Have you gotten your tickets for Savour 2014? Starting yesterday to this coming Sunday, the gourmet food festival is back once again and this time, it has found its home at The Promontary against our now-iconic backdrop of Marina Bay.
While I have not been to the previous two Savour events, I liked how the current venue was spacious enough to explore the different stores without having to jostle among the crowd (but that might change during the busy weekend slots), and the cool evening breeze made the al fresco dining experience pretty enjoyable. Of course, looking up to see the full sight of MBS and CBD is always a plus.
There were also two large semi-open tentage, one hosted by Harry's Bar with live music all night and the other a premium lounge of champagne maker Veuve Clicquot. Pretty colours!
Within the Savour Arcade, ToTT, Asia's largest kitchenware and tableware retail store, has made its debut at the food festival by having live product demonstrations and introductions, as well as a 6 metre long photo wall completed with QR codes to elaborate on product features and allow for easy purchase on ToTT's online store.
As for the Michelin Star-studded mini restaurants, we tried Chef Kentaro's (Forlino) 5 Cheese Tortellini which was expectedly creamy and oozing with cheese flavours, paired with tender Kurobuta Pork Cheek and Sliced Truffle. The Roasted Suckling Pig Loin, however was a letdown with the skin being chewy instead of crispy. Chef Bruno's (La Cantine) dessert creation was decent with the sourish, refreshing Passionfruit balancing out the sweetness of chocolate cream and macaron.
Making his return from Hong Kong, Chef Alvin (Bo Innovation) has brought back his signature Xiao Long Bao which resembled more like a tangyuan that had to taken in shots. As the skin breaks away revealing an intensive pork broth, I thought that the ginger/vinegar element of XLB can be stronger and while its fun to eat, I personally prefer to have the bite of minced meat in my XLB.
Moving onto Jasons Market (which brought their entire range of gourmet treats in supermarket, and more!), the air-conditioned tentage also hosted an oyster/sashimi bar. We had the oysters which was fresh and creamy, but would be nice if they were a tad more plump.
I didn't spend much time exploring the other stores but given the chance, I would probably go for those that aren't based in Singapore; rare opportunities to try their items after all. While I found the prices slightly steep, sampling bite-sized signatures from every pop-up stores is surely more affordable than visiting their original restaurants one-by-one. Happy Savouring!
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
(Exclude Booking Fee)
Lounge Pass - S$125
Dinner - S$65
Lunch (Thu & Fri) - S$45
Lunch (Sat & Sun) - S$55
Check Sistec for available slots.
Special thanks to ToTT for the complimentary pass and Ivy of FoodNews for the invite!
Taken with Nikon D7100