This November, VibeCheck is digging into the best bites around town and exploring some amazing travel destinations that will wrap up 2022 perfectly. First things first, we have to give some love to a new local joint – Las Palmas at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena.
Las Palmas is located on the hotel’s 33rd floor with breathtaking views of the city and a poolside bar. The mid-century modernism restaurant takes cues from the glitz and glam of 1960s California, particularly interiors that were popular in Palm Springs and downtown Los Angeles.
“In this 20th century that’s been rife with challenges like a global pandemic, we all need a little more joy and Las Palmas is a ray of sunshine that welcomes everyone who needs to recharge and relax,” said interior design director Emma Maxwell.
The decor is not the only thing that is inspired by the laid back West Coast of the States, the menu includes classic Americana, Mexican and Southern Californian dishes such as bourbon-barbecued baby back ribs and angus beef brisket.
Of course, the kitchen had to spice things up with a few Asian twists. The clock out cluck in tacos feature chicken that has been marinated in buttermilk, served with grilled onions and creamy salted egg yolk.
We can’t forget about dessert. Unlike regular churros dusted in sugar, Las Palmas' rendition of this delectable pastry comes with two kinds of dips that Singaporeans love – peanut butter and kaya.
“Although we’ve made subtle nods to the Asian palate with the inclusion of ingredients such as hot sauce and five spice, we’ve ensured that the West Coast influence comes through in the dishes”, said Jason Williams, Creative Director at Proof & Company, the company behind the menu.
And this wouldn’t be a proper LA bar without cocktails that are themed after Hollywood classics and tourist hotspots. Diners will be able to sip drinks such as the L.A. Confidential, the Cheesecake Factory and the Nighthawks while lounging by the pool and watching the sun set.
While Las Palmas may be the new kid on the block, there is no need to worry as customers are in well-seasoned hands. Head bartender, Ron Aransay, has his fair share of awards and spent six years leading the team at the Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge in Macau and head chef, John Chye, has two decades worth of culinary expertise under his belt.
Who cares if you can't hop on a plane this year? Make a quick getaway to this poolside paradise situated in the heart of Novena and eat and drink your heart out.