ANDRE Opens; Austrian Wine Festival & Candle Night @ Marina Bay

Just when I think things are beginning to die down a little, events such as the Austrian Wine Festival 2010 keep me on my tippy toes. In its second year, this month-long celebration of more than 60 wines from Austria involves over 10 different restaurants around town including Bistro Soori, Esmirada and Fifty Three. Together with some good media friends, I shamelessly indulged in a nine-course feast, with exquisite wines, hosted at Brasserie WOLF (#01-13 The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd., 6835-7818). One of my favorites was Chef Angelo Sanelli’s pan-seared foie gras and rosemary quail breast on a divine fig and walnut bread. The festival kicks off with an opening dinner ($125) at Brasserie WOLFon Oct 15. For more details, check out their Facebook page “Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010,” through Nov 15.
After a long overdue visit, I finally made it down to Tiffin Club (16 Jiak Chuan Rd., 6323-3189). It’s an intimate space, which would be perfect for a quiet, romantic meal. Too bad I was there with my boss (no offence intended, I swear). I’m dead certain he would’ve traded my company for that of a sweet young thing in half a second. But I digress. The appetizer platter ($23) is a great sharing portion of crisp laksa croquettes, chicken satay, tahu telor and spicy mango salad. Pork two ways ($28) consists of a pork loin roulade of spinach with a Chinese scallop sauce and an orange-tamarind glazed barbeque pork belly with butternut squash. The pork belly was an impressive showcase of Chef Iskander Latiff’s culinary skills. I would have gladly polished off mountainous plates of the stuff. Delicately-scented lemongrass panna cotta ($8) was a delightful note to end our meal on.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away is André Chiang’s highly-anticipated restaurant, ANDRE (41 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-8880), which threw open its doors last Sunday. I’m itching to give it a whirl. Hopefully I can find some time to head down for a taste of chef Chiang’s superb food.
If you’re feeling romantically-inclined, or environmentally so, The Fullerton Heritage will be collaborating with The Lighting Detectives and turning off the lights for Candle Night @ Marina Bay on Oct 15. This one night affair will turn One Fullerton and Clifford Pier into a candle-lit dining destination (at least you know who turned off the lights).