Fire Up Your Appetite

F1 inspires some high-octane menus

Issue: Sep 2010

Formula Sprint Pasta
The Ferraberri and Flag-Off promise mouth-watering starts to the F1 season in Singapore

Into its third year, the world’s only night race of Formula One (F1) cars will roar into action in Singapore from September 24 to 26. The breathtaking Singapore skyline is once again the backdrop of the street circuit that takes the racers past some of the nation’s most historic landmarks and its finest retail, dining and entertainment districts.

Tall Order to Fulfil

F1 Drinks
A perfect blend of Pernod, Taylors Tawny Port, Veuve Clicquot Rose, lemon juice, finished with Bitter Truth Orange Bitters, the Ferrari Red is set to be a flaming success

As the nation becomes abuzz with activities designed to welcome visitors from around the world to this event, food tops the list.

Restaurants, hotels and food outlets across the island are racing to show off F1-inspired menus designed to wine and dine international race enthusiasts. Swissotel The Stamford, a premier hotel right along Turn Nine of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, has come up with a slew of race-related attractions. Singapore’s tallest hotel not only offers prime spots to witness the high-speed action, it also has F1 dishes to flag off the event. Italian restaurant, Prego, at Fairmont Singapore (Swissotel The Stamford’s sister hotel at Raffles City Singapore), will feature its Formula Sprint Pasta during F1 week. This specially created dish by head chef, Domenico Piras, embodies the true Italian love affair with fast cars and racing.

"This dish comprises fusilli (spiral short pasta), cherry tomatoes, broccoli, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and chilli. Italians take every form of sports and competition very seriously. We only make the best and the fastest cars in the world, we also train hard to achieve success. So, each ingredient that goes into this dish is specially chosen to offer health beneficial properties that are good for body and mind," says Chef Piras.

Paul Berg, resident mixologist and bar manager of INK Club, also at Fairmont Singapore, has concocted five F1-related drinks, each inspired by one F1 team. Featuring either the colour of the team or a key ingredient from the team’s home country, each cocktail will be a heady mix of ingenuity and taste. Ferrari Red, for example, is flaming red since it is the colour most associated with the sports car.

“I am always trying to use new ingredients in different ways to create innovative cocktails. I know Port and Rose Champagne is not a common pairing but both complement each other well and create a surprisingly elegant drink in Ferrari Red,” says Berg.

Alonso's Collison Brazillian tandoori churasco
French Overdrive is an apple-flavoured cocktail while The Run of the Bulls features the energy drink, Red Bull

Asian Inspiration for European Race

For a touch of East meets West, The Song of India, located along Scotts Road, has come up with the perfect solution. This fine dining restaurant that prides itself on authentic Indian cuisine with a modern touch is offering F1-inspired dishes. Resident chef and director, Chef Milind Sovani, will prepare dishes that infuse Indian influence into the traditional cuisine of the different nationalities of the racers.

“I came up with this idea as a sort of tribute to the stars of F1. As we are an Indian restaurant, I decided to give the European cuisine an Indian twist since the top drivers of the circuit come from these countries,” says the award-winning chef.

On the special menu will be Brazilian Tandoori Churrasco. This grilled meat popular in Latin American is given an Indian interpretation. Instead of being cooked over hot coals the meat will be cooked in a tandoor oven. Marinated with olive oil, garlic and goat cheese, garam masala will also be added for an Asian flavour.

The Hamilton’s batter fish and chips uses a marinade from Western India from where Chef Sovani hails instead of the English beer batter. Ginger, garlic and a plum-like fruit called kokum are used to season the fish before it is dipped in batter and fried. The potato wedges are also given an Indian treatment. They are tossed in a mix of hand-pound Indian spices.

There is also Schumacher’s Lamb Schnitzel coasted with chilli crumb, which takes the German favourite and infuses it with Indian spices.

More Food for Talk

Alonso's Collison Brazillian tandoori churasco
Offering a buffet brunch for race enthusiasts to start off race days on the right foot is The Song of India with race-related dishes like Alonso's Collison (left) and Brazillian tandoori churasco (right)

And when it comes to food for thought, you can always count on Singapore-listed bakery chain, BreadTalk, to give you something unique to really chew on. Known for its imaginatively named and concocted creations, BreadTalk does not disappoint this year. In honour of the F1 race, it will introduce two new buns for a limited period between September 16 and September 26. Ferraberri is a custard-filled croissant decked with strawberries and chocolate chiffon wheels to look like the sports car it is inspired by. And Flag-Off is a brioche or rich French bread that uses chocolate and mixed fruit to create the checkered look of the race flag traditionally used to wave off racers.

Whether it’s a toast to the world’s only night race, or an Asian tribute or even a speedy bite, Singapore is raring to zoom ahead in this F1 season when it comes to wining and dining.

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