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What’s the Tatler team ordering and noshing on this month?

This story was first published on May 27, 2021, and updated on July 21, 2021.

As we continue to stay home during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), food has become a source of comfort for many of us. And the best thing about being stuck on our tiny island is the plethora of F&B establishments serving different cuisines, which are now available for takeaway and delivery. Apart from your usual restaurants, we also have bars and bakeries which bring us comfort at home with their bottled cocktails, gift sets and bread subscriptions. That said, we asked the Tatler team the foods and drinks that they're craving for (and have consistently turned to) during this period. 

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1. The Black Hole Group

One of the worst parts of dining-in being stopped is the fact that my family and I can’t go out and enjoy a meal together anymore. Unfortunately, we are all quite picky so finding a place that delivers food that everyone is happy with is always a chore. 

When we found out that The Black Hole group was delivering, we were so excited. The Black Hole Group is a group of Halal restaurants comprising Working Title Burger Bar, Afterwit, The Mad Sailors and Tipo. 

When you choose what you want in your order, you will find that you can order from all their restaurants and have it combined into one delivery which makes it perfect for those weekend nights when no one can decide what to eat.

You can choose from their delicious burgers which come with a brioche bun and home-ground beef patties, their crunchy battered cod with fries or any one of their addictive pasta dishes.

- Camillia Dass, writer

2. Jypsy

While I’ve been trying to cook more healthy dishes during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period, I still give into my Japanese food cravings from time to time. This means I’ll be ordering an indulgent meal from modern Japanese restaurant Jypsy, which is currently offering a 20 per cent off promotion for takeaway orders made at the outlet.

There’s a plethora of delicious dishes to consider, but you can’t go wrong with the signature dishes such as Jypsy Cali roll and katsu curry rice. The former is perfect for sharing as it comprises six chunky rice rolls packed with pickled crab, red yuzu pepper, shirasu (whitebait), avocado and cucumber for varying textures and flavours. The katsu curry rice accompanied by crisp chicken cutlets is equally palatable, with the richness of the curry sauce offset by the tanginess of the shredded cabbage. And if I’m feeling hungry on that day, I toss in a dessert and it’s most often the silky yuzu tofu cheesecake with a butter biscuit crumb. Click here to order. 

—Dudi Aureus, senior editor, Tatler Dining

3. Compendium

It’s easy nowadays to simply order a bottled cocktail from the comfort of your own home, but I honestly find that rather boring. When it comes to alcohol deliveries, I love a little fun and Compendium has always delivered. 

I discovered Compendium over the circuit breaker last year. I was looking for an interesting gift for my mum’s birthday and stumbled across Compendium’s Signature Cocktail Box. I was immediately intrigued especially after I found out that the DIY cocktail boxes included locally flavoured gins such as rojak and chendol gin as opposed to regular, plain alcohol.

The boxes come fully stocked with alcohol, mixers, juice, tonic water, shakers and even recipes (yes, you can pretty much set up your at-home bar with just one of these boxes). We had so much fun mixing our own cocktails and I have since become a loyal fan of its unique boxes which make such great gifts for just about anyone. 

If you are feeling the blues as you stay home during the heightened alert, I totally recommend having some boozy fun by ordering yourself a cocktail box from Compendium. Click here to order. 

—Camillia Dass, writer

4. Bread Yard

I really love bread; so when my friend sent loaves of Bread Yard’s freshly baked selection to me during the circuit breaker last year, it almost brought tears to my eyes. And for a period, its bread and pastry subscription service became something I never knew I needed. 

Like many others bitten by the baking bug, I tried baking my own breads but found it was far from being on par with the bakery’s fluffy sourdoughs and delicate puff pastries. It was also wonderful to be able to look forward to having these delivered to my doorstep on a set date every month.

Besides having my breakfast sorted, it was also nice to have a sweet treat saved for a tea break in the afternoon; I recommend pastries such as matcha cruffin, almond croissant and kouign-amann. Click here to order.

—Hong Xinying, managing editor, Tatler Homes

5. Mrs Pho

Given the year that we’ve had, who doesn’t like a bit of comfort food to cushion the anxieties? Growing up in a Cantonese household has made a bowl of hot soup my go-to comfort food, and Mrs Pho offers a great beef noodle soup dish that can lift spirits any day. My family can attest to it too—our standard order usually includes the special beef combo pho, crab meat noodle and extra portion of sliced beef pho. We also never skip their grilled pork chop and signature cockles as both have an incredible wok hei that comes through (and travels well) for delivery. Click here to order.

—Amelia Yeo, senior writer

6. Good Luck Beerhouse

Ever heard of fresh beer delivered right to your doorstep? If not, it’s because you've never heard of Good Luck Beerhouse, a casual beer and dim sum bar dedicated to representing the local craft beer community. The beer shop delivers orders on the same day if they're made before 7pm; there are 16 craft beer flavours available which can be delivered to you in 640ml bombers. Standouts include the locally-brewed Offday Double Double IPA, One Night in Cologne Kölsch ale, and Kiam Sng Di Sour Gose, but I always go for the Offday Double Double IPA because of its tropical hops, sweet maltiness and bitter aftertaste.

