What is brewing for Restaurant Week?


Fancy dining at a high-class restaurant but not having to fork out a whopping sum for it? Foodies can now look forward to this dream come true with the inaugural launch of Singapore’s and Asia’s first Restaurant Week.

Garibaldi restaurant along Purvis Street

This one-week culinary event will see the participation of 60 choice restaurants during the period of 22 to 28 March 2010. Food lovers can expect savings of $10 to $120 for a 3-course lunch or dinner at mid-range and high-end restaurants.

Organised by web portal DiningCity.com, this inaugural event hopes to achieve similar success in Singapore as it has in her western counterparts, like USA and The Netherlands.

Managing Director of DiningCity.com Singapore Desi Wentink(centre) with chefs from participating restaurants

Managing Director of DiningCity.com Singapore Desi Wentink said, “The first Restaurant Week in Asia is aiming to be the culinary event for both customers as well as restaurants. Customers can try something new, something they haven’t tried before at top restaurants for an affordable price.”

As to why Singapore was chosen as the location for the launch, Mrs Wentink told the writer that it is because of Singapore’s reputation as the “food capital of Asia”.

But will the event go down well with the general public?

Mrs Wentink said with confidence, “Singaporeans love food and everybody loves a good deal! Restaurant Week has the perfect combination of both.”

During Restaurant Week, a special three-course dinner will be offered at fixed prices of S$35++* and S$25++* for a three-course lunch. There are a total of 18,000 seats up for grabs. (*denotes DiningCity Star Awarded restaurants can charge a supplement of S$15 for lunch and S$20 for dinner.)

Some of the participating restaurants include: Absinthe, Braise, Bollicine, Capricci, Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Cliff, Forlino, Il Lido, Mimolette, Novus, Brasserie Wolf, Oso Ristorante, The Prime Society, The White Rabbit, Krish and Private Affairs.

Food lovers who cannot miss a good deal can book their seats online from 23 February 2010 via www.restaurantweek.sg. Booking can be made till the 27 March 2010. It will be on a first-come-first serve basis.

Depending on the reception by the foodies, DiningCity.com is open to holding the event more than once in a year. “If this First Restaurant Week is a success, we will plan a second one at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011,” said Mrs Wentink.

Writer: Joanna Hor