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Sentosa GrillFest Is Back — Now Bigger Than Ever

Get ready to feast

Sentosa GrillFest, a one-kilometre food street along Siloso Beach, has made its return. This year, it features 27 F&B (food and beverage) vendors selling more than 130 items ranging from grilled durian to the Impossible Burger.

The festival is running for the next three weekends: 26 to 28 July, 2 to 4 August and 9 to 12 August, from 4PM to 11PM. Come hungry, as there’s more food on offer than you can possibly enjoy in one sitting.

What we recommend at Sentosa GrillFest

Left: One Faber Group’s Bamboo Rice Nasi Lemak Ayam; Right: Wu Ke Shu’s BBQ Pork Belly Satay

Fans of innovative dishes should make a beeline for Slake’s Mala Parmesan Peral Corn and Keng Eng Kee Seafood’s zi char-in-a-bun Chili Soft Shell Crab Burger. Meanwhile, One Faber Group’s Bamboo Rice Nasi Lemak Ayam and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa’s Crispy Crackling Pork Bahn Mi will satisfy those who prefer modern takes on classic dishes.

Whatever you decide, an ice-cold beer is an essential accompaniment. You can’t do better than Brewerkz’s Siloso Saison Blanc, a refreshing brew exclusively crafted for the event. The beer is light-bodied and has a crisp, dry finish, which goes great with practically everything.

We also had Whole Lobster with homemade Chili Sauce & Mantou, a twist on the traditional chilli crab. A halved, toasted mantou served as the bed of a mini open-faced “sandwich” topped with generous chunks of lobster and chilli sauce, it was a perfectly balanced one-biter.

Inspired by the food truck concept portrayed in the indie film Chef, The GoodBurger serves food out of its own gloss black Mitsubishi. They only sell Impossible Burgers, a plant-based patty that hit our shores earlier this year to much fanfare.

Goodburger’s Black Tie is an Impossible patty between a brioche bun, topped with truffle aioli, cheese and rocket. Despite being vegetarian, it looks and tastes just like meat. The patty had a good crust on the exterior while remaining juicy and pink in the middle.

We ended the meal with Charcoal-Grilled Durian. Mao Shan Wang is placed on hot coals until it is charred black, which helps to caramelise the outer surface of the durian. The result is a concentration of the durian’s flavour, accompanied by a pleasant smoky flavour.

You can get SGD5 off your Grab ride into Sentosa by using the code “SentosaGrill”. The promotion is valid each day of the Sentosa GrillFest from 10AM to 12AM (except 12PM to 2PM).

Alan Yuen writes about food and travel. Inspired by the travel philosophy of Anthony Bourdain, Alan’s favourite way to experience culture is through food. In his free time, Alan loves reading and watching movies.
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