While the headliner this month still belongs to the World Gourmet Summit with a bunch of dining events to check out, there is something new for the busy bees working within the CBD area as well. Those looking for some fun in the sun while chowing down on grilled meats can have it at Sentosa’s upcoming event. Plus, those hankering for a comforting bowl of laksa or porridge can now get your cravings fulfilled within the comfort of a hotel.
World Gourmet Summit goes into full swing
The annual World Gourmet Summit may have began towards the tail end of March, but is going strong heading into April with many events worth going to. For those who have always wondered how a cantonese dim sum and cocktail pairing menu might be like, head over to Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard on Apr 1 and try it’s five-course degustation dinner set for $60 per person. Meanwhile, rooftop restaurant Artemis Grill is hosting a seafood set dinner ($128) of their own on Apr 5, featuring cuisine like razor clam tagliolini, yellowtail loin and French abalone that are all sustainably sourced.
Those anticipating the arrival of Artbox can start rearing up at Tamarind Hill’s A Night Thai Market event on Apr 8 that allows diners to feast on an array of Bangkok street food staples and free flow beer for a flat rate of $80. Grabbing our attention too is contemporary Australian restaurant Salted & Hung‘s new edition of its beer pairing menu ($108 per person) in collaboration with craft beer brewery Stockade Brewing Co on Apr 12. The six-course set features standards like wagyu flanks paired with a hoppy lager, as well as more adventurous takes like pavlova paired with a chilli mocha pale stout. More details on World Gourmet Summit’s events here.
Balinese favourites are coming to town
The culinary team behind award-winning The Villas at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali will be taking over the kitchen of Town Restaurant in The Fullerton Hotel Singapore from Apr 4-14, bringing their famed recipes along with them. Their whole roasted babi guling will undoubtedly be the star of the show with its irresistible salty crisp skin, as well as street food classics like nasi jenggo and bebek betutu. Enjoy these Balinese classics alongside Town’s signature dinner buffet spread of local favorites like laksa and Hainanese chicken rice. Be sure to come with empty stomachs. Find out more on their website here.
Healthy eats and deliveries within the CBD
Mediterranean small-plates stalwart Lolla is now available on UberEats, Deliveroo and Honestbee (from 11:30am-2pm Mon-Sat) to satisfy your lunchtime hunger pangs from the comfort of your office. It’s a nice change of palate from your usual CBD area finds with dishes like swimmer crab lasagna, braised beef tongue, burrata tomato salad, and more to choose from. They are also introducing several items that are delivery-only too, so those who have already visited the restaurant can find something new on the menu. Find out more here.
Busy executives often depend on the sandwich to tide them over, and now there is a healthy, low-calorie option released by Kraftwich that is Health Promotion Board-approved. This new range of sandwiches are massive, comes packed with nutritious ingredients like flax seeds, soya, rye and oats, yet remains surprisingly tasty. Choose from options like smoked duck, beef pastrami and Thai spicy chicken that are all below 500 calorie count. Kraftwich stores can be found all around the CBD. Find out more here.
Satisfy your love for laksa
The Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel may be known for its Taiwanese porridge menu, but from Apr 1-May 21, laksa lovers can satiate their cravings within the comforts of the heritage hotel. Try the more decadent laksa with crab leg meat ($21), the wok-hei tinted dry laksa ($19), the unique laksa fried rice ($19) or just go for the classic laksa Singapura ($19). While you’re there (and if you still have stomach space), feel free to grab a bowl of Taiwanese porridge from the restaurant’s updated menu. For the full list of dishes, head over to their website here.
It’s time for Free Cone Day again
We all know the drill by now. Head over to one of Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops located at 313 Somerset, Dempsey or Vivo City, and simply queue up for your free ice-cream. This year, choose from among 16 different flavours on Apr 4 from noon to 8pm. A welcomed surprise for Universal Studios parkgoers: every ticket holder will also get a free scoop at the theme park. More on Free Cone Day here.
Have a taste of Italy
For three days only, ilLido at The Cliff, located within the resort-like Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, will be playing host to guest one Michelin-starred chef Gianpaolo Raschi. From Apr 4-5, rub shoulders with the Rimini native from 6pm-10:30pm as you dine on creations like chilled red prawn minestrone with almond milk, spaghettoni with sea urchins, and crispy beef tenderloin with smoked potatoes and truffle butter. Then on Apr 6, feast on a five-course dinner menu ($148; $188 with wine pairing) specially prepared by Raschi in collaboration with Angra Wines & Spirits general manager Giacomo Pallesi. More on ILido here.
It doesn’t get classier than a romantic picnic with wine
Classy heritage hotel, check. French rose wines, check. Picnic under the stars, check. Those looking for a night of elegant romance need look no further than Raffles Hotel Singapore’s A Chic Wine Picnic ($98 per person) taking place on Apr 7 at 6.30pm. The hotel’s wine director, Stephanie Rigourd, will personally be presenting four kinds of rose wines to go along with bites and nibbles prepared by an in-house culinary team, as you and your special someone enjoy the lush greenery and privacy afforded by the hotel’s Palm Court. For reservation details, go here.
Feast on seasonal sakura-inspired Japanese dishes
Wisma Atria’s Japanese food enclave is throwing a springtime celebration in conjunction with the sakura season that is in full bloom in Japan right now. From now to Apr 16, Japan Food Town will be colored pink with sakura-inspired menus featuring popular spring ingredients such as bamboo shoots, sakura shrimp and nanohana. Besides trying dishes created by over 16 restaurants, look out for a sakura display using real sakura flowers flown in from Japan. Get updates on their website here.
Eat and drink by the beachfront
Sentosa is launching its first-ever Siloso GrillFest, a two-weekend (Apr 13-16; Apr 21-23) beachside BBQ party that brings together 20 mobile booths operated by F&B establishments from Amara Sanctuary Resort, Wave House Sentosa, Ola Beach Club, and more. Be sure to check out the 4.5 meter-long BBQ pit, which may be the longest in Singapore, as you chow down on hearty meats and as local music acts play live. Get updated on the festival’s lineup on Sentosa’s website here.
Savour food from Singapore’s award-winning restaurants, all under one roof
Eight months have gone by since restaurants were given Michelin stars and Bib Gourmand awards for the first time in Singapore. But if you haven’t had the time or couldn’t be bothered to get in line just to wait an hour for a meal, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s going to be a major street food festival where you can try the diverse flavors from these award-winning restaurants. The Michelin Guide Street Food Festival will take place on Apr 14-15 at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, featuring a stellar line-up of eateries such as Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, Bib Gourmand awardee Wedang (known for traditional Malay classics like Gado-Gado), Michelin-star award restaurants like Song of India, Shoukouwa and Joel Robuchon Restaurant. They’ll be showcasing their some of the signature dishes a la hawker style from a super affordable $2.50 onwards. Tickets here.