Like in the Chinese story about the ease of bending 1 chopstick vs difficulty of bending a bunch of chopsticks, the unity of top-class food + drinks in one event is indeed, a challenge to resist. This year, SAVOUR Singapore 2013, Singapore’s largest gourmet food festival, is back in the form of a 4-day event – a treat to passionate food lovers in Singapore as a one-of-a-kind occurrence.
If you are new to SAVOUR, you can look at it as a celebration to worthwhile food and beverages, presented to you in a more casual way, all in one location, and this year, it is at the heart of town, F1 Pit Building (nearest MRT station being Promenade. The site is divided into 2 sections – Gourmet Market & Gourmet Village. With that, there are 2 ticket types as well – Savour Pass & Savour Premier Pass. The former would only give you entry to Gourmet Market, while the latter gives you entry to both venues, including $20 / $30 SAVOUR Dollars, depending on which you opt for. SAVOUR Dollars is the currency used in this event.
If you are running out of SAVOUR Dollars, you can spot this booth (right down the red carpet from the entrance) and purchase additional to satisfy your palate + stomach. Cash and credit cards are both accepted modes of payment. SAVOUR Dollars is as powerful as Singapore Dollars, thus the exchange rate is SGD1 = SVD1.
If you aren’t really sure how to go about exploring this big-scale Food Festival, it actually is quite simple. Just 3 parts as I’ve broken down for you.
1. ACTIVITY SCHEDULE GUIDE:
Planning your trip is essential just like when you are traveling. Grab an Activity Schedule Guide before starting. Here, there are complimentary workshops and demonstrations all throughout the day. Not forgetting Celebrity Chef Master Classes at the Gourmet Auditorium (only for SAVOUR Premier Passes). Be at the designated venue early if you want to grab a seat and a good spot.
2. GOURMET MARKET:
Visit the 2-storey Gourmet Market. Based in the sheltered and air-conditioned F1 Building itself, you can find yourself shopping at JASONS Gourmet Grocer (cheese selection, meat selection, wine, seafood etc. for your tasting before purchase), and attending complimentary workshops & demonstrations at the SAVOUR Wine & SAVOUR Baking. Walk through Level 2 & 3, and you’d be surprised to find yourself trapped in the building for at least a while.
3. GOURMET VILLAGE:
Visit the Gourmet Village. In this alfresco village, there are over 25 leading chefs, and 18 award-winning restaurants serving you their tasting menu. This year, there will be Chefs with over 10 Michelin stars in total to offer you their expertise. It is also here that you will find yourself very quickly short of SAVOUR Dollars, as booths after booths make you salivate to no end.
So I’ve walked around Gourmet Village, peeped at restaurants’ menu, and what patrons have on their table, I thought Stellar @ 1-Altitude’s booth serves just about the most value-for-SAVOUR-Dollars dishes. Right from the time I was there at 15 minutes to 7 till an hour or two later, the queue was pumping hard and did not take a rest. Why, you ask. I’d say, probably because a lot of us foodies are suckers for grilled items. This year, Stellar @ 1-Altitude presents an open-grill menu, on top of their appetizer and dessert.
Stellar Signature Sushi (SVD14) :: This SSS Dish consists of Spicy Tuna Maki, Swordfish Miso Maki, and Lobster Sakura Ebi Maki. My favorite has to be the Spicy Tuna Maki, and the Swordfish Miso Maki. And too, the Lobster Sakura Ebi Maki. Oh wait, that is the entire plate. But it’s true. No one maki fell short. The flavors of the pieces of sushi were bursting extravagantly with every bite of it. Ingredients used were evidently fresh and of top quality.
Meat Lovers Platter (SVD30) :: As if the sushi wasn’t enough to yell about, the Meat Lovers Platter proves to be a notch higher. Basically a combination of The Stellar Grill (SVD16) and Kobe C Rib of Beef with Foie Gras Sauce (SVD18), this promises you to have a hell of a carnivorous time. The platter constitutes a portion of Kobe Beef, Australian Lam Rack, and Smoked Short Rib of Beef. Every, single, type of meat was perfectly done – tender, easy to bite through, and topped with perfectly complementary sauces and condiments. It was such a treat my dining partner exclaimed, ‘this is better than the steak I had at Gordon Ramsay At The London, West Hollywood restaurant‘.
Besides this, they also have a few other items up their sleeves, including dessert item Apricot Paper, Pink Guava Sorbet, Raspberry Gelee (SVD12) and a Brunch Item, Toasted Brioche (SVD12). Have a go at their latter, an item yet to be on their restaurant menu. Drop them a feedback, because in the event that you like it, they are ready to commission it as part of their Brunch Menu.
If you are a food fanatic, you are in for a treat this weekend. Head on down for an extended hours of fun and food!
Special gratitude to Immelia, the One Rochester team, Rena, and the Clout and Hog team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.
Address: 1 Republic Boulevard, F1 Pit Building and Paddock
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm