Hitting the Singapore streets every September, the Grand Prix in Singapore is one of our city’s major sporting events. With the F1 circus descending upon the city for a heady weekend of racing drama, Singaporeans across the city flock to the street circuit in Downtown Core and Kallang to watch the night race.
A chance to explore both the city and its food
As we all know, watching a weekend of sport – particularly one where there are days of practising, qualifying and the race itself to get through – is hungry work, and it’s important to keep well hydrated and well fed. Happily, the Marina Bay Street Circuit sits right in the centre of town, so there’s plenty of great eateries to choose from throughout the F1 weekend.
- Common Man Veggie Wonderland – it’s going to be a long weekend, so it’s important to start it off right with a good, healthy but filling veggie breakfast, preferably at one of our favourites, Common Man Coffee Roasters. The Veggie Wonderland is a particularly good option, made up of halloumi, spinach, fresh pesto tomatoes (heaven), avocado, Portobello mushrooms, and two organic eggs cooked however you like. Delicious and nutritious.
- A Curry Puff or two. Once you’ve walked around some of the circuit and sussed out which of your friends has the best apartment to watch from, it’s probably time for a mid morning snack. For us, you can’t do much better on this front than something from Tip Top Curry Puff. With a choice of three puffs – a curry loaded into a little pastry morsel – you can’t go wrong. Our favourite is the Nonya Beef Rendang Puff, which is, as you’d guessed, Beef Rendang wrapped in delicious pastry.
- Sakura Don – lunch is important at the Grand Prix in Singapore. If it’s a practise day, you’re going to see your first racing soon after lunch at around 2pm, and if it’s race day, then you need something filling to get you through to 8pm when the race starts. Sushi, with the slow releasing energy of the fish, is perfect. A Sakura Don – salmon, octopus, white fish, crabmeat and roe with miso soup – is always a good option, and Itacho Sushi is a great place to have it. It won’t weigh you down as you continue your day, but you’ll feel full enough to get through to dinner.
- Champagne – yes, we know this isn’t food. But, you’re not doing race day right if at 5 or 6 pm, a couple of hours before everything kicks off, you don’t have a glass or two of Champagne. And there’s no better place to go than Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, with its three champagne options of Cuvee Splendid, Champagne Alain Bailly or Champagne Jean Milan.
- Braised Wagyu Beef Bone soup – once the race is over, more serious food is in order, and preferably something comforting and hearty. Noodles, anyone? Our favourite noodle dish at the moment is the Braised Wagyu Beef Bone noodle soup at EVENTASTY. The noodles are hand-pulled and the beef soup is slow cooked for eight hours, imparting the maximum flavour.