Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung, Kilo Kitchen at Duxton Road, Almost Famous
Where we dined this week...
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Earlier this year, Chef Alvin Leung (a.k.a. the demon chef) entered Singapore's dining scene with experiential Cantonese restaurant, Forbidden Duck and now, he is making headlines yet again — with 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at all-new The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. Paying homage to dishes that hit closer to home, this stunner of a restaurant will showcase chef Alvin's favourite recipes in Asia. Our all-time favourite lemak bowl of laksa is made with generous amounts of dried shrimp floss and topped with tiger prawns tempura as well as jasmine tea smoked onsen quail eggs. Almost like the best of both worlds — this dish ropes ramen ingredients and laksa altogether in a single creation. If you are a fan of the herbal bak kut teh, try their chargrilled version. The meat is marinated for 12 hours, paired with angelica syrup-infused watermelon and bak kut teh infused barbeque sauce to remind diners of the Malaysian breakfast favourite. Another popular item is the mango pomelo sago with coconut snow which brings together local dessert and instagram-worthy aesthetics together as shaved nitrogen coconut ice with a glorious puff of smoke adding dramatic flair to your dessert. — CC
15 Stamford Road, Tel: 6368 8888
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Sure we're still knee deep in Christmas presents, but there's always Chinese New Year 2019 to think about — one can always plan ahead. Located at The NCO Club, Madame Fan ushers in the Lunar New Year with their creative take on traditional Cantonese cuisine. Festive set menus are available for lunch and dinner with offerings such as Madame Fan's signatures: double boiled four treasure soup and the Australian rib eye pepper beef. A non-traditional Lunar New Year dish? The rib eye pepper beef is on the menu for good reason — they literally fall apart in your mouth. For the dinner menus, choose between a six-course or seven-course with premium offerings such as steamed Soon Hock fish with premium soy sauce in the latter option. Their prosperity yu sheng is made special with unconventional ingredients such as crispy rice noodles, silver fish and green mango. Slurp down a hearty bowl of soup made with bird nest, crab meat and crab roe as you are reminded of one of your grandmother's homemade soups. And if you're still famished, order their Ee Fu noodles topped with braised king prawns. After all, Chinese New Year isn't Chinese New Year without the food coma, no? — CC
32 Beach Road, Tel: 6818 1921
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Now reunited with sister establishment, Kilo Lounge at Tanjong Pagar Road, Kilo Kitchen has moved into the veritable enclave, Duxton Road. Repping the Kilo charm with hand-sanded concrete walls, natural stone, brass finishings and recycled timber; yet debuting bold, bright hues (of gray, gold, mustard and pink) within vintage rugs and Italian ceramic tiles. What deemed impossible in the old space at Kallang — floor-to-ceiling windows took precedence in letting in an abundance of light by day; while by night, a breezy alfresco seating for diners to watch the world go by. Start your meal here at Kilo with their grilled bread of the day. It's served with a confit garlic dip that does wonders to the dough. Probably due to the fact that a combination of garlic and shallots had been bathed in olive oil for two hours. Their small plates continue to be dishes that supercede their roles as just a starter — i.e. that ingenious squid ink rice and raw cured seafood plates like wasabi tuna tartare paving the way. Seasoned with sesame seeds, chives, wasabi and soy sauce, the raw tuna gets a pinch of mayo while best eaten with a giant flour chip, dusted with nori seaweed powder. Hot off the flame, larger mains like grilled fish of the day, lamb shank and bbq pork ribs make the perfect sharing plates to pass around the table. The aforementioned sums up a promising opening menu, and we're excited for more tantalising additions to come our way. — JS
97 Duxton Rd, Tel: 6467 3987
Opening hours: (Tues-Fri) 5.30pm–12am, (Sat) 6pm-12am
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If the term aesthetic was a bar, Almost Famous would be it. Imagine gray walls aligned with monochromatic furniture; then accentuated with the occasional expressive dried flowers. On the tap, you'll find notable brands like Brewlander & Co., BrewDog, Stone & Wood Brewing Co.; at the same time serving a decent line-up of bar bites.
30 Victoria Street, Tel: 9107 6646
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 3pm-12am
Paying homage to the ages of hip-hop (finally), is Queens — Zouk's all-new cocktail bar. Or should we say hideaway, especially when you're way too lethargic for the club. Conceptualised as an exploration of the genre through taste and ambience, the 30-seater within the space of Capital is decked with hip hop records and an intimate bar counter where one can find innovative tipples transpired and inspired by the beats.
3C River Valley Road, Tel: 6738 2988
Opening hours: (Thurs) 7pm-2am, (Fri) 7pm-3am, (Sat) 7pm-4am
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