Three to try: Folklore, The Ottomani, Botanico

Three to try: Folklore, The Ottomani, Botanico

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Text: Amelia Chia Janice Sim

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There's nothing more heartening than savouring the flavours of home and that's what Folklore desires to serve on a plate. Being part Peranakan, part Eurasian, Chef Damian D'Silva made sure to impart his childhood memories and cultural influences into the dishes here at Folklore. His culinary style isn't to discount the authenticity of the Peranakan classics like chap chye (mixed vegetable stew), but to pay tribute to his personal story — a few of which, might even be the same ones we grew up eating. While their Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice challenged the original, it was executed in a medley of aromatic flavours that we had to go back for seconds. First time trying Eurasian cuisine? The Singgang is a great way to start; think a deboned wolf herring lapped up with a spiced paste comprising of fresh chillies, lemongrass and coconut milk. We say the next time you head to Folklore, grab your family and loved ones to make merry over the comforting spread. — JS

Three to try Folklore Singapore

700 Beach Road, Level 2, Destination Singapore Beach Road Hotel, Tel: 6679 2900
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

The Ottomani

Looking for a late-night dining option filled with moreish bites and convivial vibes? Do yourself a favour and check in at The Ottomani. Paying homage to Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients from chef Nic Philip's childhood family table, this cosy space serves up wood-fired roasts, charcoal-grilled vegetables, and a slew of heartwarming starters. Start off with one of The Ottomani's delightful cocktails served on a mobile trolley by your table, and be instantly transported into the decadent drinking dens in Dubai. Call for the Ottomani bread, house baked daily with walnut and smoked date, and served warm — this pairs perfectly with their Adana beef tartare kebabs, made of grain fed beef and caviar. Each plate at The Ottomani arrives exquisitely and generously portioned, showcasing Chef Nic's attention to detail and love for sharing plates. Don't leave without trying their slow-roasted lamb shoulder — for it is fall-off-the-bone tender and marinated with spiced molasses and sumac gremolata for a beautiful depth of flavour that will remain in your memory for weeks after. — AC

Three to try The Ottomani Singapore

48 Peck Seah Street, #01-01A, Tel: 9231 9316
Opening hours: 6.30pm-12am


Everything you see here on Botanico's newest dinner menu has been through their wood-fired Inka oven. The result? Delightful plates of robust, smoky flavours. The contemporary bistro appears to make the perfect spot for casual dining, but in truth, the dishes presented here resemble one of a fine dining restaurant. If you're a fan of creamy soups, start with their Foie Gras latte — a rich simmered concoction of chicken bones, foie gras, onions, celery, and leek, accompanied with a crispy churro to soak all that goodness up. Next, treat yourself to their Ibérico Char Siew, a tender cut rubbed overnight with housemade char siew sauce and dressed with pork jus. We also loved how it came with a refreshing and healthier alternative of carrot noodles. Desserts here are also unlike the ordinary — get a load of their Jalapeño cream cheese ice cream topped with pan-seared pineapple cubes. Let's just say, we were all too surprised at how that risky combination came together perfectly. — JS

Three to try Botanico at the Garage

Level 2, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Tel: 9831 1106
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm