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.
Noka, which means farmhouse in Japanese, is Singapore’s first rooftop urban farm & 75-seater Japanese restaurant in the Central Business District.
Sister restaurant to Singapore’s favorite urban farm and restaurant Open Farm Community, Noka is connected to the 5,000+ sq ft rooftop urban farm in partnership with Edible Garden City which grows oyster mushrooms, microgreens, basil, mexican tarragon, butterfly pea flowers, and a lot more. Head Chef Seki Takuma, native of Niigata perfecture, showcases local ingredients by applying Japanese cooking techniques.
After 2-months of upgrading works, Sephora at Takashimaya S.C. is back again with a brand new look! Head on down to the newly-unveiled store for your beauty fix!
Visit Sephora at Takashimaya S.C. which is the first store in South-east Asia to offer Skincredible, a skincare consultation service that helps you determine your skin needs. Visit today and discover many other new features in-store for an elevated Sephora shopping experience!
The name of the upcoming restaurant in Marina Bay Sands, “Mott 32” pays homage to 32 Mott Street in New York, where the city’s first Chinese convenience store opened in 1851. The store served as the nucleus for what is now a vibrant Chinatown in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Their contemporary Chinese restaurant located in the heart of the city at Asia’s leading integrated resort is a celebration of Hong Kong culture and culinary tradition.
Mott 32 boasts 149 seats and is expected to open in end 2019.
The provenance of their ingredients is of paramount importance to them as they embrace unique flavours discovered globally. They practise ethical sourcing by using organic and sustainable ingredients wherever possible, while also working closely with farms to ensure the uncompromising quality of the food their culinary team presents.
They chefs utilise the latest in modern and innovative cooking techniques from around the world to create their dishes, which are principally Cantonese with some Beijing and Szechuan influences in their signature dishes. Their food aims to bring the best out of time-honoured recipes passed down from generation to generation; it is this particular level of modernity, combined with a respect for tradition, that makes Mott 32 so spectacularly unique.
After a five-month hiatus, Whitegrass has reopened at Chijmes, making a comeback with a new chef and cuisine.
Whitegrass, under the helm of Head Chef Takuya Yamashita, showcases classical French fare with a contemporary Japanese twist.
Abiding by the culinary principle of “La Cuisine Naturelle”, or “cuisine of the natural body”, Chef Takuya celebrates the essence of each ingredient he works with. Omakase menus of seasonal nature inspired creations pay homage not only to the history of the produce but also to its passionate producers. Located in the historical CHIJMES landmark, the 40-seat restaurant boasts stellar service and a carefully curated beverage list that serves to further elevate the experience of dining in this iconic venue.
A five-course dinner menu is available at $168++ per person, while an eight-course dinner menu is priced at $228++ per person. There is also a beverage list of Old and New World wines and sakes from the Nara Prefecture, and wine pairings are available.
Marché Mövenpick is back at VivoCity with a fresh new look. Delight in delicious European cuisines set in a traditional Swiss village with original 500 years’ old Swiss mountain houses and cable car imported from Switzerland.
Enjoy traditional Swiss rösti, Spanish paella, German pork knuckle, French crepes (sweet & savoury), Italian pasta, pizzas, homemade soups, garden fresh salad and made-to-order Caesar salad, quality meat from the apple-wood grill and market-fresh seafood. See, smell and feel the non-stop fresh cooking right in front of you.
Quench your thirst with refreshing homemade lemonade, iced teas, premium hot coffee & specialty teas.
Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the full opening details of Lornie Highway. The northbound Lornie Highway towards MacRitchie Viaduct, Adam Underpass and the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will open at 3am on 19 April 2019.
The Adam Underpass will allow motorists from PIE (Tuas) heading towards PIE (Changi) to have a seamless connection onto Lornie Highway (northbound) towards MacRitchie Viaduct, while the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will bring traffic from Kheam Hock Road towards Lornie Road (northbound).
This follows the opening of one bound of the Sime Underpass, connecting motorists from Lornie Road (southbound) to Lornie Highway (southbound) and Kheam Hock Road, on 24 March 2019.
Together with the southbound Lornie Highway that was opened in October 2018, the new Lornie Highway and underpasses will improve traffic flow along Lornie Road and the PIE, and cater to expected growth in future traffic demand.
For more information on changes to roads and bus routes, refer to their traffic advisory here.
After almost six months of temporary closure at ION Orchard, The Marmalade Pantry's flagship establishment is back in action again but now on level 4 instead of level 3.
They are ready to serve up your favourites once again, and have some exciting new plates exclusive to the location.
