Exclusive trunks on tour
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Parisian couture house Louis Vuitton, the maison collaborated with 200 visionaries — including familiar names like BTS, Supreme and Lego — who have reimagined the signature LV trunk in all sorts of ingenious and whimsical ways. Originally crafted to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday, the exclusive trunks are now presented as a collective of vessels that embody aspirations, abstract concepts and artistic expressions.
The culmination of their creative efforts has birthed the Louis Vuitton 200 Trunks 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition which goes on world tour, with Singapore being the first international stop out of France. It will also head to Beijing, New York and end with London, afterwhich the trunks will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in support of youths and talents through their creative endeavours.
Now on till April 27, the free exhibition is located in an immersive pop-up space at Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza. Some highlights include the Magic Malle trunk panelled with LED screens bridging time into space, a BTS trunk emblazoned with doodles by the Korean boy band and a speakeasy themed room dedicated to LV’s music director Benji B’s jukebox trunk. To register for free tickets, visit ap.louisvuitton.com.
The late Anthony Bourdain — the American chef, food writer and TV host who died in 2018 — will have a number of his personal mementos, art and cultural artefacts on display at The English House, including a prized Bob Kramer custom steel chef knife, which sold for over US$$231,250 ($315,124) in a 2019 auction.
Among the collection for viewing is a French silvered bronze Michelin Man sculpture, a bronze skull and antler sculpture from British chef Marco Pierre White, an African carved wood and metal ritual power figure known as Nkisi Nkondi (from the Portuguese colonial era which was gifted by the Mbole tribal chief living near Kisangani along the Congo River), a pig chef sculpture and works by artists Ralph Steadman and Brad Phillips. Each item in the collection had special significance to Bourdain, either as gifts from friends or purchases associated with his travelling experiences, creating and inspiring many on television.
Situated amongst a row of conservation shophouses, The English House by Marco Pierre White showcases a fascinating display of vintage collectibles, celebrity and movie memorabilia, photos and historic artefacts which include an antique carving trolley (from 1910) belonging to Hugh M. Hefner and black and white portraits of music and screen legends such as The Beatles, Amy Winehouse and Sean Connery, shot by British photographer Terry O’Neill.
Helmed by head chef Gabriel Fratini, The English House presents elevated international classics such as the Sausage Roll, Fresh Lobster Dumpling served with egg white and hairy crab sauce, Beer Battered Wild Cod and Aberdeen Black Angus Wellington. On special request, Bourdain’s favourite Roman pasta dish Cacio e Pepe is also available.
The English House by Marco Pierre White is located at 28 Mohamed Sultan Road. To make a reservation, visit www.theenglishhouse.com.
Contemporary Korean cuisine
To showcase the best of summer’s harvests, Korean fine dining restaurant Nae:um will be presenting an elegant tasting menu called Episode 3: Seaside Dreams, now available till the end of summer.
Supervised by chef Louis Han, Nae:um’s summer menu is inspired by Han’s road trips in his younger days that would take him out of the city to sleepy coastal towns. Expect plenty of fresh seafood offerings such as soju-simmered black mussel, cured ocean trout, baby shrimp, Korean green seaweed, scallop, seasonal fish and Spanish octopus.
Han’s cuisine marries his native roots in Seoul with a global sensibility, forging a contemporary menu that is innovative yet familiar, with flavours that are nuanced and layered, new and coherent. The 6-course tasting menu at $188++ ends with a refreshing watermelon sorbet and Han’s version of petit fours made of tea and snacks.
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Vegan high tea
Vegans delight! lnterContinental Singapore is teaming up with natural skincare brand Sigi Skin to serve a fancy vegan afternoon tea of delectables inspired by superfood ingredients found Sigi’s formulations.
Now available till Sept 30, the Vegan Afternoon Tea: Sigi Skin Edition (from $55++) served at the hotel’s lobby lounge will feature plant-based savouries such as Goji Berry Scone, Tomato Concasse with Plant-based Meatball Skewer, as well as Pumpkin Mousse, Avocado and Mushroom with Tomato Arugula in Spinach Wrap. For the sweet-toothed, delight in Acai Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake, Banana Oatmeal Cake, Coffee Chocolate Crèmeux, Green Tea Tiramisu and Tropical Yuzu Custard.
Each guest that orders the vegan tea set will receive a complimentary full-sized skincare product by Sigi Skin worth $65 (limited to the first 150 orders).
Beer and lobster pairing
Enjoy quintessential Maine culture of enjoying lobster rolls with a chase of craft beers at Luke’s Lobster Singapore which now offers craft beers by Ugly Half Beer, a microbrewery hailing from the district of Wugu, Taiwan.
Ugly Half Beer introduces six new-to-market craft beers that pair perfectly with Luke’s diverse array of mouthwatering rolls: Guava Gose, Big Three XPA, Hazy IPA, Jumbo Sour, TOASTea Lager, and Oyster Stout at $13 each. Just ask the friendly service crew for recommended pairings.
Across the month of April, all bundle orders will come with a thematic board game for a rousing start to a night of beer chugging, along with flavour pairing cards to guide your meal. Curious beer lovers can also purchase Ugly Half Beer six-pack ($75 with any purchase of Lobster Roll) in-stores or through islandwide deliveries available via lukeslobster.sg.