Have a dinner party in someone’s home with our list of secret Supper Clubs in Singapore!
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.
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 for lunch or a 9-course dinner. 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: 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.
Cuisine: Peranakan and Eurasian
Cost: $$95 per person (UPDATE: Reservations only open again in August 2021)
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) 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.
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.
Bombay Howrah Dining Car
Cuisine: Regional Indian Cuisine
Cost: (CURRENTLY NOT TAKING BOOKINGS)
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.