After two decades of bringing authentic Shanghainese cuisine to Singapore, the refurbished Grand Shanghai makes its highly anticipated return with a fresh look andunique dining concept paying homage to the “Old Shanghai” of the 1930s.
The new restaurant space promises a feast for the senses, inspired by the city’s golden age when Shanghai came to be known as “The Paris of the East". Against a backdrop of Old Shanghai – iconic art- deco motifs and traditional oriental designs – discerning diners can expect to immerse themselves in a vibrant atmosphere of enchanting live entertainment and an extensive menu of decadent delicacies by new Master Chef Jacky Tang that are rooted in Shanghainese cuisine and adapted for the local palate.
“After 20 years of success, we wanted to rebrand Grand Shanghai with a contemporary look and feelwhile maintaining its original Shanghainese authenticity and heritage,” explains Andy Wong, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Asia, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. “The refresh of our menu, interiors and dining experience is a seamless blend of traditional Chinese tastes with modern influences, celebrating a period in history where Shanghai was Asia’s thriving hub of art, design and entertainment.”
Grand Shanghai is helmed by Master Chef Jacky Tang, who brings with him 28 years of experience working in award-winning restaurants and hotels across Singapore and China and is known for his distinct talent of using innovative new techniques to tease out authentic Shanghainese flavours. The restaurant’s new menu is a celebration of the freshest and finest ingredients, incorporating influences from Hong Kong, Beijing, Sichuan and Singapore.
The extensive menu features a tantalising mix of Shanghainese specialities, dim sum staples and a selection of crispy, tender barbecued meats. Each dish is carefully arranged and presented to resemble exquisite works of art, in a celebration of taste and visual flair.
Elaborating on his culinary creations, Master Chef Jacky Tang shares: “The conceptualisation of these dishes was as much about staying true to Shanghainese cuisine as it was about bringing a superior dining experience to the table. By using premium ingredients from around the world and employing contemporary techniques, these traditional recipes have been updated and elevated to reflect the extravagance of Grand Shanghai.”
Adapted to suit local tastes, the new menu features lighter flavours to complement the Singapore weather as well as the addition of more varied spices. Duck also features heavily in this iteration of the menu for its richness of flavour. Start with the Light and Shadow Crispy Duck – a twist on the traditional beef version – paper-thin slices of duck that shatter into delightfully flavourful shards with hints of wasabi, deftly placed on an intricate Osmanthus syrup sculpture that provides a sweet finish to the dish.
The Grand Shanghai Tea-Smoked Duck, at once crispy and juicy, is served with soft, pillowy handmade buns and presented in a chamber of tea and osmanthus smoke for an infusion of earthy and floral notes with maximum visual impact. For a novel combination of the Peking Duck and the popular Shanghainese lamb wraps, try the Spiced Crispy Lamb – well seasoned cubes of charcoal-grilled lamb with a crunchy cumin and paprika crust, served with a lightly warmed pancakes, scallions, cucumber and a garlic soy sauce for the slightest suggestion of heat.
Other standout signatures also include seafood offerings like the refreshing Fresh Sliced Abalone served cold with a tart pomelo vinegar and sake jelly that beautifully enhances the briny abalone; and the Deep-fried Yellow Croaker Fish with Roselle Sauce – slices of lightly deep-fried fish accompanied by a side of homemade pickled onions marinated in roselle jus for a delightful sweet savoury contrast.
A well-stocked bar is located in the main dining area, with an extensive collection of premium wines and a carefully curated selection of rare Chinese spirits and liquors to offer bespoke beverage pairing for every dish, or afternoons of leisure and evenings of indulgence.
Following a multimillion-dollar asset enhancement programme spanning nine months across key facilities within the hotel, Orchard Hotel has unveiled an enhanced 360° guest experience with reimagined dining, events and lodging offerings. Upgraded areas include the hotel’s 260 Grand Deluxe Rooms, Grand Ballroom, Conference Centre, Lobby, The Orchard Cafe and Bar Intermezzo.
The storied history of Orchard Hotel traces back to late 1950s, where it began as a humble four-storey, 34-room hotel, complete with The Golden Venus – home to popular tea dances and emerging musicians of the 1960s. Redeveloped in the 1970s to cater to the tourist boom, the old building was eventually demolished in 1978, and the first inkling of the 656-key, twin-tower Orchard Hotel Singapore as it exists today took its place.
