Have a dinner party in someone’s house (instead of a restaurant) with our list of secret Supper Clubs!
Sure, anyone can book dinner at a fancy restaurant; there are always plenty of new restaurants opening every month in Singapore. But where can you go for a different dining experience? These secret supper clubs all offer something extra special.
Some of these supper clubs offer theatrics and performance, others promise a low-key, family-style dinner at the chef’s home. From Peranakan feasts, to hard-to-find Bengali cuisine, classic Cantonese to botanical adventures — seemingly anything is possible. Your host may be a famous violinist, or the owner of an urban farm! Go with a group and book all the spots out, or turn up with your date (who knows who you’ll meet?) and mingle with other guests, including hosts who always have plenty of stories to tell! After all, perhaps it’s the people and not necessarily just the food that makes dining at a supper club such a memorable experience.
Lucky House Private Kitchen
Cuisine: Traditional Cantonese
Cost: $80 per person
The Set Up: Lucky House Private Kitchen specializes in Cantonese dishes made the traditional way – whether that be using charcoal to boil soups or grinding spices by hand. This supper club takes place in the chef’s retro landed home complete with his own organic vegetable garden that boasts red ladyfingers and mustard greens amongst other veggies. There are two rooms (seating 18 and 10) and guests are encouraged to take part if they want – using the stone mill or helping cutting up the veg. Dishes are served omakase style and are up to the chef but the signature roast duck and concubine chicken will always be on the menu. Other favourites include the Crayfish Omelette, Steam Garoupa and 10hr boiled soup.
Cuisine: Peranakan and Eurasian
Cost: $$95 per person
The Set Up: Annette Tan, food writer, restaurant critic and Nonya cook and baker, serves guests (up to 9 people) in her East Coast home. Each dish of the seven courses gets a lovely introduction before it’s served; the menu is largely sharing plates (like bak kwa baklava, crispy mee siam with prawn sambal, gado gado chopped salad, and her famous curry devil pie and wagyu beef cheek rendang braised for hours with candlenuts chillies, and grated coconut), plus desserts like sugee cake, or macadamia nut tart with a malted milk ice cream. Annette gets rave review so book early!
One Kind House
Cost: $80 per person
The Set Up: This really is a 21st Century Kampung with young and old coming together to learn new things, share knowledge and eat great food! With the kitchen and an enormous dining table at its heart, One Kind House has been the home of Mama Soh since 1969. Mama Soh welcomes guests into her urban farm on the East Coast as she cooks for private groups (minimum of 8) or mixed groups of guests, and runs cooking classes. Her food features crispy roast pork with fennel and pesto, rare beef with fresh herbs and sambal prawns amongst many other interesting dishes. Guests get to have a tour of the house and urban garden, along with a fascinating history of One Kind House.
Bombay Howrah Dining Car
Cuisine: Regional Indian Cuisine
Cost: $69 per person
The Set Up: Started by a former MasterChef Asia contestant, Priya and her husband, Anniruddha welcome guests into their quaint home for a wonderful and reasonably priced one-of-a-kind Indian dining experience. There are 6 individually plated dishes picked from an ever-changing menu. The dishes are inspired from the hosts’ respective hometowns in India and the menu varies seasonally. Try the Alphonso mango-themed menu during Indian Mango season! Dishes are very creative and beautifully presented (often a challenge with Indian cuisine). True blue Indian food fans or those curious to go beyond the typical restaurant favourites should seek out the Bengali dishes (and desserts), as this regional cuisine is hard to come by (outside of Bengal and Bengali homes), and the delicately flavoured seafood dishes and abundant use of mustard oil and mustard seeds is a delectable treat. Book all 8 slots for your entire group or you could have a fun night mingling with other guests including the super-friendly hosts.
