Michelin Guide gastrobar pop-up: Collabs between beloved bars and restaurants for cocktails and bites
Cheers to that
We've seen and tasted the midas collabs between hawkers and fine dining establishments last month and now Michelin Guide Singapore is back again with yet another series of hotly-anticipated collabs — this time, between bars and Michelin-recommended restaurants. Yes those tipples now come with a curated menu from the participating restaurant, featuring delectable bites or snacks.
No doubt that these collabs will delight loyal fans of the bars and restaurants, but the initiative is also meant to highlight the variety and international diversity of Singapore's vibrant F&B scene, as the dishes creatively make use of local ingredients and feature locally-inspired cocktails. As Nicholas Achard, managing director of Michelin F&B Asia puts it, "It is thrilling for Michelin Guide to bring the worlds of cocktails and food closer together to create new explorations and synergy between chefs and bartenders, and we hope this gives guests of both genres something to look forward to as they travel through their palate".
For an Italian spin: Buona Terra x Tess Bar & Kitchen
Buona Terra and Tess Bar & Kitchen's collaboration is evidence that sophisticated Italian fare goes hand in hand with intricately-concocted cocktails. Headed by Lombardy-born chef Denis Lucchi, Buona Terra specialises in taking a twist on traditional dishes to reinvent them using the finest ingredients throughout the region. As for Tess Bar, it's helmed by multiple award-winning bartender Christyne Lee, touted for its bespoke cocktails. For this collaboration, they will bring something new to the table with the classic Italian dishes we are used to, presenting a contemporary slice of classic Italian dishes with a local twist paired with cocktails also embodying an Italian twist.
Available on 2nd and 3rd March , $140++ per pax
Where Nordic meets Japanese: Zen x No Sleep Club
Yes, this is a fusion pairing, but one that bridges two unique establishments. The Singapore outpost of 3-Michelin Frantzén in Stockholm, Zén is a rare slice of Scandinavia in Singapore, which offers top-notch quality Nordic produce and cuisine. As for No Sleep Club, the unique title of the place would've given you some insights that this is no ordinary place. Founders of No Sleep Club, Juan Yijun and Jessica Hutchinson have described the space as neither cafe nor restaurant nor bar, yet all of the above. Think creamy coffee and reimagined classic cocktails in a single place. For this collaboration, Chef Tristin Farmer will explore the creative idea of infusing Japanese elements into Scandinavian cuisine, while the team at No Sleep Club will be working in step with Zén to curate a complementary selection of drinks.
Available on 16th and 17th March, $180++ per pax
A slice of Latin America: OLA Cocina Del Mar x Junior The Pocket Bar
A modern Spanish restaurant helmed by Latin American chef Daniel Chavez, whose experience includes world-famous kitchens, OLA Cocina Del Mar is sure to serve you authentic Latin American cuisine that also tastes great. As for the drinks, Junior the Pocket Bar will serve up Singapore's most beloved terrains and traditions in the world of cocktails and spirits in a cosy bar setting. For this collaboration, chef Daniel is amping up the star power by roping in his partner Tamara, who hails from two generations of F&B veterans in Mexico City, while Joe Alessandroni's team at Junior will be serving up spicy Latin American themed cocktails.
Available on 9th and 10th march, $130++ per pax
A tribute to Southeast Asian cuisine: Labyrinth x Native
Helmed by Chef LG Han, Labyrinth is for all you adventurous folk who adore your local food but aren't afraid to try something new — as it's a modern take on local Singaporean cuisine. Native, on the other hand, has been a constant game-changer in the bar industry in Singapore. Not only is it a major wholesaler of hyper local ingredients from Singapore and Southeast Asia, it also boasts a vast selection of Asian-inspired cocktails. For this collaboration, the team will surprise your tastebuds with reinterpretations of local regional classics and flavours on a journey of discovery of what's readily available in our backyards and beyond.
Available on 23rd and 24th March, $140++ per pax