What's on in Singapore this week
Singapore Heritage Festival
The Singapore Heritage Festival returns with an exploration of Singapore’s lesser known stories, led by performances, heritage food and a fascinating look at the world of broadcast. Revisit well-loved shows in theatre company Sweet Tooth’s Studio 6, join the revelry of cultural performances at the Bukit Pasoh Street Party, and feast on outdoor installations and stories of Little India’s past at the Ramayana Extravaganza.
Colombian Film Festival
Discover Colombia's vibrant and diverse film scene through the lenses of its homegrown filmmakers. Presenting the inaugural Colombian Film Festival in Singapore, The Embassy of Colombia and The Projector come together to curate a programme featuring contemporary and award-winning titles, which includes coming-of-age drama Gente De Bien and comedy flick, Sofia and the Stubborn.
CÉ LA VI presents Mayday! Mayday!
Say goodbye to the month of April and welcome May with a bang. Revel in the clouds with homegrown music maestros, led by DJ Kiat, as they spin a night of groovy house and tech-influenced tunes. And what's a party without getting a lil messy? Plenty of barbecue bites and booze await at this rooftop party.
Go on this fully self-supported extreme 200km trek around Singapore. A route map is supplied but you're free to venture across the island on your own, covering Pasir Ris all the way to Jurong. Participants have 48 hours to complete the challenge and are required to report locations back to the organiser every six hours.
Hand to God
After shows in Broadway and West End, Hand to God makes its Asian debut. Darkly comedic and potty-mouthed, this play takes no prisoners as it explores the life of a troubled teen. And not an average one at that – the God-fearing protagonist is coming to terms with his father’s death and seeks solace in his mother’s puppet group, only to find the marionettes coming alive in hellish form.
Hong Kong Shop Cats exhibition
Take a closer look at Hong Kong’s busy trades and the cats that rule their retail shops through a series of photographs. It began when Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to Hong Kong and started photographing cats in shops, markets and alleyways. Oh, and the occasional shop dog makes an appearance, too. These are catalogued on his Instagram and website Chinese Whiskers, and will be on display at Artistry as part of the exhibition's first showcase outside of Hong Kong. Some of these images have been collated into the first photobook in the series, Hong Kong Shop Cats, which will be available for sale at Artistry. Come meet the artist during the opening night on April 13. Heijnen will be promoting his book and selling limited edition prints of the felines for your keeping.
New restaurants and bars in SG
Morsels (new location)
Morsels isn’t an unfamiliar name in Singapore’s dining scene, but the restaurant has left its home in Little India for greener pastures at Dempsey. The rustic barnyard-style house features an open kitchen at the back, allowing you to see chef-owner Petrina Loh and her team whip up dishes like her signature steamed venus clams ($24) in fig broth and Firecracker Duroc Pulled Pork ($24), a dish that’ll keep you coming back for more.
Iggy's (new menu)
Iggy’s celebrates 12 years of gastronomy by welcoming diners to try new head chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive’s cuisine. Expect premium Japanese ingredients sourced by Tokyo-based runners and touches of Singaporean flavours – all pulled together with modern European techniques chef Orive honed cooking in avant-garde restaurants around Spain. Each meal ($85/lunch, $195/dinner, up to $235/eight-courses) begins with a series of seasonal snacks such as the innovative roti john made with a spread of chicken liver mousse, foie gras and mushroom duxelles sandwiched between apple meringue.
Alati (new menu)
Alati is a Greek restaurant along Amoy Street that specialises in sustainable seafood caught off the Mediterranean coast. The flavours are kept clean, showcasing the freshness of dishes like the grilled Greek octopus that's served with vinegared onions and confit tomatoes, and shrimp saganaki. Not to be missed is the wide selection of whole fish – from European seabass to Gilt-Head seabream – that's served either grilled on in a salt-baked crust. The latter seals in the fish's natural juices, ensuring you get perfectly moist fillets that's best enjoyed with olive oil with lashings of lemon zest. Aside from seafood, you'll also find Greek classics such as taramosalata, Greek salad and fyllo-wrapped feta on the menu. We recommend ordering a bunch to share for a true Grecian feast.
Durian Fiesta at Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park's annual Durian Fiesta is back, this time with six brand new tantalising creations. There will be a total of 14 premium cakes and pastries, each made with only the best D24 or Mao Shan Wang durians. Our favourites include the D24 Starry Starry Night Ice Cream Cake (from $13), a new cake with a durian ice cream centre wrapped in charcoal sponge. Popular picks like the D24 mousse cake (from $11), D24 puff (from $9) and Mao Shan Wang ice cream tubs ($19) are also available. During Durian Fiesta, Goodwood Park's Sichuan and Cantonese restaurant, Min Jiang, will also offer D24 fried sesame balls (from $11.80), a crispy dim sum dish stuffed with warm durian pulp.
The poké trend shows no signs of slowing down with this opening. Poke Doke delivers an Asian spin on the Hawaiian staple, featuring four flavoured cuts of Norwegian salmon and Ahi tuna. Personalise your bowl (from $12.50) with toppings like flying fish roe, edamame and wakame or more premium options like crispy fish skin and onsen egg.
Kai Garden (new menu)
Having led the team at Michelin-starred Crystal Jade Golden Palace, executive chef Lau Chi Keung is up for a new challenge. Teaming up with Kai Garden's Fung Chi Keung, the duo has revamped the menu – introducing dishes like baked flower crab served in its shell with spring onions and tomato dressing, and cod fish coated in pistachio nuts served with a Japanese-inspired sauce. Fans of the old menu need not worry as the restaurant's signatures like its Peking duck, and sweet and sour pork served on the rocks still remain.
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Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Ann Siang Road and Club Street
Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area