To all of you about to have fun this weekend, we salute you. But for anyone with an empty schedule, fear not: we’ve found something enjoyable for everyone. So, without further ado, here are five lovely ways to treat yourself and your loved ones this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Grab your tickets to watch Timothée Chalamet in Dune
On Friday night: The wait is finally over: Dennis Villenueve’s blockbuster epic Dune has finally opened in Singapore with its star-studded cast. With Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and dozens of other notable names on screen, you can be sure it’s an epic ride. In the far-off future, the most valuable substance in existence is Melange, a powerful drug that grants users immortality. Melange is found only on the inhospitable planet of Arrakis—whoever controls the planet, controls the precious material. The Duke of Atreides (Oscar Isaac) is granted this ownership, and moves to Arrakis, bringing with him his son, Paul (Timothée Chalamet). But Paul is awakening to a strange power that is only exacerbated by his arrival on Arrakis. And when a terrible betrayal rocks the family, he begins to realise that his power can control not only Arrakis, but the entire universe. With gorgeous visuals of the Jordanian desert and a haunting soundtrack, Dune is set to be the biggest film of the season.
Dune is currently showing at The Projector. Tickets can be purchased here.
Dine out in style with MO Bar’s brunch menu
On Saturday morning: The age-old tradition of Sunday brunch returns with MO Bar’s new offerings. Best known as the source of high-tea and fabulous views of Marina Bay, this indie-style bar in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel has revamped its brunch menu. Covering a range of homey Western dishes and elevated Asian classics, their new offerings will be perfect for any palate. A must-have is the Seafood Platter, featuring briny oysters, tender prawns and fresh snow crab, accompanied by an army of condiments from lemon slices to mango tartar. For a jazzed up version of something familiar, try the zingy Tomato Soup, served with crunchy herb croutons and cheese swirled on top. If you’re looking for Asian flavours, opt for the Taiwanese Beef Noodles with soft bok choy, supple beef tendon and tender braised beef in a hearty, moreish broth. Dessert is nothing short of a work of art with their Strawberry Vanilla Cheese Mousse, featuring a dainty circle of strawberry and vanilla mousse with a cap of plain meringue and surrounded by dabs of strawberry marmalade. If you can, save room for some of the incredible new drinks on the menu. Everything is customisable—including the amount of liquor in each cocktail. From sugary coconut concoctions served up in Tiki-style cups to free-flowing champagne, MO Bar lives up to its reputation as one of Singapore’s favourite watering holes. Our recommendation? The Sarimanok, bursting with juicy mango and citrus, underlined with rum and garnished with beautiful rice paper art of a rainbow-coloured rooster.
MO Bar, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797. Reservations can be made here.
Have a burger party at home with Carne Burgers
On Saturday night: The man behind Carne Burgers is Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, the top restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list—that in itself will pique anyone’s interest. If you’re having your fabulous group of five over for dinner, there’s nothing like ordering in a selection of burgers and fries, while kicking back in the comfort of your own home. Committed to sustainable gastronomy, Carne Burgers are crafted with 100 percent grass-fed meat, 100 percent organic vegetables, natural seasonal fruits and cage-free eggs. Call for the new Singapore-exclusive Grilled Beef and Double Mushroom Burger, for its delightfully rich flavour profile—there’s shiitake mushroom in garlic-parsley oil, sweet roasted onions, pickled pearl onions and a dash of confit garlic mayo. Go halves and share it with a friend having the limited-edition Crispy Fish Burger with Kimchi Slaw. The golden-battered fresh snapper pairs magnificently with a tangy kimchi tartar and lime-coriander mayo for that slightly spicy kick. Get onto it, because the fish burger’s limited run ends this weekend.
Traverse the heartlands with People’s Gallery
On Sunday morning: Set up by the National Gallery, the unconventional People’s Gallery seeks to bring art into the community. Spread out amongst 25 void decks across eight heartland neighborhoods, the galleries are not exactly what you would expect—they exist as QR codes plastered up on the pillar walls. All you’ll need to do is scan them with your smartphone before the void deck transforms into a multimedia art showroom, brimming with work by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. What’s more, the accompanying interactive augmented reality microsite includes multilingual audio guides, going into greater detail about the artists and their artwork. You can learn about Choy Weng Yang’s rainbow-laced Horizontals I, the Picasso-esque Batik painting Mother and Children by Chuah Thean Teng and much more from Singapore’s greatest creative minds—all through your phone.
Find out more about People’s Gallery here.
Wind down with the Women’s Fiction Prize winner Piranesi
On Sunday night: End your weekend on a relaxing note with the winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. You may remember Susanna Clarke from the 2015 television adaptation of her novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, set in an alternate-history England. Piranesi, her first novel in seventeen years, is written in the same fantastical vein. Piranesi lives alone in his house while an ocean lies at the bottom of his staircase, rooms span across entire floors, and thousands of statues line his walls. But there is someone else in the story: a man called ‘The Other’ who visits Piranesi twice a week to ask about something known as A Great and Secret Knowledge. The more Piranesi attempts to understand what this knowledge is, the more the reality around him begins to crack, and he begins to uncover a secret that threatens to destroy everything he knows.
Purchase Piranesi here.
Make your booking early for the Fossa x Marriott Bonvoy staycations
On Friday night: This one is tailor-made for all chocolate lovers—Marriott Bonvoy has paired up with local brand Fossa Chocolate for three unique staycation experiences. Taking place at the St. Regis Singapore, W Singapore and JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, each booking will include a stay in a luxurious suite, Fossa Chocolate amenities, an experiential masterclass and a dining or drinking rendezvous. From the St. Regis’ Singapore’s iconic high tea with indulgent treats by Fossa Chocolate to W Singapore’s inventive chocolate cocktails, look forward to an experience that your sweet tooth will remember.
For more information or to book one of the Fossa x Marriott Bonvoy staycations, click here.
Indulge in the flavours of Argentina with Bochinche’s new location
On Saturday morning: A contemporary reimagining of Argentinian cuisine, Bochinche’s menu brims with artistic takes on classic street food. Where they shine is their steaks—cooked with the Asado method of traditional Argentianian barbeque. A long roasting technique, the meat imbibes a smokier flavour and cuts out excess moisture, without becoming too dry. Start off with their delightful array of empanadas—we suggest the gooey Provolone Cheese and Smoked Ham in a surprisingly soft, black pastry shell, or the crunchy Argentinian Spring Rolls served with an umami brown miso mayo sauce. There are a vast array of steak options to please any carnivore, from the tender Ojo de Bife, to the salty, delicate Solomillo or their vintage Galiciana. Our personal favourite? The almost cotton-soft Solomillo, which melts beautifully on your tongue. If you’re not too full, finish off with their selection of dainty desserts. The White Chocolate Cheesecake is served with a delicate scoop of ice cream, while the Espresso Martini Crème Brulee is decadently creamy, with sweet caramelised sugar on top of an espresso-tinged custard base.
Bochinche, 27 Club Street, Singapore 069413. Reservations can be made here.
Celebrate Nordic art at Helsinki Design Week
On Saturday night: Nordic designers have been the talk of the town lately, and Helsinki Design Week is the perfect platform to keep you in the know. With five live streams available, the online event series, ‘The Kaleidoscope Online Festival on Creativity’ offers a unique approach to creativity, and experiencing artwork. There is also an online, 3D tour of the exhibition, as well as a 20-minute tour of Helsinki to encourage finding inspiration in nature. The festival also features some of the biggest names in the design world, all of whom are giving talks on contemporary, Nordic design, and finding inspiration even in a creative drought. Our tip? Sign up for the talk by Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of the MoMA, as she examines how design methods can be used to solve problems in the future, and the way the west interacts with Nordic design.
