Mar 10, 2014

    More flavours from afar

    From page A16

    Life is Beautiful

    99 Duxton Road

    Tel: 6423-0939

    Opens on March 28

    NEW Orleans is indisputedly one of America's top cities for food - so it's about time that Singaporeans, too, get a taste of its famous fare with the opening of NOLA-inspired restaurant, Life is Beautiful, at the end of the month.

    Short for "New Orleans, Louisiana", NOLA cuisine is characterised by its hearty flavours, multi-cultural ingredients and rustic cooking methods introduced by early Cajun and Creole immigrants to the city.

    Traditional dishes such as seafood gumbo and jambalaya will be given "tongue-in-cheek, modern twists" at Life is Beautiful to suit the local climate and palates, according to Switzerland-born, Australia-raised head chef Robert Staedler.

    The classic Southern dish of chicken and waffles, for instance, will feature a whole chicken marinated for three days in buttermilk and coated in waffle crumbs, rather than served on a whole waffle.

    Chef Staedler's also in talks with suppliers to source sausages and seafood directly from New Orleans.

    The 17-year industry veteran worked his way up in fine dining establishments in Melbourne and was previously head chef of Ku De Ta Bali and consultant chef to Singapore's now-defunct Supperclub, where he met the restaurant's partners.

    "The partners are trying to create a new culture in Singapore where instead of having to leave a restaurant to go to a club, diners can stay on and have both in the same spot," says Chef Staedler.

    Set in a conservation shophouse on the corner of Duxton Road and Duxton Hill, the 4,000 sq ft minimalist space featuring plenty of concrete and handcrafted timber furniture will seat 50-60 for dinner and gradually transform into a buzzy bar with standing room for 200 as the night progresses.

    Bar manager Tyler Hudgens, a New Orleans transplant, will draw up a roster of tipples around craft beers and craft spirit-based classic cocktails such as Sazeracs and Vieux Carres, all in homage to the city's storied drinking culture.


    97 Amoy Street

    Opens next month

    Even as adventurous foodies, we have to claim ignorance: What exactly is Alpine cuisine?

    According to the people behind brand new Alpine restaurant Zott, it is food bearing influences from the six countries touched by the Alps mountain range in Europe, namely France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.

    And that's what they will be serving at their soon-to-open fine dining space in Amoy Street.

    While Austrian head chef Lorenz Griesser is still tinkering with the menu, they will likely have dishes such as the quirkily named Bondage Chicken, a juicy roasted chicken served with truffle mayonnaise or fruity sour cream, to be paired with regional tipple such as schnapps and cocktails, working in indigenous Alpine ingredients and herbs.

    Named after its owner Christian Zott, a 17-year German resident of Singapore branching out into F&B from the logistics industry for the first time, Zott will seat 45 on the ground floor in a wood-encased space reminiscent of a ski lodge, while a second-floor bar helmed by Munich-born mixologist-turned-restaurant manager, Woldemar Bock, will seat 35.