ANDSOFORTH – A Surprise Menu and A Mystery Location
With more pop-up bars, parties, restaurants and shops “popping” up constantly at different locations every weekends, it shows that locals wanted something interesting and exciting to do in this little red dot. AND SO FORTH is one option which you can consider.
Yesterday, I went for one of their dinner theatre which is a form of entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play. Keeping the theme and venue a secret, registered guests will receive an SMS on the day, with clues pointing to the location.
Inspired by a visit to London pop-up restaurant Gingerline, AND SO FORTH owners Stuart and Emily are the first to bring the idea back to Singapore and the couple has been doing it for the past one year.
“As our hero Karl awakens in the year 2070, he finds the human race at the brink of extinction. Only he can save the day! Housed in a secret location, which you’ll only be given clues to on the day, enter a world of future, past and present being.” — AND SO FORTH.
After following the clues, I arrived at an abandoned office space in a rundown building. When door is opened, we entered into a totally blue space with futuristic decor. I felt as if I was transported to the future – year 2070 and had to talk in weird language. lol
It was quite a wow setup with bar counter for you to order your drinks. The actors have a script which they used as guidelines, but because they interact with guests in their character, there is a lot of improvisation happening.
Not only the location is a mystery, the food is a mystery too. We would only receive it upon reaching the location. But of course, they cater to different dietary restrictions. The company has collaborated with a chef from Tippling Club to come up with a four-course dinner. But because the old office building does not have F&B licensing, so they have to hire an events caterer to cook the dishes.
It’s exciting not knowing where or what I would eat beforehand. My dinner started with a plate of risotto infused with truffles and mushroom puree, topped with gold dusted wild mushroom. Then, I had a 12-hour slow cooked beef cheek with chunky mash potatoes infused with garlic oil. Even though the beef cheek needs a stronger punch, I like its tenderness and the potato mash taste garlicky good! After the palate cleanser, we had the chocolate mousse banana bread served with a mass of ice cream bits.
Seated in long tables, we got to know one another within the table and had to design an outfit for one of us. These designs are created by us audience and the participants had to go catwalk to garner votes. It is so fun looking at each and everyone’s piece, I was laughing my heads off when they catwalk down the restaurant.
AND SO FORTH offers diners and fun-seekers the chance to be transported to a parallel-reality where food and art collide. Even though the food needs to improvement, I think these guys are taking immersive dining to the next level. I had a great experience and I believe it is also a platform to serve local talents as well. Part of the reason why we had such a good time was that it was a secret. We didn’t know what to expect and we ended up being pleasantly surprised.
Tickets will go on sale via their website www.andsoforth.com.sg and will cost $108 for weekends (now till 16 September 2015).
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