I have been spending a fair amount of my time in Singapore of late, on account of my recent venture Saha- Signature Indian Restaurant, there. Primarily on Sundays when Saha is closed,I have the opportunity to explore the city, which has a well-deserved reputation for its gastronomy.
During my last trip in September, I decided to discover Sentosa, the playground of Singapore, if you will. The island resort, reached by a causeway, a tropical-themed boardwalk or a cable car ride which offers splendid views, is chockfull of attractions and things to do – from a Dolphin Lagoon and ocean-side pyrotechnics to luge rides and an adventure park. Much as I’d like the occasional adrenaline rush of a para jump, it’s the wine and dine options at Sentosa that have captured my interest the most.
I began at Vivocity Mall, which is the hopping-off point for Sentosa. Besides the array of retail and entertainment options, it also houses some top-rated restaurants. Among them is Jamie’s Italian by British chef Jamie Oliver. It’s known for its Antipasti Planks of assorted Fish, Meats or Vegetables; Fresh home made pastas like Shrimp Linguini, Truffle Tagliatelle; Wild Mushroom and Smoked Mozzarella risotto, Thirty day matured Prime Rib, Baked sustainable Halibut, and Tiramisu & Epic Brownie. Make sure to you book in advance, particularly for dinner to avoid disappointment.
Other quality restaurants at Vivocity include Bornga, serving Korean-style barbecue, and Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant for very good paella and sangria, King Louis- Grill & Bar a medieval themed restaurant, The Queen and Mangosteen for British food, Madam Kwan’s for Malaysian Nasi Lemak, Tajimaya-.Japanese Charcoal Grill- and on to Sentosa, with its luxury resorts and restaurants that span the gamut from beach bars to cafes, bistros and fine dining places.
Among the headline-grabbers in Sentosa CoveareSaint Pierre &Brussels Sprouts by celebrity Belgian Chef Emmanuel Stroobant. While Saint Pierre is known for it’s fine modern French cuisine, Brussel Sprouts serves Musses and a wide range of Belgian craft beers in a fun-casual atmosphere. The freshest and mussels are served in ten different styles – Vin Blanc (onion, parsley, butter, leek, celery,white wine), Fromage Bleu (blue cheese, bamboo shoot, mushroom, cream), Ostendaise (fish stock, lobster bisque, grey shrimp, mushroom) and more – with an endless supply of fries. I was impressed by the play of little local touches on a European classic.
Then, there’s the Earl of Hindh, decorated with grand portraits of Maharajas, full-length mirrors and antique chandeliers. The view of the marina from the restaurant is simply breathtaking.
The menu is inspired by the Indian cuisine from the British Raj, when the maharajas and royalty dined on exotic dishes and hosted lavish feasts. On the menu is a range of kebabs, with the perfectly-executed Kakori Kebab being a signature and curries such as Murgh Tikka Masala, now a global best-seller, besides desserts like Aam Tukda. Earl of Hindh also stocksa fine selection of single malts and whiskies, to be paired with the rich dishes. What could be more Indian than that!