If you are missing travelling out of the country on eating jaunts, check out the following global dining concepts that promise to transport you to another destination.
Always wanted to travel to Central Asia? While you may not be able to journey down The Silk Road for a while, you can get a taste of it via Kafe Samsa. Nestled within Central Asian restaurant The Nomads, Kafe Samsa is named after samsa, a savoury pastry commonly found in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Unsurprisingly, samsas take on a starring role on the menu. The puff pastries come with savoury or sweet fillings. They include Wagyu beef, lamb, and mushrooms and lentils for vegetarians, as well as apple for the sweet-toothed. Besides samsas, the retail section stocks jams, spreads and pantry provisions. In the evening, the cafe metamorphoses into a wine bar, offering an array of wines from Central Asia, spirits and bar snacks.
70 Telok Ayer Street #01-01 Singapore 048462
If Germany is the country you’d like to visit, make Frieda your next stop. Frieda is named after the daughter of Berthold Kempinski, founder of the Kempinski chain of luxury hotels. Situated on the ground level of Capitol Piazza, the botanical-themed establishment has a few sections. On one side are the Daybar and Frieda Garden. On the other side of the walkway is Frieda restaurant, a cosy dining space that serves hearty, authentic German fare such as wiener schnitzel, pork knuckle and pretzel dumplings.
13 Stamford Road Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski
#01-87 and #01-K1-K2
Lunch: Mon–Sun: 11.30am–2.30pm
Dinner: Mon–Sun: 6pm–10pm
Bar: Mon–Sun: 11.30am–10pm
Journey to Israel via Miznon. After taking his eatery global, with establishments in Melbourne, Paris and Vienna, Chef Eyal Shani opened his first Asian outpost here at the end of October 2020. The café specialises in Israeli street food, such as pita bread filled to the brim with meat and vegetable-based ingredients; whole roasted baby cauliflower; and roasted eggplant slathered with tahini and a spicy sauce.
6 Stanley Street #01-01 Singapore 068725
If Portugal is next on your list, TUGA will give you the chance to immerse yourself in the country before your departure. It celebrates the best of Portuguese food, art, wine and music. Here, you can enjoy appetisers such as garlic tiger shrimps and scrambled eggs with asparagus and chorizo. Main courses include specialties such as ‘A Lagareiro’ octopus and oven-baked codfish with bechamel. Round it off with Portuguese wine.
Blk 8 Dempsey Hill #01-15 Singapore 247696
Go on an African safari via Kafe Utu. Spread over three floors, Kafe Utu is made up of a coffee spot, lounge, bar and terrace, and private dining space. Hand-carved doors, paintings and water glasses hand-blown from Kenya, ceramic coffee cups and saucers, as well as an eight-metre-long mahogany table will transport you to the exotic continent of Africa. While there, feast on East and West African specialties such as Swahili fish curry, Liberian peanut chicken stew, and matoke, a Ugandan plantain stew. Brunch is also served with interesting dishes, such as uji, a Kenyan porridge, and maharagwe, an East African bean stew. The café is also known for its specialty coffee.
12 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089265
Wed–Fri: 10am–5pm; 6pm–10.30pm
Sat–Sun: 9am–5pm; 6pm–10.30pm
Mon & Tue: Closed
Located on the west coast of Italy, Tuscany is famous for its hilltop villages, undulating hills, and irresistible food. Be transported to this picturesque region when you dine at Burlamacco Ristorante. Located at two venues, Burlamacco Ristorante offers traditional Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist. Treat yourself to wholesome specialties: pietto di affettati misti is a platter of fine cheeses and cured cold cuts, pici al cacio a pepe is home-made eggless pici pasta smothered with crushed black pepper and pecorino cheese, and the richly flavoured cacciucco alla Livorno is a traditional Livornese stew of fish and mixed seafood.
30 Stanley Street
Mon–Sat:11.30am-2.30pm; 6pm 10.30pm
217 East Coast Road
AA Singapore Members can enjoy 10% off the a la carte menu by flashing their AA E-card.