Eating is mostly social here. Most of us live to eat, often using it as a means to a night out with family and friends. Especially—it's inevitable to say—with the lack of travel, an easy experience to revive that sense of novelty and derive joy from is to
stuff our fat faces try new restaurants and bars. Equally important too, to share our verdict along as suggestions to those who have yet to visit. So we'd like to propagate this culture with our monthly recommendations of places to check out, from savoury feasts to sweet desserts. See if you'll agree.
The is the very first Asian outpost of the iconic Tapas, 24 in Barcelona created by Michelin-starred Chef Carles Abellán. The laidback Spanish restaurant takes up a fitting nook along quay side with both the river-facing alfresco seating and the lively interior ideal for having the all-day tapas offerings. Not to mention Sangria.
There's always something to look out for on the seasonal menu, but amongst the mainstays the Mato con Tomate makes a great starter, and the Secreto Iberico with Creamy Mashed Potato a delightful surprise for the garnish's work on the pork. And Spanish food—you know you can't go wrong with the Octopus Gallican Style. Try the Chocolate, Sea Salt & Olive Oil if you've still space, you'll likely want to try recreating this seemingly simple dessert after.
From now until 31st October, diners enjoy 1 for 1 on selected drinks between 3 – 6 pm daily. Tapas, 24 is located at 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252.
Luke's Lobster goes local
Having passed the first-year mark of serving its famed stuffed lobster rolls, Luke's Lobster continues to expand its presence with a third and latest outpost at Great World City. This new location is its largest yet. Designed as a seaside shack meets diner, it is decked out in repurposed oars and lobster buoys that were used during fishing.
The sustainable-driven seafood joint will offer limited-time local flavours to celebrate this milestone. Kicking things off is Luke’s x Thevar Curry Aioli Lobster Roll. The crunch from its homemade roasted coconut chutney and fried shallots with aromatic Xec Xec spices provides a delightful twist. Luke’s x Birds of a Feather Sichuan Mala Lobster Roll. excites with numbness from the latter's signature red chilli oil and savoury tinges from preserved mustard greens and Dou Ban Jiang (preserved soybean paste). Look out for Luke's x FatFuku Peranakan-inspired roll around mid-November too.
Luke’s Lobster Great World is located at 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-152. Every order of any two seafood rolls will entitle customers to a complementary Mr Holmes Bakehouse Singapore's Birthday Donut.
Mr Stork x Junior The Pocket Bar
Visiting a good bar is already a pretty great experience on its own, so a guest shift is always exciting. Riding on the successful pop-ups with Lime House and Kafe Utu, the third instalment of this collaborative showcase will feature guest bartender Dhar Aziz from Junior the Pocket Bar for October.
Presenting three signature creations; the refreshing Flamingo (Yaguara Blue Cachaca, Watermelon, Coriander, Lemon and Champagne), the zesty Amaro Highball (Cynar, Amaro Montenegro, Mancino Rosso, Yuzu, Soda, Burma Tonic), as well as the floral bittersweet Century Limited (Kyro Napue Gin, Mancino Bianco, Creme de cacao, Rich Demerara, Orange Bitters, Lemon), the month-long menu is available alongside Mr Stork's own updated line up (personal picks—the gin-based Sapphire or rum-based Barong).
Mr Stork is located at Andaz Singapore Level 39, Singapore 189354.
Homegrown dessert parlour Denzy Gelato takes on the pastry world with the same sweet-tooth expertise. The result is a box of four palm-sized tarts, plus one cake-width chocolate indulgence. If you need some accreditation, pastry chef Sherlynn Teo cut her teeth at some Michelin-star studded outposts; namely Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, Odette, and Les Amis.
The assortment (SGD36/box) carries four flavours—the Earl Grey Pecan for tea-lovers, the hazelnut-y Mont Blanc, the Cheese Brûlée that puts a savoury spin on the classic, and the Lime Basil, which we predict to be the crowd favourite. The double sized showstopper (SGD38/piece) is the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate; a velvety rich ganache with the right level of bitterness, perfected by the sprinkle of Maldon salt garnish. The silent hero of these tarts however, is the base crust which firm and uncomplicated form holds them all together.
Order online at Shio Patisserie. Weekly pre-orders open at 12pm every Tuesday.