Cook­ing with Quinoa

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Wine & Dine - – An­thia Chng

Ded­i­cated to un­der­stand­ing quinoa and why it’s good for you, this class teaches you how to recog­nise the dif­fer­ent quinoa va­ri­eties, make your own quinoa flour and pre­pare var­i­ous nu­tri­ent-rich quinoa dishes. Thai cook­ing is all about cre­at­ing a har­mony be­tween four main el­e­ments of taste: sweet, sour, salty and spicy. In this course, you can ex­pect a truly au­then­tic Thai ex­pe­ri­ence.

Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road 6396 4466 | at­las­

First im­pres­sions: An ode to the Art Deco pe­riod, this ul­tra- grand lobby and bar is unique among din­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Housed in Sin­ga­pore’s very own “Gotham Build­ing”, oth­er­wise known as Parkview Square, the 690-square-me­tre space is adorned with fur­nish­ings syn­ony­mous with the era – think lav­ish and lux­u­ri­ous brass plat­ing and art mu­rals. The in­cred­i­bly tall ceil­ings and mas­sive 15-me­tre gin tower add to the grandeur of the ar­chi­tec­ture, too.

The Cho­sen One: Helmed by Ro­man Foltan and Carla Soares, both for­merly of Lon­don’s award- win­ning Arte­sian at The Lang­ham, the bar boasts over a thou­sand dif­fer­ent gins, most of which are con­tained in the afore­men­tioned gin tower. The col­lec­tion in­cludes Lon­don dry gins dat­ing as far back as 1910, while the cham­pagne col­lec­tion doesn’t disappoint ei­ther: 250 la­bels housed in a gor­geous walk-in cham­pagne room.

Pre­mium cham­pagnes, be­spoke cock­tails, beers, vin­tage bubbly – the op­tions are end­less. If you’re over­whelmed by the 20-page drinks menu, opt for one of the clas­sics: The At­las Mar­tini ($ 24). Fea­tur­ing Lon­don dry gin, am­brato ver­mouth, or­ange bit­ters and cham­pagne vine­gar, it’s a strong, flo­ral and re­fresh­ing tip­ple. It’s easy on the palate, too, and goes ex­tremely well with the bar’s com­pli­men­tary smoky, caramelised nuts, made in-house. If you’re a fan of rum, The Bo­hemian Aris­to­crat ($25) is an­other must-try. A ro­bust blend of French co­gnac, beurre noisette, Venezue­lan dark rum, or­ange and pear liqueur and bit­ters, this rum-based cock­tail is full of flavour.

If you’re out to splurge, fine cham­pagnes are avail­able by the glass or bot­tle: the Louis Roed­erer Rosé Mag­num ($38 a glass or $380 a bot­tle) is a stel­lar choice for a cel­e­bra­tion. Non-al­co­hol drinkers aren’t left out ei­ther; look for­ward to other op­tions in­clud­ing mock­tails, Lib­erty cof­fee and fine teas. On my next visit, I’m def­i­nitely try­ing the Art Deco Blend ($10), a fine black tea in­cor­po­rat­ing dry gin botan­i­cals, el­der­flower and yuzu.

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Bite on this: The restau­rant of­fers Euro­pean cui­sine by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Daniele Sperindio, pre­vi­ously of Open Door Pol­icy, so you’re in good hands if you ar­rive hun­gry. We thor­oughly en­joyed the charred oc­to­pus with feta goat cheese and toasted pine nuts ($18), which was sim­ple yet in­cred­i­bly flavour­ful. As for mains, the can­vas of pasta with Ja­panese wagyu beef and toma­toes ($30) was an­other unan­i­mous favourite – the only gripe be­ing that there weren’t enough of the meltin-the-mouth beef slices!

Last but not least: If you’re look­ing for that special spot to im­press your date, At­las def­i­nitely fits the bill. You’ll be trans­ported to a dif­fer­ent world, one where – thanks to the op­u­lent Great Gatsby vibe – it feels per­fectly nor­mal to in­dulge in sundowners at any time of the day or week!

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