Hopping on the bandwagon of online grocery shopping? Take a gander at this list of specialist grocers we have put together.
The farm-to-table movement may have been more of a vocation in the past. Not anymore, with more restaurants using it as their calling card, and online middlemen bringing produce to our doorstep at the click of a button. Open Taste, for instance, links us up with more than 200 global farms, while Market Fresh, a collective of wet market stall owners, delivers wet market produce. And that’s not counting the online specialist grocers who offer niche produce and products.
This Christmas season, when you’re literally looking to bring something special to the table, consider what some of these online specialist grocers have to offer.
Though it’s called The French Grocer, the array of products available at this online fine food grocer are sourced worldwide and range from charcuterie to cheeses, vegetables, meat and fish, drinks and sweets.
You might find cheeses and duck liver from France just as easily as white rum from the French Caribbean, king salmon from New Zealand, black kampot pepper from Cambodia or leafy greens from Genting Highlands. For the festive season, they will be adding Hungarian frozen whole goose with giblets (3.4kg at $79.60) to their list.
This is possibly the only online shop in Singapore specialising in food from exotic Croatia. Owners Zoran Svetličić and Belle Shafer bring in produce such as truffles, cheese, salt, olive oil, figs and charcuterie and drinks from Croatia, including the original maraschino liqueur from Zardar. The couple pride themselves on only working with artisanal producers who use natural local ingredients from the Adriatic.
One example is the Belić Family who produce premium extra virgin olive oil from Istria, Croatia’s top-producing olive oil region. Adriatic Pantry brings in five of Belić’s fresh harvest extra virgin olive oils (from $22 for 100ml). The Leccino, a mild, versatile option, is best paired with cheese or light seafood. There is also Vodnjanska Crnica, or ‘black olive from Vodnjan’, which is deceptively placid until you get a fruity, peppery hit at the back of your throat. This goes well with dark fish or salads.
The Meat Club specialises in delivering top quality, fresh Australian beef and lamb to your home in vacuum-packed, meal-sized portions. Meat from their supplier farms in New South Wales and Victoria are flown into Singapore every 28 days. You can join the club for an auto-renewal monthly package or go for a one-time order which can be delivered the next day or on The Meat Club’s next shipment date.
To order, build your own packs or choose from six standard combinations such as Lone Wolf ($192.40 per month) containing two packs of lean mince, porterhouse, lamb chops and ribeye (500g each); or New Gen ($232.30 per month) containing the above as well as one pack of lamb rack (700g each). You can continue with the same combination every month or have it refreshed. For Christmas, they will be offering frozen whole turkey (4kg at $47.90) and raw or honey-baked ham (1.5kg, bone-out at $48.90 or 5kg, bone-in at $144.90). Delivery is free with no minimum spend. Order the turkey and ham by 15 December and 12 December respectively to receive them on or after 23 December.
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This online subscription service delivers seasonal sake from boutique breweries such as Chiyo Shuzo in Nara prefecture and Kikuzakari Shuzo in Iwate prefecture. A basic plan ($55 monthly) gets you one bottle of seasonal sake per month and the perk of storing a bottle of sake in a snow dorm and letting it mature for a year. The special plan ($110 monthly) gives you two different seasonal sakes while the premium plan ($145 monthly) offers one bottle of premium sake and one bottle of seasonal sake. Both special and premium plans let you store and mature two bottles of sake in a snow dorm for a year.
For the month of December, the basic plan seasonal sake available is Junmai Hikoichi Akiagari from Tsukinoi Shuzo, Ibaraki prefecture, a a smooth sake with a clean finish made with an indigenous strain of rice called chiyonishiki. Premium plan members will additionally get to try Sakaemasu Premium Junmaiginjo Vintage 2015, made by Shimizuya brewery from Gunma prefecture. This sake has been aged for two years in low temperature. It has an aroma of dried fruits and a taste profile that burgeons from clean to rich and umami as it goes from chilled to room temperature. Sign up by 15 December and you will be able to receive your sakes by Christmas Day.
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This is a delivery app for ordering chilled boutique wines, spirits and craft beers when you are in Singapore, Hong Kong or Shanghai. There is no minimum order or delivery charge, and their average delivery time is just half an hour. Some of the wines you can expect to find include organic wines from Famille Perrin in the Southern Rhone Valley, France and Brunello di Montacino wines from Tuscany, Italy. Craft beers include Enki Blonde and Enki Brown ales by Tuscan company Frank & Serafico and beers from Crossroads Brewing Company, Singapore.
There is also a selection of premium gin, rum, tequila and other spirits curated in collaboration with Proof & Co. This festive season, you can order gin-based or vodka-based house party packages ($299) fit for 10. A gin-based package for instance, gives you an assortment of Fords Gin, a UK-distilled gin made with nine botanicals, Prosecco, Marrenon Classique Luberon wines from Rhone Valley, Crossroads Brewing Company beer, East Imperial ginger beer and soda water, plastic cups, ice and garnishes.
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s December 2017 issue – The Festive Issue, ‘Trending’.