PALATIAL EATS

A hid­den gem amidst the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city, Palais Re­nais­sance is a ver­i­ta­ble trove of gas­tro­nomic de­lights

Wine & Dine - - RESTAURANTS -

With eight premium food and bev­er­age es­tab­lish­ments un­der one roof, it’s lit­tle won­der that Palais Re­nais­sance is slowly gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as a bona fide food en­clave. From a fine din­ing res­tau­rant that pro­motes healthy eat­ing to an au­then­tic Ja­panese sushi-ya, this lux­u­ri­ous re­tail and din­ing des­ti­na­tion cer­tainly beck­ons those with a pen­chant for the finer things in life.

Whether you’re pop­ping in for a quick bite or look­ing to while away a lazy week­end af­ter­noon, this in­ti­mate 50,000 square feet trea­sure trove has got you cov­ered.

Here’s a quick road map of what vis­i­tors can ex­pect to find.

FRUNATIC & WHOLE­SOME SAVOUR

Launched in June this year, Frunatic serves up healthy and ther­a­peu­tic meals spe­cially tai­lored to suit each diner’s in­di­vid­ual needs. Think along the lines of detox­ing, weight man­age­ment and boost­ing your im­mune sys­tem. Com­pris­ing nine fine din­ing-in­spired cour­ses, each set meal in­cludes cold pressed juices, salads, nu­tri­ent-dense desserts that are care­fully pre­pared and free of dairy, gluten, trans-fat, ad­di­tives, choles­terol and preser­va­tives.

And if you’re look­ing to re-cre­ate some of th­ese de­li­cious treats at home, head next door to Whole­some Savour, Frunatic’s ca­sual deli con­cept, to pick up some de­hy­drated snacks and en­zyme drinks for your larder.

B1-06 & B1-06A, Tel: 6736 0288; frunatic.com

ISHI­NO­MAKI GRILL & SAKE BAR

De­spite its name, you’ll find more than ro­batayaki and sake on the menu at Ishi­no­maki. With over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, chef-owner Chi Pin Han uses freshly-im­ported in­gre­di­ents from Ja­pan to dish out an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of sashimi, sushi and kaiseki items that varies ac­cord­ing to the sea­son.

But their grilled and sake of­fer­ings take cen­trestage. This iza­kaya-style res­tau­rant boasts one of the most for­mi­da­ble sake col­lec­tions in Sin­ga­pore, with al­most 150 unique la­bels in hand at the mo­ment and count­ing. Sake cognoscenti should cer­tainly stop by for af­ter-work drinks and bites—the friendly staff will hap­pily rec­om­mend suit­able pair­ings to go with your meal. B1-02 to 03, Tel: 6737 1065; ishi­no­maki.com.sg

AR­TI­SAN CEL­LARS

Started by a group of wine lovers in 2008, Ar­ti­san Cel­lars—as its name sug­gests— spe­cialises in small-batch and lim­ited pro­duc­tion wines made by ar­ti­sanal wine­mak­ers from all over the world. Equipped with a state-of-the-art cel­lar and 10-seat tast­ing room, it func­tions not only as a re­tail store­front, but also as a ren­dezvous point for wine afi­ciona­dos. In fact, the cel­lar holds 400 bot­tles of lux­ury cu­vée—a must-visit for any self-con­fessed fan of bub­bly. B1-01, Tel: 6838 0373; instagram.com/ar­ti­san.cel­lars

JING HUA XIAO CHI

Din­ers will find yet an­other well-known lo­cal brand in res­i­dence at Palais. With over 28 years in the in­dus­try to its name, es­tab­lished Chi­nese res­tau­rant chain Jing Hua Xiao Chi, is lo­cated here. The 95-seater rep­re­sents a re­fresh­ing con­ver­gence of the new and old. Din­ers here will find tra­di­tional sig­na­tures like Jing Hua’s iconic home­made dumplings, and noo­dles with minced pork and soy bean sauce. Apart from tra­di­tional bev­er­ages like Pu-erh tea, you can or­der up tip­ples like Tomino Hozan sweet potato shochu form Kagoshima, or a soda high­ball with Aber­lour 10-year whisky to go with your meal.

B1-04 to 05, Tel: 6733 8231; jinghua.sg

THE WRIT­ING CLUB

Whisky lounge and bar The Writ­ing Club is Palais’ new­est ad­di­tion to its slate of F&B of­fer­ings. It may have opened as re­cently as Au­gust this year, but the bar has al­ready amassed one of Sin­ga­pore’s largest col­lec­tions of whisky within its cosy,

700 square foot space. From prized vin­tages to more com­mon va­ri­eties, you’re likely to find what you’re look­ing for.

#02-10, Tel: 9362 8626; thewrit­ing­club.com.sg

SUSHI KIMURA

With mas­ter chef To­moo Kimura at the helm, this fine din­ing sushi-ya opened ear­lier this year. Here, the in­gre­di­ents take pole po­si­tion—from premium or­ganic vine­gar to ex­clu­sive award-win­ning sea­weed, fresh wild-caught seafood to spe­cially im­ported Hokkaido spring wa­ter, chef Kimura sources many of the in­gre­di­ents him­self, and per­son­ally cul­ti­vates re­la­tion­ships with the sup­pli­ers. And this at­ten­tion to even the most minute of de­tail cer­tainly shows; his omakase menu is a daz­zling show­case of the very best each sea­son has to of­fer.

#01-07, Tel: 6734 3520; sushikimura.com.sg

PS.CAFE

For your quin­tes­sen­tial week­end brunches, Palais’ out­let of pop­u­lar home­grown brand PS.Cafe is a lovely place to while the af­ter­noon away at. Tuck your­self into a cosy cor­ner up against the café’s floor-length glass win­dows and en­joy iconic sig­na­tures like their de­li­ciously umami-laden truf­fle fries and sump­tu­ously sin­ful desserts.

#02-09A, Tel: 9834 8232; pscafe.com

Palais Re­nais­sance

390 Orchard Road, Sin­ga­pore 238871 (be­side Royal Thai Em­bassy)

6737 6992 | www.palais.sg

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