PAST & PRESENT
Russell Misso is chef-owner of the newlyopened Past & Present restaurant, where he brings a farm-to-table ethos from his previous stint as the head chef of Open Farm Community. At Past & Present, Misso does an almost-cheeky, locally inspired take on European classics. Descriptions of the dishes are done in possibly ironic hashtags on the menu, where you’ll find creations like sambal kangkong risotto, and
wagyu rump rendang.
THE INK: a traditional Japanese-style koi sleeve with a skull at the base, his daughter’s name Valentine and birth date,
and a skeletal hand grasping a heart.
“There’s this story about how kois swims up a waterfall, against the current. So I guess the tattoo is about persevering and moving forward. My seven-year-old
daughter’s name is on there so I can remember how to spell it, in case I have any forms to fill out. I’d put her IC number
there if there was more space.”