The Singapore Food Festival is a yearly affair that has us foodies constantly on our toes, keeping our eyes peeled for the next best gastronomic trip to jump headfirst into. This year, in collaboration with Klook, SFF 2021 brings us a new concept—Secret Suppers—which lets you enjoy a specially curated meal at just S$70nett. The catch? You don’t know where you’re going to go.
Here’s a look at the 12 of the 18 restaurants taking part that you might potentially find yourself in this SFF 2021. The Secret Suppers event is only running on 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 September (Fridays & Saturdays), with two seatings each day—one at 7pm, and again at 8.30pm.
Find the full details and purchase your ticket here.
As a multi-concept restaurant by Les Amis Group, you know the fare at Socieaty is of a remarkable standard. It houses the best of the group’s casual offerings all under one roof and this event will give you access to choice selections from this highly curated menu.
The evening starts with an amuse-bouche of Truffle Chawanmushi, with an option of either Calamari, Arancini Mushroom, Arancini Bolognese, Sliced Raw Amberjack, Drunken Chicken 绍兴醉鸡, or Mushrooms With Oyster Sauce 蚝油香菇.
The evening is still young, as they say, as you build up to your selection of either any one main course from a selection of Les Amis’ concepts such as Medium Speciale Pizza and Lemak Boy (Premium Nasi Lemak with Kissu Fish), among others. Don’t forget your sweet finish, along with a Goodie Bag comprising a jar of Peanut Cookies and a bottle of Goma dressing, while you stroll out with a satiated appetite.
Shimmy over to Chimichanga where the food proves to be full of life and flavour as does the ambience. During the Secret Suppers event, kick back with a welcome cocktail and an appetiser platter for two. Your main options include either Rib-eye Steak or Lamb Cutlets, with either sounding like great date night staples that can’t go wrong.
Wind down with a portion of Cinnamon Churros with kaya sauce to share—because what other way to woo your significant other than with something sweet and something saucy to close the evening?
Also, remember to redeem a surprise take-home gift, courtesy of Chimichanga, before you whisk your love away into the night.
3. Meatsmith Little India
The name of the game at MeatSmith Little India during this exclusive Secret Supper is ‘sharing is caring’ and nothing screams more communal than a platter. The special menu item for this event is their hearty platter-style serving of the following (but not limited to):
- Ikura Papadum
- Suckling Pig
- Crab Biryani
- Chef’s Special
- Green Mango Slaw
I don’t know about you, but the Ikura Papadum sounds like a salty-savoury combination that’s just waiting to knock my socks off. Oh, and Crab Biryani? Now, even this one’s tempting me enough to book myself a slot at MeatSmith straight away.
1. Secret Garden by Zeekri
‘The only halal French eatery that marries food with flowers’—take that as your call to pause momentarily and smell the flowers, maybe literally. The Secret Garden by Zeekri touts a unique in-house florist at their ‘petalsmith’ counter where they’ll happily create unique floral arrangements for any occasion.
But aside from their one-of-a-kind service, this halal cafe is also offering a Secret Suppers special that’ll keep those tummy growls at bay. Start off with a choice of soup or salad. Then ready your appetite for either the Pan Seared Seabass with Fork Crushed potatoes and seared Thai asparagus served with char romesco sauce or Rack of Lamb with trio beans and couscous served with balsamic brown sauce. Put the final touches on your splendid evening with a classic French dessert that is hard to pass up (but we won’t give too much away—*wink, wink*).
In the spirit of basking yourself in the beauty of nature, they’re also offering an Edible Flower Tasting Platter to tickle your senses and make you forget about life’s troubles even if just for one meal.
2. Lobster Air
Lobster Air might just do the trick in tiding you over till you can travel once again, with a menu that’s centred around flight classes. The meal starts off with a welcome drink and a salad that brings the best of Asian flavours to your table. You won’t need a passport to enjoy their Business Class main of either Half Boston Lobster, Marinara Vegan Lobster Conchiglie, or Chicken Aglio e Olio. You’ll also enjoy an inclusive wine pairing, with recommendations from the knowledgeable “stewardess” who’ll tend to your every fancy.
Of course, what’s an in-flight dining experience without the mandatory request for coffee or tea? This meal will surely be an experiential one with fun elements such as airline-style announcements and a table set up to mirror the impeccable service of Business Class.
Speaking of pretending to be anywhere but in Singapore, Ginger is a tropical (indoor) getaway, with walls sprawling with greenery that’ll allow your imagination to take you to a tropical paradise without having to leave your seat. The Secret Suppers event offers an off-menu special that you won’t want to miss.
Be pleasantly greeted by a house speciality salad, bound to delight and prep your palate for the amazing flavours to come. This is followed by Steamed Jumbo Prawn with Spicy Basil Sauce and Blue Pea Rice with Chicken Rendang and Homemade Pickles.
But that’s not all; there’s even a surprise dish—Lobster Kueh Pie Tee. Now, how’s that for a (ful)filling evening?
