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Race on for F1 food

With the Formula 1 race taking place next weekend, LifeStyle checks out places with good food and views
The Straits Times - September 18, 2011
By: Eunice Quek
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Race on for F1 food Grand Prix Cocktails -- PHOTO: FULLERTON HOTEL

The 2011 Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix night race is just a week away and restaurants are revving up special menus for diners who want a piece of the action.

Make your reservations quickly as some restaurants along the circuit such as French fine-dining restaurant Le Saint Julien as well as Italian restaurants Forlino and The Lighthouse are already fully booked for Sunday, which is race day three.

Says Le Saint Julien's co-owner Edith Lai: 'We sold out day three in early February to a company for 120 persons. I feel that the response is slightly slower this year because of the sharp fall in the stock market and customers are more reserved in their spending.

'We put up most of our signature items into bite sizes so that guests can enjoy the personal butler pass around services during the dinner.'

Other eateries such as Indonesian restaurant The Moluccas Room and Todai buffet restaurant at Marina Bay Sands, as well as Japanese grill San-sui Sumiyaki & Bar at One Fullerton also have F1-themed meals.

Hotels such as Fairmont Singapore and The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore along the race route are also gearing up for the weekend with buffet spreads and live screening of the race for diners.

At The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, located at the notoriously sharp bend (turn 13) on the circuit, restaurants such as Town Restaurant and Jade are serving sumptuous buffets while Post Bar and The Lantern Bar will jazz up the night with special Grand Prix cocktails.

Those who want a bird's-eye view of the race on Sunday should head over to Marina Bay Sands' SkyPark for a seven-course dinner by chef Justin Quek at Sky on 57.

From tomorrow to Sunday, French restaurant Guy Savoy will be whipping up a special a la carte menu, as well as three- or six-course set menus (from $150++).

From Thursday to Sunday, Spanish restaurant Santi will feature a special F1 a la carte set menu and two other sets (from $98++) with highlights such as Catalan fish and seafood stew, while Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin will be serving a six-course degustation menu ($250++).

During these meals, you might meet celebrity chefs Guy Savoy and Tetsuya Wakuda too since they will be in town for the festivities. Reservations at these restaurants are required as seats are limited.

Ms Katherine Breuss, director of Breuss Consulting which conducts training programmes, has been dining at Le Saint Julien for the past seven years and started booking race packages with the restaurant for her family and clients in 2009.

She says: 'I've never really been interested in cars racing around a track until my husband convinced me to go in 2009. I didn't hesitate when I knew we were doing it in style as the restaurant has a mini grand stand at the front for us to watch the race. I've since become a convert and for the weekend, my sister, her husband and my best friend are flying from the UK just for this experience.'

LE SAINT JULIEN

What: All menus for the three days include an afternoon tea buffet with lobster and avocado in waffle cone canapes and a dinner with free flow of Mumm champagne, wines and beer. Dinner highlights include slowcooked French chicken breast with crayfish sauce on Friday ($698) and duo of beef strip loin and braised cheek with red wine sauce on Saturday ($1,280).
When:
Friday and Saturday, 3 to 11pm, Sunday is fully booked Where: The Fullerton Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road
Info:
Call 65345947 or go to www.julienbompard.com

SKY ON 57

What: Savour an Inspired By Asia sevencourse menu ($250++) which includes live Maine lobster sauteed in black pepper Singapore style and panseared M8 grade wagyu beef with black truffle sauce. Outdoor terrace seating is still available.
When:
Sunday only, 6 to 10.30pm (dinner)
Where:
Sands SkyPark, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Info:
Call 66888857 or email skyon57@marinabaysands.com

FAIRMONT SINGAPORE

What: Prego will be serving threecourse set lunches ($40++) and dinners ($50++) with highlights such as beef carpaccio and panseared pork chop with caponata (eggplant salad). Indulge in a buffet spread ($55++) at the Asian Market Cafe or savour a fourcourse dinner ($68++) at Szechuan Court. The live telecast of the race will be screened at all restaurants.
When:
Friday to Sunday, at Prego, 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch), 6.30 to 10.30pm (dinner); at Asian Market Cafe and Szechuan Court, 6.30 to 10.30pm (dinner)
Where:
80 Bras Basah Road
Info:
Call 64316156 or email dining.singapore@fairmont.com 

SANSUI SUMIYAKI & BAR

What: Diners can order the F1 Pit Stop Dinner Set ($48 a person) which includes assorted sumiyaki and tempura moriawase. Race-ticket holders will get a complimentary bottle of Tiger Crystal beer with every set ordered.
When:
Friday to Sunday, 6 to 10.30pm (dinner)
Where:
One Fullerton, One Fullerton Road, 0105
Info:
Call 64231555 or go to www.sansui.com.sg

PAN PACIFIC HOTEL SINGAPORE

What: A fivecourse gourmet safari ($280++ a person) starts at Wine Vault at The Atrium for predrinks combination of Packham pear soup with scallop skewers and sweet potatoes with mushroom truffle cream followed by Japanese appetisers such as sea urchin on matcha (green tea) tofu at Keyaki. At Chinese restaurant Hai Tien Lo, an entree of Shanghai yellowtail fish on green mango salad will be served. Move to Italian restaurant Zambuca for the main course and finish the meal with desserts at The Atrium bar.
When:
Now till Friday from 7pm, excluding Sundays
Where:
7 Raffles Boulevard
Info:
Call 68268240 or email celebrate.sin@panpacific.com

FORLINO

What: A special F1 menu dedicated to the race includes dishes such as milkfed veal shank with Vin Santo wine and forest mushrooms ragout ($78) and seafood casserole with lobster, black cod and shellfish ($78, right). Appetisers start from $35 for cream of porcini mushroom soup; mains such as pasta and risotto are also available. There is also a degustation menu ($208), vegetarian menu ($128) and chef Mario Caramella's special menu ($148).
When:
Friday & Saturday, 6.30 to 10.30pm (dinner), Sunday is fully booked.
Where:
One Fullerton, One Fullerton Road, 0206
Info:
Call 68776995 or email reservations@forlino.com

THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE

What: At Town Restaurant, high tea ($32++) on Saturday includes local dishes such as laksa, chicken curry and satay. On Sunday, go for the champagne brunch (from $108++) for the seafood and roasts spread. On Saturday & Sunday, indulge in a seafood barbecue dinner buffet ($78++). Chinese restaurant Jade is serving a dim sum a la carte lunch buffet ($33++) and dinner buffet ($68++ with freeflow beer). And indulge in a Grand Prix Cocktail or two.
When:
At Town Restaurant, noon to 3.30pm (high tea and champagne brunch), 6.30pm to midnight (weekend buffet dinner). At Jade on Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 3.30pm (lunch buffet), 6.30 to 11pm (dinner buffet)
Where:
Lobby level, 1 Fullerton Square
Info:
Call 68778128 or email town@fullertonhotel.com for Town Restaurant. Call 68778188 or email jade@fullertonhotel.com for Jade.

 

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