Get your tickets for Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings
On Sunday morning: A decade in the making, and Marvel has finally given the spotlight to its first Asian superhero: Shang-Chi. Played by Simu Liu of Kim’s Convenience, Shang-Chi looks to be a martial arts extravaganza, with Liu’s background in stunt work and co-ordinating by Brad Allan, a member of Jackie Chan’s stunt team. Raised as an assassin, Shang-Chi fled China after being forced to exterminate a group of rivals as a teenager. Now an adult, he is forced to grapple with his past after coming into contact with the Ten Rings organisation—based on a mythic object that grants its user god-like powers and immortality. Asian film giants Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh also star, as well as fan-favourite Awkwafina, in this thrilling blockbuster. Keep an eye out for Ben Kinglsey’s cameo as the Mandarin in a hilarious spoof of his Iron Man 3 appearance.
‘Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings’ is currently showing in theatres. Tickets can be purchased here.
Dive into French fine-dining with a wine pairing dinner at The Summerhouse
On Sunday night: For an epicurean experience that feels distinctly non-Singaporean, look to sprawling conservation bungalow The Summerhouse. Seated on the seldom-explored grounds of Seletar Airport, the idyllic French farm-to-table restaurant is destination first, eatery second. As part of annual wine event Wine Lust’s special four-course dinner menu, Chef Wendy Quek is dishing out an array of elegant plates that bring together elevated French culinary technique and sustainably farmed produce from a collective of growers, producers, fishermen and even an in-house edible garden. Fresh prawn and scallop is topped with scallop foam, capers raisin and cauliflower, while a fragrant Bergamot Consommé envelops delicate duck tortellini. For your main, opt for the fork-tender Petite Tendre Wagyu Grillée, a luscious cut of meat dressed with a truffled Périgord sauce and served up with an inventive take on broccoli. The best part, of course, is the impeccable wine pairing—from a robust, fruity Pinot Noir to a full-bodied Chardonnay. You’ll leave rejuvenated, satisfied and with a good buzz going.
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387. Reservations for the Wine Lust 4-course wine pairing dinner can be made here.
Immerse yourself in a flowery shipping container at Petals Fall, Now and Then
On Friday night: Forgo canvas and paper in this brilliant commission by Singapore-based British artist Chloë Manasseh. Instead of traditional paintings, Manasseh has created a gallery of artwork within two large shipping containers, titled Petals Fall, Now and Then. One container contains translucent blue and white paintings, whilst the other—a collaboration between Manasseh and Scent by SIX, a home-grown fragrance label—is a multi-sensory experience. The floor and walls are transformed into a rainforest, as real plants mingle between the painted, and petals are stuck permanently to a pastel-coloured forest floor. With Scent by SIX lending a customised scent to enhance the immersive installation, Manasseh invites you to explore the power of the imagination and the relationship between memory, in this jungle that borders between real and unreal.
Petals Fall, Now and Then runs until 3 October 2021 at Bugis+ Outdoor Plaza.
Feel a sense of nostalgia at Singapore Food Festival’s kueh workshop
On Saturday morning: What better way to start a Saturday morning than by making everyone’s favourite childhood treat? Thanks to the Singapore Food Festival, which runs until the 12 September, you’ll be floored by the dearth of workshops promoting Singapore’s unique foods and desserts. If you’ve never been able to master the art of these delicious glutinous rice desserts, this is your chance. Choose from making the two-tone ang ku kueh, or coconut-covered ondeh ondeh and kueh ko swee. Under Mrs Sim, founder of Cooking Art, you’ll be making kueh that’ll rival grandma’s.
Singapore Food Festival runs until 12 September. Tickets for Kueh workshops can be purchased here.
Take a trip to Japan with new restaurant IKO
On Saturday night: If you are a fan of fresh, Japanese seafood, new joint IKO is serving up well-loved dishes with a modern twist. Nestled amongst the array of shophouses on Neil Road, IKO’s sleek grey interior and glowing neon lights could put it anywhere within Tokyo’s neon Akihabara district. Start your meal with a decadent cup of Uni, with slivers of the briney delicacy layered atop a tangy dashi jelly and a smooth cauliflower pudding, finished off with caviar. If buttery-soft torched ebi is more your scene, opt for the creamy Somen, enveloped in a moreish ume sauce. For your entree, don’t overlook the unassuming Japanese Black Cod—within the charred, crispy skin is incredibly succulent white fish that falls apart with the slightest touch of your spoon, infused with smoky-sweet flavour. The climax of your meal will be the volcanic Asari Zosui, a claypot that releases bellows of steam to reveal clams and rice simmering within a viscous dashi and sake sauce that lingers on the palate. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert, especially their 74% Dark Choc, an imaginative deconstruction of a Ferrero Rocher capped with a piece of futuristic-looking raspberry jelly. Wash down the indulgent meal with a glass of premium sake (our recommendation: the Hagi no Tsuru Junmai Ginjo Mid Summer Nero), and slip away to Tokyo in this fun, experimental diner with a strong base in Japanese culinary technique.
IKO, 65 Neil Road, Singapore 088897.
Get your flow on with Yoga Movement’s Novena Pod Concept
On Sunday morning: Time for an energetic start with Yoga Movement at their Novena Pod Concept. Founded in 2012, this home-grown studio has branched out to create a studio located outside of the CBD, giving an opportunity to enjoy an easy weekend morning trip. The Novena Pod Concept offers 50 classes each day, including all seven of YM’s signature class types, as well as Pop Up classes, YM’s version of themed classes. All the classes are multi-levelled, catering to newbies and veterans of yoga alike. Join Basics to become acquainted with foundational poses, or the dynamic Core and Power Flow to work up a real sweat. What’s more, at the Novena location, YM keeps company with some of the best F&B outlets in Singapore—including Two Men Bagel House, Slow Bakes and Real Food. There’s no better time to treat yourself.
Yoga Movement Novena Pod, 8 Sinaran Dr, #01-08 Specialists Centre, Singapore 307470.
Pair North Indian delights with hand-crafted cocktails at The Tiffin Room
On Sunday night: Raffles Hotel Singapore’s historic Tiffin Room welcomes you in for a celebration of Indian cuisine with their collaboration with The Elephant Room. With a menu of North Indian delights, each dish is accompanied by cocktails inspired by the streets and markets of Little India. Start with Jhinga Till Amrud, a crispy fried prawn with sweet and spicy guava chutney and masala peanuts, accompanied by Buffalo Road, a gin and tonic featuring pink guava and vetiver. The delectable main course is served in the iconic copper tiffin boxes—your tastebuds will be delighted at the incredible selection of food. Fom Dalcha Chop Masala, lamb chop curry with yellow lentils and species, to Paneer Pulao, with basmati rice mingling with cottage cheese and cumin, the marriage of flavours are second to none alongside The Elephant’s Room whiskey-based Mr. Desker. Finish off with the creamy dessert dumplings, Gur Kheer and Gur Mini Cheena Pyas, with the sweetly crafted Sippin @ Seventy-eight, made of Bru Coffee rum and coconut kombucha.
The Tiffin Road, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673.
Treat yourself to a staycation with Capella x Net-A-Porter’s “A Considered Life”
On Friday night: Capella teams up with Net-A-Porter for a staycation that will encourage guests to discover a consciously-crafted edit of fashion, beauty and grooming products on Net Sustain. In addition to enjoying the lush grounds of Capella, guests will be gifted an exclusive Net Sustain beauty and Mr Porter grooming kit. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a series of conscious workshops, from craft to cooking and making your own edible garden—vegetarian kueh pie tee, anyone? Also make time for an exhibition titled ‘Please Insert Women’, a partnership with The Meshminds Foundation featuring nine augmented reality artworks from four local female artists. Prepare to be both rejuvenated and inspired.
Bring your inner child to the Museum of Ice Cream
On Saturday morning: You may already have seen the tantalising pink walls and Asia’s first sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream all over Instagram. With only two other museums in Texas and New York, their latest location in our very own Dempsey Hill is a real treat, given that travel is still limited. Expect unique exhibits such as a jukebox in their Scream’s Diner, a unicorn playground in Playspace, and the renowned Sprinkle Pool, a sea of yellow, white and red sprinkles which you can dive right into. Don’t leave without trying their delicious ice cream treats, all with local twists, like lychee bandung, taro milk tea ice cream sandwiches and pulut hitam potong ice cream.
Museum of Ice Cream is located at 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837. Tickets can be booked online.
Savour a taste of New York City in Singapore with Proper Slice
On Saturday night: Hospitality pioneer Gibran Baydoun, of Lucali BYGB fame, has launched his latest endeavour inspired by the hole-in-the-wall pizzerias of Manhattan’s East Village. Proper Slice is dedicated to perfecting grab-and-go pizza, complete with a beautifully thin, handmade crust. From gooey, classic cheese pizzas, to more contemporary takes like spinach and ricotta, as well as white and red pizza bases, there’s definitely enough options on the pizza roulette each time you visit. If you don’t feel up for pizza on the day, their meatballs and garlic knots, as well as meaty stromboli and dessert calzones will also satisfy.
Proper Slice, 110 Amoy Street (back entrance, or along Gemmill Lane), Singapore 069930.
Bring an appetite to the Softhaus ice cream installation
On Sunday morning: Enjoy art and ice cream all at once with Janice Wong’s brand new installation, Softhaus. Whilst she’s normally known for her eponymous brand, and the incredible 2am:dessertbar, Wong has turned her eyes towards a well-loved Singapore dessert. With 16 flavours of ice cream and sorbets there’s something that will tickle your fancy, whether it is mango banana passionfruit or the keto-friendly chocolate sorbet. But it doesn’t stop there—heap on their wide variety of toppings, from baked macarons to handmade chocolate. Alternatively, have your custom creation sandwiched between rainbow-coloured bread, an ode to Singapore’s iconic ice cream sandwich.
Softhaus, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-K135, Singapore 237994.
Grab some popcorn and catch Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy
On Sunday night: What do you get when you cross the comedic likes of Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi—the director of Stranger Things—and a love for all things video games? Free Guy, a tale that follows a bank teller called Guy who one day realises that he’s a background character within a popular video game. Unfortunately for him, his video game will be shut down in a few days to make way for a sequel, losing him and his life forever. With the game’s coder in tow, Guy sets out to save his life and his world.
Free Guy is currently showing in theatres. Purchase tickets here.
Celebrate Singapore’s easing of restrictions at Tippling Club’s “A Guide to Modern Drinking, Volume II”
On Friday night: The time to enjoy a well-deserved Friday night drink has arrived, and there’s nowhere better prepared than Tippling Club. A continuation of their incredible “A Guide to Modern Drinking Volume I”, chef Ryan Clift and head bartender Andrew Loudon have now created a much-anticipated second volume. Whilst Volume I explored the history of French culinary dishes, Volume II draws upon modern art and celebrated artists. Each drink tells the story of the piece it draws on, and with seven categories to choose from, there is definitely something available for everyone. The savoury Ciphers & Constellations, named after Joan Miró’s painting, is an intriguing concoction with dill, calvados, Sudachi lime, champagne and sherbet. If you’re looking for something sweet, try the Dali-inspired Living Still Life, made with vermouth, plum blossom, coconut, rambutan and sugar cane. If you’re having an alcohol-free evening, their mocktails offer complex, sophisticated flavours without the spirit.
Catch a display of Singapore at LivingwithArts
On Saturday morning: In light of Singapore’s National Day, visit LivingwithArt’s exhibit, National Day 2021, featuring art from 56 local emerging artists spanning the ages of 12 to 70. The exhibit hopes to explore the complex question of what it means to be Singaporean, and highlights Singapore’s resilient spirit. Medium is not a limitation; the pieces on display range from digital art to ceramics, and paintings to stitched pieces, all reflecting strength in the face of 56 years of nation-building. Our tip: Check out Keith Ang’s pop-culture inspired Stamford Raffles flashing an ok-sign, or Amanda LapuSantos’ capturing of the colourful chaos of a hawker centre.
National Day 2021 runs till 22 August, at LivingwithArt, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, #02-5, Singapore 169074.
Tuck into KOMA’s new National Day menu items
On Saturday night: KOMA Singapore is prepared to give you a refreshed dining experience, inspired by Singapore and its flavours. Better known for its contemporary interpretations of Japanese traditional dishes, KOMA has decided to incorporate a little bit of our nation in time for the National Day celebrations this weekend. Try their KOMA Sling, their take on the iconic Singapore Sling, a delightful mix of a Brasslion Butterfly Pea gin, and pineapple-infused umeshu liqueur. They’ll also offer the Kiat Roll, an inside-out maki roll, featuring prawn tempura, grilled scallions, avocado and topped with sliced tuna and scallops.
KOMA Singapore, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-67, Singapore 018972.
For inquiries & reservations: 6688 8690 / online.
Make your way down to Kki Sweets x Gellyvieve’s installation
On Sunday morning: What better way to start a Sunday morning off on a sweet note than with the iconic Kki and their wonderful cakes? This Japanese inspired bakery is renowned for their rotating menu of desserts, made with carefully sculpted mousse exteriors and delicate decorations. Taking things a step into the art sphere, Kki has decided to collaborate with artist Genevieve Ang to host her artwork within their outlet. Through her sculpture, ‘In Space, A Sign’, Ang attempts to examine time and its impermanence in our lives. In addition, Ang has produced custom-made ceramic-ware for the restaurant’s latest menu, “Me:Time”, which encourages self-care and treating oneself.
Catch the Oscar winning Another Round at the Projector
On Sunday night: With the stunning Mads Mikkelsen at the helm of this Oscar-winning Danish-language film, Another Round tackles the topics of societal expectations and dependencies. Four teachers approaching middle age find their lives and careers in a dead end, and want to embark on a change. However, instead of taking up sport or exercise, the group decides to implement drinking alcohol daily to see what change it makes. With an incredibly talented cast of Denmark’s best actors, Another Round focuses on the weight of life’s expectations, and how we deal with the harsh realities that we encounter when we try to change. Keep an eye out for a spectacular funeral scene, showing off Mads Mikkelsen’s history as a dancer.
Another Round is currently showing at The Projector. Tickets can be purchased here.
Indulge in a weekend with the boys at Fairmont Singapore
On Friday night: To all the boys who watch this space, it’s time to pester your partners for a weekend getaway. Fairmont Singapore is back with open arms for all your brothers, best friends and husbands with a luxury ‘mancation’, designed just for the males in our lives. Alongside Truefitt & Hill and Glenmorangie, the hotel is offering a chance to de-stress and enjoy the spoils—starting with a specially-curated spa treatment by Hommage at Willow Stream Spa. Afterwards, sample the finest whiskies at an exclusive Glenmorangie tasting experience, and your choice of a decadent A5 Miyazaki steak dinner or four-course dinner set—to the breathtaking views at SKAI. Included in the package is a gift card for a choice between a cut or a shave at their Truefitt & Hill’s Ann Siang Hill shop, if you’re needing to sort out any poor lockdown choices.
Fairmont Singapore’s Mancation runs at Fairmont Singapore, 11 August till 30 November 2021. Packages can be booked here.
Enjoy a streetside 28HKS Tuck Shop brunch
On Saturday morning: Ever ordered brunch from a quirky stand in front of a bar? There’s a first for everything—28 HongKong Street is ready to offer up a fresh menu of snacks and meals at their newly-opened Tuck Shop. Expect juicy hot dogs and vegetarian-friendly quesadillas filled with your choice of mushrooms or plant-based TINDLE. For a sweet finish or a drink to go with your delightful meal, they also offer freshly-baked cookies, cold brew, power smoothies and lemonade—with a clever choice of whether to go boozy or not.
