Foodies, take note.

Basque Brilliance

The refurbished and relaunched Alkaff Mansion in Telok Blangah Hill Park in Singapore is more than a pretty sight. Within this two-storey Tudor-style building is a multi-concept F&B destination that prides itself on all things Basque, including the region’s glorious food. The recently opened Txa Pintxo Bar is where you can taste what Basque chefs Marta Elvira Segalés and Silvana Pascual Romero have put together, with produce sourced from the Basque regions and exclusive to Txa.

Among the menu highlights are a selection of pintxos al momentopintxos prepared on the spot – such as Txangurro a la Donostiarra (gratinated crab meat cooked in sofrito, grilled with breadcrumbs and butter) and Piquillos Rellenos De Brandada De Bacalao (piquillo pepper with stuffed Atlantic cod fish). At the bar, you’ll find pintxos plates ready to go, including Boquerones Con Piperrada (toasted bread topped with red pepper cream and European anchovy) and Crema de Roquefort con Manzana y Nueces, where toast is served with a generous spread of Roquefort cream, apple jam and walnuts. Don’t forget to end your meal with the classic Basque burnt cheesecake. There are about 27 types of dishes here, so there are plenty of reasons to return. 

Omakase Masters  

Fans of innovative Japanese cuisine can drop by Nobu Kuala Lumpur to check out the latest ‘Ode to Nobu’ omakase menu, which was designed and curated by Chef Nobu alongside Executive Chef Philip Leong and the Nobu KL team. Available until the end of this month, the seven-course omakase menu comprises a mix of signature creations and exclusive dishes that have made Nobu KL such a mainstay in the city’s fine-dining scene. Specials to watch out for include Caviar Santenori, which sees caviar topped on toro tartare, salmon sashimi and Nori Taco with uni, as well as restaurant favourites like the Nobu Style Sushi, Wagyu Truffle Sansho Pepper Sauce, and Chilean Seabass with Red Jalapeno Miso.

A Feast Of London

Foodies heading to London in October won’t be short of a fantastic meal during the annual London Restaurant Festival. Held 1-31 October in venues across the city, the 10-year-old festival features over 70 events and 250 restaurants.

Ticketed highlights include a sushi and sake masterclass by Miyako restaurant; restaurant-hopping tours that take you across the city’s most exciting up-and-coming restaurants in Battersea Power Station and St Katharine Docks; tasting menus with featured chefs; and a mini film festival at the Temple Cinema, a 19th-century Masonic Temple hidden in the Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel. If you can splash the cash, there’s also the Ultimate Gastronomic Weekend, priced at about RM1,950 (GBP380), which includes a stay at a five-star hotel and a weekend of dining and exploring with chefs Michel Roux Jr or Monica Galetti.

Brixton Hideaway

Gastronomes who love exploring hidden spaces should seek out Lost In Brixton, a rooftop terrace in London’s Brixton Village that’s accessible by a secret staircase in a hidden corner of the market. Here, you’ll find a 440-seat area filled with jungle greenery and natural light, where you can enjoy the best of Brixton Village and Market Row’s food scene by ordering via the Tablesnapper platform. Food vendors that deliver to Lost in Brixton include Thunderbird Fried Chicken, Seven At Brixton, Fish, Wings & Tings, Jalisco and Honest Burger. If you feel thirsty, have a drink from the bar, which serves Latin American-inspired summer spritzers, botanicals and cocktails, as well as local beer from Brixton Brewery.