After more than a month of takeaways, delivery menus and home-cooked dishes during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), we are finally moving on to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) from June 14. The reopening will be done in phases and that is why we can only dine out from June 21, with stricter measures in place and only in groups of two to further curb the spread of the virus.
It is great news that made the Tatler editors daydream (not during work hours, of course) about the restaurants they can’t wait to book for a meal as well as the stellar dishes and drinks they will be sharing with family and friends. Here are the restaurants currently on their mind.
It’s been a long month of no dining in; it even felt longer than last year’s circuit breaker. The lifting of restrictions, however, comes at a good time as my husband’s birthday is exactly when restaurants open again. To celebrate we’ve booked Meta because we haven’t been there in ages (and he specifically requested it). The past year has been a stellar one for chef Sun Kim who bagged the American Express One to Watch Award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 so we’re excited to see what he has up his sleeve! I’m also planning to book Braci as I had fantastic takeaway from there so I imagine the dine-in experience is stellar; Esora and Hashida Singapore because I always need good Japanese having lived in Japan for seven years; and more casual restaurants such as Salted & Hung (it’s their fifth anniversary) and Kotuwa (if I can get a table). You see, my list is long and my appetite insatiable … this is just the tip of the iceberg.
—Kissa Castañeda, editorial director – Homes, Travel & Lists, Tatler Asia