28 HKS Tuck Shop offers pick up from 28 HongKong Street, Singapore 059667. Orders can be placed online.
Catch Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap at Wild Rice
On Saturday night: Having spent the last year performing mostly online, Wild Rice has brought How Drama’s hysterical Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap back to the stage. The play had a successful 33-show run over Zoom last year, and it’s not hard to understand why. It features 31 different plays—all during a one hour performing slot—with a talented cast of seven actors, including Ross Nasir, Pavan J Singh and Victoria Chen. What’s interesting is they don’t get to choose which play to perform: you, the audience do. We love that each play tackles topics such as ministerial memes, TikTok, Hari Raya standees and, of course, all the crazies who materialised in the wake of COVID-19, with perfect comedic timing. I
Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap runs at Wild Rice at Funan from 12-15 August. Tickets can be booked here.
Explore the medium of sewing at Sewing Discord
On Sunday morning: Forget clay and swipes of acrylic and oil paint at this art exhibit dedicated to the art of needlework and sewing. Often overlooked in favour of paintings and sculpture, the art of craftwork is usually limited to DIY projects or pieces of clothing—something this exhibit aims to change. With artwork by Ginette Chittick, Hazel Lim, Nature Shankar, Berny Tan and Jodi Tan, each art piece is structured around a different embroidery and sewing technique, all reflecting their own artistic focuses. Examine wooden stands punched through with rainbows of wool, and hanging white name slips embroidered with wavelengths of red embroidery. Cross-stitch embroidery, weaving and punch needle embroidery fill the frames that make up this exhibit, in a classy way to start the last day of the weekend.
Sewing Discord runs from now till 29 August 2021 at Jendela Visual Arts Space at Esplanade.
Celebrate homegrown flavours with takeaway from Po
On Sunday night: No meal will ever taste like Sunday dinners at grandma’s house, but the Singaporean delicacies at Po come pretty close. Known best for its selection of sumptuous, ready-to-assemble popiahs, the chic restaurant at Warehouse Hotel is presenting a range of re-imagined local dishes to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Start with the Braised Mahjong Tofu, with soft and silky spinach beancurd that melts instantly in your mouth. Then try Po’s unique take on a Singaporean classic: XO Crab Carrot Cake. With handpicked fresh flower crab and dried shrimp chilli stacked on top, each bite is layered with flavour. The pièce de résistance is the Paper Spring Chicken. Marinated in sesame oil and Shaoxing wine, it is generously packed with glutinous rice, conpoy, Chinese sausage, shiitake mushroom and dried shrimp before being slow-baked in parchment paper for over two hours. It is given a final rest in its own savoury juices as it travels to your doorstep, delivering a masterpiece the whole household can get behind. Round out the meal with Lion Brewery’s Island Lager and Straits Pale Ale, or any of the other Asian-inspired cocktails in the restaurant’s delivery catalogue.
Takeaway orders from Po can be placed online.
Check out Candlenut’s tempting Peranakan offerings
On Friday night: As the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut stands supreme with its offerings of contemporary Peranakan food. Influenced by his Nyonya mother and grandmother, chef Malcolm Lee creates authentic Peranakan dishes such as handmade rempah and kerabu with a contemporary twist. Though dining out at Candlenut’s Peranakan-tiled store isn’t an option at the moment, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Start with Bakwan Kepiting Soup, with blue swimmer crab chicken tofu balls, tofu puffs and four-hour broiled chicken broth. Then dig into a Buah Keluak Burger, made with chicken cartilage and ikan bilis sambal, or an Ikan Bakar of charcoal-grilled local red snapper, and charred garlic chives. Finish with a Kueh Salat, made with a perfectly smooth custard topping of coconut milk and pandan, steamed over fragrant glutinous rice coloured white and blue with pea flowers to share with those around you.
Candlenut is open daily for islandwide takeaway and deliveries at Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. Orders can be placed here.
Order in brunch from W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
On Saturday morning: While you may presently be unable to visit Sentosa in person, W Singapore is bringing National Day cuisine to you at home. In celebration of Singapore’s 56th birthday, the hotel is whipping up a Ro-jiak brunch from the hands of four award-winning chefs, each with their own distinct culinary style. Feast on Singapore Chilli Lobster with steamed golden buns, Butter Chicken served with basmati rice and garlic naan, Singapore Char Kway Teow; crispy Tandoori Salmon and sweet and savoury Rojak, to name a few. Complete the meal with four to eight cans of the nation’s favourite Tiger Beer.
Ro-Jiak Brunch is available from 7 to 9 August. Islandwide takeaway and deliveries are available from W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374. Orders can be placed here.
Catch ‘The White Crow’ at Alliance Française de Singapour as part of DANCE
On Saturday night: This summer, Alliance Française de Singapour is dedicated to celebrating the life and accomplishments of the legendary male ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev was responsible for revolutionising the art of ballet in the modern era, and bringing forth the figure of the male dancer. Born in poverty, Nureyev showed immense talent in ballet, and rose to fame for his talent throughout the Soviet Union. In 1961, he travelled to Paris as part of the Kirov Ballet company and became enamoured with the freedom and culture he saw there. Expect to be wowed by the beautiful scenery of ’60s Paris, and keep an eye out for a special appearance by Ralph Fiennes.
The White Crow is currently showing at Alliance Française de Singapour. Tickets can be bought here
Learn about Singapore’s cultural history at ROUTES
On Sunday morning: Make your National Day one to remember with ROUTES at the National Arts Council—an exhibit dedicated to exploring Singapore’s cultural history through the medium of dance. Focusing on local Chinese, Malay and Indian traditional dance, ROUTES tracks their evolution and their individual approaches to storytelling, using immersive technology to bring moves and dancers to life. It includes the knowledge of dance masters and pioneers in the fields, such as Santha Bhaskar, Som Said, Lim Moi Kim and Noramin Fari, with first-person accounts and personal stories of their experiences in Singapore. Enjoy the beauty of the performing arts that Singapore has to offer, and keep an eye out for any of the dancers themselves at the parade.
ROUTES runs till 12th September at Stamford Arts Centre, 155 Waterloo St, #01-05, Singapore 187962. More information can be found here.
Prepare for a National Day at home with Chico Loco
On Sunday night: Chico Loco is ready to offer a fresh lineup of rotisserie meats, locally-inspired sauces and special sides, all in time for National Day. Whilst this Mexican restaurant is normally the place to go for all your taco, burrito and craft beer needs, they’ve decided to incorporate a little bit of Singapore into their usual fare in time for Monday. Tapping into the craze for anything salted egg and crispy, they’ve created Salted Egg Chicken Skin featuring their signature rotisserie chicken skin tossed in chilli padi and curry leaves. Chicken Fat Rice is served up alongside their new sauces, all inspired by Singapore flavours: Salted Egg, Spicy Curry, Nutty Satay, and Black Pepper. They may not offer any traditional Singapore Slings to go with their choices, but they do provide wonderfully cold frozen margaritas of the Prickly Pear or the classic Lime variety.
Chico Loco offers islandwide takeaway and delivery from 102 Amoy Street, Singapore 069922. Orders can be placed here.
Order gourmet dim sum from Direct to Masses
On Friday night: What’s better than a dimsum dinner that tastes just like it’s from a restaurant—except it’s as easy as heating it up from your freezer? Direct to Masses’ frozen gourmet food is made without MSG or preservatives, and takes only 15 minutes to prepare by steaming or deep-frying. Upping their game this month, they have included amongst their repertoire of Franco-Asian inspired dishes, gourmet dim sum, from glutinous rice dumplings, siew mai and steamed pau.
Choose from a juicy Crackling Roasted Pork or the gravy-drenched Duck Leg Confit, peppered with thyme and bay leaf, before being cooked in duck fat for 12 hours. Finish off with their Premium Golden Custard Pau—a soft white pau which oozes with sweet and savoury piping hot salted egg custard.
Direct to Masses is open Monday to Saturday for pick up and delivery from 3015 Bedok North Street 5, #01-07, Singapore 486350. Orders can be placed here
Read Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguru
On Saturday morning: Have a cosy start to your weekend with Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguru’s new book—already a favourite for the Booker Prize. Following Klara, a solar-powered Artificial Friend, with exceptional observation qualities, who is bought by a mother to look after her teenage daughter Josie, whose health is beginning to deteriorate. With the topic of artificial intelligence and the ethics of technology becoming ever more relevant with the rise of A.I software that replicates people perfectly, Ishiguro’s questioning of what makes humanity and what kind of object can love is a perfectly apt tale for our times.
