This week: Catch a tulip show, enjoy Japanese wagyu and Italian cuisine, drink Scotch whisky and stay in a mobile hotel. This article features Cognac, tulips, garden, show, Scotch, mobile hotel, staycation, Downtown East, italian, cuisine, Japanese, wagyu
Tulips on show
Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania makes its return to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay with a focus on the wild tulips of Kazakhstan.
At this year’s showcase called Tulipmania — Its Wild Origins, now on till Nov 14, visitors can imagine themselves following in the footsteps of Kazakh nomadic tribes which once traipsed across the foothills of Tien Shan, the great mountain system of Central Asia, and the place where tulips were believed to have first appeared.
Other highlights include a depiction of a bazaar that represents Kazakhstan’s role as a trading hub and cultural melting-pot along the Silk Route, as well as towers and gates inspired by Timurid dynasty architecture, featuring blue and turquoise geometric patterns that symbolise clear Kazakhstan skies and waters. There’s even a 4m-tall replica of a yurt on loan from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Singapore.
For the first time, there will be an online component where visitors can watch videos of Tulipmania from the comfort of their homes on Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page and website.
Fine dining Japanese restaurant Fat Cow celebrates a whole decade of serving the finest selection of wagyu with a 10th Anniversary Omakase Special ($320++) created by head chef Shigeru Kasajima.
Available for reservation from Nov 1 to Dec 31, the menu will feature long-time favourites like Snow Aged Sukiyaki with Truffle Egg Yolk; Wagyu Monaka which pairs a crispy biscuit with buttery foie gras and juicy wagyu tenderloin; and melt-in-your-mouth Kobujime Wagyu Beef with Botan Ebi, a new dish exclusive to this menu.
Every order of the 10th Anniversary Omakase Special entitles diners to a complimentary cup of an exclusive Fat Cow Custom Blend Tea. And for those who want to round out their experience, sake and wine pairings (both $88++) have been created expressly for this menu.
For those keen to try Kobujime wagyu, Fat Cow has also introduced a Kobujime Premium Donburi on its a-la-carte menu, available daily in limited portions for dine-in ($128++) as well as delivery and takeaway ($128+). It features a thick layer of thinly sliced Kobujime wagyu resting on a bed of seasoned Akitakomachi rice and topped with chives, Japanese leeks, and dol- lops of mountain caviar.
Fat Cow is at #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre. Reservations can be made on Chope or phone at 6735 0308.
Comfort Italian nosh
Lino Restaurant and Café
From the good people of Les Amis group, Lino Restaurant and Café opens its second outlet at Forum The Shopping Mall featuring indoor and outdoor dining options with a wide repertoire of casual to elegant meal options for every type of diner.
Just like its first outlet at Binjai Park, the latest addition to theLino famiglia promises to deliver an unassuming yet soul-satisfying dining experience starring beautifully plated dishes brimming with authentic and robust Italian flavours.
Helmed by cluster head chef Dalton Fong, a comprehensive menu of Antipasti (cold and hot starters), Primi Piati (pasta and risotto), Secondi (fish and meat), Pizza, and Dolci (dessert) awaits foodies. Some must-tries include the Lamb Ragu Garganelli ($29), Pan-fried Veal Escalope ($44), Pancetta Pizza ($28) and Profiteroles ($14 for two pieces).
Those looking for a quick meal can enjoy Lino Forum’s set lunch at ($32 for two courses / $38 for three courses). Beverages are available at a top-up of $3 for coffee or tea, $10 for a glass of house red or white wine, and $8 for choice of mocktails.
Lino Forum also has a unique cocktail programme inspired by the art of gardening, featuring over a dozen original libations from $19, prepared with flavours corresponding to seeding (coffee and spices), sprouting (herbs), blooming (florals) and harvesting (fruits).
Lino Forum is at #01-01/04 The Forum Shopping Mall. For reservations, visit cho.pe/dineatlinoforumsg or call 6235 8690.
Whisky is fashion
Scotch whisky label Chivas teams up with French couturier Balmain to create two limited-edition designs for its Chivas VX Scotch blends that were aged 15 years in French cognac casks.
Developed by Chivas in partnership with Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing, the Balmain x Chivas XV collection brings a modern twist to Scotch by blending the spirit of luxury French fashion with an icon of luxury Scotch whisky.
Drop 1, an extremely limited and individually numbered gold bottle (currently not for sale), is adorned with metallic armour and chains in a nod to Balmain’s signature runway pieces, whilst Drop 2 (released in December) brings to life Balmain’s recognisable silhouette, through a symmetrical design of chains and belts directly inspired by the house’s recent collections.
Pre-order of Balmain x Chivas XV Drop 2 will retail exclusively at $170. Register your interest at www.chivas.com/en-SG.
Staycation on wheels
If you are looking for an unusual staycation, a Vacay To The East with D’Ultimate Xcape might just be the thing to reignite your love for inbound travel. Only this time, you’ll be putting up in a container hotel lavishly decked out in a theme to suit your holiday style.
Ideal for couples, the 20-footer container suite offers a choice of five cosy digs — resort, industrial, country, minimalist and retro — furnished with a queen-sized bed, bathroom and dining table. Built to fit a group of four, there are five options for 40-footers designed with a queen-sized bed, double sofa bed, kitchenette, dining area, and living room and decked in five styles: street, pop-art, safari, tropical-resort and SG heritage.
All rooms also feature smart home technologies such as remote access lock, Google Home, Daikin Smart Aircon, Smart TV and WiFi, plus luxurious comforts like a Nespresso machine and a mini fridge. And in case you are wondering, there is room service in the form of contactless food de- livery where you can order from multiple merchants at Downtown East in a single order (using the Makan Guru mobile app), sans delivery fee.
SHOW (SG Hotel on Wheels) is an innovative staycation concept by homegrown attraction and event organiser, Ultimate, in
partnership with Downtown East. Just a skip-hop away from all the fun attractions in the vicinity, the cluster of 10 container suites will be parked at Downtown East’s Begonia Open Air Carpark from now till March 20, 2022.
Prices start from $239 per night for 20-footer rooms, and $299 per night for 40-footer rooms (inclusive of Wild Wild Wet day passes for each guest). Guests can also immerse themselves in fun and exciting activities nearby like Jumptopia, carnival rides, art installations, and more.
Book D’Ultimate Xcape at www.sghotelonwheels.com