1. Angela May Food Chapters
What: Thai-American television personality and chef Angela May is launching a Singapura High Tea set ($52 for two people) that encapsulates local flavours in dainty bites. Highlights of the two-tier set include the springy bundt-shaped pandan mochi cake, gula melaka ginger tea cakes and bak kwa jam sandwiches. Chef May has also created a pandan cake with roasted black sesame buttercream and kaya (from $12++ a slice). From Aug 1 to 31.
The cake is also part of a set meal ($38++) that includes a lobster crab laksa roll with salted-egg fries. The set is also available at sister restaurants such as L’Entrecote, &Made and Sabio. From Aug 5 to 13.
Where: 02-02 The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road
Open: 10.30am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6681-7440 or go to www.facebook.com/pg/AngelaMayFoodChapters
Photo: Angela May Food Chapters
2. Birds Of A Feather
What: Giving a Sichuan twist to the humble popiah is Sichuan-themed cafe Birds Of A Feather’s Salted Egg Crab Popiah ($18++). The black charcoal skin is used to wrap stewed turnip spiced with Sichuan peppercorns, soft-shell crab tempura, crab roe and shredded fresh cucumber. For punch, dip the rolls in the accompanying salted egg espuma. From Aug 8 to 11.
Where: 115 Amoy Street
Open: 11am to 11pm (Mondays), 10am to 11pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), 10am to midnight (Thursdays to Saturdays), 10am to 10pm (Sundays)
Info: Call 6221-7449 or go to facebook.com/birdsofafeathersg
Photo: Birds of a Feather SG
3. Jamie's Italian
What: Jamie’s Italian introduces a Singapore-inspired dish that pays homage to chicken rice.
The Chicken & Rice Jamie’s Style ($19.65++) features roasted free-range chicken and broccolini on a bed of chicken stock-infused carnaroli rice. The risotto is served with green onions and a sweet wine vinegar-spiked red chilli paste. From Aug 1 to 13.
Where: 01-165 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk; 01-01 Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road
Open: Various opening hours, go to www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore
Photo: Jamie's Italian
What: Cook your own chilli crab with the steamboat restaurant’s Chilli Crab Set ($52++ for two). It includes a sweet-spicy chilli crab soup base that is concocted with spices such as lemongrass, belacan and blue ginger; a live mud crab (300 to 350g) and other seafood such as live prawns, fish balls and fish paste tofu.
Save the crab for last. Thicken the chilli crab broth with cornstarch and egg and mop the pot dry with mantou or fried beancurd skin. From Aug 1 to 31.
Where: Three outlets including at 03-16 Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1 and 01-53 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Open: Various opening hours, go to www.jpot.com.sg
What: Taking inspiration from popular local food, the fast-food chain has come up with 10 items that are exclusive to its Singapore stores. Besides the Nasi Lemak Burger ($5.95), there are desserts such as the Chendol McFlurry (from $3), which is a swirl of vanilla softserve with chendol jelly bits and gula melaka sauce; Coconut Pie ($1.20); and the Bandung McFizz ($3), which features rose syrup. The chain’s cafe, McCafe, introduced a kueh salat cake (from $5) that has glutinous rice sandwiched between pandan sponge layers. While stocks last.
Where: Currently sold out at all outlets but keep your eyes peeled as it may come back in the future.
Open: Various opening hours, go to www.mcdonalds.com.sg
What: Like durians and pizza? Get them both in the halal-certified pizza chain’s Durian King ($5.90 a slice, $32.90 for a 35cm pizza). Spread over the black charcoal pizza dough is creamy Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian pulp, sweetened with condensed milk and topped with mozzarella cheese. Till mid-August.
Where: All Pezzo outlets except Changi Airport Terminal 2
Open: Various opening hours, go to pezzo.com.sg
7. Saint Pierre
What: Get a taste of chef Emmanuel Stroobant’s modern French interpretation of local food in a nine-course dinner ($248++ a person) on Aug 9.
Dishes include Satay, a skewer of roasted Japanese eel, king prawn and squid served with a peanut-based sauce; Idli, which has live Hokkaido scallop carpaccio on the South Indian rice cakes; and Nasi Lemak, which features poached Hokkaido king crab crusted with puffed coconut rice, sambal jel, egg yolk confit, pandan puree and ikan bilis dust.
Mains include a 24-hour-braised Ohmi beef rendang and pork belly in a sweet pork consomme and char siew shavings. The restaurant, which has a view of Marina Bay, will open earlier, at 5pm, on Aug 9 for diners to take in the sights and sounds of the nearby parade.
Where: 02-02B One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road
Open: 5 to 11pm (on Aug 9 only)
Info: Call 6438-0887 or go to www.saintpierre.com.sg
Photo: Saint Pierre
8. The Black Sheep Cafe
What: The Pandan Souffle a la Ondeh Ondeh is chef-owner Rathakrishnan Ramaiyan’s answer to the quest for a “national dessert”. Fashioned after the Malay kueh, the souffle is baked in a young coconut instead of a ramekin. Besides perfuming the souffle, the coconut also gives a “three- dimensional experience” as diners scrape the flesh off its shell. It is drizzled with gula melaka sauce and served with coconut ice cream.
This dessert is part of a three-course National Day menu ($45 a person) that includes dishes such as laksa panna cotta with chilled prawns and duck confit with local spices, garlic fried rice and baby spinach. From Aug 1 to 31.
Where: 01-04 Thomson Imperial Court, 200 Upper Thomson Road
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30 to 11pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 11am to 11pm (weekends), closed on Mondays
Info: Call 6459-5373 or go to www.facebook.com/pg/blacksheepcafesg
Photo: The Black Sheep Cafe
9. The Bread Table
What: Taking on the national colours is the Love Singapore Red Velvet Cinnamon Bun ($3.80) from this European-style bakery. The chocolate chip-studded bun boasts a dark red hue from roasted beetroot puree and is topped with vanilla cream cheese and garnished with red candy bits. Till Aug 31.
Where: 1010 Upper Serangoon Road
Open: 11am to 9pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 10am to 9pm (weekends), closed on Mondays
Info: Call 6282-3546 or go to thebreadtable.com
Photo: The Bread Table
What: Local flavours shine brightly at the 120-seat bistro’s maiden National Day menu. Savouries include Tamarind Seabass Ceviche with “Hei Ko” ($18++), which is reminiscent of assam laksa and adorned with shaved ginger flower, green chilli, glass noodles and shrimp paste ice cream; and Iberico Char Siew ($34++), chargrilled pork with carrot “noodles” and honey pork jus. Hawker’s Sweet Delight ($14++) comprises a “chendol” parfait (frozen gula melaka mousse, rice flour jelly and salted corn sorbet), rose meringue shards, coconut foam and gula melaka crumble. From July 31 to Aug 13.
Where: 50 Cluny Park Road
Open: Noon to 3pm, 6 to 10pm (Wednesdays to Fridays); 6 to 10pm (Saturdays); 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 10pm (Sundays); closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Info: Call 9831-1106 or go to www.thegarage.sg
Photo: Botanico @ The Garage