Luxe Dining Singapore

by | Aug 3, 2015

Singapore’s fine dining scene can inundate gourmands with many options but our pick of posh eateries that provide not only spectacular food but also sumptuous interiors and sometimes, enviable eagle eye’s views, is a sure-fire means to impress your date or peers.

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Singapore’s fine dining scene can inundate gourmands with many options but our pick of posh eateries that provide not only spectacular food but also sumptuous interiors and sometimes, enviable eagle eye’s views, is a sure-fire means to impress your date or peers.

THE DISGRUNTLED CHEF With interiors leaning towards industrial form with hints of modernity, The Disgruntled Chef’s loyalists will know it’s not the decor they are after, rather their servings of modern European dishes helmed by its founder and Executive Chef Daniel Sia. However, its Head Chef Jac Lim is really the backburner of this eatery as it serves French-inspired, openfaced sandwiches, Irish Benedict with corned beef hash and even comforting food like stuffed eggplant on grilled pita bread. The restaurant’s uniqueness is its serving of food in “small plates” and “big plates” for individual and communal dining. With an accompanying bar serving designer cocktails, this underrated establishment has gourmands flocking to Dempsey Hill over the weekends. 26B Dempsey Road.

THE TIPPLING CLUB Born in Wiltshire, UK, Ryan Clift’s storied career has allowed him to work with some of the world’s greatest chefs such as Marco-Pierre White and Emmanuel Renuat. Since 2008, Clift has made Singapore his home, establishing Tippling Club as we know it. As a purveyor of progressive modern European cuisine, one can expect inventive cocktails paired with a raft of ingredients sourced locally or imported from far-flung destinations. Here, diners have no a la carte options, rather degustation menus in 6 or 12 courses. Expect culinary theatrics as you dine in the 34-seater dining room decorated with modern industrial aesthetics that emanate a laidback vibe. 38 Tanjong Pagar.

FORLINO is no stranger to the Italian dining scene in Singapore. Its newest chef is indeed a rising star from Japan who happens to create some of the most sumptuous dishes with a modern flair. The Aomori-born tastemaker Yohhei Sasaki has worked in two-Michelin star Ristorante Arnolfo in Tuscany, Italy, and it’s no surprise he’s able to concoct burrata in gazpacho complemented by caviar olive oil bubbles, smooth rucola sorbet and crispy pork prosciutto. The ability to add Japanese-sourced ingredients such as Hokkaido scallops and clams shows his passion in finessing Italian cuisine with a master’s touch. The 90-seat restaurant affords breath-taking views of Marina Bay Sands while chic furniture and glass chandeliers gussy up its modern interior. Here’s a fine dining experience that’s comforting and sophisticated. One Fullerton Road, #02-16 One Fullerton.

THE LIGHTHOUSE @ FULLERTON HOTEL Housed in a heritage building – The Fullerton Hotel – The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar’s prime location is always a classy venue for cosy, group dinners or for a romantic, intimate repast. Perched at the apex of the hotel, diners take in the enviable views of Marina Bay and the city skyline, and sit in classical-style interiors with a modern edge. Here, the 52-seat establishment’s cuisine is helmed under the deft hands of chef de cuisine Carlo Marengoni who has 35 years of invaluable culinary experience. Under the Lombardy-born chef’s expertise, you can indulge in home-cooked Italian food with a sophisticated touch. Tuck into classic dishes such as octopus and potato salad, homemade pork-stuffed casoncelli pasta with crispy bacon and even tantalising baked seabass carpaccio decorated with baby calamari, prawns, olives and capers. 1 Fullerton Square.

ZAFFERANO Nestled in the heart of the central business district of Singapore is Zafferano. Perched 43 floors above ground, diners can enjoy cocktails or an indulgent repast at its 146-seater restaurant, bar or lounge. Dinner is the best time for patrons to take in the sights of the cityscape and enjoy a meal in its posh, Italian-style interiors. Here, head chef Marco Guccio is no stranger to Singapore’s Italian dining scene. Expect to savour culinary gems such as pan-seared Hokkaido scallops served with Jerusalem artichoke cream veloute, sauteed chanterelle mushrooms or sink your teeth into the unctuous and tender slow-cooked US prime beef short ribs, sauteed potatoes and asparagus, veal reduction. A must-try dessert is the crispy almond wafers, coffee essence, mascarpone, 70 per cent dark Varlhona chocolate mousse and fresh berries. Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43.

