It’s easy to forget, in Singapore’s well-documented and post-Michelin foodscape, that high-profile barometers of restaurant performance were once few and far between. That’s the case in Philippines’ Manila now – and so it’s a noteworthy event when an international platform like Asia’s 50 Best hands out recognition to a fledgling eatery in Makati.

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Just two years into operation, Toyo Eatery, owned and operated by chef Jordy Navarra, was named the Miele One to Watch in the San Pellegrino-backed guide. Navarra cut his teeth at top-notch operations like Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, and Alvin Leung’s three-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. He’s on track to flying the flag for Filipino cuisine on the international stage.


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It’s only fitting, then, that Navarra’s first outing to Singapore (in the form of a four-hands dinner) is hosted by a local poster child advancing the mod-Sin (modern Singaporean) agenda. Labyrinth‘s Han Li Guang will take on the Pinoy chef to present a two-nights-only dinner, and boy do the offerings intrigue. Both chefs also took the time to have a little fun with menu which draws similarities between their cuisines. Expect items like the ‘Jor-Li-Bee’ Chicken and Chiacharon (a fried chicken lollipop, pork crackling and curry sauce) and a local take on sisig (read: pig’s head) with char siew sauce.

Take a gander at the tongue-in-cheek wording, nestled in the greater narrative of two food cultures expressing themselves on the same plates:

The collaboration takes place May 30 and 31 evening,, T: 6223-4098.

The article was first published on The Peak.