Epicure - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

When it comes to busi­ness, I’m a firm believer that you should al­ways eat be­fore you ne­go­ti­ate. Af­ter all, a power lunch is worth a thou­sand face­less emails. Food cuts across dif­fer­ent client cul­tures and the rit­ual of a meal is shar­ing and co­op­er­a­tive in na­ture. Plus, keep­ing your busi­ness client happy and wellfed is al­ways a good idea.

There are cer­tainly enough Wall Street-es­que restau­rants to cater to the high level of wheel­ing and deal­ing that goes on in this city, but the con­cept of power din­ing has also evolved through the years. While C-suites are still cut­ting deals at steak­house restau­rants and fine din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, the hos­pi­tal­ity scene has em­braced more ex­pres­sive din­ing con­cepts for those who are look­ing for some­thing less for­mal. Our fea­ture on page 58 rec­om­mends four pri­vate din­ing rooms from the lat­est open­ing to an un­con­ven­tional stun­ner housed in a her­itage build­ing.

The most beau­ti­ful restau­rants can still feel a lit­tle sou­less with­out a tal­ented and peo­ple-ori­ented chef. As­so­ciate edi­tor Eve Tedja and I had the plea­sure of meet­ing Luca Fantin of one Miche­lin-starred II Ris­torante - Luca Fantin when he was in Bali and Sin­ga­pore re­cently. He strikes me as some­one who knows how to re­gale his din­ers with sto­ries and also let his food do most of the talk­ing. Tedja’s in­ter­view with Fantin ap­pears on page 46.

As a gourmet mag­a­zine, the epi­cure team has cer­tainly or­gan­ised a fair share of wine and food events to con­nect our part­ners and read­ers. The most re­cent one was held at Capella Sin­ga­pore, where the team from Uni­world Bou­tique River Cruise Col­lec­tion - whose float­ing bou­tique ho­tels aver­age 130 pas­sen­gers each - in­ter­acted with 24 guests. Turn to page 52 for all the high­lights.

It took a vil­lage, from our team, The Ate Group’s pub­li­cists to Iggy’s own­ers Ig­natius Chan and Jan­ice Wong and head chef He­lio Gonçalves, to put to­gether this month’s power din­ing recipe spread. Feast your eyes on page 74.

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