Thursday, 27 June 2013

A Review of Bar-Roque Grill, Singapore - Love on the Plate

I was very glad to recently re-acquaint myself with the cooking of Stéphane Istel, formerly Executive Chef at db Bistro Moderne, Singapore.  Together with ex-Sky on 57 GM Kori Millar, his partner in business and life, he has just (soft) opened what may well be one of Singapore's most ambitious restaurants projects this year, Bar-Roque Grill.

Bar-Roque Grill - Singapore, Singapore

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Review of Dezato Desserts & Dining – Riesling Week Lunch with the Alsace Wine and Gastronomy Society

Back in early April, I was surfing the Internet one weeknight when I found out that Riesling Week was starting in three days!  There were a few events in Singapore planned around Riesling Week; the Germans were all over it and the Austrians were putting on couple of events as well.  There was nothing planned around Alsace, the only region in France where Riesling is grown and deemed worthy of AOC status.

So on the spur of the moment, I convened the Alsace Wine and Gastronomy Society for a Riesling Week Lunch at Dezato, a little Japanese restaurant in the heart of the CBD which has a cult following among local wine drinkers.  With barely a week’s notice, we managed to scrape together fourteen attendees for a Saturday lunch, which wasn’t a bad result at all.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

A Casual Revolution? Reviews of Communal and Spathe Public House, Singapore

Despite having been in Singapore for almost six years, it still surprises me how dynamic and fickle dining trends and the dining public are in this Southeast Asian metropolis.  For the longest time, casual hawker food co-existed with some successful attempts at European dining.  With the opening of the casinos in 2010 (and their accompanying raft of Michelin-starred names, as well as the notable re-emergence of André Chiang), high-level dining in Singapore rapidly reached its heyday. 

Just as quickly, the focus switched back to casual dining, with tapas, bistro and US-inspired burger joints springing up like mushrooms.  I recently visited two such vanguards, Communal (in the CBD at North Bridge Road) and Spathe Public House in the River Valley enclave, to check out this new wave of Singapore dining.

Communal's Chicken Wings with Bourbon Sauce