Show Time: Scarlet scenes at Hotel Vagabond’s eatery 5th Quarter
MAR 4, 2016 | By Ayushi Agarwal
Housed within Singapore’s newest luxury boutique Hotel Vagabond is 5th Quarter, a five star restaurant in collaboration with owner Satinder Garcha and local restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, designed by Frenchman Jacques Garcia. “Singapore has always been accused of being sterile and non-authentic; so this place dispels that myth,” discloses Satinder. The primarily red interiors are akin to a theatrical mise-en-scene, complete with dim lighting. To enhance the drama, Jacques used deep brown wenge wood flooring and wall coverings, along with rouge velvet curtains. While large gold hued brass sculptures of a banyan tree, elephants on the sides of the elevator and a sitting monkey at the bar induce eccentricity, the feature partition shines with artworks and photographs from an array of global artists, all handpicked by the Satinder. We love one of the star features of 5th Quarter – it metamorphoses into a private movie theatre every Monday. Once a week, it is converted to the “Vagabond Salon”, a modern interpretation of a typical Parisian joint for screening films and hosting live performances.
Complementing the stellar decor is a flavour filled gourmet food by Executive Chef Andrew Nocente, who trained under Chef Gordon Ramsey and is an expert in curing meats. The menu features a selection meats from rum-cured pork belly and salt and pepper tripe to charcuterie favourites such as salami, salsiccia, lardo and coppa. Elements of smoking, curing and pickling are found across the menu in sustainable seafood, game, vegetables and even in desserts.
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