After five years of calling its cosy corner “meating spot” on Amoy Street home, Singapore’s foremost Argentinian steakhouse boCHINche by local lifestyle collective Spa Esprit Group has moved out of one Chinatown dining enclave to claim its stake in another - this time along the popular Club Street stretch. The new location boasts a larger dining hall decked out with a fresh look inspired by tribal design, an open kitchen and grill that flanks the entire length of the restaurant, and a refreshed menu designed by head chef Fabrice Mergalet to bring the age- old steakhouse experience to the modern age.
With a bigger location comes bolder ambitions as boCHINche continues to elevate the steakhouse experience in its new home. Ingredients, from trusted staples to regional specialties, are sourced seasonally from around the world to ensure the best products all year long. Modern cooking techniques such as sous vide, lacto fermentation, and infusions allow the kitchen to develop new dishes with unexpected ingredient and flavour combinations that draw inspiration from culinary traditions beyond Latin America, and across the world. Beyond its prized steaks, lighter, brighter flavours and more varied protein options have been introduced to widen its appeal. One thing remains unchanged since day one - steaks are cooked using traditional grilling techniques over charcoal fire to achieve a lightly charred crust and smoky aroma that best highlights the natural flavours of the beef.
Easily spot the restaurant on 27 Club Street with its textured facade cladded in panels of rustic recycled wood pieces. Step into the space and immediately notice the difference as tribal design-inspired interiors exude an undeniable masculine elegance, contrasted with quirky, fun elements throughout. A nod to soviet modernism design, clean, elegant lines of wood panelling, marble surfaces, and brass fittings are further accentuated with warm lighting in the 66-seater restaurant designed by the group’s creative director Jerry Sparks.
“boCHINche has been like that trusted old friend that never lets you down through the years. We’ve grown beyond just being that Argentinian restaurant or a traditional steakhouse - and have truly carved out a unique identity in Singapore’s dining scene that I believe will stand the test of time, and flourish even into even bigger and bolder possibilities from this point on,” shares Cynthia Chua, founder and Chairman of Spa Esprit Group.
Pre-meal nibbles come in inspired morsels packed full of flavours. Crispy Argentinian Spring Rolls (S$14) are filled with tender, richly flavoured chopped pig ears, cut with an aromatic mix of jalapeño, piquillo, scallion, and coriander. A trio of hand-cut beef, chicken and sweet corn Empanadas (S$5 each) continue to be boCHINche’s signature crowd-pleasers, with the addition of a new flavour that elevates the quintessential ham and cheese pairing with rich provolone cheese, smoked ham, sweet confit onions and pimento.
While meats are the main event at boCHINche, a new selection of standout starters offer bright respite for those seeking a lighter touch for their meals. A plump, milky ball of artisanal Italian Burrata (S$29) is paired with a medley of fermented tomatoes that cut through each creamy spoonful with refreshing fizzy pops on the palate, dotted with avocado mousse and edible orange cosmos. Quail (S$28) offers more than just a beautifully charcoal grilled bird with earthy flavours of salt-crusted roasted beetroot, crunchy roasted hazelnuts and tangy berries brought together with a rich buttermilk sauce. A classic Spanish risotto-style Bomba Arroz Verde (S$27) is topped with grilled Argentinian prawns, while raw scallop bites are folded throughout the rice and glazed with a stock made using seafood trimmings, resulting in a satisfying, creamy consistency while still remaining blissfully dairy-free.
From the famous wood and charcoal grill, a combination of cherry, apple and jarrah wood lends an irresistible flavour to a proud selection of carefully selected, grass-fed beef imported directly from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Japan. While Argentinian beef remains the heart and soul of boCHINche, a renewed emphasis has been placed on the brand being an authority on high quality cuts of beef from around the world. A dry-aging fridge allows beef to be dry- aged in-house—typically for 35 to 38 days—using traditional methods, with an added coating of beef tallow that helps enhance the aging process while introducing new dimensions of flavours.
A thoughtful, 50-odd-strong-label wine list completes the steakhouse experience, with 10 labels available by glass and carafe. Designed around the philosophy of pairing wines and cuisine of the same origin, the list features 30 Argentinian labels—mainly from the key region of Mendoza—ranging from the quaffable to the bold and robust. The list is split between a selection of natural wines sourced from Drunken Farmer, while the rest remain conventional for their big, robust flavours that are best enjoyed with aged meats cooked over charcoal fire.