The 20 year old homegrown bistro serves up modern comfort food using the freshest produce and ingredients.
The Marmalade Pantry is best known for serving up luxurious pastas, exquisite cupcakes, weekend brunches and great tea accompaniments. Offering a brief reprieve from the bustle of city life, the brand kick started the concept of all-day dining in 1999.
At Facebook, they’re always looking at how they can help businesses across Asia Pacific to reach their full potential. And they’re taking the next step in expanding their support to developers and entrepreneurs through their Startup Station Singapore initiative, a partnership with IMDA.
Singapore is Facebook’s headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region – an area that’s experiencing unprecedented growth. The potential to make an impact is endless as their teams look to connect billions more people. The technologically advanced communities they serve make Facebook Singapore an ideal place for creative marketers to thrive.
This new office space spans a space of approximately 260,000 sq ft and will house Facebook’s Singapore and regional team. It has workspaces for about 3,000 employees.
The new office is also home to Facebook’s first partner centre in Asia. There are currently 7 Facebook partner centres around the world.
Jelutung Harbour Park has officially reopened after a major facelift and it is now a recreational hotspot for the Sembawang GRC residents.
The new water play area and an iconic adventure / interactive playground, along with an inclusive play area for children of all ages, especially for children with physically challenged and special needs are the major highlights of the revamped park.
The new water-feature playground in Jelutung Harbour Park operates from 9.30am - 9.30pm daily and it is something not to be missed!
A new Entrance Plaza with an improved amphitheatre also allow for more group gatherings or community events in the future.
Residents can also enjoy the enhanced basketball court and BBQ pits in the park. All these features make Jelutung Harbour Park a great destination for the whole family!
Relish the goodness of kurozu, masterfully brewed in Kagoshima using techniques since the Edo era. Kakuida’s is the best place to visit if you are looking for Japanese black vinegar in Singapore.
Aside from providing kurozu at its purest form, you can reap the benefits of Kurozu through Kakuida’s signature kurozu-infused desserts such as kurozu doughnuts, kurozu lemon tea and even kurozu soft-serve ice cream.
Kurozu, or "Black vinegar", is a wonder-food that has been perfected with 200 years of traditional brewing since the Edo period. Known for its mellow and earthy taste, it is widely consumed in Japan for health and beauty reasons.
After a 6-month transformation, the revamped eatery presents a revitalized dining experience for diners of all ages – with a bigger dining space inclusive of a water play area and a bolder menu with authentic, hearty Italian fare and creative reinterpretations of classic cocktails.
Long-time fans of Trapizza can also look forward to its signature wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas, pastas and desserts.
Liberate your palate and free your soul. The Butcher's Wife is dedicated to the gluten-free lifestyle. Brave, contemporary cooking that makes your heart sing and your stomach smile. Tasty, hearty, totally delicious. 100% gluten free, 100% yum.
The revamped Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development. While there are exhibits that chart the milestones which brought about the high quality living environment Singaporeans enjoy today, the focus in many parts of the Gallery is on the challenges ahead and the steps people in Singapore need to take together as a nation to keep the country smart and green.
The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy.
The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old. There are also interesting artefacts such as a porcelain figurine presented to Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius in 1993 after he famously lost a wager, with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team, that the Singapore River could not sustain life.
Admission is free to the 1,618 sqm gallery. Free guided tours are available for booking through PUB website. Read more about the gallery and its different zones here.
One Michelin-starred restaurant Labyrinth launches its next phase of evolution with a fresh angle to the cuisine, a refocused interior and a stunning new menu.
Labyrinth, located at The Esplanade, explores the finest produce sourced in Singapore through a cuisine of stunningly inventive flavour harmonies. Helmed by celebrated Chef Han Li Guang, the dishes of Labyrinth draw inspiration from childhood memories and an in-depth understanding of local ingredients and traditional kitchen techniques, to bring to the fore the essential character and nuance of each core flavour.
Dining at Labyrinth is thus a sensorial experience in which the palate is seduced, and the curiosity holistically engaged by the stories that come with each ravishing plate of food. View their menu here.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the authority in creative dining with a California vibe, has relocated to Claymore Connect.
With the reopening, CPK brings its newly reimagined dining experience – including a modern, California-inspired new look, innovative food and beverage menu. To celebrate its reopening at a new location, CPK Claymore Connect is premiering new menu items, including flavorful, nutrient-rich Power Bowls and high-quality main plates and hand-crafted beverages.
With a passion for combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations from around the world, CPK adds its imaginative twist to create a memorable casual dining experience.