A brand new arrival experience welcomes guests through an enlivened lobby interior. The hotel's iconic clock tower is now brought to the modern age with a contemporary chandelier-inspired art sculpture, flanked by two upgraded dining and drinking destinations. The Orchard Cafe renews its legacy as a local dining icon with a vibrant new style and Signature Class buffet showcasing heritage-inspired creations and chef-curated classics. Bar Intermezzo inherits an air of sophistication with new, inviting interiors and contemporary botanical-influenced cocktails that toast to Orchard Road’s past. Overlooking the lobby from the second floor is Cantonese fine dining stalwart Hua Ting Restaurant, which was also given its own extensive makeover in 2018.
New and improved event solutions for every occasion come on the back of 11 refurbished conference and function rooms and spaces – now each more versatile than ever. A key highlight includes one of Singapore’s largest pillar-free grand ballrooms—occupying over 10,000 square feet and six metres high—refitted with a luxurious fresh new look, two floor-to-ceiling LED walls (a first in Singapore), statement lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, an impressive foyer lined with floating Orchid-inspired chandeliers, and exclusive spaces carved out for various uses. The conference centre has also been redesigned with five intimate meeting rooms and upgraded meeting facilities. Event planners will now have the luxury of choice with creative catering options from the hotel’s four award- winning culinary concepts—Hua Ting Restaurant, The Orchard Cafe, Mon Bijou and Bar Intermezzo—as well as a Halal-certified kitchen, ensuring that all tastes and diets are catered for.
260 Grand Deluxe guest rooms in the hotel’s Orchard Wing have also been given a facelift. Each well-appointed room has been elegantly designed to provide maximum comfort and the best of living styles at every turn. With today's sophisticated traveller at heart, the newly refurbished rooms are now equipped with upgraded amenities including Handy smartphone that offers unlimited mobile data to make local and select international calls; six USB ports and both wired and wireless high-speed internet to ensure 24/7 connectivity; and a Smart TV loaded with a variety of channels to keep them plugged into current affairs. Unwind after a long day of shopping along the famed Orchard Road in the modern comforts of the new Grand Deluxe room – put on a bath in the luxurious Japanese soaking tub (select room configurations), or call for one of 12 signature spice-based cocktails from Bar Intermezzo to be delivered right to your room.
Fresh, delicious possibilities have opened up at Singapore’s beloved Studio M Hotel, with the introduction of a brand-new kitchen led by a creative and passionate culinary team. At the heart of the upgrade is the evolution of MEMO – from a casual self-service deli to a full-service, all-day dining café offering hearty bistro fare and innovative coffee-based beverages. Moreover, the hotel’s new culinary capabilities also bring about catering solutions for events.
For years, Studio M has served as the perfect pit stop for savvy travellers who desired stylish accommodation amidst an informed itinerary. Likewise, its grab-and-go concept MEMO, offered a fuss-free alternative to the standard hotel restaurant, featuring a selection of snacks and simple takeaway foods.
With the turn of a decade and the rising demands of a burgeoning Robertson Quay neighbourhood, MEMO’s transformation is a welcome change. Decked out with new culinary offerings, a refreshed grab- and-go counter updated with modern-day amenities and brightened interiors, MEMO seeks to be the meeting ground for locals and tourists alike, by catering for their needs to simply, as its tagline suggests, Eat-Meet-Drink.
Featuring an extensive gourmet menu of light bites ranging from brunch items to hearty meals, MEMO promises an indulgent experience that is bound to hit-the-spot.
For a quick bite on-the-go, MEMO offers a tantalising array of hearty sandwiches including Smoked Salmon, guilty pleasures such as Truffle Fries, as well as the comforting Creamy Smoked Tomato Soupand healthy Pumpkin & Feta salad for a nourishing lunch.
Synonymous with MEMO’s transformation is its refreshed all-day brunch offerings. All-time brunch favourites include the decadent Chum Chum comprising streaky bacon and SMH Big ‘Brunch’ — streaky bacon, Italian sausage, potatoes, and a fried egg loaded onto sourdough toast, finished with smoked salmon — that will have diners waddling out of MEMO.
Making its mark too at MEMO are tantalising pastas and mains including the perfectly al-dente Spaghetti Carbonara served with confit mushroom, streaky bacon, egg yolk, spinach and parmesan cheese, andthe chef’s recommendation – Seafood Casserole, an aromatic dish filled with hearty servings of succulent prawns, carrots, celery and potatoes, topped with saffron-infused tomato sauce. Make your meal at MEMO a family affair with a kids’ menu featuring wholesome dishes like Grilled Fish & Chips among others.