Purchase ‘Klara and the Sun’ here
Party at home with Staying Alive’s two-hour in-home concert
On Saturday night: Both bars and their patrons have struggled with the frequent lockdown rules, but A Phat Cat Collective, owner of concept bars NINETEEN80 and Rails, is determined to counter this and support the local industry through Staying Alive—a fundraiser that aims for you to enjoy your favourite outlets from home, with money raised through purchase of pay-it-forward vouchers for when dining in resumes, daily alcohol and food deliveries and trivia nights. Join them on Saturday night for their premiere event of a livestream party, featuring resident DJ’s Brendon P, James Selva and Joshua P performing two hours of back-to-back tracks of House and Disco music.
Stay Alive’s livestream and event schedule can be accessed here
Traverse the Amazon with Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise
On Sunday morning: It’s always interesting to see where a film adaptation of a theme park ride goes; first, Haunted Mansion, then Pirates of the Carribean, and now, Jungle Cruise. It stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt respectively as a skipper escorting a researcher down a river to an ancient tree that possesses healing abilities that will surely change the face of medicine forever. However, as they travel further into the Amazon rainforest, the stakes grow ever higher, and the future of mankind begins to fall into their hands. Get your popcorn ready, because who can resist a full-on action extravaganza?
Watch ‘Jungle Cruise’ on Disney+ or purchase tickets here
Call for Lyre’s non-alcoholic cocktails to avoid a Monday hangover
On Sunday night: If Monday morning meetings are a thing, and you still want to unwind, Lyre’s have you covered with their alcohol-free cocktails—that are also vegan-friendly, as well as nut and gluten-free. Lovers of gin, the G&T is all yours. This non-alcoholic take on the classic, with flavours of juniper, citrus and tonic, best served iced and with a slice of grapefruit and thyme, is a light and refreshing number perfect to start the evening. Otherwise, Classico, which pays homage to the classic Italian prosecco, and Amalfi Spritz, which evokes notes of bittersweet oranges, are your next best bets.
Lyre’s non-alcoholic cocktails can be purchased at select Cold Storage outlets or purchased here
Get your beef fix with The Gyu Bar’s luxurious takeaway options
On Friday night: If your dining out plans have been cancelled this week, make up for it with The Gyu Bar. Co-founded by Michelin-starred Chef Tomoo Kimura in 2018, the restaurant along Stevens Road is the destination for lovers of beef and Japanese cuisine.
Try their Truffle Wagyu Sirloin Sukiyaki Don, featuring tender onions, shaved truffle and a poached egg atop a bed of delicate beef slices and fluffy Japanese rice, which comes nestled in a bento box. Or the Uni Chirashi Don, which pairs cubes of aburi wagyu, silky Hokkaido uni, ikura, diced takuan, tamagoyaki and cucumber in a masterpiece of textural delight. If you’re looking to indulge with your family members, their Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki sets include a small army of appetisers, including assorted vegetables, tofu and two litres of nourishing homemade broth. For a full-on Japanese hot pot experience, The Gyu Bar offers rental for a portable table top gas stove and pot for an additional $40—which includes pick up and delivery.
The Gyu Bar is open daily for delivery from 30 Stevens Road, #01-08, Singapore 257840. Orders can be placed here .
Be guided through centuries of tradition at the Asian Civilisation Museum
On Saturday morning: Start your day bright and early in a dazzle of gold and jewels in the Asian Civilisation Museums’ virtual tour of Materials and Design. Focusing on ceramics, fashion and jewellery, the exhibit takes you across Southeast Asia and invites you to discover Asian history and identity.
Their Jewellery gallery is the first permanent gallery in the world to spotlight Southeast Asian jewellery, with an incredible display of solid gold head-gear and ceremonial pieces. Fashion and Textiles explores the shifting culture and identities that occur through changes of dress and history, whilst Ceramics narrows in on the beauty of Chinese ceramics, spanning from the Neolithic era to the Qing Dynasty. Aiding in all of this is the Virtual Museum host Allie—who not only gives you an introductory tour of the space and navigation help around the 3D gallery, but can promptly answer any questions you may have.
Materials and Design is ongoing on the Asian Civilisations Museum’s website. It can be accessed here.
Catch Henry Golding in his debut action film, Snake Eyes
On Saturday night: Almost a decade since his last appearance onscreen in 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the iconic silent ninja Snake Eyes has long been out of the limelight. But Snake Eyes, opening this weekend in Singapore and starring Henry Golding, brings the mysterious loner back to the big screen. Follow his beginning as a young boy who swears vengeance on the men who murdered his father, and 20 years later, now a brilliant fighter, his opportunity comes when he enters the secret Arashikage clan as a double agent. But as more secrets come to light, his values and loyalties will be put to the test.
Snake Eyes is currently showing in theatres. Purchase tickets here.
Grow your green thumb at Gardens By The Bay
On Sunday morning: If you’ve been thinking of cultivating an interest in plants but aren’t sure how to do the same for them, head over to Gardens By The Bay’s online hoard of educational videos and talks on plant care. This is your chance to gain exclusive information and insight into the running of one of Singapore’s most iconic attractions.
There is an immense range of videos available—enjoy documentary style focus on the creative choices that go into making the Flower Field from designer Marziah Haji Omar, or the hopeful diary of the behind the scenes that followed lockdown that charts the Garden’s determination to stay open. These educational videos focus mostly on easy basics for plant care, making them perfect for first-timers in need of guidance, or if you need any help jogging your memory. Don’t forget to check out their DIY videos on making terrariums and hanging kokedama.
Gardens By The Bay’s workshops can be found here.
Savour the flavours of Italy with Buona Terra’s drive-through takeaway
On Sunday night: Finish off the weekend with a feast from Buona Terra, where each dish is certain to delight your taste buds in a different way. Start with a decadent entree of Artigiana Burrata with tomato tart and anchovies, before moving onto mouthwatering pastas. The Beef Agnolotti, with shaved marbles of black truffle, is excellent, and so is the moreish Cold Capellini Pasta with Sea Urchin and Tomato Essence. If you were looking for a celebratory meal, call for the Chef’s Experiential Five-Course Tasting Menu, which highlights the best seasonal ingredients of the week for an unforgettable meal.
Buona Terra is open Monday to Sunday for delivery or pickup from 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224. Orders can be placed here.
Champion female empowerment at an all-digital arts festival
On Friday night: N.O.W stands for Not Ordinary Work, but it is simultaneously a reminder of the urgent need to shed more light on the under-discussed issues plaguing females of all generations even today—precisely what the Festival of Women N.O.W aims to do. Now in its third and final iteration, the festival has assembled a vivacious line-up of arts and lifestyle events. Thamizhachi thoughtfully presents a museum of artefacts that exposes the nuanced everyday reality of being a Singaporean Tamil woman, while (un)becoming is a provocative livestreamed performance that grapples with the complex dynamics of mother-daughter relationships in Singapore today. For those wishing for a more interactive experience, nudes.jpg invites you to photography yourself undressed and share a story about your body as part of a virtual exhibition, and Let’s Talk About Circumcision gathers participants in a Zoom workshop-cum-discussion that focuses on circumcision within the local Muslim community.
