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epicure November 2018

epicure is a monthly gourmet lifestyle magazine designed for bon vivants who share the belief that food is the ultimate universal language. We are on an enthusiastic quest to seek out the latest dining trends, sniff out remarkable wine vintages, and uncover the dynamics and intricacies of the local and international culinary scene.

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bring your a-game to a power lunch

When it comes to business, I’m a firm believer that you should always eat before you negotiate. After all, a power lunch is worth a thousand faceless emails. Food cuts across different client cultures and the ritual of a meal is sharing and cooperative in nature. Plus, keeping your business client happy and well-fed is always a good idea. There are certainly enough Wall Street-esque restaurants to cater to the high level of wheeling and dealing that goes on in this city, but the concept of power dining has also evolved through the years. While C-suites are still cutting deals at steakhouse restaurants and fine dining establishments, the hospitality scene has embraced more expressive dining concepts for those who are looking for something less formal. Our feature on page 58 recommends…

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epicure is available at the following: Onboard Singapore Airlines (SIA) as an inflight magazine Airport Lounges/Airline Offices Air France KLM British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways CIAS DNATA CIP Lounge Emirates SATS Premier Clubs SIA KrisFlyer Gold Lounges SIA Silver Kris Lounges Thai Airways Deluxe Rooms & Business Centres of Hotels & Resorts in SINGAPORE Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Amara Singapore Capella Singapore Carlton City Hotel Singapore Carlton Hotel Singapore Concorde Hotel Singapore Conrad Centennial Singapore Fairmont Singapore Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Furama City Centre, Singapore Furama RiverFront, Singapore Goodwood Park Hotel Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Grand Hyatt Singapore Hilton Singapore Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City CentreHoliday Inn Atrium Hotel Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong Hotel Jen InterContinental Singapore JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach Klapsons, The Boutique HotelLe Méridien Singapore, Sentosa M Hotel Singapore Mandarin Orchard SingaporeMarina Mandarin Singapore Mercure Singapore on Stevens Naumi Liora Novotel Singapore on Stevens Oasia Hotel Singapore One Farrer Hotel & SpaOrchard Hotel Pan Pacific Singapore PARKROYAL on Beach Road PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road PARKROYAL on Pickering Ramada Singapore…

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epicure loves

Platinum vibes What would an exclusive lounge for the city’s top wheelers and dealers look like? American Express sets out to answer that question with their first in Singapore members-only space for Centurion and Platinum Members. Platinum Vibes, as the beautifully appointed pop-up space is known, features a million-dollar marina side view, as well as top-notch dining, wining, music and other curated lifestyle programmes that befit this non-traditional networking space. Chefs Emmanuel Stroobant (Saint Pierre) and Yoshio Sakuta (Shoukouwa) oversee the dining programme, while Park90 curates the fine wine list that includes Valbuena 5° 2007 from Vega Sicilia ($209) or Figeac 2009 ($289) from Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Till 31 December.#02-02/02A/03 Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista.…

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a yen for these

Pharmaceutical executive-turned-entrepreneur Hisamizu Takahashi’s first F&B venture, RIZU, isn't a traditional sushi restaurant. Instead, jazz music plays in the background of this dimly-lit 30-odd-seater in Duxton Hill as diners pick from a small but well-curated menu featuring assorted live fish sashimi, nigiri sushi, signature rolls and more. The latter two stand out, including the accessibly priced five-piece assorted nigiri ($30) and the spicy crunchy tuna roll (S$32), which comes with minced tuna, spicy mentaiko, tempura crumbs and spicy mayo. We say, skip the desserts and leave some room for carbs. Among the three types of rice bowls on the menu, the star is the indulgent and moreish Sea Eel, Urchin, Salmon Roe Foie Gras and Caviar Rice Bowl ($50). 39 Duxton Hill. Tel: 6904 8880 Sushi Hashida's new home is now…

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10 minutes with…

Tell us more about your job. I am a full stack software architect – I specialise in micro-processor and middleware (a software that connect all the software together). During the course of my 22-year career, I have held senior management positions in multi-national companies including Oracle, IBM, and CA, where I drove a large part of the core security software business and established new business units. I am also the digital economy advisor of the National Research Foundation Singapore’s technology board. There, I spearhead the manpower development. How do you achieve work-life balance? I try not to bring work home. About five years ago, I started doing marathons and since then I have been doing at least two marathons (Sundown and Standard Chartered) a year. Running regularly helps keep my stress level down.…

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reading list

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) offers a different glimpse of their properties through the third edition of The Small Luxury Cookbook. There are 130 signature recipes perfected by chefs from its member hotels spread across almost 300 pages. These recipes reflect some of SLH hotels’ biggest culinary trends, such as the Naman Special Hotpot, a specialty from Naman Retreat in central Vietnam. Published by Spirthall Business Developmen. Available from £45 ($79.96) Delve deep into one of the world’s most respected and beloved culinary cultures through Japan The Cookbook by acclaimed food writer and a James Beard Award-nominated author, Nancy Singleton Hachisu. The elegant, bamboo-effect tome features more than 400 sumptuous looking recipes, with iconic and regional traditions of Japan. Published by Phaidon. Available from $60.16 The Ritz London:…