CPK Claymore’s creative space offers a relaxed environment to dine and unwind. The 2,067 sq ft restaurant seats approximately 95 guests and features an open bar and kitchen centered around the open-hearth pizza oven, where guests can watch their meals prepared fresh from scratch every day.
Fast-fashion retailer giant ZARA, reopens its flagship outlet in VivoCity with double the previous floor space at 2,700 sq m.
The relaunched flagship shop is split into two stores - one for men and one for women, teens & kids. The outlet also features a new window-less facade, which provides a transparent view of the store's architectural features.
Zara’s story begins with the opening of their first store in the Spanish coastal city of A Coruña in 1975, an early milestone in their company’s long history. Over the years, Zara has remained faithful to its core values, expressed simply in the same four key words that define all their stores: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability.
The newly-reopened VivocCity flagship outlet consumes 40% less water and 20% less energy than a conventional store.
Experience the Color Factory Service at Etude House's newly-reopened flagship store at Wisma Atria. This special service was previously only available in Korea.
With the Color Factory Service, you can understand your skin tone and color to find out what’s your color! Not forgetting the fun part where you get to customize your own lipstick!
Each consultation is around 50-minute and you will receive 1-to-1 color consultation from their 'Color Artist'. After assessing your skin tone using their special color-finder device and color drapes, the artist will recommend you your very own personal color. A whopping collection of 240 lip colours are available for selection. The Color Factory sessions are strictly by appointment only. Read more about this service here.
Etude House is a Korean cosmetic brand with particular focus on fun makeup products offering creative and unique products characterized by sensational colours and the up-to-date trends. The brand was founded in 1966 and incorporated by Amore Pacific in 1990.
The new flagship store concept is inspired by the motif of a Princess Palace - a grander version compared to other Etude House stores which are based on the concept of Princess House - to accentuate the fairytale elements, reinforcing its sweet princess and feminine positioning. To provide a holistic beauty experience, this Etude House flagship store will be the first outlet to roll out any new launches and house the most extensive and updated collection of products.
Bringing a heavenly Italian dining experience to the new Ann Siang House is the recently reopened restaurant, PerBacco.
Inspired by Bacchus (the Roman God of Wine), PerBacco will offer comforting traditional Italian dishes with a spotlight on wholesome Northern Specialities and the finest imported wines from around the world.
The University Cultural Centre (UCC) at National University of Singapore (NUS) has re-opened with more than a fresh coat of paint - with state-of-the-art production infrastructure, a new atrium and new spaces for bringing the arts to the campus, creating opportunities for creative expression, discovery and exchange.
The University Cultural Centre's $20 million renovation lasted six months.
A new multi-purpose atrium space that can hold 120 seated or 220 standing has been added to the arts complex on Kent Ridge Crescent. The UCC also includes the 1,700-seater UCC Hall (which has been the site for many major University events and high-profile State and National events) and mid-sized UCC Theatre seating just over 400, as well as a 22m by 15m dance studio.
Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen is an international manufacturer of handcrafted fine jewellery with their workshop located in Denmark. The company was established in 1963 by goldsmith Ole Lynggaard and has been kept as a family business ever since. Visit their flagship store in Singapore, now open at Ngee Ann City.
The family-run jewellery house has a solid and well-established reputation as a luxury brand throughout Scandinavia, Western Europe and Australia.
Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen was appointed "Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court" in 2008.
Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen's fine jewellery was launched in the Australian market in 2009 with exceptional success among consumers and retailers. The brand’s unique collections have been well-received for their versatility and luxurious and fashion forward designs.
The Singapore headquarters will house the senior regional leadership teams of the Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses and will work alongside the US hub to support its Global Headquarters in the UK to manage commercial activities around the world.
Located at One-North in the Rochester Park area of Singapore, it will enable GSK to better anticipate and respond to diverse healthcare needs across different markets, placing GSK in a leading position to support patients and consumers.
Maru is a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant located in Singapore’s Central Business District of Tanjong Pagar. Integrating the cultures of Vietnam, Japan and America; Maru is set to become a major new addition to Icon Village, located at the corner of Tras and Gopeng Streets.
Enjoy Maru’s one of a kind fusion dining experience while being charmed by their uniquely designed interior integrated from different culture.
Thier goal at Maru is to transport your mind to the bustling but relaxed street scenes of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Steel telegraph poles with the iconic Hanoi loudspeakers are set against rustic distressed concrete and brick.
An extensive selection of Sake will be on offer, which is displayed on a 7 meter tall wall, backed with hand-made glazed circular Vietnamese vent tiles. Lighting will change from vibrant in the day, becoming a soft glow in the evenings for a more relaxed and cosy atmosphere.
