Once Upon A Secret Supper
Founded by Angie Ma 10 years ago while she was living in Melbourne, Once Upon A Secret Supper is unlike any of the other private dining experience currently available in Singapore. For one, instead of booking out the whole space, you’re only allowed two seats in order to encourage you to mix with the other guests and make some new friends. There's no fixed theme – the dinners happen every quarter and follow a different concept each time. Its most recent run, Secretos de Mexico, focused on the hidden flavours of the country. There's no permanent location or chef, in Angie reaches out to volunteer hosts who loan their homes for a night as well as cooks who are specialists in the cuisine selected for the specific theme.
WHAT IT’S LIKE Once Upon A Secret Supper's latest run was held in a beautiful resort home in the east of Singapore. At the front porch, a bartender from Proof & Company whipped up a Jalisco Punch, a spicy jalapeno cocktail made with tequila. She also gave us an education on the process of making mezcal and took us through a tasting flight during dinner. Mariachi music played in the background as we were treated to course after course of Mexican dishes from parrotfish ceviche and slow-cooked duck and mole poblanos to barbecued octopus and jicama salad.
The most notable dish was a platter of homemade tamales prepared by Maribel Colmenares and her mother. They used to run a tamales stall in Mexico before moving here and starting Tamales Mexicanos en Singapur. And where there’s food, there had to be wine. Sommelier Denise McCann paired the dishes with three glasses of Spanish wine to complement the spicy kick of the Mexican dishes.
HOW TO BOOK Angie and her team started Once Upon A Secret Supper out of a passion for food. It’s an outlet for their creativity so they never do the same dinner twice. You can sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Instagram (@once.upon.a.secret.supper) to find out when the next dinner is taking place. Prices range from $168 to $188 for a full tasting menu and drinks pairing.