Singapore and Sydney to dine together via “immersive technology” at a free dinner this month

Linked by an immersive technology setup, groups in Singapore and Sydney are set to sit down and dine together as the Singapore Tourism Board partners with Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel and numerous celebrity chefs to host a “Singapore meets Australia” dinner party. Set for the 22nd February the “SGxAUFoodies” event will be a unique way of bridging a 6,300km gap with sixteen tables across two venues (eight per venue). Best of all, it’s free for diners who register their interest before 13th February.

Dishes planned for the dinner will be kept secret until the night, but diners will be in very good hands with two different collaborations. On the savoury side, Sydney’s Adam Liaw will team with Singapore’s Michelin-starred Malcolm Lee (of Candlenut) to create a modern spin on Hainanese chicken rice, which will incorporated flavours from Singapore’s iconic chilli crab dish; on the sweet side of things, Shangri-La’s famed Anna Polyviou will collaborate with Janice Wong of Singapore’s popular 2am:dessertbar to serve a multisensory dessert experience to guests, inspired by Singapore’s tropical environment with fresh fruit and spices. Considering Polyviou regularly dabbles in theatrical desserts, we’re expecting this one to be extra special.

The set up will be rather straight forward on the night. There will be eight tables in each city, set-up with dedicated video-conferencing technology where each table will consist of four Australians in Sydney paired with four Singaporeans in Singapore. It’ll probably take a little getting used to, but if the dishes taste as good as they sound the experience will be well worth your time.

Sydney’s food lovers can register their interest for the dinner HERE. It’ll kick off at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) at Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks. Entries close on Friday 13th February.