How To Wine And Dine Like The Cast Of Netflix's Singapore Social
Has watching the reality show got you craving for sumptuous food and drinks?
Love it or hate it, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of or watched the reality show Singapore Social, which has become the talk of the town. The US-produced Netflix series follows six Singaporeans—Mae Tan, Vinny Sharp, Sukki Singapora, Paul Foster, Tabitha Nauser and Nicole Ong—as they navigate their way through the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives.
Throughout the eight-episode series, you’ll also see them indulging in delectable food and drinks because let’s face it, eating is a big part of Singapore's culture. From rooftop bars and plush lounges to chic restaurants, here’s where the cast ate and drank their way through season one.
The first episode opens with cast members Vinny, Mae and Nicole talking about growing up with strict Asian parents (hello, tiger mums), so we’re not surprised there was some day drinking involved. They found the perfect spot at this Italian restaurant and bar, under the Jigger & Pony group.
It stocks up more than 50 Italian liqueurs as well as beers, spirits and whiskies—perfect when you’re craving for a Negroni or Old Fashioned (like Vinny). If your taste preference is similar to Mae and Nicole, ask for the extensive wine list and order a glass of crisp chianti.
There’s also an equally delectable Italian fare where the must-try is the cacio e peppe, made with house-made mafaldine pasta and showered with olive oil, two types of cheeses, and peppercorn sauce.
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With the pressure that comes from both their personal and professional lives, you can’t blame the cast for wanting to let loose once in a while. And that’s exactly what they did when they headed to this lively lounge (where we also had our Generation T event in 2017).
What makes it an ideal location to relax and unwind? Aside from the signature cocktails, including In The Rain (a concoction of gin, lemon, and peach bitters), and Rolling Stone Sour (made with gin, apricot brandy and peach bitters), there’s a bevy of substantial bar bites as well. Some dishes that are perfect for sharing are the 10-inch stone-baked margherita pizza stacked with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes; wagyu beef sliders; and truffle parmesan fries.
Newton Food Centre
The Netflix series isn’t all glitz and glamour; there are scenes that also show what the cast members do outside their professional lives, which includes savouring delicious local food at hawker centres.
Nara (Nora Chompunich) and Nicole did just that when they had dinner at the newly renovated Newton Food Centre. It was an easy pick given the multitude of stalls serving a variety of local food—from cereal prawns, black pepper crab to oyster omelette. There’s plenty to drink as well, and if you’re heading there with friends on the weekend, go for the three-litre beer tower at Taphouse Draught Beer.
Contrary to what critics might say, the cast members work hard too. In fact, throughout the series, you’ll see musician and Generation T honouree Tabitha Nauser preparing for her comeback into the music scene with a new album.
Her meeting with executives from her record label to discuss her career took place at a seafood joint with a majestic view of Marina Bay. It was a great choice since they could tuck into a galore of surf and turf dishes—including lobster burger heaped with tail and claw meat atop brioche bun, and the signature snapper pie.
Cé La Vi
Spoiler alert: the season ended with Mae informing Vinny that she was moving to the US to pursue her studies. She got together with Vinny at Cé La Vi because if you were leaving the city for an extended period, this would be the best place to catch a glimpse of Singapore’s beautiful skyline before you go.
Thankfully, the alfresco bar is open all day so it’s easy to perch yourself on the comfy chairs as you sip on some refreshing cocktails and wines while digging into modern Asian bar bites.