Where to dine this week: Xin Divine, Perbacco, LES45

Where to dine this week: Xin Divine, Perbacco, LES45

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Text: Janice Sim Adibah Isa

A shortlist of top eats and treats in town

Xin Divine

Touting a cuisine as 'progressive Chinese' might raise a few brows when it comes to unearthing important roots, but Xin Divine's approach is grounded in respecting the familiar flavours that we have grown up loving. Set in a light-filled palatial three-storey shophouse up on Duxton Hill, the restaurant's culinary influences take on Cantonese, Chinese as well as French finesse. Dishes served here are delicate amalgamations of traditional Chinese flavours weaved together with modern European techniques. For starters, their Szechuan tortellini sees a kurobuta pork and chive dumpling folded to resemble the Italian pasta, complete with its piquant, slightly numbing Szechuan chilli broth, simmered with ginger and vinegar. Do yourselves a favour and call for one of their nourishing soups — a Chinese wine shark bone soup, spiked with a giddy dose of nu er hong. God only knows how much our skin needs collagen. Mains? Their Poulet De Bresse teases the palate with a drunken chicken roulade, rolled with foie gras and adorned with sweet corn and nu er hong puree. Alternatively, you may opt for their Chilean seabass, pan-seared to perfection and doused in a tantalising spicy and sour concoction. — JS

Xin Divine Singapore

10 Duxton Hill, Tel: 3100 0030
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm


Think you detest brussels sprouts? Allow chef Jorge Leon to change your mind at a new Mexican joint in Raffles Place. Part of the Hidden Door Concepts portfolio of over a dozen eateries, LES45 goes for a refined take on what you know about Mexican cuisine. Take the aforementioned brussels sprouts, for example. Charred to perfection, each mouthful comes packed with flavour, thanks to the generous helpings of guajillo, a Mexican chilli, and cotija, a crumbly Mexican cheese. After noticing how diners in Singapore enjoy a sunny side up atop every other local dish, he's done the same with the chicken tinga tostada, with mango and wasabi for an Asian-inspired kick. Other notable accompaniments include the hibiscus vinaigrette and sesame quinoa, which you can't really get at any other Mexican joint. Make sure you reserve a spot at the terrace, which offers a view of the marina from the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower. — AI

LES45 Singapore

50 Raffles Place, #45-03. Tel: 6221 9555
Opening hours: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-11pm


In case you haven't heard, Ann Siang House is the newest trailblazer to make waves on the bustling street. Apart from its swanky shophouse guestrooms, the basement hit Blue Label Pizza, the innovative hotel has recently unveiled Perbacco. At this traditional Italian joint, you can get a moreish fix of pasta, seafood and some of the finest imported wines scoured from around the world. Thin strips of Hokkaido scallops and Sicilian red prawns come intertwined in their seafood carpaccio, fondled with a zesty kick of lemon foam. Pasta nazis, go straight for the angel hair embellished with sea urchin purée and an obligatory black truffle finish. The hearty combination was delicately rich yet balanced to keep us wanting more. Of course, by more we mean dessert. Their silky panna cotta topped with caramelised hazelnuts would be a sweet wise choice. — JS

Where to dine Perbacco

28 Ann Siang Rd, Tel: 6224 1094
Opening hours: 12-pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm

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