Welcome to Tasting Tables, a series of dining experiences inspired by our city's gastronomic and culinary offerings.
This inaugural edition features exquisite tasting menus from 11 prolific restaurants, exclusively curated for you.
Tasting Tables run from Oct 31-Nov 9
Artichoke is a Middle Eastern-inspired eatery bursting with flavour and personality, helmed by the equally funky Chef-Owner Bjorn Shen. Its menu is full of unusual ingredient pairings – hummus with tehina, Japanese miso and skhug (Yemeni hot sauce), green harissa prawns drenched in split cream and charred onions, and other imaginative dishes that actually work. You’ll want to sample everything, which is where their focus on sharing plates comes in handy.
Housed in a refurbished 1920s garage within Botanic Gardens, this garden bar and restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine with a twist of Asian flavours. Start off with crunchy asparagus tempura on miso hollandaise, then slurp your way through seasonal oysters dressed in chilli-shallot-fish sauce. The Wagyu Bavette, flank steak served with green sriracha, charred leek flowers and potato terrine is another highlight.
Don’t let the cool rock-and-roll memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe distract from the fact that these folks dish out seriously great nosh. On its well-loved menu are all-American stunners like the world’s first 24K Gold Leaf Steak Burger, alongside Asian flavours (One Night In Bangkok Spicy Shrimp, anyone?). You’ll have a rockin’ good time!
Meatsmith’s second edition serves up all-American barbeque, flavoured with Indian spices and ingredients. Signatures such as the spit-roasted Suckling Pig Crab Briyani, and Kerala Beef Short Rib are whipped up with essential Indian kitchen equipment like the tandoor oven and spit roaster, along with the classic southern smoker.
More of an open secret amongst foodies, the recently launched restaurant serves dimsum and comfort food by day, and modern Chinese tapas by night. Communal dining is emphasised here – connect over shared plates of steamed codfish, char siew kurobuta pork belly, as well as their extensive selection of beers, wines and baijius (white spirits).
Perched atop Fullerton Pavilion at Marina Bay, Monti’s breathtaking view of the city’s skyline is rivalled only by its swanky interiors – and premium Tuscan-Italian fare, co-curated by Chefs Felix Chong and Emanuele Faggi. Try the Burratina Cheese with 18 Months Aged San Daniele Ham and the Charcoal Grilled Prime Ribeye Steak to experience the full Monti.
The Spot, which is located in Singapore’s Downtown district is the place to wine and dine. The all-day dining cafe, restaurant, bar and cigar lounge serves contemporary European cuisine crafted with Southeast Asian ingredients. After a hearty meal over dishes like the Hand-chopped Beef Tartare and Glazed Local Duck Breast, explore the wine and whisky collection at 1855 The Bottle Shop and The Macallan Boutique @ 1855.
Ditch the urban jungle for an idyllic "countryside" meal at The Summerhouse. Located at The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, the farm-to-table restaurant serves nature-inspired fare made with locally-sourced ingredients. Complete your meal with dishes like the red snapper with charred artichoke barigoule or the 100-hour cooked mayura wagyu brisket.
From the company behind Singapore’s first certified organic farm comes Tordu, a new contender to the farm-to-table scene. What sets Tordu apart is its unconventional concept – menuless dining created with nothing but fresh produce and culinary ingenuity. On its tasting menu however, expect intriguing flavours brought to life through dishes like the Grilled Pichana with blueberry coulis and roasted eggplant with sour cream and anchovies.
The Spanish restaurant and bar has reopened at The Alkaff Mansion, with a Basque-inspired twist. In addition to signature favourites like their suckling pig, paella selections and grills, diners can also enjoy traditional Basque dishes. Order the padron peppered grilled pluma iberico pork, or salted cod with jamon iberico with white bean and tomato couli.
Wakanui Grill spotlights the finest beef and lamb meats the South Island of New Zealand has to offer, grilled over Japan-sourced Binchotan charcoal to enhance natural flavours. Try their signature grass-fed Ocean Beef Ribeye and Wakanui Spring Lamb Chop, both dry-aged to juicy perfection.