Cuisine: 4-course modern menu with 1 complimentary cocktail
Cost: $88-$108 per person
Corkage: Not offered – there’s a bar instead
The Set Up: ANDSOFORTH is more of a pop-up restaurant-cum-theatre-performance than a supper club, per se. A team of actors, set designers, costume designers as well as chefs make up the ANDSOFORTH crew and the night mixes drama and fantasy with a dining element. Each event has a different theme, from Disco David boogieing in the psychedelic 70s to Grimmsneyland where fairytales are turned on their head. The location is always secret – you’ll be informed only on the day of the feast and there’ll be strategic clues along the way to get you to the right spot. It’s all part of the theatrical experience, where you can observe or get involved in the dramatics as you choose. The event includes 4 courses and a complimentary cocktail, plus there’s a bar for continued drinking after the 1.5-hour event takes place.
Cuisine: Western or Peranakan
Corkage: Free (or $60 per bottle wine pairing)
Cost: from $100 -140 per person depending on the number of courses
The Set Up: Singapore Symphony Orchestra violinist Lynnette Seah throws open her home for Peranakan cuisine dinner parties in Tiong Bahru. Groups of 8 to 17 guests can dine alongside Lynnette on her feasts of either Western or Peranakan dishes. Expect delicious home-cooked tok panjang-like feasts of sharing platters featuring signature buah keluak fried rice, Sri Lankan chilli crabs with fried mantous, wing bean salad and ox tail rendang or a Western menu of green gazpacho soup, roast leg of lamb and dark chocolate sacher torte with chocolate ganache.
Cost: $96 – 144 per person depending on theme
The Set Up: Noshtrekker is an organization that sets up private dining experiences in different countries in order for visitors to get a “true taste of a place” and understand the culture and heritage of the country they are visiting. We reviewed this fun experience here a while ago with Masala Mistress ($98 pp min two pax) and her delicious Kerala-style dishes of curry leaf uppuma with bananas, dosas with green coconut chutney and masala eaten with your bare hands. Dhershini the hostess, cookbook author and famous chef, entertains you with interesting tales of Singapore and cooking. Noshtrekker offers a variety of different dining opportunities depending on what you’re looking for. GastroGeography of Singapore (min 6 people from $96 pp) is an art collective that brings local Singapore flora to the table – cooked, boiled, blended, fried, or raw.
The Modern Bibik
Cuisine: Peranakan with a twist
Cost: $70- 128 per person
The Set Up: A former fashion and beauty editor, Angeline Neo is known for her cheeky twist on traditional Peranakan food. Angeline offers cocktails and her famous spicy homemade sambals (made from herbs and chilli from her balcony garden) while she cooks up the rest of the feast. Modern Bibik parties consist of three courses (8 – 10 dishes) and a cocktail, with mains like signature Bibik Bouillabaisse, dry laksa, Asam pedas creamy clam pasta and Modern Bibik Babi Assam.
The Set Up: Raymond Leong, a 70-year-old grandfather, and his adult son, David Leong, make up Ampang Kitchen at their home in Bukit Timah. Meals at The Ampang Kitchen start at $60 for lunch and $100 for a 9-course dinner (for a minimum of 10 people). On their menu: Rojak, prawn and pork ribs noodle soup, ayam buah keluak and kerabu prawn salad with mango or banana flower. Dishes get rave reviews and you can order these Peranakan highlights for takeaway – great if you have an event or party and need catering.
Cuisine: Asian Influenced Dishes
Cost: $100 per person
The Set Up: Felicia Tan, or “Char Siu” as is her nickname (also her signature dish), hosts guests at her Emerald Hill home within a cluster of Peranakan shophouses and cooks up interpretations of her memories (she can also do customised menus for you depending on your personal memories and favourite dishes). Menus consist of around 6 dishes – you might get black pepper crab spring roll with a chilli crab dip, or prawn mee chawanmushi. If you are a group 10-15 people you can have the space exclusively and the option of a customised menu. Smaller groups will have the pre-set menu and share the dining with other guests as per true supper club style.
Cuisine: Indian- Sri Lankan-Moroccan and Singaporean
Cost: $78 per person
The Set Up: Self-taught cook Christopher Choo and TV producer Rose Sivam host dinner parties in their antique laden home. 6-8 courses served for either lunch or dinner dishes range from Indian (lamb karahi, makhani, and rogan josh) to Moroccan (shakshuka and chicken tagine) to Singaporean (signature butter crab). There’s often lots of music and even dancing at these meals.
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