Luxe Life in the Lion City

The Peak guides you to the finer things in life as you venture forth to sunny Singapore

 

STAY

St Regis Singapore Vestibule

                               The St Regis Singapore

 

Renowned for its class and sophistication, The St Regis Singapore is the pinnacle of luxury at the heart of Singapore and named the Best Hotel Experience at the 2016 Singapore Tourism Awards. The stately hotel is also home to one of the finest art collections in South-East Asia, with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and engravings from masters like Picasso, Chagall and Botero, as well as stunning pieces from local artists. Guests residing in each of the 299 regal rooms and suites experience five-star services, including the legendary St Regis Butler Service who will attend to every request with utmost excellence. Once the butler has poured a welcoming drink and unpacked the luggage, get him to book an appointment at the Remède Spa that features exclusive Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by renowned French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez.

29 Tanglin Road

stregissingapore.com

FINE TASTES

 

Restaurant Andre

                          

Tucked away in a discreet 1922 townhouse, Restaurant André is a Mediterranean-inspired, two-Michelin-starred fine dining establishment set up by Chef André Chiang, whose signature specialties are sophisticated dishes with creative twists, including the tempting lemon sous-vide and foie gras jelly with black truffle coulis.

41 Bukit Pasoh Road

restaurantandre.com

 

Janice Wong Singapore

With its whimsical interiors and eye-catchingly delectable offerings, Janice Wong Singapore is the latest thrilling establishment from the Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef that promises to elevate the local food scene. Hungry diners can select from an array of savoury Chinese dishes with a creative twist, while dessert connoisseurs can head to the Dessert Bar to observe exactly how these deliciously colourful creations come together.

93 Stamford Road, National Museum of Singapore,#01-06

janicewong.com.sg

 

 

Candlenut

Launched in 2014, Candlenut seeks to revive long-lost Peranakan dishes that combine the traditional with the contemporary. This Michelin-starred restaurant now offers a new ‘ah-ma-kase’ menu, where the talented Chef Malcolm Lee serves up memorable dishes using the freshest ingredients of the day.

331 New Bridge Road#01-03 Dorsett Residences

candlenut.com.sg

 

 

LOCAL FLAVOURS

 

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

                    

As one of only two hawker stalls in the world to have earned the coveted Michelin star, diners who make the pilgrimage to Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall at the Chinatown Food Complex will certainly be surprised by the seemingly endless queue. But it’s all well worth the wait just for a chance to dig into Chef Chan Hon Meng’s famous Cantonese soya sauce chicken, smoky roasted pork belly and succulent BBQ pork.
335 Smith Street, #02-125, Chinatown Food Complex

 

 

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

                

One wouldn’t think much of a simple chicken rice dish, but that’s what makes Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice so special. With the tender chicken topping fragrant rice served with soy sauce thicker than most and chilli paste that’s simply shiok, this humble stall in Maxwell Food Centre has managed to convert many sceptics into chicken rice enthusiasts. That’s why it’s called the best chicken rice in Singapore!

1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11, Maxwell Food Centre

 

 

 

CULTURE TRIP

Housed in the former Tao Nan school building, which was the first modern Hokkien school founded in the Straits Settlements, the Peranakan Museum offers a great introduction to the local Peranakan community. Spanning over three floors, visitors will have a field day exploring the various galleries containing more than 1,200 artefacts and documents related to the history, rituals, food and architecture of this vibrant and unique culture.
39 Armenian Street
peranakanmuseum.org.sg

Crossing the threshold into the Redsea Gallery, one would be forgiven for thinking you’re in a museum. It’s hard not to come to that conclusion with world-class artworks adorning the walls, while soft music gently lulls you into contemplation. Works by Anna Berezovskaya, Salvador Dali and Pierre Argillet have found temporary homes in the gallery before being whisked away by ardent collectors. All of these masterpieces came to Singapore thanks to founder and managing director Chris Churcher’s passion of bringing the fine world of art to Singapore after noticing a distinct absence in the 1990s. With this in mind, the gallery is not only a place to view but also to learn the colourful tales of each piece that comes through the door.
Block 9 Dempsey Road, 01-10 Dempsey Hill Tanglin Village
redseagallery.com

For those seeking to solve the mysteries of their Peranakan ancestry or to simply know more about this unique culture, the Katong Antique House has all the answers you seek. Somewhat a museum on this unique straits-born culture, the shophouse is filled with books, photographs, artefacts, garments and basically everything from and about the culture. The ‘curator’ to this ‘museum’ is Baba Peter Wee, a fourth-generation Peranakan who inherited the place from his grandfather in the 1970s and spent 40 years turning it into a cultural love letter. Also chairman of the Peranakan Association of Singapore, Wee is a charming storyteller, who will have you spellbound with tales of Baba and Nyonya from around the region. Ask him of the Peranakan in Penang and Melaka, beaded shoes and even his own bloodline, and he will answer all. “I am a researcher and storyteller of the culture,” he says. “We must know the past and understand the present in order to build the future.” Sessions with this fascinating man in this time tunnel to the past is by appointment only.
208 East Coast Road
+65 9450 9360/+65 6345 8544

 

 

RETAIL THERAPY

 

The Bespoke Club

If a well-tailored suit is indeed the modern gentleman’s armour, then The Bespoke Club has you covered. Established by entrepreneur Johnny Manglani in September 2015, this retail concept aims to promote the benefits of bespoke without necessarily breaking the bank. Professional style consultants will be more than happy to help patrons learn all the finer details that go into the creation of a completely handmade outfit. The store also recently introduced a new lightweight ‘gravity suit’ that promises to keeps things cool without compromising on style.

