Singapore Food Festival
Get your loose trousers ready. There’s a spate of local-loving gastronomic events at this year’s Singapore Food Festival, from classes on Peranakan cuisine to mod-Sin dinners
Opening November 2015. It has a name! After news leaked about the Lo & Behold Group (The White Rabbit, The Black Swan, Loof) collaborating with ex-JAAN head chef Julien Royer to set up shop at the National Gallery, we've poked around online and found its name: Odette. Interestingly, that's the name of the good swan in the Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, which seems to contrast the Group's roaring '20s bar and restaurant on Cecil Street. Early news reports say that the 40-seater fine dining restaurant will serve Royer's inventive French cuisine for lunch and dinner when it opens in November.
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Canopy Garden Dining
Canopy at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park II has been given an overhaul – diners who choose to sit indoors can still enjoy the green view. Old signatures like the Yorkshire pork rack ($27) and beef cheek bourguignon ($27) return, and can be paired with the 30-strong list of wines ($11/glass, $66-$135/bottle). The restaurant also puts on a brunch menu, which includes its own muesli ($13) and waffles ($14).
After almost three years quenching a thirst for good-value French wines at its Shaw Centre nook, Caveau Bar moves to the second floor of the mall and adds daytime hours to its operations. Complementing the largely French collection of over 200 wines ($7-$22/glass, $25-$140/bottle) – a selection of six whites and six reds are also dispensed in 25, 75 and 150ml portions – are espresso-based drinks ($3.50-$7) brewed with Nylon Coffee Roasters beans, and the tarts baked next door by sister bakery Tarte by Cheryl Koh. Pop by Sundays to Thursdays to try a tasting flight ($50/four half glasses).
Its restaurant, bar, gym and workspace are for members only, but thankfully, the cocktail and tapas bar on the first level is open to plebs like us. Mark Graham Thomas, formerly from B Bar at Bacchanalia, leads the cocktail programme here. He offers novel mixes ($18-$28) like the Inomini Patri ($24), with bourbon, sherry and blue cheese, and the Daiquiri Salato ($26): Jamón- and bacon-infused rum that’s tempered with balsamic vinegar, pineapple and rosemary. There are also craft and premium spirits ($16-$60/glass, $180-$750/bottle). For snacking, the kitchen turns out a large menu, including sea urchin au gratin ($20), mini beef burgers ($17) and ribeye steaks ($23). Club 39’s also open during breakfast and brunch hours, whipping up plates like truffled eggs with Jamón Ibérico ($22), lobster rolls ($40) and fresh fruit with Greek yoghurt ($12.50).
Density is a frozen custard store set up by a local sibling duo who picked up their skills at the Frozen Dessert Institute of America. Serving only three flavours a day, the store uses a creamy frozen custard naturally sweetened by fresh milk and cream as a base for add-ins like buttered popcorn, red velvet, Ferrero Rocher, quadruple chocolate, and black forest ($4-$9.50). Optional toppings like berries, nuts, seasonal produce and granola are also available for all you #cleaneaters. This venue accepts cash only.
FIX Cafe pays more attention to the barbecue in its new FIX Grill. Diners can chow down on slow-roasted half chicken with porcini cream sauce ($19) or the bone-in beef short ribs ($32), which is slow-cooked for 24 hours. To cut the smoke is a selection of handcrafted sodas ($4-$5.50) with combinations like strawberry and sweet basil, and pineapple and passionfruit. From Fridays to Sundays, FIX Grill also rolls out a menu of specials featuring fresh and seasonal items fired up on the fly.
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