JAAN Having jumped six spots to eleventh place on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2015, Jaan has certainly come a long way to achieve its much-deserved accolades as its team and chef take pride and passion in their work. Serving innovative, modern French cuisine, the 40-seater chic restaurant offers breathtaking views of Singapore’s picturesque urban vistas. With cuisine concocted by chef de cuisine Julien Royer who hails from Auvergne, France, diners can expect seasonal produce tempered with artisanal French cooking styles. Serving lunch (3-course) and dinner (5- or 7-course), degustation menus, you can regale in creations such as confit rainbow trout cooked with Kurobuta pork, miso caramel and yuzu, paired with a 2012 Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Even its petite but beautifully plated rosemary smoked organic egg served with Ratte potato, chorizo iberico and buckwheat demands a discerning palate as you quaff a glass of La Goulee 2009 from Bordeaux, France. Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex.

RANG MAHAL Pampering diners with modern Indian cuisine since 1971 is a challenge, considering it is a cuisine known to locals as common street food. Nevertheless, Rang Mahal’s own brand of Indian food inspired by northern, coastal and southern regions of India has its own discerning clientele. The cavernous restaurant affords high ceilings, modern aesthetics, upholstered banquette seats and candle-lit tables which are punctuated by tasteful artworks and Ganesh statues. With a choice of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes, one can tuck into notable creations such as Tava scallops garnished with green chilli and coconut sauce or savour the Samarkand prawns where plump crustaceans filled with crabmeat, young ginger and garlic sing in your mouth. End lunch or repast with a modern take on Chowka Dahi which is a lightly tempered yoghurt tossed with curry leaves, mustard seeds and asafoetida. Pan Pacific Hotel, Level 3.

ADRIFT Adrift may not be on the tongues of local gourmands but mention David Myers and your eyes will light up. The celebrity tastemaker brings his brand of California cuisine to Asia with playful artisanal toasts with charcoal-grilled treats. A whimsical take of east-meets-west cuisine, diners can lap up caramel popcorn with Togarashi and king crab melt with pimento cheese. Dishes that deserve seconds include preserved green papaya soup with Maine lobster and sago while the to-die-for buckwheat battered chicken with karashi honey mustard sauce and foie gras bahn mi is instant gratification. The expansive 143-seat, 4,000-square-foot restaurant accommodates a bar while its restaurant embodies homely comfort courtesy of upholstered banquettes and dining chairs and industrial pendant lighting. Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2.

CUT Wolfgang Puck needs no introduction, if not, you’ve been living in a grotto for too long! The Austrian-born chef’s forte is all about crafting juicy steaks imported from artisanal farms such as Hokkaido in Japan, U.S.D.A. prime beef from Illinois US and 300-day grain fed Australian Angus. The 138-seat restaurant is usually packed with high-rollers and the well-heeled, so kudos if you can secure a spot. Whether you ravenously chow down a pricey Wagyu steak or indulge in the plump pan-roasted Maine lobster with black truffle sabayon, you’ll eat in awe of the dazzling interiors which are festooned with lacquered bronze panels, plush upholstery and mesmerising lighting. Marina Bay Sands, B1-71, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay

STELLAR AT 1-ALTITUDE is an experience not to be missed because dining on modern cuisine perched 62 floors above ground is just extraordinary. Helmed by its executive chef Christopher Millar who was trained under celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson in London, the food here is concocted to encourage tasting and sharing. Indulge in a fusion of cuisines from Europe and Japanese, brought together by seasonal produce across these countries. Diners can indulge in crab and avocado tian, cucumber jelly and grapefruit salsa or the crispy-skinned barramundi with crunchy cauliflower, artichokes and beetroot polenta first tantalises your eyes then satiates your palate. The posh eatery is bedecked with sleek interiors, modern furniture, and of course, that priceless eagle’s eye view of the city. 1 Raffles Place, Level 62.

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