Cop a world-renowned, IG-famous pastry at a new bakehouse
On Saturday afternoon: The only thing better than one pastry is two, and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse’s cruffin—a flaky, sugar-dusted and cream-filled croissant baked in the shape of a muffin—offers the best of both worlds. Although the bakery-café’s Singapore store only just opened this week, we won’t be surprised if you’ve been hearing of the cruffin for quite some time now, for its unique concept and camera-friendly appeal made it viral online since its launch at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse’s San Francisco flagship years ago. Now’s your chance to finally try this world-famous pastry in a variety of flavours such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Tiramisu Cream, and Peanut Butter Milkshake. If you still have the stomach space, other bakes we’d recommend include Matcha Croissant, Cinnamon Concha, and Sticky Bun.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Rd, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 228210
Escape pandemic reality with a virtual reality art exhibition
On Saturday night: If the recent rise in local COVID-19 cases has got you feeling down, then consider taking your mind off it by immersing yourself in a virtual world. The ArtScience Museum is staging its first-ever virtual reality (VR) programme, Hyperrealities, with a trio of innovative artworks by world-renowned artists Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović, and Anish Kapoor. They say good art is meant to make you feel things, and these VR creations elevate that to an unprecedented, multi-sensory level. With a state-of-the-art VR headset on, you will be able to behold with a new perspective the intricate network of your flesh and muscle, touch and shape a rainbow, and immerse yourself in the drama of crumbling polar ice caps. With reality looking far from ideal, Hyperrealitities might be the way to go.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with sundaes on Sunday
On Sunday morning: Not that we need any reason to celebrate this deliciously icy dessert, but to not do so on National Ice Cream Day seems like a crime. On this special day, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) Singapore is offering ice cream lovers the chance to not just indulge in their favourite treat, but also support home grown ice cream brands, including Icebar, Tom’s Palette, Holy Cow Creamery, and the island’s iconic “ice cream uncles”. To take part in this adventure, simply upload an Instagram photo of yourself enjoying a scoop (or several) at any of the participating vendors and tag MOIC. Not only do you get to collect limited edition MOIC stickers at each stop, but sweetening the deal even further is the grand prize for the most supportive ice cream fan: an exclusive and private tour for up to eight guests at the sold out MOIC Singapore.
Chase away those post-Cannes blues with a Hollywood classic
On Sunday afternoon: Cannes Film Festival makes a triumphant return this year after a 2020 hiatus, but it is set to wrap up on 17 July. While Vogue’s got plenty of material to help you reminisce on the fashion and glamour of Europe’s biggest film extravaganza, actually catching a film is another way of tackling the post-Cannes withdrawal, so here’s an oldie but goldie for you at The Projector. Singin’ in the Rain, a 1952 rom-com, is perhaps the most meta of movie musicals for it is centred on Hollywood’s filmmaking industry in the late 1920s and a trio of actors grappling with the transition from silent films to sound movies. Its long line of accolades include a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Writers Guild of America Award for the screenplay, and two Academy Award nominations. Almost seven decades later, the film has achieved cult classic status and is a must-watch for any movie fan.
Elevate date night at home with Siri House’s Netflix and Fill dinner set
On Friday night: Spice up your Friday evening at home with Siri House’s six-course spread for two. The Netflix and Fill menu changes bi-weekly, and this weekend’s curation incorporates the best of Asian flavours and ingredients, taking soul food to the next level. For those who think romance shouldn’t be cheesy, think twice when you dig into the Grana Padano Biscuit dish, featuring Italian cheese crackers topped with curry cream cheese and succulent slivers of iberico bellota. The main course offers a difficult choice between Pepper Crusted Iberico Pork Ribeye, served with wild berries compote and verjus vinaigrette, and Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, bathed in a miso butter broth. We recommend you and your partner get one of each so you can both sample this irresistible surf and turf duo; just don’t be annoyed if your date keeps stealing food off your plate because one bite just isn’t enough. A delectable Yuzu Meringue Tart strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour, ending your at-home dinner date on a high.
Takeaway orders for Siri House’s Netflix and Fill set can be placed online.
Pay tribute to fatherhood’s beautiful complexities with film Beautiful Boy
On Sunday morning: Beautiful Boy, the 2018 film starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet as the father and son duo, is an emotionally gripping watch anytime of the year, but its core theme of fatherhood is especially poignant on Father’s Day. Based on the true story of David Sheff and his son Nic, the movie details a father’s heartbreaking efforts to save his child from drug addiction, helpless as their relationship deteriorates the further Nic slips into the clutches of substance abuse. It is an unflinching exploration of a somber and dark subject matter, but underlying it all is unconditional familial love and a father’s relentless hope for his son. Watching Beautiful Boy might just inspire you to view your own father in a different light.
Beautiful Boy is available on Amazon Prime.
Explore what it means to be “a modern woman” through a fashion retrospective
On Sunday afternoon: People through the ages have employed dressing as a means of self-expression, and in this exhibition, the viewer gains an incisive understanding of how Chinese women from the late 1800s to the 1970s explored and redefined their femininity through their evolving fashion sense. Over 90 artefacts and archival photos from China and Singapore paint an intriguing picture of how those women melded traditional Chinese ideologies with Western trends, such as choosing form-fitting garments over shapeless ones, shoes with taller heels, and skirts with higher hems. This “liberalisation” of fashion runs parallel to their increasing assertiveness in fighting for their rights amid a rapidly modernising East Asian landscape.
Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore runs till 12 December 2021 at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Savour the taste of Central Asia with Nomads’s communal set menu
On Friday night: With everyone largely staying at home during the Phase 2 (HA) period, our lifestyle these days are the furthest thing from nomadic. However, we can still get a taste of adventure with Nomads’s Central Asian-inspired delivery menu: The Bonfire. Standouts in this curation, suitable for two people, include: Nomads Nan, an aromatic bread that pairs well with the in-house seaweed butter and the carnivore-friendly Wagyu Plov, featuring tender wagyu cooked to perfection. A salad (which Nomad calls Salat), tossed with grilled pears, crystallised walnuts, cherry vinaigrette and anchovy sauce, will refresh your palate before you dig into the Adjika Chicken Shashlik, beautifully-charred chicken skewers spiced up with a fiery marinade.
Scoop up fuss-free Japanese rice bowls and sandwiches with new virtual restaurant Coop
On Saturday afternoon: It’s time to make Sandwich Saturday a thing. Coop subverts the age-old controversy—can a burger be considered a sandwich?—with its Sando offerings that combine the best of these two carby worlds. Two fluffy potato buns bookend the fillings of your choice: there’s the classic Pork Katsu, with tonkatsu sauce and romaine lettuce; New Zealand Cod Katsu, with wasabi aioli and tamari onions; or Tofu Katsu for those looking for meatless options. If you prefer the likes of rice bowls or ramen, there is a slew of options for you as well. The Yakiniku Wagyu Beef Bowl is an excellent choice, topped with umami onions, crispy shallots and an onsen egg. It travels well and is packed full of flavour on arrival, which is the main thing when it comes to food deliveries.
Delivery and takeaway orders for Coop’s menu can be placed online.
Whisk yourself off (mentally) to Malibu with this summer’s must-read book
On Sunday morning: From the author behind bestsellers The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six comes another masterpiece that looks set to be this summer’s must-read book. Nowadays, Malibu is synonymous with gorgeous beaches and Kardashian sightings, but Malibu Rising transforms this celebrity hotspot into something much more personable: the hometown of the four Riva siblings, progenies of Mick Riva (Taylor Jenkins Reid loyalists will recognise him as the debonair playboy in Evelyn Hugo). The story is centred on one particular night in the ’80s—the annual Riva summer bash—but masterfully interweaves almost three decades of family history and intergenerational trauma into a page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.
Purchase Malibu Rising here.
Feast on meatless Persian delicacies from Shabestan
On Friday night: Vegans and vegetarians, rejoice. The multi award-winning Persian restaurant, Shabestan, has put together an islandwide delivery and takeout menu consisting of their top meatless dishes. This star-studded line-up includes Zeytoon Parvardeh (marinated olives bursting with zesty flavours from herbs, spices, nuts, and pomegranate), Ghormeh Sabzi (a charcoal-grilled vegetable medley commonly called the national dish of Iran), Impossible™ FasenJan (in-house vegan meatballs cooked in a pomegranate sauce), and of course, the cult favourite: Falafel.
