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A Very French Affair with Wine

Pei Xia Ang

Bonjour! French Festival launches in Singapore this May and nothing feels more French than indulging in a glass of wine and savouring fromage with a picturesque view of the Eiffel tower. (I know, I’m a huge romantic)

This year, French Festival steps things up by bringing France closer to you.

Treat yourself to authentic cuisine and sip wines from these participating outlets:

French festival fine dining at 13% Gastro Wine

1. 13% Gastro Wine

With over 20 years’ of experience in wine and gastronomy, Bruno Valiant and Geoffrey Weckx’s restaurant caters to people who enjoy the finer things in life. Indulge in premium-quality food from the menu, while savouring wines imported from vineyards across the world.

For a meal, give the grilled wagyu sirloin grade 6 beef a try. Relish the full bodied flavour of the juicy beef while sipping an accompanying glass of robust, exotic wine.

French Festival Promo: for every bottle of wine ordered, get the 4-cheese platter at a discounted price of a 3-cheese platter.

Address:

Aliwal Street #02-01, 2nd Floor, Singapore 199907

6291 6816

117A Killiney Road, 2nd Floor, Singapore 239554

6694 4708

French festival at Ô Batignolles

2. Ô Batignolles

For a laidback French-themed bistro, step through the doors of Ô Batignolles. Most of the wines served here are exclusive and sourced directly from wine producers. Choose from a variety of French food from the classic Croque Monsieur to the more elaborate duck parmentier. Vegetarian dishes available too.

French Festival Promo: 15% off all wines above $80++ from 5pm—9pm.

Address:

2 Gemmill Lane

Singapore 069247

French festival at Ginett

3. Ginett

Set in Singapore’s historic Arts district, this restaurant-cum-bar features high ceilings and an open mezzanine, providing the perfect ambience for guests looking for a relaxed and comfortable dining experience.

Helmed by Executive Chef Sylvain Royer, Ginett offers great wines, hearty European favourites, making it a memorable French experience for all. Choose from bar bites to cooked specialties, to cheese and cold cuts selection.

French Festival Promo: wine tasting sessions available.

Address:

200 Middle Road,

Singapore 188980

6809 7989

French festival at Grignoter

4. Grignoter by Chef Justin Quek

Serving simple, rustic French food, Grignoter reflects its namesake, meaning “to nibble” in French.

This is Southeast Asia’s first Bordeaux wine bar, and being the first has its perks I suppose. In partnership with the Bordeaux Wine Council, Grignoter has direct access to wines not otherwise available in Singapore.

Something else exclusive to Grignoter is Chef Quek’s very own creation, the vintage 1996 Saint Vincent Curvée. It has a complex aroma that is sweet — reminiscent of truffles and brioche. For the best flavour, pair this drink with their selection of fine cheese.

French Festival Promo: enjoy exclusive discount on selected wines.

Address:

2 Teck Lim Road,

Singapore 088380

6438 3802

French festival at Bar- A- Thym for seafood

5. Bar- A- Thym

With a specialty for seafood, this French restaurant is known for their prime ingredients and exquisite flavours. As an added touch, the place is decorated tastefully, even having French music playing from the speakers. Talk about attention to detail!

For fickle-minded customers, they offer a French Omakase Menu, serving the best seasonal produce of the day based on your preferences.

French Festival Promo: Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon Wine event $40++ to $60++.

Address:

18 Gemmil Ln,

Singapore 069255

6557 2224

French festival at Breton Restaurant Bar for lobsters and wine

6. Breton Restaurant Bar

For an indulgent treat of wine and lobsters, Breton knows what’s best. With a daily delivery of fresh lobsters, enjoy them grilled, in galette, or with spaghetti. Choose from a selection of crêpes and pâtsisserie for a sweet finishing touch to your meal. Oh, and the portions are also relatively large, so be prepared for a feast!

French Festival Promo: Get a 10% off every bottle of wine.

Address:

544 Serangoon Road,

Singapore 218166

6299 3544

French festival at Napoleon for wines for all

7. Napoleon

With a selection of over 30 wines to choose from, this is one of the few places in Singapore that caters to amateurs and connoisseurs of wine alike.

