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Join a food crawl for some Japanese food and sake, off-menu desserts and cocktails

CNA Lifestyle Experiences invites you to spend a Sunday afternoon dining away in the heart of town at Raffles City.

Sundays are usually known as brunch days. But brunch is so, well, mainstream. Instead of an unstructured in-between morning meal, we’re in favour of an unstructured in-between afternoon meal. Why? Because then you get to sleep in, and afternoons are longer than mornings, which means more uninterrupted eating time, of course.

On Jul 28, from 3pm to 5pm, we’ll be having one of our CNA Lifestyle Experiences events that fits this bill perfectly. It will be a leisurely food crawl at Raffles City, where we’ll fill up on a variety of yummy Japanese dishes, each with its own sake pairing, at Sushi Tei; then pop over to The Botanic for dessert and cocktails in a gorgeous garden setting while watching the world go by.

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The event is exclusive to CNA Lifestyle Facebook followers – once you've followed us, check out the sign-up details at the bottom of the page. You've got until Jul 22 to do so.

Here’s the plan for that food-filled Sunday.


Kicking off our afternoon at Sushi Tei – which, incidentally, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, which is no mean feat – we’ll come hungry, of course.

A trio of bluefin tuna sushi. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

We’ll start with a trio of bluefin tuna sushi: One akami sushi, the muscly part of the tuna; one chutoro sushi, that medium fatty part with the balanced sweetness; and one ootoro sushi, the coveted fat belly of the fish.

This will be paired with Kamoshibito Kuheiji Junmai Daiginjyo sake, which has delicate notes of melon, pear, apple, lychee and Japanese cypress to bring out the sweet flavours in fresh fish.

Truffle chawanmushi. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

Then we’ll perk our palates up with a truffle chawanmushi: A comforting dish of familiar egg custard, elevated by the addition of shaved summer truffles.

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This will be served with Tamanohikari Bizen Omachi Junmai Daiginjyo sake, a full-bodied sake with a fruity aroma made with Kyoto omachi rice, a rare variety of rice regarded as the best for alcohol brewing.

Aburi Iberico pork cheek. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

Next comes the aburi Iberico pork cheek – tender strips of buttery pork torched to perfection and glazed in smoky yakitori sauce with togarashi spice.  

This goes excellently with Ginrei Gassan Setchu Jyukusei Junmai Ginjyo sake, an award-winning brew from Yamagata that’s stored in wooden barrels hidden in the snow.

Uni and ikura on salmon ochazuke. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

The next two courses won't be found on the menu as they're exclusive to this event. First, the uni and ikura on salmon ochazuke, which is full of hot, comforting umami: Plump sea urchin with salmon roe, served on top of salmon tea rice.

It pairs with Momokawa Junmai sake, a warm and fruity brew from Aomori prefecture carrying the fall flavours of berry, melon, peach and ripe apples – perfect for salmon and ikura, which are in season during autumn.

Fried shirauo with salad. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

The final savoury course will be the fried shirauo with salad, an invigorating dish of Japanese silver fish tempura fried in crispy batter and served with fresh greens.

Have this with Kiku Masamune Karakuchi sake, Sushi Tei’s house pour. The 350-year-old brand is an established sake that’s slightly dry with a subtle finish, and pairs brilliantly with fried food. 

Caramel chocolate balls. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

And for a small, sweet treat, indulge in the caramel chocolate ball, alongside a refreshing Ikezo Yuzu jellied sake that will cut through the rich caramel chocolate.


The afternoon doesn’t end here, though. After the meal, we’ll all head over to The Botanic to lounge around in its idyllic greenhouse setting. And for the main dessert: A show-stopping Chendol Pavlova, which you won’t find on the menu.

Chendol Pavlova. (Photo: Lionel Lai)

Just right for the hot weather, this vegan, gluten-free creation is an eggless meringue made from chickpeas, with coconut cream, jackfruit granita, mango and salted gula melaka.

(Photo: Lionel Lai)

And for a gentle send-off into the evening, sip on a Rainbowlicious cocktail. Inspired by ice kacang, this boozy concoction features peach schnapps, vodka, grenadine and blue curacao, along with fruit and crushed ice. Give it a stir and watch the colours rise and swirl – just like your spirits.



  • This contest is organised by Mediacorp Pte Ltd (“Mediacorp”). This contest is valid from 11 to 21 July 2019, and is open to all residents of Singapore who are above 21 years old except for employees of Mediacorp, its related companies and their immediate family members. By participating in this contest, the participant agrees to be bound by the official rules, regulations and decisions of Mediacorp.
  • 5 winners will each win an invite for 2 people to attend this event.
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