Slip into a food coma with KOMA’s new takeaway menu
On Saturday night: KOMA’s famous orange arches—a replica of those at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine—might be out of reach while dining in is banned, but the restaurant’s most popular dishes are still available for takeaway. Known for their bold interpretations of classic Japanese dishes, some of KOMA’s must-tries include the Wafu Carbonara with Uni (served with smoked butter), Barbequed Short Rib with gem lettuce and kochijan, and the Miso Marinated Black Cod that comes with fresh beets and burnt jalapeno vinaigrette.
Revel in villainy and punk fashion with Disney’s Cruella
On Sunday morning: It is hard to make a sympathetic character out of a woman whose life mission is killing puppies, but Disney makes an entertaining effort with Cruella, starring Emma Stone in the titular role. Centred on the villain from the 1961 animated film 101 Dalmatians, this live-action movie will show you a character’s story is never so black and white—even if her hair is. Cruella is also a true feast of the eyes: everything from the makeup to the jewellery to the costumes are the peak of 1970s punk fashion. Trust us, it’s worth two hours on a lazy Sunday morning.
Celebrate International Burger Day with Omakase Burger
On Friday night: If you ask us, there’s never a bad day to enjoy a scrumptious burger meal, but not to do so on International Burger Day is almost sacrilegious. Look no further than Omakase Burger for this special occasion. A must-order is the classic Omakase Cheeseburger, featuring a beef patty charred till its crust is slightly caramelised, its smokiness perfectly complemented by the sweet tinge of the potato buns. Meanwhile, vegetarians and vegans can opt for the Omakase x Impossible Burger, with plenty of umami flavour in every bite of the special plant-based patty.
Pair Southeast Asian soul food with craft cocktails from Jekyll & Hyde
On Saturday night: Known for its gourmet twists on classic Southeast Asian cuisine, Jekyll & Hyde is dishing up a selection of its signature soul food and cocktails for delivery and takeaway. We recommend the Wagyu Char Kway Teow (wok-fried flat noodles topped with wagyu beef slices), the Chili Crab Nachos (luxed up with crab meat and tobiko), and Mr Hyde’s Satay (skewers of marinated Iberico pork served with a peanut dip and pineapple jam). For cocktails, there are classics such as the Negroni and Old Fashioned, but consider going for more adventurous options like the off-menu Mr. Bean (a Lau Ban beancurd vodka-based cocktail). Great booze and great food—what could be better?
Feast like kings with brunch from the Kingdom of Belgians
On Sunday morning: We might all be staying at home, but at least Kingdom of Belgians’s new takeaway menu allows us to enjoy hearty comfort food from the “capital of Europe”. The Boulet Liegeois offers massive meatballs cooked until they are golden-brown and braised in a sweet and sour sauce, while the Beef Carbonnade is no less indulgent, featuring a rich beef stew cooked with Belgian ale. There are also ready-to-eat frozen options such as lasagna and shepherd’s pie. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Belgian meal if it is not finished with the classic Liege Waffle sprinkled with icing sugar.
Indulge in cocktails at home with delivery from The Old Man Singapore
On Saturday night: The bars might be closed, but it doesn’t mean happy hour has to stop. Treat yourself to well-loved libations from The Old Man Singapore delivered straight to your house. We recommend the locally inspired The Sun Also Rises, a curry leaf-infused gin with pandan leaves, and The Torrents of Spring, a smoky, bittersweet drink with glutinous rice cooked mezcal. The star-studded lineup also includes two special collaborations with Oslo’s globally-ranked Himkok Bar: Sea Buckthorn Negroni, a Norwegian spin on the classic negroni, and Furu, a blend of soda and rosemary and pine cordial. And if you bring the empty bottles back once the bar reopens, you will be rewarded with a round of cocktails on the house.
The Old Man Singapore‘s drinks are available for both delivery and pickup from 12pm – 10pm daily, no minimum order required. Pick ups are at 55 Keong Saik Road, #01-04, Singapore 089158.
Unwind with cocktails with an Eastern flair at Anouska’s Bar
On Friday night: Stepping into Anouska’s might be just what you need to wash the week away. Restored under the gifted hands of bond girl turned interior designer Anouska Hempel, the bar serves up an eclectic mix of classic cocktails elevated with distinctive Asian flavours. If you like your martinis strong and floral, try the bar’s signature Escape to Kaifeng, featuring a house-made chrysanthemum-infused cordial paired with Tanqueray London dry gin. Those with a sweet tooth can opt for the Hong Long Choc, a concoction of whisky and chocolate liqueur infused with smoke-dried black tea native to China’s Fujian province. And if you see this becoming your regular watering hole when the restrictions are lifted, don’t miss out on the newly-launched Ladies Night promotion that promises a free glass of Cava on Wednesday nights.
Savour a slice of Italy at Dolce Vita
On Saturday night: Known for its contemporary take on classic Italian cuisine, Dolce Vita celebrates spring with a new line-up of dishes showcasing the freshest seasonal ingredients. A must-try is the Spaghetti Chittara, featuring homemade ragout prepared with a mixture of red wine, herbs and yellow datterino tomato coulis, and simmered for six hours until the pork becomes unbelievably tender. Should you crave something from the ocean instead, look to the Ricciola for a citrus-infused amberjack in a spicy broth, or the Sogliola for a pan-seared dover sole in a creamy mussel sauce. Dolce Vita also offers takeaway for weekend brunch—the perfect way to treat yourself in view of the new ban on dining-in beginning Sunday.
Enjoy the best of Middle Eastern cuisine with Fat Prince’s new dinner menu
On Friday night: Fat Prince has long been a stalwart in the local Middle Eastern cuisine, reimagining traditional dishes with a contemporary spin. Never content to rest on its laurels, the restaurant recently launched a refreshed dinner menu sure to thrill diners. New mezze additions, such as the Kingfish Crudo and Roasted Bone Marrow, accompany fan favourites such as Artichoke and Herb Hummus and New Zealand Clams. And forget the outdated ‘Don’t play with your food’ rule, because Fat Prince is adding an interactive element to the meal with its new Build It section. Diners can ‘build’ the kebabs of their dreams using ingredients such as wagyu beef cheek, fried turbot and celeriac shawarma. That wagyu beef cheek is superbly tender, and pairs beautifully with pillowy soft pitas, za’atar yoghurt, pickled yellow chilli and harissa sauce.
Admire nature with a man-made twist at the Glass in Bloom exhibit
On Saturday afternoon: World-renowned American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has brought his garden works to Asia for the first time. The interplay of light, colour and form as well as the vivid contrast between the man-made and natural come to life in this immersive exhibit at Gardens by the Bay, which over 80 sculptures and 25 large-scale installations. All the beauty of flora and fauna has been captured in this magnificent display using the most delicate of materials: catch majestic red bamboo reeds soaring towards the sky, ethereal white and blue Persians in full bloom, and awe-inspiring coral towers backdropped by a field of real flowers.
The full exhibition runs from 1 May to 1 August 2021.
Complement your brew with selections from Heart of Darkness’ new menu
On Saturday night: With its lively atmosphere, stellar playlist, cosy decor, and more than 25 beers on tap, it’s obvious why Heart of Darkness has been a Keong Saik staple for years. The recent expansion to its menu, comprising delectable sharing plates, tapas, tacos, and meats, has given diners new reasons to keep returning. Must-tries include the Fruits and Vegetables Platter (we recommend pairing it with the Aperol-based Bloody Sunset), the Bánh Bao Gà (pair it with either the rich Director’s Cacao Nib Porter or the lighter Futile Purpose Cucumber Pilsne), the Pan Seared Barramundi and the Bone Marrow. The Khoai Môn Dùa, a taro coconut panna cotta that just barely grazes sweetness, will end your night on a wholly satisfying note.
Embark on a cocktail flight with Origin Grill’s new menu
On Saturday afternoon: Origin Grill is known for its air of nostalgia and romance, conjured the second you step through its arched entrance, reminiscent of an old railway station. Now in its fourth year, the Shangri-La’s resident grill and steakhouse continues to redefine the meaning of a culinary voyage, rolling out a new repertoire of delicious creations. The Bar’s new cocktails—all 18 of them—are evocative of Singapore’s most famous districts: Orchard, Chinatown, Little India, Boat Quay, Marina Bay, and Balestier.
