Wonder what’s the latest dining trend in Singapore these days?
Pop-up restaurants and pop-up events. Consider them as hybrids of pop-up shops and good eateries. These temporary eateries that set up shop for a few days, weeks or months in unexpected venues such as shopping malls, hotel lobbies or other restaurants that are close during the day or night—are gathering momentum in Singapore. The pop-up concept is originated from London and has spread quickly around the globe. In 2010, Singapore’s very first pop-up ping pong bar was set up at *Scape building (next to Orchard Cineleisure), where patrons got to play a game of ping pong, drank and had a good time. Last year, Singapore Tourism Board also launched an initiative, Singapore Takeout – a pop-up kitchen, to promote Singapore’s culture and cuisine in nine cities around the world. And most recently, the fast food chain, In-N-Out Burger, from California made its first appearance at a pop-up shop at Golden Grill in Boat Quay where burger-lovers snatched up all the burgers in just five minutes.
For the food-obsessed Singaporeans with a hunger for unique dining experiences, pop-up restaurants and events, featuring new foods prepared by well-known chefs or popular food from around the world in a venue you might not otherwise eat at or have access to, are likely to continue popping up in the local dining scene. Here are some of the upcoming pop-up restaurants and events to check out in Singapore.
Dîner en Blanc – Pop-up picnic
Dîner en Blanc, the Paris-imported global dining phenomenon that is part mystery and part pop-up feast, will be making its debut in Singapore on Thursday,30 August. This world-renown viral secret pop-up picnic lets culinary and culture enthusiasts enjoy an extraordinary evening in a beautiful secret public space (location will only be revealed at the very last minute). One of the rules of the event is that attendees must come dress elegantly in white (hence the “Blanc”) and bring a table, a white table cloth, two foldable (white) chairs, a picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and china dinner service. Participants will come together at the secret venue, with men sit on one side and women on the other, they will eat with good manners, then pack up and go. If you think flash mobs are cool, then foodies pop-up are the next big in-things today!
Where: Location will be announced on 30August.
When: Thursday, August 30 2012, 6:45pm
The number of places is limited, and take place on a “first come, first served” basis. For more information and how to get yourself on the waiting list, visit: http://singapore.dinerenblanc.info/waiting.php
Gastrogig – Pop-up restaurant
Singapore’s first pop-up restaurant will be popping up on the rooftop of Sime Darby Centre in Bukit Timah this August and September. Happening only once a month over a weekend only, Gastrogig will feature celebrity chefs and artists from emerging gastronomic destinations. Each chef will present a tasting and pairing menu, specially designed to showcase the best flavours from their native countries in an exclusive dining experience.
Price: $217 nett per person, and include a specially created tasting menu with fine wine pairing. Pre-dinner cocktails begin at 6.30pm and dinner is served at 7.30pm.
Where: Sime Darby Centre rooftop located at 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472.
30 August to 1 September
Portuguese cuisine is heavily influenced by herbs and spices from across the globe. Among the first to experiment with the culinary bounties of the new world, Portugal was constantly inventing and reinventing her cuisine. For three nights only, discover the heart and soul of Portugal with award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur, Henrique Sá Pessoa.
Henrique graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, Pittsburgh, in 1997 and since then, has served as head chef in several famous restaurants, won numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Chef of the Year title in 2005 (Portugal), written several cooking books and hosts a widely popular cooking show, O Ingrediente Secreto. With all that and more under his belt, Henrique decided to establish his own restaurant in 2009. Alma, meaning soul in Portuguese, embodies Henrique’s passion for cooking and is where he lets his creativity and imagination soar, much to the delight of his diners.
6 to 8 September
Filipino cuisine is a smorgasbord of Spanish, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, American and Arab influences. This rich culinary diversity is at once its brilliance and its fault, for few outsiders can navigate the complexities of the Filipino palate and discover its hidden treasures. Experience Pinoy cuisine at its best this September when celebrity chef Roberto Pengson is in town to showcase his contemporary Filipino cuisine.
Roberto graduated from the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco in 2001 and spent several years polishing his craft in notable restaurants in the United States, Japan and Singapore. Today, he is a Founding Partner of The Global Culinary & Hospitality Academy, leading culinary school in the Philippines, and owner of The Goose Station, Manila’s finest degustation restaurant. Inspired by national hero, Dr José Rizal, who was the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during Spanish rule and whose execution ignited the Philippine Revolution, Chef Roberto presents a degustation menu specially prepared to take guests on a culinary adventure through the life of this dauntless patriot.
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