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Weekout: Nutmeg & Clove, Fairmont Singapore, Safiya, National Design Centre

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin • 4 min read
Weekout: Nutmeg & Clove, Fairmont Singapore, Safiya, National Design Centre
​This week, enjoy a whisky-pairing dinner, indulge in Middle Eastern cuisine, take a Pokémon holiday and more.
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Whisky pairing dinner

Nutmeg & Clove

For those curious about pairing whisky with Asian food, now is your chance to experience The Modern Glenfiddich Experience ($138++) — a whisky dinner featuring modern Singapore cuisine by guest chef Tryson Quek (of Taiwanese speakeasy Mu) at award-winning cocktail bar Nutmeg & Clove. Available for one-night only on Dec 7, the six-course dinner will be paired with five signature cocktails crafted by the Nutmeg & Clove bar team featuring Glenfiddich single malt whiskies. Diners will also be treated to two drams of Glenfiddich whisky to start and end the meal. Nutmeg & Clove is at 8 Purvis St, Singapore 188587. For reservations, call 9389 9301

Pokémon holiday

Fairmont Singapore

Fairmont Singapore transforms into a Pokémon playland for families and fans to explore and win prizes. From now till Jan 29, this one-of-a-kind Pokémon escapade will excite trainers and masters alike through a gamified Quiz rally to solve a series of questions from the moment they check-in and all throughout their stay to win surprise Pokémon gifts.

Guests can participate in a giveaway and capture their moments at the Pokémon photo wall in the lobby which features the adorable Pikachu and legendary Mewtwo. Nintendo Switches will also be available for guests to try the new Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl along with limited-edition Pokémon merchandise to take home.

Ideal for a family of four, the Pokémon Staycation (from S$420++ a night) in- cludes daily breakfast for two adults and two children, Pokémon merchandise, prizes for the Quiz Rally, complimentary loan of Nintendo Switch and free parking at Raffles City Shopping Centre. To book, visit

Middle Eastern nosh


If you are craving traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, Safiya by Shangri-La Singapore offers an authentic menu of Arabic favourites for takeaway and delivery. Crafted by head chef Ara Sayegh, Safiya’s signature dishes reveal the rich heritage of the cuisine that is characterised by fresh vegetables and superfoods, quality meats and aromatics made with an alluring mix of spices and herbs such as caraway, cinnamon, cardamom and clove among others.

Every Middle Eastern meal starts off with an enticing selection of hot and cold mezze, each served with pita bread. Start with the Duo Dips ($14+) of Baba Ghanouj and Hummus served with toasted pita bread, and Warak Enab ($14+), a grape leaf wrap with a stuffing of rice and vegetables. You must also try Chef Ara’s aromatic Falafel ($15+) made with a combination of seven spices.

Graze on expertly-grilled mains the likes of Shish Tawook ($20+), a tempting skewer of corn-fed chicken breast marinated in a spiced tomato sauce paired with pickled onions, and Lamb Kebab ($22+) — a winning combination of succulent New Zealand lamb mince with onions, parsley and a heady spice blend. Seafood-lovers will relish Roubyen Meshwi ($28+) — barbecued tiger prawns seasoned with lemon, coriander and garlic.

For dessert, we highly recommend the Baklava ($14+) lovingly made with 28 layers of filo pastry – each layer is cloaked in sugar syrup and crunchy roasted pistachios.

First timers can also consider the set meals: a customisable ‘Feast’ for two ($48+) to four ($90+), which includes a choice of main course with one each of cold and hot mezze, pita bread, dessert, pickles and Arabic rice.

To order visit, email at [email protected] or call 6213 4398.

Artistic waste

National Design Centre

One man’s trash is another man’s art, as seen at The Waste Refinery exhibition, now on at National Design Centre till Jan 16. Curated by creative agency Kinetic Singapore, the free exhibition reframes waste as a starting point and an abundant resource, to be rebirthed into beautiful and useful objects.

It opens amid one of the most important sustainability summits on the world stage, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), and will see used tyres, metal mining residue, construction waste and plastic bottles take on a second life as useful products such as sustainable footwear, table tennis bats, children’s clothes, chairs, paint pigments and more.

Among the 20 international and local exhibitors at The Waste Refinery are British fash-tech studio Petit Pli, local second-hand furniture store Hock Siong, homegrown homeware label LAAT, and the students of WeiBensee Academy of Art Berlin.

For more information, visit

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