Revel in the best wines that France has to offer directly from their Enomatic dispensers. Only quality wine is served, as all wines are meticulously  selected by consultant oenologist and stored in château cellars.

Dishes served are French with Asian infusions, and crafted to enhance the flavour of your wine. Some must trys include: hand-cut Argus beef tarte, shrimp truffle angel hair, seared tuna steak and smoked whole spring chicken.

French Festival Promo: 35% off all wines above $50++ per pax (consumed during dinner only), and 50% off all wines of Peuch & Besse catalogue (takeaway only).

Address:

206 Telok Ayer Sreet

Singapore 068641

6221 9282

With such an array of authentic French wines brought to our shores, dining like a French has never been easier. Cheers, or as they say in France, santé!

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Labor Day Long Weekend Eat-tivity

James Chan

Tonight marks the start of the LABOR DAY LONG WEEKEND! Time to PARTAYE! I don’t know about you, I for one could use another break. The week has been pretty shit to me.

I’m tempted to use up these few days by just going on a “nap marathon” but then again, that’s such a waste and I have to eat! I’ve handpicked a couple of food joints that caught my eye. Might be your cup of tea, might not, you pick and choose.

Labor Day Long Weekend Stickies Bar for drinks

Stickies Bar

11 Keng Cheow St, #01-10, Singapore 059608

If you’re looking for somewhere to pre-drink before hitting a weekend party, look no further. Stickies has you covered. I think there are a couple of times I actually miss said party after getting too hammered here.

They’ve introduced a revolutionary concept called “Beer O’clock”. How it works is simple, a pint of beer/glass of house pour at 6pm to 6.59pm goes for $6, 7pm to 7.59pm, $7. So on and so forth. The best part? It starts at 2pm.

Recently, Stickies introduced a new food menu to the public and I’ll be featuring them in “The Weekly Glutton” soon but if you want my advice, order the Spicy Chicken Quesadilla. I fully approve.

Labor Day Long Weekend El Spice for Mexican and Indian fusion food

El Spice Bistro

407 JALAN BESAR, Singapore 209012

El Spice Bistro just recently opened and I haven’t had the chance to sample their food yet but their dishes really look promising. Mexican and North Indian fusion cuisine isn’t new in Singapore. They’re two cultures that really complement one another gastronomically so I’m not surprised.

Their online reviews seem promising. I’ll blog about them in “The Weekly Glutton” when I’ve tasted their food.

Labor Day Long Weekend poke doke for healthy and delicious food

Poke Doke

#01-95 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596

Another eatery I have yet to try but definitely will visit. The poke bowl trend in Singapore is flourishing (I think there are close to 14 different poke bowl options to choose from now).

For those who do not know what a poke (pronounced po-keh) bowl is, it’s an addictive mixture of sushi rice, cubed raw fish (sashimi) and a variation of sauces and seasoning. Not only is the poke bowl healthy but extremely delicious and great post work out food.

Labor Day Long Weekend durian cakes at Durian Fiesta @ Goodwood Park

Durian Fiesta @ Goodwood Park

22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

I’m pretty sure no one’s going to get food poisoning this time round. They wouldn’t allow it to happen twice.

Here’s the article from the Straits Times if you don’t know what happened last year

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/goodwood-park-bakery-suspended-after-76-food-poisoning-cases-linked-to-durian-pastries

Made from your King of Durians – D24 and Mao Shan Wang, be spoiled for choice with a total of 14 different durian enriched pastries. I’m gunning for the Starry Starry Night Ice-Cream Cake. Imagine a thick and rich Durian ice-cream center just waiting to explode in your mouth. SOLD.

 

ON AN UNRELATED NOTE

Labor Day Long Weekend art book fair for cheap art books

Singapore Art Book Fair

Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108932

Friday, April 28 2017 10am – 8pm

Saturday, April 29 2017 10am – 8pm

Sunday, April 30 2017 10am – 7pm

To mix things up a little I’m just throwing this in for you arts people (like me). I think my house could use a couple more art books strategically lying around to impress people.

There will be a mesh of local and global exhibitors with a wide range of products (catalogues, art books, zines, art pieces) to offer.

Admission is free, seems like a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning with a date (or alone, “there, there, don’t be sad, someone will come along one day”).

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