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Quick Bites: what to eat in Singapore this week

Our round-up of news about food served in bite-sized portions

Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan
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Tired of hearing this question: what should we eat (or drink) today? Well, us too. With new choices popping up every month, deals dropping every week, and cravings that fluctuate daily, choosing just what to eat can be challenging. To help you decide on what's worth eating, we round up some of the latest food drops, events and happenings in town in this easy, bite-sized list. For foodies, by foodies.

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Eat

  • Hotels
  • Orchard

The latest Häagen-Dazs collaboration with world-renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé debuts an exclusive macaron ice cream range. And now till May 31, there will be free scoops of these tasty treats available for all to redeem at the chic grounds of voco Orchard Singapore. Sink your teeth into crunchy chewy bits of macaron shells added to the creamy Häagen-Dazs ice cream for that signature almond flavour. The range includes three different flavours of ice cream: Strawberry & Raspberry, Double Chocolate Ganache, and Yuzu & Lemon. While you're at it, you can also find out which macaron ice cream flavour you best identify with using the Häagen-Dazs Instagram Filter. 

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Raffles Place

Walking along the bustling Boat Quay stretch, it is hard to distinguish the sea of restaurants apart from one another. But Eat Sum Thing manages to carve out an unpretentiously cosy space where like-minded people can gather around and be comfortable in their own skin over some properly good food and music. At the helm is ex-Les Amis Group alumnus Brandon Lee and the young chef is all about making fine dining accessible through his elevated modern Asian plates. The fuss-free booze list features approachable bottles of natural wines and sessionable craft beers and they only go for $10 during happy hours (Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 5pm to 8pm).

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Tanjong Pagar

For the first time ever, Allpress Espresso will have its very own cafe and retail pop-up in Singapore at the trendy Tanjong Pagar enclave. The six-month pop-up is set to headline with two Allpress signature medium roast blends. Of course, quintessential brews are also available and start from $5. There is also a pour-over bar that features a seasonal single-origin bean ( from $8) brewed with either the V60 or the Kalita.

In the munch section, there are savoury bagels, pastries, cakes and ice creams by The Dark Gallery to pair. Think coffee-inspired creations such as coffee basque cheesecake ($8), espresso chocolate granola jar ($8), dirty caramel chips ice cream ($6) and even a vegan-friendly cold brew sorbet ($6).

Indian Accent

Mandala Masters’ latest gastronomic residency hosts Indian Accent, a widely celebrated restaurant in New Delhi best known for pioneering itself as a modern Indian restaurant globally. Chef Manish Mehrotra and Chef Shantanu Mehrotra plates up their progressive take on Indian cuisine from Tuesday to Saturday. Diners can still look forward to exciting dishes such as the Kanyakumari crab with sago pongal (South Indian porridge) and delicate caviar and, of course, the succulent wagyu pathar kebab (lamb) with bone marrow nihari (stew) adorned with lily buds. Lunch starts from $188 and dinner from $238.

Drink

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Rochor

Fortune Centre is known for some of the best hidden Japanese food haunts in town and this new-in-town secret requires you to keep your eyes peeled. Behind a seemingly listless row of Japanese vending machines hides a secret entrance to a Japanese izakaya that specializes in anything and everything umeshu. Boasting Singapore’s largest umeshu collection, the quirky 32-seater space even offers umeshu from Wakayama (near Osaka), widely known as the birthplace of Japanese plum liquor. Journey your tastebuds to 30-over variations of umeshu from the classic sweet and tart to something bold and spicy, all made available to enjoy on the rocks or as highballs. Otherwise, flip through the umeshu bible for crafted plum-liquor-based cocktails designed to feed your cameras.

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Tea-tails anyone? Nope, you’ve not heard wrong. These highly anticipated tea-infused cocktails hail from the award-winning Mixology Salon of Ginza, Tokyo. Bringing a slice of Japanese tea culture to Singapore, the Robertson Quay pop-up opens with time-tested signatures, each made upon order. Expect masterful use of quality ingredients like Maccha, Gyokuro, Hoji cha, and Oolong in tandem with precise temperature play to result in highly nuanced tipples. If you’re eager to try their signature tea-tails, they are now soft-open and pouring from Wednesday to Saturday, 3pm to 9pm.

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