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Table Tales is a novel dining cum book concept created by avid foodies Karin van Vliet and Peter Ulrich. The 2019 rendition offers 10 dining destinations carefully curated by its founders after visiting more than 50 restaurants and sampling over 200 dishes — all without the constraints of advertisements.

“My favourite way to spend time with loved ones is by sharing a meal together. I believe that an extraordinary dining experience allows us to truly unplug from our digital lives and the opportunity to bond and create lasting memories with those who matter, ” says Karin, a marketing strategy specialist and serial entrepreneur. She started an events agency with a friend in 2010 and headed the Singapore office of a creative agency in 2012 before setting up her own publishing company to launch her books.

How does the concept work? Buy the book (priced at SGD69 a copy) and you get to dine at any of the 10 featured restaurants. Just let them know that you are a Table Tales patron when you make the reservation, and bring the book along on the occasion to enjoy a complimentary main course or 20 percent off the set dinner menu for you and your companion.

Table Tales’ restaurants cater to a wide range of palates and offer different settings for all occasions. You’ll get to savour modern European molecular gastronomy with cutting-edge cocktails at the Tippling Club, or a more causal and rustic dining at Firebake Woodfired Bakehouse. You may also opt for a relaxing Mediterranean rooftop experience at Artemis Grill & Sky Lounge or bask in the art deco ambience of The Black Swan, set in a beautifully restored 1930s landmark in the heart of the city. 

Left: Sin Jyagaimo Potato with smoked code roe mousse; Right: Smoked Duck Celeriac

At the tasting session, Artemis Grill titillated our palates with an umami-filled Smoked Duck Celeriac Remoulade with tomato dressing, while The Tippling Club — a brainchild of celebrity Chef Ryan Clift — upped the ante with its sophisticated bites of Sin Jyagaimo Potato with smoked cod roe mousse, otoro topped with oscetra caviar, and a dainty but flavour-packed Manchego Air Baguette with white truffles and hazelnut oil.

Bespoke ceramics from ByRos

Other goodies from Table Tales include privileges from its brand partners such as Arty-Shock (a quirky online art shop paying homage to the Dutch Old Masters by offering unique art with a twist), Bacco Wines, ByRos Bespoke Ceramics that crafts handmade ceramic tableware, and Oakwood serviced apartment.

As a memento of your evening, Table Tales also invites you to have a personal meeting with the chef who will sign your book to mark a chapter of your Table Tales discovery journey.

You may get a copy of the book here.