1. Potato Head
A speakeasy and rooftop bar rolled in one, perhaps you might recognise Potato Head from Instagram stories of those who can’t resist snapping a picture of the bar’s facade as they’re passing along Keong Saik. And there’s a lot to be excited about apart from just a gorgeous exterior.
Potato Head brings us a four-course menu that includes a starter and then followed by a sloppy burger choice. And as all great burger places do, Potato Head pairs your juicy main with either the Miso Dirty Fries Jr. or Nugg It (vegetarian) to fill you up for the evening.
And if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to finish off with either a cocktail—So fresh so clean—or a mocktail—Blues Clues—if alcohol isn’t part of your diet, or if you just don’t want to risk leaking embarrassing facts about yourself to your date.
2. Beng Who Cooks
As a hawker stall-turned-restaurant, Beng Who Cooks continues to prove themselves over and over—never resting on their laurels and constantly innovating. Their space at Neil Road is not only a testament to their tenacity, but also downright knack for banging out delicious fare.
Beng Who Cooks’ Secret Suppers menu is a medley of local fusion flavours imagined in a way that you’ve never seen before. A Salmon Carpaccio first whets your appetite, then the main event comes in the form of a Striploin Mee Tai Mak that’s just as umami and hearty as it sounds.
End your evening with the Panna Cotta Semifreddo and a choice of Red Wine or a non-alcoholic beverage to go with the burst of flavour that was the previous three courses.
3. Xiao Ya Tou
I’m always a sucker for mod-Sin fare, and an even bigger simp for branding that walks the fine balance between nostalgia with a tongue-in-cheek touch. If you’re passing by, you can’t miss Xiao Ya Tou’s larger-than-life interior that reminds us of our grandparents’ heydays.
Under their Secret Suppers menu, Xiao Ya Tou is giving you a bang for your buck with a whole slew of courses to savour while you soak in the period-appropriate decor. You start off with two bangin’ appetisers, then choose between the Sarawak Black Pepper Lamb Shank or Truffle Roast Duck as a sharing plate between you and your dining partner. I’ve often been criticised for this, but my favourite part of any meal is unashamedly the carbs. Lucky for me, there are three choices to pick from—XYT Hokkien Mee, Truffle Scallion Egg Noodles, and Crab Fried Rice that all leave me equally stumped.
To pair, you also have a choice of either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage that includes the likes of XYT Liang Teh, Thai Milk Tea, Tiger Beer, and more. And finally, I can’t think of a dessert more apt to close off the meal than the Jia Jia and Kai Kai; it feels like an ode to their newborn panda child, almost. The Jia Jia and Kai Kai is black sesame ice cream served with green tea crumble and lemon curd, the perfect final note to a meal that’s already as decadent as this.
1. 1925 Brewing Co
There aren’t that many local breweries in Singapore, but those that do it, do it right. 1925 Brewing Co, for example, is a taproom and restaurant rolled in one, and shows us that great fare and beer can coexist in the same place.
They start the Secret Suppers menu with a Contemporary Teochew Ceviche followed by a Modern Teochew Braised Platter which is a hearty combination of various meats. It’s looking to me like it might be a night of firsts for some, and there’s more where that came from. Diners will also get to try one House Brand Craft Beer, as well as a Surprise Seasonal Beer.
End off with a Modern Orh Nee that is frankly hard to go wrong with, seeing as how it’s already a staple for many sweet-toothed Singaporeans.
I grew up in the Katong-Joo Chiat precinct (CHIJ Katong Convent alumni represent!), so I’m very much acquainted with the offerings around the area. I remember visiting Sinpopo when it was just in its infancy—when their Sng Muay Pop was one of the first things on their menu and still remains today.
For Secret Suppers, Sinpopo’s prepared a host of Peranakan goodness that includes the Exclusive Bakar Platter with Satay Ayam, Black Pepper Beef Bakar, amongst other delectable dishes. There’s also Blue-Pea Flower Coconut Rice with egg and onion relish to fill you up, and a choice between Chendol Parfait or Gula Melaka Jelly for a sweet finish.
The experience doesn’t end when you step out of the door because you’ll get to bring home a Local Treats Bag (worth S$48) whose contents are for you to find out once you tear open into it.
3. Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant
If you’re looking for a filling meal that’ll leave you stuffed to the brim, then Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant is who you’re hoping for. They’re prepared to feed you like it’s your birthday, regardless of the real occasion you’re there for.
Get to relish the Mulligatawny Soup served with French loaf, Pasteis De Bacalhau, Chicken Curry Debal, Prawn Bostador, and Fried Okra, just to name a few. Pot Roast and Chap Chye, although vastly different, are both on the menu as well—fusion’s the name of the game, here at Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant. The night ends with the Eurasian Dessert Platter that’s guaranteed to send you straight to food coma town.
Also, food isn’t the only thing you’ll be getting here—the experience is equally emphasised on too. All participants will be invited to dress up in the Eurasian dance costume and try the steps of the Jinkli Nona, a traditional Eurasian folk dance, guided by two dance instructors. After that, take a tour of the Eurasian Heritage Gallery for a peek into the past.
*This article is brought to you in collaboration with Klook Singapore.
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