Damian D’Silva’s new Rempapa restaurant to serve Singapore’s forgotten heritage dishes



At his brand new restaurant, Rempapa, which will open on December 2 at Park Place Residences at PLQ, he focuses on showcasing local dishes from all our cultures and races, dishes forgotten in our history, and new versions of familiar dishes, with the aim of engaging modern palates.

A plate of nasi lemak, for example, may not tell its own story – but D’Silva, who remembers waiting for coconut rice wrapped in banana leaves and fish sold on the back of a cycling as a child, knows some of the early iterations of the dish and the details of its evolution over the years.

Coming from a family of foodies, some of his earliest memories involve enjoying his grandfather’s masterful cooking and doing household chores in the kitchen for his grandmother.

Today there is no one in the industry like him – someone so knowledgeable, accomplished and articulate in the local culinary traditions, but, after all these years, still so genuinely interested in telling you about it. where to find the best char kway teow, what are your favorite foods and your own dearest foodie souvenirs.

A story of how as a child his grandfather took him to Stanley Street to eat at one of the neighborhood’s many stroller stalls takes on an almost cinematic quality when he tells it: the stroller cart. unfolding like a transformer into a dining room counter; stools appearing and being set up; and an assortment of dishes, all home-cooked by the hawker, temptingly laid out for diners to choose from.

The scene, of course, is now a slice of history, but remains etched in the memory of the elephants of D’Silva.


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