Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: Shake Shack at Jewel Changi Airport, Lady M's savoury menu, Gucci Osteria's pop-up

Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: Shake Shack at Jewel Changi Airport, Lady M's savoury menu, Gucci Osteria's pop-up

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Text: Corinne Cheah Janice Sim

Where we dined this week... 

Shake Shack 

After months of feverish anticipation, Shake Shack has finally set its foot on our shores making its debut in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Fans of the burger stop will relish in its signature items, which includes the ShackBurger, Shack-cago Dog, crinkle cut fries and frozen custard ice cream. With this epic launch, a Singapore-exclusive menu has also been specially created — yes you'll find flavours like pandan, coconut and mango sago hitting home. Our Shack journey started with the Shack-cago Dog — cushioned in a pillowy bun, an all-natural beef hot dog encasing a medley of garnishings such as relish, onion, pickle and mustard. Their classic crispy crinkle-cut fries were complemented well with the ever-so creamy and addictive cheese dip. A local special: the pandan shake blends vanilla frozen custard, pandan and coconut to produce a thick and almost cloying milkshake — made complete by a gula melaka crumble. While it may be tempting to order an entire cup for yourself, we recommend splitting it instead with a buddy. Especially if you want to save room for more burgers. 

The classic must-have ShackBurger had its beef patty and secret ShackSauce to thank for elevating the otherwise unassuming bun. Tender and juicy on the inside, the patty was made more flavourful by its slightly charred exterior. A good vegetarian option? The 'Shroom Burger served a hearty bite with a deep-fried portobello mushroom, revealing a surprise slab of mixed melted cheese. Finally, wash everything down with the ShackMeister Ale — a beer brewed exclusively for Shake Shack. We love a good finale of citrus flavours cutting through the grease. —CCShakeBurger, crinkle fries and ShackMeister Ale

78 Airport Boulevard, Tel: 6956 9898
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 10am-10pm

Lady M 

The pioneer of Mille Crêpes has created quite the buzz, with its fifth outlet primely positioned in Jewel Changi Airport. Step into the brand's creamy colour palette as you are greeted by a refrigerated glass display of signature and new crêpe flavours such as Marron and sakura mille crêpes, respectively. The open seating concept establishment will also be welcoming the newest member to their crêpe family — the pistachio mille crêpe. In a similar shade of green as their matcha crêpe, what sets it physically apart is the lack of dusted matcha powder on the surface and the addition of crushed pistachios at the edge of the cake. Thin and fluffy layers of crêpes are layered with light whipped cream clad with nutty flavours — neither overpowering nor too sweet. Lady M's savoury menu will also be undergoing a notable change with a revamp for the first time in two years. Tuck into warm bowls like the cauliflower soup that is garnished with roasted almonds, crunchy cheesy croutons and drizzled with herb oil. For something equally hearty and quick, chomp down on their sandwich selections. You can't go wrong with a classic smoked ham and aged cheddar cheese combo — paired with pickled red onions. Alternatively, you can't go wrong with their chicken pesto sandwich — especially with homemade pesto. For the first time ever, Lady M will be rolling out their Bon Bons line — marking the brand's first international debut of sweet confections. Think 23 different creations of cocktail-inspired gummies, indulgent chocolate balls and flavoured nuts. Lastly to add to the series of firsts for the New York brand, travellers can now pick up a box of frozen mille crêpe just before you board. Your friends abroad can finally dig into the pillowy layers with this unique addition. —CCPistachio Mille Crêpe

78 Airport Boulevard, Tel: 6956 9898
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 10am-10pm

Bar Cicheti

Spring time in Bar Cicheti calls for a dreamy escapade that starts in Tuscany and coming full circle in Sicily. What that essentially means in Singapore is seasonal additions to the pasta and wine bar. Any stickler for authentic Italian fare will feel instantly at home here — no theatrical antics, just honest handmade pasta and a thoroughly eclectic wine list that you probably can't find anywhere else. Oenophiles will be smitten, especially with sommelier Ronald Kamiyama who romances with wine labels and copious pours of tannins. To square off the booze — specifically a 2015 CVNE where manzanilla sherry that glides on fine and bone dry, Chef Aun reimagines a pesto classic with the surprise of jalapeno within. While this dish should come with a warning of extreme heat, we thoroughly enjoyed the pepper's burst alongside chopped pistachio and toasted pine nuts. For something that renders a sweeter finish, go for the bucatini. The hollowed strands are simmered in osmanthus-scented liquid, before topped with Hokkaido scallops and and Chinese spring peas. The paccheri — a thick stubby tube of pasta is given the long enduring simmer treatment of tomatoes, then creased with chili, anchovies and capers. A whole lot of umami, best braced with a glass of bright natural red hailing from Sicily. —JSPaccheri

10 Jiak Chuan Road, Tel: 6789 9801
Opening hours: (Mon) 6pm-10pm, (Tue-Sat) 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm, (Sun) 11am-3pm

Where we are looking to dine...

Gucci Osteria de Massimo Bottura 

This May, The Arts House will be housing a five-week pop-up by Gucci Osteria. The famed eccentric restaurant by chef Massimo Bottura of three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana will feature dishes inspired by Bottura's and head chef Karime Lopez's childhood and travel experiences. Eat off Gucci Herbarium's crockery range while being surrounded by contemporary Renaissance vibes. Get ready, Instagram. Gucci Osteria

General ticketing sales open on 20 April 2019, 12pm - here. The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner on select days from 1 May 2019 to 26 May 2019.

Culina at COMO Dempsey 

Imagine a luxurious market for your one-stop grocery shopping and you get Culina at COMO Dempsey. Stringing together European culinary offerings as well as a florist by Grandiflora from Sydney, you can expect fresh crusty bread from the bakery, cut-meats from the delicatessen and wine tasting at the wine bar. Culina x Como

15 Dempsey Road, Tel: 6474 7338
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11am-11pm

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