Arts & Culture

IN PRINT: Surprise Me



What better way to have a taste of the chef’s culinary expertise than an off-the-menu option whipped up at a moment’s notice?


–                     Osvaldo No Menu

21/23 Boon Tat Street

A degustation menu of surprise selections from the seasonal market. Good, ehart flavours of fresh ingredients that you’d expect from the Forlino family.


–                     Bar-Roque Grill

165 Tangjong Pagar Road, #01-00

Though this option is still little known, the chef’s twice-weekly box of fresh seafood from Normandy allows him to flex his culinary muscle for diners that want something out of the ala-carte menu.


–                     Nicolas le Restaurant

10 Teck Lim Road

Eight-course surprise menu for gourmets to indulge in traditional French cuisine.


–                     Brasserie Gavroche

66 Tras Street

Off-the-menu items are based on special deliveries from Runigs market.


–                     Toots Brasserie

101 Jalan Sultan, Sultan Hotel

Perfect for big groups that are no smaller than eight for its specially crafted menu


–                     Ding Dong

23 Ann Siang Road

Southeast Asian inspired dishes. Just ask for their “Feed Us,” and let the kitchen take the wheel.


–                     Foodbar Dada

The Quayside, #01-12

They might be able to squeeze in a couple of new items if you put in a request, prepared by the delectable Chef Jordi.


–                     Xi Yan

38 Craig Road

There is always room for experimentation in Chinese cuisine. Get surprises in presentation and flavours from familiar dishes


–                     Sky on 57

Sands SkyPark, Level 57, Hotel Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands

Chef Justin Quek’s bespoke menu shows that there’s more to Asian flavours than heart, basic food.



Japanese for “to entrust” or “I’ll leave it to you”, what you’ll get is what’s delivered to the chef’s kitchen that day. Orderign Omakase can be a gamble – but what is guaranteed is a series of courses, artfully crafted using the freshest produce available that day


–                     Hashida Sushi

Mandarin Gallery, #02-37

There is no compromise in quality and freshness, and with a tight-knit relationship with suppliers (that spans several generations), they get the first pick of wild caught fish to ensure that only the best is served.


–                     Sushi Kuu

Palais Renaissance #01-07

Puts the innovation and fun into dining with modern twists to traditional favourites and a casual ambience, complete with Jazz music in the background.


–                     Waku Ghin

The Shoppes Atrium 2, Marina Bay Sands #02-02

Known for indulgent and luxurious spreads of omakase.


–                     Hanayoshi

21 Duxton Road

The folks here strike a balance between keeping to the authentic Japanese classics and pleasing the local palate.


–                     Marukyu

116A Telok Ayer Street

The finest ingredients are used to create one-of-a-kind haute dining.


–                     Izy

27 Club Street

Serving up back-to-basics with its own brand of East-meets West selection of season ingredients.


–                     IKYU

5 Yong Siak Street

All about mish-mash flavours from world over, the chef will prompt if you are full during the sushi section of the omakase and if you still have room for more, he’ll whip up additional pieces at no extra cost.


The full article was published in the Nov 13 issue.