First published on 11 May 2011. Updated on 14 Sep 2011.
What’s in the name: ‘Lolla’ comes from ‘lollapalooza’, a 19th-century archaism meaning ‘an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event’. Lollapalooza is also the name of the hosts’ company, which purveys artisanal champagne and unique wines.
Venue: Unusual, otherwise out-of-bounds spaces; the last one was held at The Pyramid Club. Housed in a black-and-white colonial mansion off Stevens Road, this elite establishment was set up in the mid 1960s; founding members include Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and the late former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Goh Keng Swee.
Hosts: Pang Hian Tee, Terry Koh and Huan Chong Chiew and Carolyn Kan – the first three are childhood friends and the last is Huan’s wife.
Format: It starts with cocktails or champagne from the company (we had the Legras & Haas Brut Tradition NV) followed by dinner, and often ends with a musical performance, dance or artist showcase. The Suppers started as a way for the hosts to share the good eats and interesting places they discovered; it was also a fun vehicle to introduce Lollapalooza’s rare import champagnes.
Food: Our meal was portions of nasi ambeng big enough for groups of four – a gracefully piled-up Indonesian platter that includes fried chicken, rendang, sambal squid, pergedel (potato patties) and rice, to be communally eaten with hands. The cook is a lady who has catered mainly for friends and family for the past 20 years; she won’t cook for just anyone, but might if you contact her through Pang. Desserts – profiteroles and a light lemon-curd and caramel cake included – were provided by Charles Quek of Classic Cakes.
Verdict: For those ready to let go of restaurant niceties but not the quality; this dinner will also add an element of culture to the meal.
Price: $138 to $198 per head to cover rental and food costs
Next supper: Dependent on the availability of chef and venue. No date has been set yet.
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