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A trip to the new Culina at COMO Dempsey will su­per­charge your five senses (and lighten your wal­lets too). Lo­cated in spa­cious (over 15,000 sq ft) and high-ceilinged for­mer Bri­tish Army bar­racks, the gas­tro­nomic pur­veyor houses some of the best in­gre­di­ents by mar­quee pro­duc­ers from around the globe.

Start from the Meat sec­tion, where there’s beef, lamb, and veal sold in a va­ri­ety of cuts. Some of the brands in­clude Black Onyx, Mar­garet River Fresh An­gus Beef, and Westholme. For fresh seafood, stop by the Fish sta­tion, where sus­tain­ably caught gems are dis­played for the pick­ing. Two exclusive prod­ucts are the House of Kaviari’s rope­hung and smoked Nor­we­gian salmon, and a lim­ited edi­tion red prawn elixir from Rosso di Mazara, Mes­sage in the Bot­tle. The for­mer is smoked with beech wood be­fore the fil­lets are ver­ti­cally hung from a rope, a method that is said to yield a ten­der tex­ture.

Walk a few steps down to the Dairy sec­tion of­fer­ing a wide ar­ray of pre­mium cheeses and but­ter. The Fresh & Sea­sonal Pro­duce cor­ner dis­plays an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles from all around the world, in­clud­ing white as­para­gus and wild straw­ber­ries from France. Then feast your eyes on the hang­ing bread wall in the Bak­ery, where house-made baked goods like sour­dough, cia­batta and baguette beckon.

If you are feel­ing peck­ish by now, Culina Bistro, a 160-seater will be able to sat­isfy your hunger pangs. Try the rus­tic French Onion Soup ($15) and Pap­pardelle ($36) served in a rich braised Wagyu beef ragu. If noth­ing on the menu catches your eye, pop by the gro­cers and pick your choice of meats or seafood and the kitchen will whip up a de­lec­ta­ble meal for you (prepa­ra­tion fee from $15-$25). 15 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6474 7388

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