Cover Miss Vanda (Photo: Labyrinth)

You can still eat well during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), thanks to the island's top chefs who are offering delivery and takeaway menus

This story was first published on July 23, 2021, and updated on August 5, 2021.

With the recent surge in coronavirus cases from the Jurong Fishery Port and KTV clusters, it was to be expected that we would return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) and dining out would not be possible until August 18. But this isn’t our first partial lockdown and despite the little time given to restaurants to pivot to delivery and takeaway menus, some of the islands’ top chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants have come up with delectable menus that will make staying home a little less depressing.  

See also: Covid-19 Singapore: What You Can and Can’t Do

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Restaurant Zén

Executive chef Tristin Farmer and his team are making the most out of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) by whipping up delicious comfort foods that stay true to their Swedish-Japanese roots. Standouts include their selection of onigiri, including the dashi-infused rice embedded with beautifully seared foie gras and grilled unagi, and accented with horseradish, togarashi (spice mixture) and generous shavings of black truffle. Expand the savoury feast with the addition of the deep-fried quail basket, comprising the poultry soaked in a concoction of jalapeno and other spices, and deep fried to juicy perfection.

If you are lucky, you may also be one of the lucky few who will be able to order the luxe doughnuts, available in limited quantities per day. Prepared upon pick up, the fluffy balls of goodness are filled with crème fraiche and topped with a generous serving of uni, caviar—or both. Order here.

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Basque Kitchen by Aitor

What better way to perk up your WFH week than with chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive’s Basque feast that can be had in your home. Whet the appetite with the organic heirloom tomato and mini burrata salad drizzled with basil oil and a 50-year-old PX vinegar, as well as the truffle croquetas.

Save space for mains. Highlights naturally include the Txuleta burger, which is arguably one of the best in town with two layers of patties made with old cow vintage Wagyu beef stacked with gooey and sharp cheddar cheese. Complement it with another meaty main such as Iberico pork ribs. Order here.

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Restaurant Jag

Chef-owner Jeremy Gillon’s inspired creations—available via delivery and takeaway—are just what you need for a delicious pick-me-up at home. There’s so much to choose from, among which are the simple yet no less delicious artichoke hummus served with fresh sage and toasted bread; Chitose tomato salad sprinkled with basil and parmesan pesto; and mouthwatering Pyrenees baby lamb leg braised for eight hours and served with polenta and fresh salad. Satiated your sweet tooth at the end with a slice of the popular (and extremely indulgent!) dark chocolate and nut brownie cake. Order here.

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Chef-owner Han Liguang remade some of Labyrinth’s greatest hits for Miss Vanda, the restaurant’s delivery arm that will be revived from tomorrow (July 24). These include the warm and comforting XO fish noodle soup; moreish ‘Cairnhill Steakhouse’ Hainanese style steak with your choice of classic red wine sauce; and an elevated version of laksa which comes studded with local mussels and Hokkaido scallops. Savour new items too; the durian pie with a crisp crust is loaded with 100 per cent Mao Shan Wang durian filling. Order here.

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Terra Tokyo Italian

Delicious pastas will surely put a smile on your face, and chef-owner Seita Nakahara offers an array of them and more. It is hard to resist the spaghetti tossed with homemade bottarga, Hokkaido sea urchin and finished with a squeeze of Japanese yuzu, as well as the signature Wagyu beef ragu sprinkled with parmigiano-reggiano cheese. If meats are what you are looking for, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is big enough for three to four people to share. Order here.

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When dine-in was allowed to resume after the end of the first Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), Odette was one of the few restaurants that was immediately booked out for months, hence its delivery service Odette at Home was discontinued. Now that we’re on the second round of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), the three-Michelin-starred restaurant has brought back Odette at Home, so you may still enjoy some of chef-owner Julien Royer’s signature dishes, sold à la carte. Highlights include Singapore Garden, an ode to his second home and is an assembly of fresh greens, kombu and tomatoes, and bafun uni capellini topped with chives and black truffles. Order here. 

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There is much to savour in chef owner Ivan Brehm and his team’s Lockdown Project during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). For starters, they have created delicious burgers that travel well from their kitchen to your home. The Perfection Burger consists of a meaty patty stacked with gooey cave-aged Gruyere, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and shallots, while the Veggie Burger is given a Middle Eastern twist with falafel patty and tzatziki atop the tomatoes, lettuce and shallots. Last but not least is the Seoulburger which is, you guessed it, inspired by Korean cuisine. What you get is a beef patty topped with the usual burger accompaniments as well as homemade kimchi, perilla powder and spicy sauce. Order here.


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Les Amis

Three-Michelin-starred French restaurant Les Amis only reopened its doors recently after renovations, only for it to shutter temporarily due to the dine-in restrictions. Those who haven’t tried it since it reopened will be glad to know that you can enjoy at home chef Sebastian Lepinoy’s signature oven-roasted free-range chicken, cooked until the skin is golden brown crisp and the meat is deliciously succulent. It’s cooked for the whole family to share and comes with a variety of vegetables. Order here. 

Les Amis

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