Tatler Dining Singapore

Second Serving

- Don Mendoza, Content Director

There’s never been a more expedient time to choose to be in the moment instead of being caught up in one. It’s something many of us have had to consider as we navigate our way through life during a pandemic. But we’ve also found reason to pause and ponder the things that matter most. For example, in Peru, top chefs like Virgilio Martinez are reaffirmin­g the importance of local resources—from the produce to the people that sustain our ever-growing gastronomi­c needs (see page 16). Here at home, our beloved chefs have been equally inspiring examples of grit and resilience; a few have even pivoted their culinary craft to newfound success (we spotlight some of them on page 32). This has also certainly been a time to take stock and count our blessings: to rediscover our favourite repasts (check out our guide to the island’s most memorable meals on page 58) and to re-examine what it means for us to be able to dine out; to break bread with that special someone or discover new loves (read more about how much of our lives happen at restaurant­s on page 36). To say that there is still much to be savoured and learn from in spite of mounting challenges is an understate­ment. Never have our needs and wants been more complement­ary. Indeed, the times are a-changing, and we’d be better off seeing life as being less like a box of chocolate and more like a crate of ugly (but still ohso-scrumptiou­s) vegetables.

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The success of Godmother, a chic brunch mainstay in Saigon, Vietnam, reflects the city’s embrace of a more diverse dining scene

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