauce and onion jam and more.

WHERE: 392 Havelock Road MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Today PRICE: $68++ a person TEL: 6318-3168 INFO: E-mail princessterrace@millenniumhotels.com

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki

Celebrate the new year Japanese-style, with chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara's traditional five-course osechi-ryori, whose dishes and seasonal ingredients hold symbolic significance. Dishes include samimaki ebi (tiger prawn) signifying longevity; hana renkon (lotus root) a Buddhist symbol of purity, a clean mind and smooth affairs in life; kuromame (black beans) symbolising good health; golden kuri shibukawa ni (chestnuts) representing good fortune; yakimochi shiromiso shitate (grilled mochi in white miso soup), for strength and prosperity; and tai sugatayaki (grilled whole seabream with salt). Advance reservations recommended.

WHERE: B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Today & tomorrow, lunch: 11.30am - 1pm & 1.30 - 3pm; today only, dinner: 7pm PRICE: $188++ a person TEL: 6235-1088/8188-0900 INFO: kaisekiyoshiyuki.com


Taste Of Japan Pairing Menu At Ikyu

Marrying modern Japanese cuisine with premium sake, the five-course festive menu includes duck foie gras terrine with figs; mussels simmered with sake; charcoal-grilled robata Mangalica pork with vegetables; and three kinds of nigiri sushi and maki sushi; and seasonal fruit. Optional sake pairing comprises: Sawaya Matsumoto Junmai Ginjo and Maikyoshisui Junmai Ginjo, plus Kuroki Honten Nakanaka Shochu and a cocktail featuring Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Whisky.

WHERE: 5 Yong Siak Street MRT: Tiong Bahru WHEN: Till Jan 15 PRICE: Food menu $88++ a person; sake pairing $58++ a person TEL: 9663-2003 INFO: www.ikyu.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Food'. Print Edition | Subscribe