Tucked away in the basement level of the new Raffles Medical building at Holland Village, Taste Singapore is an all-in-one gourmet grocer, complete with a florist atelier, cheese room, a meat section boasting homemade sausages, a fresh seafood counter with shucked oysters (and sometimes blue lobsters). It’s basically a one stop shop for a dinner party. Besides being a mere grocer, it also houses SENS Japanese Restaurant by chef Martin Woo, should you get peckish after shopping.
Look out for premium ingredients like Savoy cabbage, fresh figs, strawberries with their stems still attached, and Belgium endives. We’ve picked out a few specialty items rarely seen in commercial hyper-marts:
Many of the deli products here are from their parent company Swiss Butchery, so expect the sausages (from $2.70/100g)to be all made in-house, from mild veal sausages to spicy chorizo and lamb merguez — great with eggs for breakfast, or some mash and gravy for a quick dinner. They’ve also offer fresh raw sausages that cooks to a perfect texture with a delectable snap.
To complement its extensive array of meats and steaks, Taste Singapore offers a variety of seasonings, sauces and condiments. We especially liked the South African brand NOMU. The poultry rub ($8.20) is suitable for most meats and contains thyme, sage and a hint of lemon; simple and easy flavours which can transform a plain chicken breast into a gourmet dish. NOMU rubs can also be made into drizzles and marinades – simply use olive oil and a dash of your preferred rub before brushing it over vegetables or meat.
Rude Health Muesli
Looking for health foodstuffs? You’ve come to the right place. Pick up some Rude Health porridge, oats, granola, and nut milks. Everything’s organic, and nothing is artificial or refined. The Ultimate Muesli ($3.90 for 50g box) has 23 different ingredients crammed into one box: dried blueberries, brazil nuts, almonds, oats, barley flakes, puffed rice, linseed and apricots are just some of the wholesome ingredients you’ll notice. The small, travel-handy packaging also makes for a convenient snack.
Cebesa Squid Ink Sachets
Cottage Delight Couscous
Taste Singapore happens to be one of the few places that stock products from 40-year-old gourmet purveyor Cottage Delights. The U.K. brand is best known for their sauces, jams and pickles, although they also produce everything from confectionery to, in this case, flavoured couscous. Each 250g bag ($12.90) has couscous and dried, natural ingredients – the Mediterranean one comes with garlic, tomato, rosemary, black olives and herbs – so all you have to do is follow the instructions on the package for a quick, tasty meal.
118 Holland Avenue, Basement 1 Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997. Tel: +65 6264 8389