Strange & Deranged is a home & lifestyle retail business dedicated to bring you, only the best in artisanal and handcrafted home decoratives with a soul.
Strongly believing in the sublime combination of heritage, techniques, modernism, style, comfort and well-being in a cohesive interior space, they pride themselves in possessing a unique ability to curate and marry an eclectic selection from around the world to bring to you a seamless blend of contemporary style and unexpected quintessence.
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
With high demand for a bigger, better and badasser location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
Heart of Darkness is a privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam with the focus on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness produces over 100 new beers a year. All the while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The Heart of Darkness brewery is located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia,Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
Based at 7 Maxwell Road, the newly-opened Ministry of Fitness has access from Telok Ayer Street and is located directly above the Amoy Street Food Centre. Spanning a space close to 9,000 sq ft; Ministry of Fitness is also home to The Singapore Trampoline Academy.
Their facilities include: a well-equipped Fitness Suite, Dance Studio and Functional Indoor Bootcamps space. The classes they currently offer are Bootcamps - Military - Trampoline Fitness - Spartan Obstacle Training - Dance Cardio and NS Ready which is designed for those preparing to take their IPPT (Individual Physical Proficiency Test).
Led by Ex British Military and SG Army instructors, they aim to deliver innovative and functional training programs which are adaptable for all ages and abilities. Set the conditions for those training for their first adventure race, to beat a PB or to mix up current training programs, your goal is theirs and united both will achieve and make this happen.
The Singapore Trampoline Academy specialise as a training facility dedicated to the growth and development of competitive trampolining in Singapore. Developed by qualified and experienced international coaches, their facility offers trampoline programs for beginners as well as athletes who aspire to compete at an international level.
Suitable from 4-yr old to Adult classes, they cater to everyone. They have recently collaborated with Superfly Monkey Dragons, Singapore’s Progressive Parkour / Movement Academy and Agency with an experienced friendly international team. Master your body and mind, Reconnect with your spirit, Challenge yourself with SFMD in a fun, supportive space. Discover yourself through movement.
Team Tactics Corporate Camps: Team cohesion is the foundation of operational effectiveness, how effective is your workforce? If your Corporate is looking for innovative opportunities to challenge your team cohesion and then trust their Team Tactics afternoon which is a unique opportunity that you must experience.
Lead by Commissioned Officers from the Royal military Academy Sandhurst, their ‘Team Tactics’ package promises to challenge you and your colleagues aptitude for communication, leadership and trust using simple yet effective team building strategies, the first of it’s kind in Singapore. Throughout this 2.5 hour package they will conduct a series of leadership and leaderless tasks, under varying conditions and challenge even your most senior / junior of members.
Named "Sara Taseer Jewellery Studio", the boutique showcases several new pieces with their bold and colourful signature style. The collection focuses on items that are suitable for every day wear – whether in the office or for a social occasion. The store is designed in a modern hip style with Asian accents and pops of Peranakan colours. Sara remains true to her style of contemporary jewellery with Asian accents and the store is designed to reflect the mood of the jewellery. The space is designed in a modern ultra chic modern loft style spirit to mirror the more casual wear pieces that are sold at this new, second location of the brand.
The various collections celebrate the beauty, style and sensuality of the modern woman. Snakes, Pandas, Frogs and Parrots are just some of their jewel encrusted animals with attitude, in their Animal Garden Collection. The Solid Gold Collection plays with bold motif and strong form in different hues of gold. They have created edgy pieces that become conversation starters and have an all new line of the most contemporary two and three finger rings, knuckle dusters and moveable bangles.
They are also celebrating the beauty and purity of pearls through their Fruits De Mer line, and have added coloured gem stones with diamonds to pearls, to enhance their natural beauty and add to their glow. The classic Gem Dot Collection, uses lazer cut semi-precious gemstones in playful natural colors which are enhanced with gold and diamonds to create perfect accessories for day to evening wear. The store also has cufflinks for the working men from the business district in the vicinity.