Suntec City Mall Tower 1, North Atrium Entrance, #01-484,  3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec

thebespokeclub.sg

 

Atelier Ong Shunmugam

Since establishing her fashion brand in 2010, designer Priscilla Shunmugam’s superb attention to detail continues to wow her legion of fans from all corners of the globe, many of whom have been besotted by her one-of-a-kind creations ranging from architectural batik dresses to elaborate cheongsams with intricate beadwork – all of which are hand-made at Atelier Ong Shunmugam.

43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-76

ongshunmugam.com

 

Kevin Seah Bespoke

Tucked away in a nondescript shop-lot, visitors on the hunt for Kevin Seah Bespoke will need to keep an eye out for the lone white rabbit sign, which is based on the founder’s birth year in the Chinese zodiac. Inside this stylish parlour is an impressive stable of haberdashery set within a gentleman’s lounge-like ambience. Also on display are various vintage watches and unique leather shoes from renowned labels like Masaru Okuyama and Foster & Son. But what truly makes this a hidden gem would be the in-house Mason and Smith Shoe Shine Bar that specialises in ensuring that your most precious leather possessions will stand the test of time.

55B/C Boat Quay

kevinseah.com

 

HIGH SPIRITS

For those wanting to tap into their inner highlander, then UsQuba is the place to be. Named after the Gaelic word for whisky, which loosely translates into ‘water of life’, thirsty travellers can unwind by indulging in the selection of rare whiskies that include Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old and Glen Garioch Single Cask 1978, while taking in the incredible views of the nearby Marina Bay Sands. #02-03B, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-03 UsQuBa.com

For those wanting to tap into their inner highlander, then UsQuba- Grill and Whisky Bar is the place to be. Named after the Gaelic word for whisky, which loosely translates into ‘water of life’, thirsty travellers can unwind by indulging in the selection of rare whiskies that include Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old and Glen Garioch Single Cask 1978, while taking in the incredible views of the nearby Marina Bay Sands.

1 Fullerton Road,#02-03B, One Fullerton

usquba.com

 

With its colonial-styled interiors and unique 19th-century ceiling fans, stepping into the Long Bar at the iconic Raffles Hotel is akin to stepping back in time. Home of the legendary Singapore Sling, the recipe for Singapore’s national drink is said to be the same as the one first concocted by a Hainanese bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. Despite its fruity appearance, this innocuous-looking cocktail certainly packs a punch, thanks to the mixture of cherry brandy, Cointreau, DOM Bénédictine, London dry gin, lime juice and pineapple juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road

With its colonial-styled interiors and unique 19th-century ceiling fans, stepping into the Long Bar at the iconic Raffles Hotel is akin to stepping back in time. Home of the legendary Singapore Sling, the recipe for Singapore’s national drink is said to be the same as the one first concocted by a Hainanese bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. Despite its fruity appearance, this innocuous-looking cocktail certainly packs a punch, thanks to the mixture of cherry brandy, Cointreau, DOM Bénédictine, London dry gin, lime juice and pineapple juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters.

Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road

raffles.com/singapore/dining/long-bar

 

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the majestic Caldwell House of Chijmes is a whisky bar that beckons visitors to get intimate with the golden liquid. Carrying over 350 mostly independent labels, The Single Cask is a place where one goes to experience the spirit on a whole new level, with whisky flights, chocolate pairings and creative cocktails. What’s more, The Single Cask, the first to receive The Whisky Ambassador accreditation in Singapore, proudly bottles its very own superbly flavoured single cask whiskies from a variety of distilleries in Scotland. If you're looking for a particular style or flavour profile, resident whisky expert Brendan will ensure that you're always in easy reach of a great dram. If you’re feeling a tad adventurous, bar manager and cocktail guru Prathip will dazzle you with his highly imaginative infusions. 01-25 Chijmes Caldwell House, 30 Victoria Street thesinglecask.sg

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the majestic Caldwell House of Chijmes is a whisky bar that beckons visitors to get intimate with the golden liquid. Carrying over 350 mostly independent labels, The Single Cask is a place where one goes to experience the spirit on a whole new level, with whisky flights, chocolate pairings and creative cocktails. What’s more, The Single Cask, the first to receive The Whisky Ambassador accreditation in Singapore, proudly bottles its very own superbly flavoured single cask whiskies from a variety of distilleries in Scotland. If you’re looking for a particular style or flavour profile, resident whisky expert Brendan will ensure that you’re always in easy reach of a great dram. If you’re feeling a tad adventurous, bar manager and cocktail guru Prathip will dazzle you with his highly imaginative infusions.

01-25 Chijmes Caldwell House, 30 Victoria Street

thesinglecask.sg

 

 

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