While the “heartware” remains distinctively Shangri-La, the interiors have experienced a significant rejuvenation to reveal a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three novel restaurant concepts, and a revitalised club lounge. In doing so, it dons the cloak of being an urban resort, steeped in luxury and the finest quality.
Sweep up the grand driveway, step into the lobby and marvel at the breath-taking ceiling art installation by renowned Japanese designer Hirotoshi Sawada, made of thousands of cascading stylised leaves, reminiscent of a Tree Canopy amidst a vibrant tropical oasis.
The iconic Tower Wing’s 503 guestrooms and suites are completely refurbished with a luxurious new look. Choose to stay in any of the 360 Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms, 79 Horizon Club Deluxe Rooms, soon to open family-themed rooms and suites, as well as five One-Bedroom Suites and the newly added 250 square metre Grand Suite.
Hotel G, Singapore’s new lifestyle hotel is scheduled for soft-opening on 17th November 2016.
Hotel G will feature 308 stylish rooms complete with cutting-edge facilities, including two distinct restaurant concepts, trendy communal spaces and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar is located on the Ground floor and will open soon. With a culinary team led by their highly acclaimed Executive Chef, the restaurant offers imported cold cuts and cheese, premium wines and daily specials cooked with quality ingredients. The venue features a cozy communal space, perfect for mingling.
After a month long closure, The BetterField at Waterloo Street has re-opened at The Treasury, just a five-minute walk from City Hall MRT station.
The sprawling compound is five times bigger than its previous location, making it the perfect place to accommodate large group gatherings. It's also good for couples looking for an affordable date night over quality eats. The menu has also been updated with new dishes, but rest assured, the old favourites are still around.
iFIT, Asia’s FIRST Integrated Community Fitness Centre that has opened in Singapore, offers integrated and specialised fitness programmes.
iFIT believes in promoting physical fitness by encouraging individuals to get active to build a stronger, healthier body.
iFIT offers a convenient fitness destination equipped with premium gym equipment and a variety of studio programmes. Their fitness centre caters to people from diverse fitness backgrounds, from those who are looking to kick start their fitness journey to those who want to challenge themselves.
Tianzi Singapore is the first producer of modern pralines in Asia, based on an open concept workshop where only chocolate made in Singapore is used.
Genuinely elaborated by cocoa and chocolate experts, modern pralines are the next generation of chocolate treats that haven’t evolved for decades. Indeed, the modern praline is a freshly hand-made chocolate bonbon, with a lighter texture combined to daring flavor associations. This is a delicate treat to consume anywhere and for every celebration. It is crafted to match the local population growing demand for quality chocolate products and to delight everyone with a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.
They know their chocolate but they also believe that growing Singaporean creative talents in chocolate will bring a particular dimension to modern pralines, giving a Singapore touch. Therefore this is Cedric Puah, their Singaporean chef that you’ll meet in their open-concept workshop.
Singapore’s first Latin American cocktail den and newest must-visit drinking hole Vasco has opened on Hong Kong Street.
A devilishly sultry cocktail den beckons, in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. This latest addition to the bar circuit is a brazen celebration of the lust for life that is Latin culture: vibrant, sultry, colourful and spirited, reflected in Vasco’s dashing ambience of killer cocktails, romantic hospitality and well executed bar bites freshly made in the visible open kitchen.
Brought to you by the talent behind The Cufflink Club The Cufflink Club, one of the world’s top ten high volume cocktail bars (Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014, Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar), this is owner-founder Joel Fraser’s second outpost: a rarity in the Singapore cocktail scene. Fraser’s travels to Latin America, including a trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2014 for the FIFA World Cup, inspired him to create Vasco and bring his appreciation for Latin culture to life; an appreciation shared by Vasco partners Christian Hartmann and Andrew Walsh who also felt strongly that the South American scene was missing in Singapore.
Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef and Vasco partner Andrew Walsh, previously Executive Chef of stellar establishments Esquina and The Study. No stranger to bustling environments with top-notch food, Walsh, who is also partnering up with Fraser on a new soon-to-be-announced restaurant concept, has conceptualised a concise menu hefty with fresh ingredients and bold in flavour; making the food at Vasco a crowd-puller in itself.
Rounding up this team of some of the best in the business is Head Chef Jennifer Lee, founder of Sarnies café on Telok Ayer Street. As one of the few female head chefs in Singapore now, Lee, of Australian-Chinese descent, has worked in restaurants, bakeries and cafes all her life, and had been in Mexico City cooking and reviewing restaurants for a year prior to Vasco.
