Most people define a city’s rich culture and heritage by its history, architecture and language. However, to us, the true way of getting to know a place is through food. As the saying goes, food is the way to the heart, and there is no better way to fall in love with a city than by indulging in their rich culinary scene.
We had the opportunity to attend the Stellar Dining Series by The Ritz Carlton 2019 in Guangzhou, the final pitstop of the entire event. This is its second year running and the whole series spanned across 2 months and 3 countries — Tokyo, Kyoto & Guangzhou — three of Asia-Pacific’s most renowned gourmet destinations.
This multi-sensory adventure saw exciting collaborations between Michelin star chefs, star mixologists, sommeliers and pâtissiers from 7 Ritz Carlton hotels in Europe and Asia from places such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. Together, while holding nine Michelin Stars between them, they whipped up a series of lavish, gastronomic feasts that left us gobsmacked and hankering for more.
Aside from the luxurious spread, we also got a chance to learn more about gorgeous Guangzhou through its cuisine. Despite the trip only being 3 days long, we managed to get a substantial taste of the history of this beautiful province by tryng their unique local dishes.
Boasting high ceilings, a bigger space and decked out in Peranakan-inspired tiles and furnishings, one-Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut offers an Omakase menu—which they cheekily call ‘Ahmakase’.
The restaurant has a different, somewhat contemporary approach towards Peranakan cuisine, delving away from traditional methods.
Boasting a wider array of dishes (ranging between S$20 – S$30 each), we got to try a good many dishes, with our favourites being the Blue Swimmer Crab Curry, Turmeric, Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaf and Westholme Wagyu Beef Rib Rendang, Serunding, Turmeric Leaf.
With the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill as the perfect backdrop for a gratifying and intimate brunch or lunch, COMO Dempsey astounds with its effortlessly elegant interiors and picture-perfect scenery. Boasting 4 stunning restaurant concepts, as well as a lifestyle stall, escape from the hustle and the bustle of the city and retreat to COMO Dempsey for a chichi experience with your closest friends and loved ones.
Bathed in bright sunlight during the day and romantically dim-hued in the night, all four of their intimate restaurant spaces will make you feel like royalty. The food, of course, is the main appeal here and have all been specially curated to impress even the fussiest gourmand.
Take your pick. On weekends, pamper yourself and your loved ones with a hearty brunch at COMO Cuisine, an array of refined signatures from The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, a traditional Osaka-style tempura Omakase experience that dates back to 1850 at Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh and lastly, the first Peranakan restaurant to ever have been awarded a Michelin star, Candlenut.
As we bid farewell to esteemed 2 Michelin-starred Restaurant Andre, many of us mourn the loss of yet another fine dining institution.
But for every chapter that ends, many are still ongoing. Whether you wish to indulge in gourmet nosh or simply to impress your date, we highlight the crème de la crème of Singapore’s fine dining scene to give you even more options to consider the next time you decide to splurge.
Time to whip out those suits and ties, pearl necklaces and whatnot because here is our list of 16 fine dining restaurants to indulge in fancy nosh and a surefire way to win your date’s heart.