As we come up on the final quarter of the year, the dining scene on the island remains vibrant and bustling. From new offerings presented by Singaporean outposts of iconic culinary institutions (Nobu, which launched on our shores earlier this year, now has a semi-private teppanyaki omakase on offer for aficionados of Japanese fusion) to longstanding party destinations coming back with a bang (look out for Amber Lounge’s party pop-up for the F1 season), the in-crowd has a plethora of exciting options for wining and dining this month. Meanwhile, in the techno-sphere, London-based company Nothing has launched a metaverse-friendly new smartphone, complete with an innovative operating system and integrated features allowing users to display their NFT collection and directly track NFT floor prices. Suffice to say, the future—both near and far—is looking bright.
Nobu Singapore unveils a decadent teppanyaki omakase experience
The Nobu wave in Singapore is far from over, as evidenced by the restaurant buzzing with life during its nightly dinner service as perfectly-flaked Black Cod Miso and sweet, unresisting sushi gets served out in platters to eager diners. Their brand-new teppanyaki omakase menu, cooked up with flair in one of the restaurant’s semi-private teppanyaki rooms, is set to diversify the dine-in experience at Nobu. Start off with a selection of the freshest sashimi, followed by succulent buttered scallops and lobster drizzled with spicy lemon garlic sauce and sprinkled with fresh scallions. The A5 Japanese wagyu beef was a highlight of the table, incredibly tender and one of those dishes you wish would never end. Surprisingly, the finishing course before dessert was the next most memorable—Chazuke, which has a grilled rice ball sat in the middle of a beautiful dashi-based soy broth. It was refreshingly light, featured a medley of textures, and did well to balance out the rich flavours of the evening. While Nobu’s teppanyaki experience may not have the theatrics and fanfare of others, it certainly won our hearts with its excellent food and incredible variety of meat and seafood—a definite must-try in our books.
Nobu Singapore, 190 Orchard Blvd, Level 3, Singapore 248646
Inquiries: 6831 7653
Nouri reopens with updated design and an inspired new menu
Michelin-starred restaurant Nouri has always stood apart from the crop of fine-dining destinations in Singapore thanks to chef-owner Ivan Brehm’s unique culinary ethos. ‘Crossroads Thinking’, as Brehm dubs it, alludes to his exploration of the interdependence between ingredients, cooking methods and dishes from different parts of the world. With careful research and rigorous experimentation (taking place in large part within Nouri’s sister establishment, Appetite) forming the backbone of the restaurant’s offerings, expect the newly-reopened Nouri to reveal not only stylish interiors updated to look like a cavernous art gallery, but a refreshed nine-course menu. Each of Brehm’s dishes spotlights intercultural connections in an inventive, thought-provoking way. The most delicious example of this is perhaps the Narezushi, a Japanese fermented sushi dish tracing back to the early 1600s. Brehm’s version—an intensely briny, acidic bite packed with umami—introduces Indian influence into its base, which is formed out of idli, fermented rice cake, alongside Cambodian Prahok and a slice of fatty, pickled Japanese sardine. Another clear standout arrives in the form of delicately-folded Turkic dumplings swimming in a flavourful broth. The real magic of this dish is the tiny flower bud—Acmella Oleracea, also known as the Szechuan button—that is served alongside. Once you roll the flower around your tongue, as per Brehm’s instruction, every bite and sip that follows is tinged with the familiar tongue-numbing buzz of mala. Experimental gastronomy at its finest, indeed.
Nouri, 72 Amoy St, Singapore 069891
Inquiries: 9230 2477
Amber Lounge makes its long-awaited return at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
With the Singapore Grand Prix hot on our heels this month, Amber Lounge makes its highly-anticipated return for an unforgettable weekend. This year, the world’s most exclusive after-party has found a new home within the enchanting quarters of The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s The Clifford Pier. Guests can drink in the breathtaking views of Marina Bay waterfront—while partying it up with this year’s stellar line-up of entertainment acts. The opening night on 1 October will be headlined by acclaimed DJ and electronic music producer, Oliver Heldens while the following evening will welcome Swedish singer-songwriter John Martin, notably featured in collaborations with Swedish House Mafia to release hits like Don’t You Worry Child and Save The World. On the gourmet front, tuck into delectable bites from Meatsmith and Burnt Ends Bakery. If you’re up for an epic celebration, elevate your night out with Amber Lounge’s new suite concept, boasting semi-private alcoves where your intimate party can enjoy free-flow Perrier Jouet champagne and Belvedere vodka, as well as offerings like Royal Salute whisky 21 and the exquisite Nomad Caviar. We’re up for a caviar bump, any day.
Tickets and VIP table packages are available here.
Nothing Technology introduces a revolutionary new smartphone
Created from bio-based recycled materials, Nothing Technology’s Phone (1) is the answer to any tech geek’s prayer for a sustainable smartphone, unlike anything we’ve seen on the market till date. The tech company provides a new way of interacting with our smartphones through an innovative Glyph interface on the back of the device, boasting 900 LEDs that create unique light patterns based on phone activity. From providing a soft fill light when capturing photographs in dimly lit spaces to notifying you of incoming text messages via light patterns and rhythmic beats, Phone (1) redefines the smartphone experience. Users can also take delight in the phone’s sharp OLED display that’ll have you sucked right into the metaverse, thanks to rich display colour and sound-matching graphics.
Find out more about ‘Phone (1)’ here.