Restaurants That Deliver: Feast Like a King in Your Own Home
The words “lockdown” and “quarantine” are on everyone’s lips these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, and by now, you should know that it’s best not to leave your house unnecessarily. Feeling the stay-at-home blues? There’s nothing food can’t fix. Sit back and relax, and get a sumptuous meal delivered to you by some of Singapore’s most well-known restaurants. From Violet Oon Singapore’s Petit Feasts to Tanuki Raw’s chirashi bowls, we have curated a list to satisfy any gourmand’s insatiable cravings.
Meatsmith Little India
Although you can’t get chef Kurt Sombero’s foie gras and turmeric doughnuts (which is available at the restaurant), what you can look forward to is wood-meets-curry kind of ‘India-style’ food. Think achingly tender smoked spiced pork cheek skewers dipped in Madras mustard sauce and whole roasted chicken (for 2) bathed in butter chicken sauce. Larger parties can opt for the glistening suckling pig or the whole shebang of multi-course biryani packs, which should be ordered at least 72 hours in advance.
Violet Oon Singapore
On days that you’re itching for a Peranakan meal, look no further than Violet Oon Singapore’s new Petit Feasts. Reminiscent of Tok Panjang, a traditional celebratory feast often enjoyed in Peranakan households, the restaurant group has launched 3 different menus (ranging from $125 to $165) that include enticing permutations of chef’s signatures such as the unctuous babi pong tay, beef rendang, chap chye and the ubiquitous ayam buah keluak. Our favourite is the dry laksa—a lardaceous mash-up of rempah, seafood stock and laksa leaf. If you’re flying solo, keep a lookout for their upcoming bento boxes that can be easily enjoyed at home or in the office.
Bonus: Replating is not required when you order their Petit Feasts. Even with just the lids removed, the dishes look ‘Stepford Wives’-worthy.
Speaking of ‘Stepford Wives’, now you can truly come out top in the act of domesticity with Pasta Bar’s Bake yourself Lasagna Tray. The options may be simple: beef or spinach, mushroom and béchamel. But if you have a hard time deciding (first world problem), there’s no one stopping you from getting both. Pasta Bar also offers home cooking pasta kits that embody a bit of fun for the entire family. Feeding 2, 4 or 6? Prefer tossing your freshly made tagliolini in pesto ‘Genovese’ or 24-hour beef ragu? The variations make for strikingly different meals. Island-wide delivery is available for just $10.
Tanuki Raw is your go-to when you’re in a house full of diners who can’t unanimously decide on a cuisine. Home to innovative Japanese comfort food with a touch of pizzazz, the mentai bara sesame salmon loaded sushi and slow-braised butter teriyaki beef stuffed baos will never let you down. Don’t forget to order their chirashi bowl during your Netflix and chill session, best accompanied by a side of twister fries buried in a mountain of chopped lobster salad, beer cheese, mentaiko mayo and chives.
Can’t pay a visit to your favourite boulangerie? Firebake will resolve your woes with oven-to-door fresh loaves (from seedy rye sourdough to French buttered brioche and organic white sourdough) that help create the perfect sandwich. The restaurant’s centrepiece is a pair of woodfire bread ovens hand-built from 27 tonnes of brick, sand and mortar, and it makes seriously good bread. Hearty dishes such as the wagyu beef burger and the Australian prawn capellini aglio olio are available too if you want to substantiate your carb intake.
Amò serves up some of the tastiest pizzas in Singapore: the Margherita DOP and the pork sausage, caramelised onions and buffalo mozzarella pizza are obvious must-haves, but even on the antipasti front, they don’t back down. Pro tip: order the zucchini flowers with mortadella and lemon honey—it has a lingering finish of perfumed toasted pistachios. You can also add wine to your pizza order for a more affordable bundle deal, so do take advantage of that.
Duxton’s stylishly rustic restaurant may be revered for setting up the right ambiance, but in times like these, they want to “bring the party to you” with lavish upscale choices from their dinner delivery menu. From beef tongue tacos laced with miso and jalapeno-garlic tallow to braised lamb shank, and slices of za’atar grilled bread—these dishes are the answer to a good night in.
Some of us are not that blessed to have our Cantonese grandmothers around during these trying times. Yàn, with its ethos of fostering a sense of togetherness through dining, is currently offering potluck takeaway set menus suitable for 8 to 10 persons ($238++ each). Communal style 5-course meals include dishes such as roast duck, pork belly in fermented beancurd sauce and conveniently de-shelled prawns in salted egg yolk. Brew a pot of Chinese tea, take out your finest blue porcelain plates and chopsticks, and get ready to fix those comfort Cantonese food cravings together as a family.
If you can’t leave your home and you want to throw a party, ‘Nouri comes to you’ is the next best thing. The team, led by chef Ivan Brehm creates what he calls ‘crossroads cuisine’—an insightful blend of ingredients and cultures from all over the world, converging on a plate to breed a sense of familiarity. Now, you don’t have to break a sweat to impress your guests as chef Brehm will create a first-rate dinner experience just for you. Meanwhile, their sister business, Appetite, has just launched an online platform peddling some of their favourite products developed in the spirit of crossroads. A loaf of sourdough, some Tahitian vanilla and Kampot black peppercorn stained sauce, half a liter of organic vegetable broth and even bottled mezcal negronis; this bunch of misfits promises a riot of flavours.
So you’re feeling like a baller and want to dine at Les Amis, recently crowned Asia’s 50 Best Art of Hospitality winner, but due to the new social distancing measures, you’re paranoid AF. Chef Sebastien Lepinoy gets you and he is going the extra mile to make sure your worries are assuaged. Meet their new Le Poulet Rôti, an oven-roasted free-range French chicken dressed in bronze accompanied with chicken jus and white asparagus from Provence. It’s a solid piece of cooking; reflective of their 3 Michelin stars. The only downside: delivery is not currently available, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing a pickup.