The “garage” in the name refers to a 1920s Art Deco structure in the Singapore Botanical Gardens where professors teaching at a nearby college once parked their cars. Carefully restored, the heritage-listed building now caters to hungry park-goers with a cheery ground-floor café called Bee’s Knees and an upstairs dinner-only restaurant dubbed, in a nod to its lush surrounds, Botanico. Here, Spanish chef Antonio Oviedo, who cut his teeth working under the late Santi Santamaría, delivers a seasonal à la carte menu headlined by dishes that pack big flavors into small plates: Hokkaido scallops flanked by Jerusalem artichoke crisps and lardo; a char-grilled carabinero prawn with pine nuts and pig’s-trotter terrine; lamb tartare crowned with a dollop of mustard ice cream. Be sure to begin or end your meal on the wooden deck of the adjoining garden bar, which shakes up some of Singapore’s most affordable cocktails; the blackberry-lychee mojito (S$14) is a must-try (65/6264-7978).
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“A Taste of History”).