For bottled cocktails, I order from its sister bar Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall. It offers the Signatures Cocktail Gift Set for delivery, and you can choose three of its signature Asian-inspired cocktails. My favourite flavours are the delightfully floral Osmanthus White Negroni and Tak Qiu, a modern take on The Old Fashion featuring a Milo-infused bourbon. Click here to order. 

—Jeremiah Khoo, management trainee

7. Kiki's Signature Cheesebox & White Wine

I first found out about Kiki’s Reserve during last year’s circuit breaker. I saw its colourful drinks on Instagram and had to order one for myself—and then slowly, various brands started sending their thoughtfully put together boxes to editors as well. I even sent their travel-themed cocktails to a friend for her birthday! The signature cheesebox is perfect for sharing and nibbling throughout the day with a glass of white wine. Click here to order.

—Pakkee Tan, digital director

8. The Wine Company

With dining-in being stopped, one of the things I certainly miss the most is getting to go out with my family and friends for a cosy night out with pasta, wine and fun cheese boards. 

Thankfully, The Wine Company always has my back with their incredible delivery options. You can get their charcuterie platters, wines, pasta and local dishes delivered right to your doorstep during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

My personal favourite is their Wok-Hei Fried Rice which comes with salted fish, crunchy bean sprouts and egg. Combine that with their spicy laksa spaghetti and a bottle of wine and you have yourself the perfect fusion night right at home. 

— Camillia Dass, writer

9. 28 HongKong Street

I first stumbled upon 28 HongKong Street (28HKS) while on a night out with friends and since then, it has been my go-to bar for innovative tipples—even during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). With the current dining restrictions, ordering bottled cocktails from the bar is a no-brainer. One of my favourites is the Tour de Force, the perfect pick-me-up drink after a long day because of its delicious notes of elderflower, tart grape and orange blossom. I have yet to try more concoctions from the bar; next on my list are The Fess, which pairs rum and dark chocolate, as well as the 28 Mezcal Negroni, an innovative take on the classic aperitif.

Going to bars is always a social affair, and the bar lets us relive those moments at home with the House Party Experience. I have yet to try it, but it’s basically a socially distanced virtual cocktail party for up to 16 guests that’s hosted by a bartender from 28HKS. You don’t need to do anything too, as the bar will provide everything from cocktails to snacks—just like the good ’ol bar-hopping days. Click here to order. 

—Claire Teo, management trainee

10. Le Petit Baker

Burnt cheesecakes have risen in popularity over the past year, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced most of us to stay home and explore our culinary sides. But for those of us who’d much rather leave it to the professionals to whip up our favourite bakes, this is one home-based baker to turn to. Le Petit Baker (LPB) specialises in burnt cheesecakes but its version is no ordinary cake: it’s luscious, creamy and absolutely sinful—exactly how I enjoy my cheesecakes! I was first introduced to this baker through one of my best friends and since then, I have managed to try several iterations of LPB's burnt cheesecakes including matcha and the classic version. Bake sales are released frequently but you need to be quick as they sell out really fast. Check its Instagram page for more updates and details on new flavours and more. Click here to order. 

—Andrea Saadan, assistant digital editor

11. Chin Sin Huan

From a young age, I’ve had a soft spot for baos. Whether it’s savoury or sweet, I like them all. But these morsels of goodness from Chin Sin Huan are my favourite because they are bite-sized so even if I eat five at one go, the guilt isn’t overwhelming. Managed by the younger generation of the family that runs the famous Tanjong Rhu Pau chain, this confectionary delivers for free if orders exceed $50. It has outlets at Jalan Besar, Takashimaya and Republic Plaza for those who prefer instant gratification. Click here to order.

—Terence Lim, branded content director

12. Candlenut

With the new restrictions ushering everyone indoors once again, I’ve been turning to my roster of comfort food more frequently than ever. Nothing spells heartening food for the soul like Peranakan cuisine; specifically for me, it’s Peranakan fare from Candlenut. A frequent dish in my delivery order is the restaurant’s signature babi buah keluak. A pork rendition to its Wagyu beef option, the traditional dish features tender slow-cooked pork soft bones that are complemented with a heady paste made from buah keluak. Another must-have permanently etched on my delivery order? Chef-owner Malcolm Lee’s interpretation of his mother’s signature curry. Intensely aromatic with a flavourful blend, the curry warms the soul and makes for a perfect combination with a steaming bowl of fragrant white rice. The dish definitely has a spicy kick, but the heat is worth it even for me, a spice wimp.

