Food events and promotions in SG
Maggie Joan's: Preserving Turkish traditions through gastronomy
For two days only, Maggie Joan's will play host to chef Maksut Aşkar, owner of famed Istanbul restaurant Neolokal. Aşkar keeps traditions alive...
New restaurants and cafés in Singapore
Ola Beach Club
Island life just got a whole lot more interesting with Ola Beach Club, Singapore’s only Hawaiian-themed lifestyle venue. Not only can you savour Hawaiian-style dishes like ahi poke bowls ($20) served with your choice of marinated tuna and Kalua pig tacos ($25), the beach shack also rents out a host of water sports equipment like water-propelled jet packs (from $228) for daredevils who want to try their hand at flying up to nine metres in the air.
The Ottoman Room
Hidden behind the buzzy café-bar Fat Prince lies The Ottoman Room – an opulent, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant where eager servers roll out an endless supply of mezze on a dim sum-style trolley. On top of that, diners can choose larger fish, meat and vegetable dishes like spiced short ribs and stuffed lamb shoulder that’s been grilled for hours in a traditional wood-fired earth pit to share. Wash it down with Lebanese wine, beer made from chickpeas or Raki, a classic Turkish aperitif.
The modern restaurant serves Japanese cuisine with Korean accents like toro caviar ($66), tuna sashimi spiced with gochujang sauce and topped with Oscietra caviar. Other must-tries include the tuna pizza ($25), a thin, crispy pizza base covered with finely sliced tuna over ponzu mayonnaise, sprinkled with truffle oil and shiso leaf. For mains, opt for the fork-tender 48-hour Tajima short rib ($48) or perfectly cooked Jidori chicken ($28) that's served on a bed of truffled mashed potatoes.
For quality produce at affordable prices, head to Porta Fine Food and Import Company. The restaurant-cum-grocer offers two-course set lunches from $18 and also acts as a one-stop shop for your gourmet retail needs. Everything at Porta is curated by executive chef Michael Suyanto who has spent 12 years cooking in the kitchens of luxury hotels and the Les Amis Group. Don't miss his take on chilled angel hair pasta (set lunch only), Spanish octopus ($18), foie gras ($24) and Iberian pork ($26) – you're in for a treat.
Importing more than 20 years of brewing expertise (and excellent tea) to our shores is T2, the Australian brand’s first venture into Asia. Choose from over 140 classic and signature blends (from $15/box), including English Breakfast and French Earl Grey – or go local with Singapore Breakfast, which pays homage to kaya toast with its mix of pu-erh, genmaicha, coconut and pandan. Don't forget to sip on samples at the in-store tea bar.
D'O is a small, 40-seater restaurant in Cornaredo, a nondescript town just outside Milan. There, people wait up to eight months for a taste of Italian celebrity chef Davide Oldani's one-Michelin-starred dishes. His Singapore outpost, FOO'D, brings Oldani's brand of affordable fine dining – 'Cucina Pop' – to Asia, serving signature dishes like caramalised onion with Grana Padano mousse and ice cream. Lunch is priced at $45 for three courses and $52 for four, while a five-course dinner costs $138 and a seven-course dinner is $168.