Dining out is no longer limited to restaurants these days. There are increasingly more chefs who venture into private home dining, and here are some of the hottest private dining experiences in Singapore right now.
Tinoq Private Dining
By celebrated make-up artist Tinoq Russell Goh, Tinoq Private Dining is housed in a HDB estate in Tiong Bahru and it is the private dining spot to head to if you are a fan of Peranakan food. There is only one seating a night in the living room, which fits between 8 to 10 persons. At S$120 per head, some of the highlights for us is the Bakwang Kepiting, Nyonya Chapchye, Beef Rendang, Ngor Huang and the delicious Fried Yeefu noodles with mushrooms.
Address: 30 Jalan Klinik; Singapore 160030
Lynnette Seah Kitchen
As an acclaimed violinist, this is another private dining spot for Peranakan food run by Lynnette Seah. Housed in a HDB estate in Tiong Bahru, the menu is classic Peranakan dishes where you can make your selections from the dishes online prior to your visit. At S$120 per person, it includes a seven course meal, inclusive of one dessert. The remaining six courses is up to your own preferences and pick, which has to include one vegetable option. Highlights for me are the Crab Bee Hoon and Sugee Cake. [Read more here…]
Address: Will be sent after your reservation is confirmed with Lynnette
Lucky House Cantonese Private Kitchen (陶然居)
Our latest update of this popular private dining is that the next availability is in last quarter 2019. Does it make sense to reserve almost ten months ahead for a meal? Apparently so. Lucky house remains one of the few private dining at the moment which focuses on Cantonese cuisine. Chef Wong’s place is a private property along East Coast Road, where he prepares his dishes over rustic charcoal such as his signature roast duck. There are two seatings per night which fits about 10 to 12 persons in each room, where an 8-course meal is priced at S$120. Other highlights for me include the Crayfish Omelette and Concubine Chicken. [Read more here…]Address: 267 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466413
Ownself Make Chef
Run by homegrown Chef Shen Tan, the venue of Ownself Make Chef takes place in a HDB flat in Commonwealth. The menu is quintessential Singaporean, with themes on the menu like aPORKalypse, Sinfully Seafood, Majulah Singapura Lor!, Rice To The Occasion, and Lock Stock & Broth. The dishes are quite a creative take of Singapore dishes, where you can expect the likes of Uni pork rice bowl, Pork rendang with scallion pancakes fried in lard, Laksa suckling pig with lard sambal and Bacon ice cream sandwich. This is from the aPORKalypse which I tried.
Address: Email for confirmation before address is sent
Ben Fatto 95
Home made Italian pasta? Ben Fatto 95 is a relatively new entrant to the private dining scene by Chef Yum Hwa where his creations are inspired by regional Italian cuisines. The set menus focus on different types of pasta, priced from S$70. Some of the handcrafted pastas include Tortelli, Cappellacci and Tagliolini all’ Uovo. Flavours of the pastas are very fresh and clean overall, though I feel that portions per course can be slightly more.Address: 95 Paya Lebar Crescent, Singapore 536179
Dearborn Supper Club
One of the latest entrants to the scene, Dearborn focuses on Modern American cuisine due to Chef Christopher Kong’s culinary background back at Seattle. A 6-course menu is priced at S$138, not cheap by private dining standards, with a focus on greens, grains and sustainable seafood. Chef Kong’s past stints at Waku Ghin and the now-defunct Guy Savoy, where the presentation of each dish is nothing less than what you can expect of a fine dining restaurant. One of the surprise highlights is the home-baked Sourdough bread and home-made butter, served as a main course on its own.
Address: East of Singapore, email for confirmation before address is sent
Penang style Peranakan food? Located at a landed property in Bukit Timah, some of the signatures at Ampang Kitchen include the prawn noodles (which is only available for lunch), rojak and cendol. Dishes are prepared from scratch, with lunch priced at S$60 for six dishes, while dinner is at S$100 for nine dishes.
Address: 39 Jalan Ampang, Singapore 268625
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