Amidst the quarantine, Sambar was born. Chefs Nicco Santos and Quenee Vilar innovated and launched a delivery concept that sticks true to their passion for South East Asian cuisine: namely Paranekan, Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean flavours.
This dynamic duo were responsible for food concepts like Hey Handsome and Your Local, although they are no longer affiliated with either. Now they are both currently involved with Standard Hospitality Group’s food concepts, where Nicco is head of food and beverage and Quenee is the research and development manager.
Their new baby, Sambar, was named after “sambal” which is an Indonesian chili paste or sauce that chef Nicco has been obsessing over for 12 years now. The concept overall was created out of love, and the need to reconnect to diners, friends and family, through food during this pandemic where none of us have been able to go to our favourite restaurants. Nicco shared that Sambar was inspired by people who have been unstoppable throughout this rapidly changing crisis, continuing to pursue their passions, keeping both businesses and morale afloat.