Begin the evening’s revelry with their choice of signature cocktails and Latin classics. Cachaça, Mezcal, Pisco, Rum and Tequila boldly headline the playful cocktail list here, including The Old Man & The Sea, Girl From Ipanema, Cusco Puta, Mexico ’70 and Del Monte Cartel. Making for a dangerous proposition of a decadent night out is the food, which presents a heady pleasure of more senses: try the El Cubano Sandwich, a healthy portion of pig, pickle and cheese, as well as the authentic empanadas and Peruvian inspired ceviche.
The 1,600 sq ft space with 56 seats is designed for a night of serious fun, courtesy of both Fraser and Hartmann.Expect nothing less than a lively mix of Latin beats on the stereo complete with Bossanova funk and tunes from the likes of Buena Vista Social Club to bring out the full Vasco experience.
Los Primos has re-opened with an open kitchen & bar and updated menu.
Inspired by the tradition of Spanish taverns, Los Primos (Spanish term for "the cousins") is a casual space to get-to-together and enjoy authentic Spanish food over a glass of beer, wine or Sangria. Choose from our wide selection of classic dishes, including over 30 types of tapas and variety of mains.
The owners’ who have worked and managed operations in Spain, together with the Spainish chefs, truly deliver a traditional Spanish dining experience. Situated in the heart of bustling Club Street, Los Primos with its open kitchen concept, hosts a long tapas and cocktail bar, embedded with original ceramic tiles and lit by wrought-iron chandeliers and torches from Valencia.
The Centrepoint will undertake a $50 million asset enhancement, scheduled to commence in May.
The 16 month renovation programme will see major renovation works to the ground and basement levels and an integration of floor plates between the main building and basement annex.
The Orchard Road entrance will see a major revamp with a wider street frontage and greater shop visibility. Passers-by on the walkways facing Orchard Road will be able to directly access basement floors from the entrance at street level, allowing seamless entry. By way of a sunken plaza, the mall's first storey frontage will stream natural light into the mall and provide for cool ventilation.
On completion, the mall will sport a more open-concept layout, dynamic passage ways, a new tenant mix and reconfiguration of new thematic zones focused on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, dining and the home.
Situated in the vibrant and eclectic enclave of Tiong Bahru, the modern and historic juxtaposition of the restaurant atop an art-deco straits settlement boutique hotel fits perfectly with the surroundings.
Born in the year of the rabbit (which explains his choice of restaurant name), Chef Matthew has always been fascinated with cooking since young. Unlike most award-winning chefs, Chef Matthew kept his training local within At-Sunrise Global Chef Academy without any overseas apprenticeship. Similar to Heston Blumenthal, he picks up ideas from his travel experiences and interaction with people.
A combination of classic French techniques along with a touch of Asian and Singaporean flavours, Chef Matthew creates seasonal menus inspired by the 7 characteristics of ‘ENSOPHI’: Exotic, Nostalgia, Soil, Ocean, Pristine, Heritage, Impression. Each element represents a poetic and artistic expression of his dish.
Sourced from little-known boutique vineyards from all over the world, wine labels to pair with each course range from familiar regions like Barossa Valley, Australia and Bordeaux, France to newer regions like Nahe, Germany and Colchagua Valley, Chile. Watch as resident mixologist Aidil shakes up house crafted cocktails and international favourites to kick-start your meal. Enjoy Happy Hour specials and live music from Thursday to Saturday evenings.
With Chef Matthew’s forte in creating and designing, he made a full renovation to the space. The intimate 30-seater indoor dining room is formed around a semi-circle with floor to ceiling glass windows for a 180° view of the city. Complete with an open kitchen concept, diode branches of stars imprinted in the ceiling, and Chef Matthew’s sketches and art sculptures collected from his travels, the stage is set for a gastronomical and artistic experience. The outdoor rooftop terrace seats 26 but offers ample standing space for large-scale events in a lush alfresco garden setting. Chef Matthew has plans to set up a vertical garden around the steel façade. Sip some wine, savour the food and soak in the ambience. The Rabbit Stash offers a multi-sensory dining adventure with a feast for all senses.
â€‹Located at One Farrer Hotel & Spa and open 24/7, Escape serves a myriad of local and international cuisine from its interactive open kitchen. Tuck into a sumptuous buffet of freshly-prepared dishes and watch their chefs ‘live’ in action as they whip up your culinary choices a la minute.
Unwind with a glass of wine or a refreshing soda at the Escape lobby lounge, or enjoy tête-à-tête over cakes and coffee at the cosy café area.