In addition to quick bites and hearty mains, MEMO provides guests with the option of pairing their meal with a wide selection of wines and craft beers. Guests seeking a caffeine-fix can look forward to MEMO’sinnovative coffee beverages including uniquely-flavoured gingerbread, popcorn and peppermint lattes that deliver a pep-up in more ways than one.
Emanating a rustic artsy vibe across its contemporary indoor and al-fresco seating set-up, MEMO welcomes guests and like-minded partners to host their networking events and lifestyle workshops within the space. For guests seeking precious downtime from the hectic schedule of work or spending quality bonding time with friends and family over a delicious meal, MEMO is Robertson Quay’s latest lifestyle concept that is endearing itself to the community.
A legendary icon of local dining, The Orchard Cafe at Orchard Hotel, renews its legacy with a vibrant new style and an enticing signature hotel buffet from heritage-inspired local creations to chef-curated cuisines from around the world.
The Orchard Cafe’s rejuvenation reveals a stylish ambience and brand-new restaurant layout incorporating a naturally-lit indoor bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and an al fresco seating section set against lush greenery – a cosy haven to wine and dine in Singapore.
Diners will savour signature dishes such as Wok-Fried Slipper Lobster with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce, Ox Tripe and Duck Hearts Satay, Braised or Crispy Pork Knuckle served with Fragrant Steamed Jasmine Rice, Hard-Boiled Eggs and Preserved Vegetables, alongside delicious Roast Meats by award-winning Hua Ting restaurant. Mouth-watering highlights also include an array of Asian noodle dishes served at a live Noodle Bar, as well as a selection of delectable desserts made with Gula Melaka.
Upbeat and distinctive, The Orchard Cafe is the ideal dining destination to savour delicious taste memories of Singapore’s culinary heritage and delight in best-in-class contemporary cuisines.
Singapore’s first fully loft-inspired designer hotel Studio M Hotel Singapore presents a relaxed new outdoor kiosk venue Bugis @ Studio M. Located in the heart of action at Robertson Quay, Bugis @ Studio M delivers a fun experience with friends over drinks and genuine local Asian delicacies inspired by the heyday of Bugis Street.
Once described as the Montmartre of Singapore, Bugis Street top tourist destination during the 1950s to 1980s. Hugely popular among locals and visitors from all over the world, Bugis Street featured raucous street-side dining and buzzing night markets. Its rich and colourful nightlife scene has since been replaced by modern shopping malls, restaurants and nightspots.
Bugis @ Studio M goes all out for a design style that showcases the best of old Singapore-- wine barrel tables, rickshaws seats, bicycle wheels -- lit up by the surrounding skyline. With the oriental flowers and flamboyant ferns under the stars, one can choose to sit on the penny-farthings, with the dedicated bartender or unwind with friends at the solid wood barrels in a communal setting. The 32-seat Bugis @ Studio M lights up the adjacent green space with a nostalgic vibe, great tunes and friendly, laid-back service.
Craft beers available include those from local Singapore microbreweries like Archipelago draft, Ki Siao Brown Ale, SG Blonde Ale, Sibei Ho Witbier, Tiger and Tok Gong America IPA (S$10++ each), as well as international labels (S$12++ each) like the Australian Bridge Road Robust Porter, French La Chouette, ACME Pale Ale and North Coast Stellar from California, Belgian St. Bernardus Witbier, and Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer. A cocktail list includes the Little Red Dot’s world-famous Singapore Sling (S$16++).
Riding that bicycle down memory lane, Bugis @ Studio M offers a menu of homey Asian favourites that includes addictive snacks, shareable starters and even a few local dishes for hungry travellers.
Mon Bijou serves French pastries and desserts with a local twist and is the latest food & beverage brand by Millennium Hotels and Resorts.
Find a favorite from our all-day dining menu and a “Grab-and-Go” take-away counter. The open-concept seating bistro is also decked in classic earthly tones and has a glass panelled kitchen where diners can watch their meals prepared à la minute.
Artisan mastery at its finest, Mon Bijou’s desserts sport a bejewelled theme while take-away packaging dons pastel shades of green, pink and yellow and resemble jewellery boxes. From gemlike decorations to chocolate diamonds, dessert lovers can expect luxe offerings at affordable prices.