Imbibe the Nashi and Matcha, and be whisked to Boat Quay with its hints of pear and caramel cordial; choose the Urban Jungle and feel as though you’re strolling down the original Orchard Road, with its nutmeg and pineapple plantations; or pick the Saz-Mei and swan off on an ume-infused journey, resplendent with umami and floral cognac notes. Lovers of the gastronomic won’t be disappointed, either, as piquant flavours are coaxed from classic dishes like the Spicy Beef Tartare, Australian Pork Chop, and Smoked Canadian Cod Chowder.
Soar sky-high on Orchard Road at the newly-opened 1-ATICO
On Saturday night: A luxe, multi-concept destination housing three separate nightlife experiences, 1-ATICO is a Singapore’s newest sky-high landmark that absolutely cannot be missed. With sweeping panoramic views of the city from 218 above Orchard Road, 1-ATICO is is now finally home to ATICO Lounge, completing the trifecta of its dining locales, along with “fire-in-the-sky” Argentian restaurant FIRE and Japanese-Peruvian sumiyaki bar and grill FLNT.
Leave your troubles at street level and ascend to the clouds, soaking up the glamour of dim, sophisticated lighting and plush, modern furnishings. Featuring a collection of iconic cocktails crafted from artisanal spirits and house-made ingredients, with stories richly intertwined in the destinations that have inspired these drinks, guests may indulge their travel fantasies and embark on a transportative journey to Japan, United Kingdom, Italy and France, with a series of five cocktails from each destination being unveiled over the coming months. April will see Japan’s debut, followed by London in May, Brescia in June, and Paris in July. Sail away into the sky this weekend, only at 1-ATICO.
See what Life in Edo is like at Russel Wong’s new ACM exhibition
On Sunday morning: A double-bill coming to the Asian Civilisations Museum this month aims to unveil stories in traditional and contemporary Japan, spanning centuries of artistic expression and revealing just how often the past and the present merge into one another. Life in Edo is an extensive showcase (the largest ever in Singapore) of woodblock prints and paintings indicative of the ukiyo-e (“floating world”) style from the great masters, including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more.
Mirroring this half of the exhibition will be excerpts of celebrity photographer Russel Wong’s 13-year-long project to document the geiko of Kyoto. It will illustrate little-seen, little-known customs and traditions of the geisha culture. Emulating the ukiyo-e prints on display, nearly all of Wong’s photographs have been printed in ōban size, the most popular woodblock print format during the Edo period.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto will run from 16 April to 19 September, 2021.
Book your admission tickets in advance online through the ACM’s portal.
Visit the newest Tiong Bahru Bakery outlet in the foothills of Fort Canning Park
On Sunday morning: Can you believe that this is Tiong Bahru Bakery’s seventh outpost? The iconic French bakery has taken over a cosy spot, nestled at the base of historic Fort Canning Park, which was once home to the River Valley Swimming Complex, opened in 1959. Accordingly, the design elements for this outlet have been lovingly inspired by the site’s history—keep an eye out for lifeguard stands, doughnut floats and faux “pool rules” signs.
With an outdoor patio, playground, and hilly area for exploration, the Foothills bakery will offer guests a unique Picnic Bundle, with an assortment of bakes, salads, and beverages for casual dining on the grass. Having only opened its doors earlier this week, the newest Tiong Bahru Bakery nevertheless hews close to its roots, delivering the same buttery, crusty croissants for which the brand is known. Come along, and grab a Kouign-Amann before they’re all sold out for the day.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills, 70 River Valley Rd, #01-05, Singapore 179037
Dive deep into the environmental archives at NLB’s newest exhibition, Human x Nature
On Sunday afternoon: More than 150 books, maps, illustrations, and manuscripts have been hauled out and dusted off for showcase—many of them for the first time. Taken from the archives of the National Library, the National Archives, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, the materials will shape a story of Singapore’s natural environment and how we have grown and changed alongside it as a population.
The exhibition, Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore, will feature highlights such as a ledger of Malay village medicines, a rare nine-volume illustrated compendium of local marine life, and preserved specimens of creatures, from the tapir to the tiger. Observe these curiosities up close, and come away having learned a thing or two about our jungle home and its hidden but storied history.
National Library, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore will run from 9 April to 26 September, 2021, on Level 10 of the National Library Building. Admission is free.
Live the rock-n-roll high life at Marina Bay cocktail bar Roxy
On Friday evening: Travel through time and space this weekend at Roxy, the Sail at Marina Bay’s newest hole-in-the-wall. Wind your way back into the hidden bar, and find yourself landed square in the middle of New York City in the 1970s. Luxuriate in the aesthetics of the gritty city’s greatest decade for culture and art, with the bar’s vintage panache, from décor bathed in a red-light hue to iconic images of NYC musicians, artists and socialites pinned up on the walls.
Named for iconic nightclubs, songs of the era and classic beverages from the five boroughs, each cocktail flight, boilermaker, and snack on the menu brings a unique story of New York Americana to Singapore. But it’s the signature cocktail where the bar truly gets to strut its stuff.
Do the CBGB Swizzle, and experience a riff on both the classic Mai Tai and the iconic Lower East Side rock club. Shake, rattle, and roll your way over next to the Jean Genie, a Bowie-inspired tipple that takes the idea of a daiquiri and smashes it apart, rebuilding it with a pear twist. Finally, finish up with The New York Dolls Sour—but don’t have more than one, otherwise you might actually start seeing Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain toasting you from across the drinking den.
Observe the fine French art of dining at Alliance Française
On Saturday afternoon: In April, Alliance Française puts the spotlight on the French art of fine dining, with À TABLE! First, meet us in our gallery for an exhibition featuring the versatility and elegance of the French dining table, with three tables furnished with iconic objects from legendary brands like Christofle, Baccarat, and Bernardaud. Across the gallery, visitors will also get to appreciate a collection of historical menus linking France and the Southeast Asia region, such as those from state dinners offered by the French president to the late King Rama IX of Thailand or even to the former President of the Republic of Singapore.
But don’t think that the fun stops there. All through April, a series of films will be screened at the centre, with everything from dining docs to family romps through the French countryside. And though the wine and champagne tasting workshops are sold out, the spotlight’s cheese party workshop still has a few tickets left for its celebration on 16 April, 2021. À table!
Wander through centuries of Asian fashion at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Sunday morning: Take a stroll through the annals of 18th, 19th and 20th century Asian digs at the Asian Civilisations Museum this month. With a focus on “innovation in the space of tradition,” the ACM is introducing a new showcase, Fashionable in Asia, which will explore how identity is constructed through clothing.
What’s more, nearly two dozen never-before-seen items will be on display in the Fashion and Textiles Gallery as a part of the exhibition. This includes a selection of dazzling Javanese batiks, Chinese painted silks, and Indian printed cottons.
Welcome the arrival of spring at Yàn with a brand new menu
On Sunday afternoon: From now until 31 May, 2021, the Joy of Spring à la carte menu at Yàn promises light, flavoursome, vegetable-forward dishes. Imbued inherently with the charms of Cantonese cuisine, your Sunday lunch choice this week will be easy. At Yàn, will you introduce a medley of umami elements to your appetite, with the Mushroom Soup Scented with Truffle Oil? Or perhaps you’re more inclined towards comfort food this week; in that case, you’ll have to order the Fried Rice with Yam, Diced Chicken, and Crispy Rice,with abundant amounts of egg, zucchini, and scallions heaped on top.
In line with the Green Monday movement, though, you may want to sample some plant-based fare. Better your health and the environment in one fell swoop with dishes like the Steamed Beancurd with Minced Omni Pork and Pickled Vegetables or the Sautéed Heura Chicken with Fresh Mushrooms. Ultimately, between the steaming, stir-frying, and braising going on in the kitchen, you and your palate will be completely delighted, no matter what dish you land on.