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The Straits Times partners Robert Parker Wine Advocate to showcase the best in local dining

Singapore, 2 January 2017 - Straits Times readers will be treated to a unique meal prepared by top chef paired with outstanding wines, as part of a partnership between The Straits Times and international wine authority Robert Parker Wine Advocate. The Straits Times is already working with Robert Parker Wine Advocate for its newly set up ST Wine club, which offers readers a chance to have premium wines delivered to their doorstep through a good-value for money monthly subscription.

As an extension to this partnership, ST readers are now invited to sign up for an exclusive, one-night-only event featuring off-the-menu dishes at Shisen Hanten in January 2017 created by Chef Chen Kentaro. Each dinner is carefully paired with an exquisite line-up of fine wines rated RP90 and above. In addition, guests will be able to meet the celebrity chef during the dinner, to discover the inspiration behind his unique creations.

Said ST Editor Warren Fernandez: "Response to our ST Wine club has been good since we launched it recently.  Wine lovers also want to be able to pair their wines with great food. So we are happy to partner with Robert Parker Wine Advocate for this special dining event, which we think readers will enjoy. It promises to be a night of fine food and drink." 

 Mr Patrick Sauze, the Communications Director of Robert Parker Wine Advocate, said: “Robert Parker Wine Advocate is excited to bring unique experiences from varied global cuisines to local diners in partnership with Michelin. This dinner promises to be very exciting, we have very fragrant dishes paired with high calibre wines such as Champagne Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs and Dominus 2012 which Robert Parker described as “flirting with perfection”, giving it a 99 points rating!”

As a special treat for diners, those who sign up for ST Wine subscriptions during the event will receive discounts as well as goodie bags from sponsors. 
Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard is the restaurant’s first branch outside of Japan. In July 2016, it received two Michelin stars, becoming the only Chinese restaurant to be awarded two stars in Singapore.  In this special dining showcase, the Shisen Hanten will present a Japanese-inspired Chinese New Year feast, just in time for the festive season. The specially curated 6-course Chinese New Year dinner menu will only be available for one night on 13 January 2017.  

Chef Chen Kentaro will be flying in specially to prepare the special  dinner. A rising star in Japan's food scene, he is the grandson of the late Chef Kenmin, the latter of whom has the title of “Japan’s Father of Sichuan Cuisine”. With the Chinese New Year menu, diners can look forward to Sichuan cuisine, prepared with freshly flown in ingredients, such as steamed lobster with Sichuan Porcini in homemade pickled chilli sauce; braised Okinawa Agu pork with premium soy sauce; and Inaniwa udon noodle with Hokkaido hairy crab meat sauce. 

Tickets for this special dining event, which costs $248 excluding taxes can be purchased on  the ST Wine website at



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About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of three regional and global networks - Asia News Network, the Climate Publishers Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. The paper's school outreach initiatives have won regular top awards, which included the 2015 World Young Reader Prize given by Wan-Ifra, and Best Young Reader programme award by Panpa.