Of course, nothing brings comfort quite like dessert. Candlenut’s famous kueh salat is an indulgent treat in a class of its own. The smooth pandan coconut custard is silky soft with an alluring fragrance, paired with decadent sticky glutinous rice coloured with fresh blue pea flower. The sublime mix of textures and flavours definitely makes the sweet treat worth that 24-hour advance notice.

In these tough times, restaurants have taken yet another hit with the pause in dine-in services. If you’re able to, purchasing a takeout meal or two would go a long way in supporting our local businesses. Restaurants need support. You need food. It’s a win-win, in my opinion! Click here to order.

—Cheryl Lai-Lim, digital writer, Tatler Homes

13. Braci

One of the upsides of the pandemic is that my husband and I have upped our cooking game over the last year, so we try not to order in unless we’re really craving a certain cuisine (such as the fresh ceviche and tacos at the newly opened Canchita) or want to treat ourselves to something we can't make on our own.

It would be impossible to whip up a Michelin-starred meal by ourselves so thank goodness so many of Singapore's fine dining restaurants have embraced take-away. Braci a Casa is a fantastic pick—the one-Michelin starred restaurant offers a thought-out degustation menu featuring two starters, two pastas, two mains and a dessert. The meal also comes with a loaf of Altamura bread made with ancient grains from Puglia, served with Cima di Bitonto extra virgin olive oil.

From the white asparagus with bottarga sarda, nero di seppia, salsa verde to the Taglioni with Hokkaido scallops, sea urchin, lobster bisque and Amalfi lemons, you could almost imagine you’re at their charming restaurant (or better yet somewhere in Italy). The meal comes in ready-to-eat and finish-at-home options—the latter is fun if you fancy playing chef at home.

—Kissa Castañeda, editorial director – Homes, Travel & Lists, Tatler Asia

14. Como Cuisine

Ordering food for my family is always a challenge because of everyone’s different preferences. I am mostly fine with any cuisine—as long as the food is delicious—while my sister often opts for something healthy like a simple salad or salmon bowl. As for her children, aged 13 and 10, well, they’re a different story. They are extremely picky with food and would only eat what they're familiar with; these include lobster rolls, salmon bagel and their ultimate favourite buttermilk fried chicken. That’s why Como Cuisine’s delivery and takeaway menu is perfect for us; the choices are extensive and span western, Indian, Thai and Bhutanese cuisines.

My sister’s kids are happy to stick to the crisp and juicy fried chicken which comes with corn waffle and maple syrup; as for myself, I toggle between my usual pad Thai studded with tiger prawns, bean sprouts and chives, to something I haven’t tried before. The last time we ordered, I had the lobster biryani which was packed with lobster chunks, as well as the butter chicken with a rich and creamy sauce that paired deliciously well with the fragrant basmati rice. At least for dessert, we all agreed on ordering the mango sticky rice. Click here to order. 

—Dudi Aureus, senior editor, Tatler Dining

15. Momolato

I make sure I have a stash of ice cream in the freezer for days when I need a pick-me-up or when it has been raining all day (I know, ice cream on a cold, rainy day? Try it.) and homegrown gelato artisan Momolato always delivers.

What’s great: the gelato is halal-certified, made with all-natural ingredients and sold in pint or half-tub packaging. And there are keto-friendly options too, which do not contain added sugars, along with popsicles if they are more your thing.

They have more than 40 flavours available on their website, from blue pea Hokkaido vanilla crème brulee to Himalayan Osmanthus mango passionfruit. I have yet to try all of these wonderful flavours but my favourites (so far) are the Korean strawberry cheesecake and black sesame. The sea salt Sicilian pistachio (oh, how I miss Italy) and mao shan wang durian (to whet my appetite for the upcoming durian season) are next on my list.

And as I’m writing this, I spy that they now have sugar-free fresh milk lattes and keto frozen yoghurts on the menu, which I’m going to add to cart immediately. Momolato also recently opened its very own gelateria in Haji Lane (which is still open for takeaways) and you can bet that I will be there for its ice cream and croffles (croissant waffles) when dining in resumes!

—Hashirin Nurin Hashimi, sub-editor

16. Canchita Peruvian Restaurant

Peruvian fare is packed with flavours and travels really well from the restaurant kitchen to your home. That is what I discovered after ordering food from Canchita Peruvian Restaurant during the previous Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), and that is what I plan to do again when the no dine-in restrictions kick in tomorrow (July 23). The Family Bundle for 2 is perfect for my partner and me; it includes signatures such as ceviche comprising market fish of the day soaked in acerbic Tiger’s Milk and beautified with salsa criolla and sweet potato chips, as well as arroz con mariscos. This is an extremely rich and creamy dish where the rice is infused with crab butter and white wine, and topped with crayfish. There are tacos, of course, and Chavez’s version uses soft tortilla chips stacked with beans, smoky mayo, onions, coriander and chilli sauce. 

—Dudi Aureus, senior editor, Tatler Dining

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