Tuesday, 21 May 2013

List of BYO Restaurants in Singapore, Corkage-Free or Otherwise

(Last Updated on 22 September 2016; a guide on how and where to buy cheap wine in Singapore is here).

Having taken up wine as a semi-serious hobby in the last couple of years, I have been building up a little collection of the wines I like to drink (a few options for storing your wines in Singapore are listed and explored here and here).  And it's a dilemma for aficionados more serious than I: where can you take your favourite drop for a meal without being absolutely caned on corkage, assuming they actually allow you to bring your wines in the first place?

Friday, 17 May 2013

Tien Court at the Copthorne King's Singapore - Masters of the Wok

Tien Court, the flagship Cantonese fine dining restaurant at the Copthorne King's Hotel, is one of Singapore's old restaurant warhorses.  It is quite remarkable that its masterchef, Taipei-born Ho Tien Tsai, has been cooking at Tien Court for almost 23 years, well before the Millennium & Copthorne Group took over management of the old King's Hotel.  When you look at the number of senior Chinese chefs in Singapore who have been sacked or jailed in recent years for taking bribes from seafood suppliers (including at the Marriott, Hilton, Si Chuan Dou Hua, the Regent, Goodwood Park, Shangri-La and the Grand Hyatt), Ho's staying power seems all the more remarkable.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Jonathan Kinsella's DB Bistro Moderne, Singapore 2013 - A Review

I try not to write about places multiple times.  It bores my regular readers (all three of you, thanks for your continuing attention!) to tears and there is enough in Singapore and the region to keep me occupied without repeat reports.

But every now and again, a fresh breeze sweeps through an old favourite such that it is no longer recognisable as the familiar friend of yesteryear.  Such a zephyr swept recently through db Bistro Moderne Singapore, largely unnoticed over the Christmas/New Year/Chinese New Year period, in the form of a new kitchen leadership team, Executive Chef Jonathan Kinsella and Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek.

The new cast at db Bistro Moderne (l to r): Kinsella, owner Daniel Boulud and Siwek