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Be transported to Europe as you indulge in European flavours at these local establishments

Additional reporting by Amanda Goh. 

With the pandemic raging on, we may not be able to travel to our favourite European destinations as soon as we hoped. Fortunately, Singapore is home to a myriad of European restaurants, allowing us to indulge in modern European cuisine without hopping on a plane. From unique interpretations of laksa to Wagyu steaks, reimagine yourselves in Europe at these modern European restaurants right here in Singapore. 

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Nestled within the lush grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a meal at Botanico is a quaint affair, featuring exquisite European cuisine with a tinge of Asian flavours along with an impressive repertoire of wines and innovative cocktails.

For mains, don’t miss the Assam laksa ceviche—the chef’s interpretation of the iconic Assam laksa—that comprises fresh seabass slices, pomegranate, green chilli, shaved ginger flower, tamarind-tossed glass noodles and shrimp paste ice cream. The humble chee cheong fun is also reimagined with juicy chunks of Iberico ham and a classic ginger-soy sauce. The Wagyu beef cheek is braised in a tangy lemongrass broth, before it is glazed with a caramelised soy concoction and served with Asian pesto, barley risotto, and spicy papaya and apple salad on the side.

Tatler tip: For the month of September, Botanico is offering 50% off its chef's 6-course tasting menu for the second pax on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

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The Summerhouse

It is possible to forget that you’re in Singapore when you’re dining at The Summerhouse, an idyllic farm-to-table restaurant housed in an elegant black-and-white bungalow. Located in the former Seletar airbase, what’s special about the restaurant is that aside from the main dining area, it also offers three garden domes. These domes act as private rooms for small groups or even couples who want to amp up the romance factor.

Choose from seafood options on the menu, such as fresh mud crab and shallot omelette topped with herbs from the restaurant's garden, and the smoked butter-poached snapper fillet, which happens to be its star dish. It is rich in flavour and sourced from a local kelong, making it a must-try item. End the dining experience with a dessert of Balinese chocolate ice cream with vanilla custard and hazelnut cookie.

Tatler tip: Dine in their garden domes, where you will get to dine under the stars whilst surrounded by lush greenery. 

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Helmed by Dutch chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot—also the co-owners of acclaimed Amsterdam restaurant 212—the establishment is designed to engage all of your senses. From theatrical elements that include well-placed lighting features to the ever-Instagrammable apple dessert encased in a bubble-like globe, the menu celebrates the produce of the region while making the culinary experience fun and enjoyable. Top picks include the serving of locally-sourced Toh Thye San duck that’s served with a mole sole, touches of a sweet-and-sour blueberry sauce and an earthy Rouennaise sauce crafted with duck liver.

Tatler tip: Request to sit at along open kitchen counter, where you will be able to interact with chefs as they prepare their signature dishes.

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The Spot

Located right in the heart of the central business district is this multi-concept dining destination that not only offers all-day dining, but also features Southeast Asia’s first The Macallan Boutique @ 1855.

The restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine with an Asian twist, so look forward to dishes like Asian-style beef shortrib and glazed duck breast. If you want just a quick bite after work, there’s also classic bar grub such as deep-fried baby squid with curry leaf aioli, deep-fried chicken mid-joints, Angus beef slider “bao” and more.

As expected, the beverage list is extensive, with everything from Japanese whisky to The Macallan’s connoisseur selection, making it a perfect spot for happy hour drinks with colleagues and clients alike.

Tatler tip: Visit between 5-10pm on Mondays and grab a pint of Asashi & Fuller's Black Cab going at $6.80++.

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The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

Set in the colonial cluster of Dempsey Hill, the idyllic location of The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, along with its gorgeous monochromatic interiors, makes it a perfect spot for romantic dates. The Singapore flagship of world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the restaurant serves a contemporary menu of Asian-inspired European fare.

Not to be missed is the egg caviar, featuring buttery brioche sandwiching creamy sous-vide egg yolks crowned with a dollop of caviar; and the thin-crust black truffle and fontina pizza that is savoury and fragrant. For dessert, we recommend the classic warm chocolate cake, topped with a quenelle of vanilla ice cream.

Tatler tip: Indulge in brunch with free-flow tipples every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.

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Flutes Restaurant.Bar

Located at the National Museum of Singapore, Flutes offers modern European cuisine in a gorgeous and elegant setting. At the helm is executive chef Peter Rollinson, a self-confessed ‘produce nut’ whose culinary ethos is to use the freshest seasonal ingredients and let their beautiful flavours shine in each course.

A degustation menu of five courses is offered at dinner every day; guests will also get to enjoy the chef’s creative take on local produce in dishes such as Shark Bay blue swimmer crab salad tossed with cucumber and avocado, and grilled fillet of Akoroa King Salmon enlivened with cauliflower, capers and raisins.

Tatler tip: Host a business lunch at the Sir Henry McCallum room and request for a beverage package inclusive of free flow wines and spirits. 

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Singapore’s fine dining scene has flourished over the years and among its pioneers is this home-grown modern contemporary French restaurant that many regard as one of the best in the country. Iggy’s continues to focus on using the freshest ingredients from Japan and all over the world to create modern European dishes with an Asian flair.

The carabinero bomba rice, a firm favourite, remains a highlight on the menu alongside a longstanding signature, the sakura ebi capellini. Be sure to consider pairing your meal with wine. Founder Ignatius Chan is also a passionate sommelier, so it's no surprise that the wine list comprises over 25,000 bottles.

Tatler tip: Complement your meal with a bottle of Burgundy at Iggy's. Its extensive 25,000-bottle wine list showcases some of the best and rarest bottles from the French region. 

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La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore

The arrival of the elegant La Dame De Pic in Singapore was met with open arms by gourmands. The latest addition from renowned chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the classy French establishment at Raffles Hotel Singapore is the Groupe Pic enterprise’s first foray into Asia.

The menu is designed around Pic's unique expression of mod-Eropean fare influenced by her love of citrus and for Asian flavours. Highlights include a Singapore twist to signature dishes, and chef de cuisine Kevin Gatin (Pic’s protégé) is at hand to ensure the restaurant’s food lives up to Pic’s standards. The Tajima Wagyu beef, roasted to perfection and accompanied by smoked beetroot and osmanthus-infused mushroom broth, is a stellar item not to be missed.

Tatler tip: Indulge in La Dame de Pic's exquisite creations with its 3-course set lunch, including its signature Berlingots — iconic pasta parcels stuffed with creamy cheese fondue with an Asian twist. 

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The Cliff

Be transported to the beautiful coastal towns of Italy at The Cliff, where vibrant Italian flavours is the star of the resort-like restaurant. The culinary team whips up a wide array of pizzas, pastas and other familiar favourites that tantalise the palate. Such is the appetiser of grilled octopus, and a salad of caramelised delicata squash, served with bacon, toasted pumpkin seeds and parmiggiano. From the pizza section, the standout is the Bianco, enhanced with the earthy scent of truffles, while the mafalde alla vodka remains a hot favourite from the pasta selection.

Tatler tip: Visit The Cliff for a Saturday Prosecco Brunch to savour an elaborate five-course set menu full of unique creations and free-flow Prosecco.  

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If you need a good reason to make a trip to Sentosa, it should very well be Skirt, a stylish grill restaurant at W Hotel Singapore. Despite its modern and chic décor, the ambience of the restaurant is quite laidback.Be sure to try one of their steaks, as that’s what they’re known for. Opt for the full-blood Sher Wagyu skirt steak with a side of duck fat roasted potato for a truly decadent meal. For dessert, the dark chocolate souffle is a popular choice among patrons; the olive oil moist cake is also worth the calories.

Tatler tip: Enhance your dining experience at Skirt with its exclusive grazing table, consisting of a brazen spread of the best seasonal produce. 

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