Singaporean specialty pop-ups at The Grid

Photographs courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board

By TDT

September 8, 2022

For the first time ever, a selection of Singapore’s best restaurants is coming to Manila for a month-long culinary takeover. From traditional favorites, contemporary Singaporean delights, to innovative modern Singapore cuisine, Filipino foodies can bite into a series of Singapore pop-ups organized by the Singapore Tourism Board at The Grid in Powerplant Mall, Makati City.

This special culinary experience is the Manila edition of the 29th Singapore Food Festival.

Ruby Liu, Philippines Area Director, STB, said: “Our unique line-up of Singapore chefs and restaurants offers a little something for everyone. From heritage Singaporean cuisine to contemporary and innovative dishes that reimagine Singaporean food, we look forward to this diverse, eclectic mix whetting the appetites of Filipino foodies and enticing them to visit Singapore to experience more.”
Check out the participating establishments:

Singapore’s best restaurants are coming to Manila for a month-long culinary takeover.

The Elephant Room (2-30 September)

The Elephant Room is a culture-forward cocktail bar inspired by the culture, trade, people, and history of Singapore’s Little India. From ingredients sourced in and around the Tekka Market — Singapore’s largest wet market, to their uncommon roster of spirits, their ambition is simple: to share the richness, color, and delight of an under-documented culture to the world, one drink and plate at a time.

The Coconut Club (9 to 11 September)

First opened in 2016, The Coconut Club is known throughout Singapore for their signature Nasi Lemak. The Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded dish is made with coconut-infused steamed jasmine rice served alongside organic chicken thigh marinaded for 12-hours in a blend of spices known as rempah. The meal is then tied together with their aromatic, sweet, and savory take on sambal — a sauce made with a blend of chili peppers.

Blue Smoke (16 to 18 September)

Blue Smoke is a smokehouse that serves barbecue in a modern Singapore style — celebrating Singaporean cuisine by creatively elevating local flavors in contemporary, unexpected ways. This culinary movement has come to be known as ‘Mod-Sin.’ Among their offerings, one highlight is the Rendang Wagyu Brisket, slow-smoked for 18 hours, and charcoal-grilled over lychee wood.

New Ubin Seafood (23 to 25 September)

New Ubin Seafood is another big name when it comes to Zi Char. New Ubin Seafood — a new fast dining concept under the New Ubin Seafood group — is dedicated to offering “truly Singaporean meals for one.” Their dishes offer a new and unexpected spin on Singaporean food. Signature meals include their Heart Attack Fried Rice — fried rice cooked with beef fat and drippings, and the Boss Bee Hoon — rice vermicelli noodles cooked with egg and fish cakes.

Complementing the Singaporean establishments is a selection of local restaurants offering their own takes on Singapore fare. The roster of restaurants includes BYRD Tubs — Rice (5 to 7 September), China Mommy (12 to 14 September), BYRD Tubs-Noodles (19 to 21 September), and Your Local (26 to 30 September).


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