Three to try: Firebake, Garang Grill, Chitose Omakase Box
Warm up to good food
With a pair of gorgeous wood-fire ovens and two cast-iron stoves that date back to the 1880s, Firebake is, quite literally, the hottest restaurant of the moment. Using only all-natural ingredients like organic flour from Western Australia, non-iodised salt, and natural sourdough leavening, chef-owner and baker Konstantino Blokbergen creates rustic European-style loaves and a heart-warming menu of European dishes. Dig into a classic French four-spice chicken liver pate redolent of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cloves, which pairs wonderfully with the crusty fruit loaf studded with whole dried apricots and sultanas. The likes of roasted chicken and Rangers Valley striploin, braised lamb, and pumpkin dusted with pistachio dukka are all deftly cooked and kissed with the smoky goodness of time spent around the wood fire.
237 East Coast Road, Level 1. Tel: 9784 2950/6440 1228
Singaporean chef Jeremy Cheok was recently named consultant chef for New Ubin Seafood and his first order of business is a three-month pop-up restaurant centred around an impressive Mibrasa charcoal oven. Essentially a closed charcoal grill from Spain, the oven is used to turn out exceptional USDA Prime rib eye steaks — a dusky pink within, their charred exteriors lightly lacquered with a sticky-sweet gula Melaka glaze — and shiok Singapore-style eats like plump blue mussels from New Zealand in a lemak coconut cream broth, and a fabulously crispy pork jowl with tonkatsu sauce.
The pop-up runs from now until 31 May. Reservations recommended. 15 Swan Lake Avenue. Tel: 9245 0184
Chitose Omakase Box
More than 10 varieties of the season's best produce from artisanal farms in Japan and Cameron Highlands are what arrive at your doorstep when you order an Omakase Box from Chitose Agrigulture Initiative. For $120 per box, customers get the likes of white peaches from the Niigata Prefecture, pristine Japanese strawberries from Cameron Highlands, sweet Bocchan pumpkin, tenkeiko mushrooms and all manner of Japanese leafy greens. Each box contains enough produce to feed a family of four over about three to four meals. The initiative works with more than 50 artisanal farms in Japan and Cameron Highlands who adhere to its strict code of standards developed by specialists in biodiversity and scientific agriculture. Besides delicious and high-quality produce, Chitose's focus remains on sustainable farming methods and their impact on the environment and people. Part of the profits from Omakase Boxes sold in Singapore goes to partner farmers, helping them continue their livelihood in the face of challenges like natural disasters and poor yield.
Order your Omakase Box here