Food Festival Celebrates Diplomatic Relations

TOKYO – As Japan and Singapore toast 50 years of diplomatic relations, two leading hotels from each country are working together to promote gastronomic understanding.

From 27 September – 10 October, the talents of a trio of chefs from Capella Singapore – led by Culinary Director & Executive Chef David Nicolas Senia – will be featured at Palace Hotel Tokyo’s ever-popular dining outpost Grand Kitchen. Dubbed ‘Fine Tastes of Singapore’, the event will be a fortnight-long introduction to the island nation’s most notable dishes as well as its best home-style cooking.

Highlights from the extensive menu will include the widely popular Singapore Laksa, Bak Kut Teh – a popular Singaporean-Malay soup of tender pork ribs simmered in a savory and fragrant broth and accompanied by Chinese-style doughnut – and refreshing Bubur Cha Cha for dessert.

The menu will also feature a chef’s special Pan-fried Fish with Ginger & Scallion, a dish which combines two simple ingredients commonly used in Japanese cuisine with the haute cooking techniques of the Capella team.

“We’re thrilled to have been invited to showcase Capella Singapore through this special event at Grand Kitchen in celebration of this momentous occasion for our two countries,” said Senia. “My colleagues and I look forward to introducing the finer tastes of Singapore’s contemporary culture to Japan, a country well-known for its long-standing cuisine, and working with the exceptional team at Palace Hotel Tokyo to exchange and broaden our culinary knowledge.”

Capella Singapore and Palace Hotel Tokyo, two Leading Hotels of the World members and pre-eminent hotels in their respective markets, have both been awarded a five-star rating by the world’s most prestigious arbiter of luxury travel, Forbes Travel Guide. Palace Hotel Tokyo is the first and only Japanese-branded hotel to have achieved the coveted ranking.


Located on Singapore’s premier resort destination, Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore offers an inspiring natural setting while providing easy access to Singapore’s financial and shopping districts. The flagship property for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Asia promises the ultimate in personalised service and represents a new standard of luxury in Asia, combining the best of old and new Singapore. Capella Singapore offers the most spacious accommodations in Singapore.

The 112 guestrooms include two Colonial Manors, villas that feature private plunge pools and outdoor bathtubs, suites and premier rooms. In addition, Capella Singapore offers the opportunity for extended stays with full access to the hotel’s facilities via The Club at Capella Singapore. These long stay offerings include 62 sea and garden facing suites, 10 penthouses and 9 contemporary manors.

For more information on Capella Singapore, please visit or contact Leow Fangyi at Telephone: +65 6591 5016


Palace Hotel Tokyo commands some of the city’s most exclusive real estate. As heir to a legacy going back more than half a century as one of the city’s most iconic properties, the hotel remains committed to offering Japanese hospitality at its finest.

As the anchor to a USD 1.2 billion mixed-use development built entirely from the ground-up, the contemporary 290-room hotel features 10 distinctive restaurants & bars – including elegant French fine dining, exquisite Japanese and an Old World-style cigar & martini bar – an evian SPA and incomparable views of the city’s much-loved Imperial Palace gardens.

Drawing deeply from the country’s history, culture and art, the award-winning hotel redefines luxury in Japan with sophistication and authenticity, presenting guests with the most bespoke cultural experiences to be had in Tokyo.

Located at 1-1-1 Marunouchi, the hotel is a 10-minute walk from the landmark Tokyo Station and mere steps away from Marunouchi Naka Dori, a picturesque, tree-lined boulevard that serves as one of Tokyo’s most posh shopping and dining destinations.

Jim Sullivan Managing Director
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