The Pop-Up Attraction "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" will be in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay - West Lawn from December 2020.
Following the 2014 exhibition in Paris that detailed the history of the Orient Express, Singapore has been chosen by the Orient Express as the first destination outside of France to kick-start a series of showcase that unveils a fairy-tale universe related to travel, culture and gastronomy. A historical and educational presentation for all ages spearheaded by the Arab World Institute (IMA), the pop-up attraction "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" will open in Singapore from December 2020 at Gardens by the Bay, until September 12th 2021.
“Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express” will present some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries old of history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing visitors to discover events that transformed the world, and shaped the map. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the tracks and landscapes that generations before had once travelled on, and witness what then, only a few explorers and diplomates had. These all bring to mind the initial voyages of this legendary train designed by Georges Nagelmackers.
"Designing and staging a display like the Orient Express in Singapore meant collecting around 300 precious items and documents, having to restore some of them and adapt many of the furniture and displays to its former glory. It involved shipping historic monuments – a locomotive built in France 158 years ago and a 1930s sleeper car, weighing close to 200 tonnes, it is undoubtedly one of the heaviest to be shipped across the world. All these elements needed to be housed in a custom built infrastructure with the right conditions to store, preserve and protect the artworks and displays. This is especially due to the hot and humid climate in Singapore," said Claude Mollard, Curator of “Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express."
Public ticket sales for the pop-up attraction of the "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" in SISTIC and will open from December 2020.
Visiting the actual Orient Express was so cool.. This has to be one of the most fascinating exhibitions I've ever visited! Highly recommended, especially for history buffs!
Awesome experience includes a unique brunch designed by 3-Michelin starred Chef Yannick Alléno inclusive of free-flow Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial champagne.
A facinating journey through the history of the Orient Express, reliving the experience of travellers who boarded the train more than 100 year ago
A First In History
For the first time ever two of the original train carriages and locomotive will leave France destined for Singapore to sit pride of place within the 2000m2 exhibition space. “Designing and staging a display like the Orient Express in Singapore meant collecting around 300 precious items and documents, having to restore some of them and adapt many of the furniture and displays to its former glory. It involved shipping historic monuments – a locomotive built in France 158 years ago and a 1930s Pullman car, 2 carriages, classified as National Treasures of France, will be the entry into the world of discovery. This pop-up attraction retraces a highly fantastical universe from an incredible collection of pieces from a bygone era, presenting objects and documents summarising the history of the Orient Express – posters, menus, crockery, cutlery, suitcases, stained glass windows and furniture testifying to a luxury now by gone.
Immerse Yourself Into The past
Allegories of travel presented through large displays of trunks address social, cultural and technical themes linked to the adventures of the Orient Express, looking back on the art of living on-board as they evoke the scenic stopovers placed on its route such as London, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Visitors can also immerse in documentaries, newsreels and film clips that will elicit the rich literary and cinematographic heritage inspired by the Orient Express. Set to replicate the heyday of luxury rail travel, the trains cars ooze history and intrigue. From the trains guests will immerse themselves in a larger than life world of artifacts, interactive displays and historical facts that explain the astonishing dream and journey of the Orient Express from Europe to the Orient. See uniforms, shields, a sleeping car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage used back in time, priceless porcelain, and much much more, original piece of the carriage exhibited in big blue trunks.
Come and dine in the replica restaurant car for, lunch, high tea or dinner, where guests will experience a bespoke menu crafted with luxury and fusion in mind.
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Restaurant E-Vouchers are available for purchase here.
*Patrons can contact the restaurant in advance at 91687598 to book for buggy services from Pick Up / Drop Off, Bayfront Pavilion. This service is chargeable at $5 nett per person (one way).
Subject to weather conditions. (Gardens by the Bay mandates service halt during adverse weather.)
Welcome Chef Isaac Gautam Henry
Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express pop up attraction Singapore, welcomes the extremely talented and young Chef De Cuisine, Isaac Gautam Henry, onboard our Fine Dining Restaurant experience. This remarkable Singaporean Chef is an alumni of the world famous Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute in Paris. He speaks fluent French and when in France, he worked at Restaurant Frenchie Rue du Nil in Paris that had been on the Michelin guide for seven years and got their first Michelin star on their tenth anniversary. He has a strong foundation in fine French cuisine.
This chef extraordinaire had the pleasure of experiencing his gastronomic creativity with the famous Michelin Star Chef Jean Francois Piece “Le Grand Restaurant” .
In Singapore he has worked at Whitegrass also a one Michelin Star restaurant that was listed in the 50 best restaurants in the world.
Chef Isaac knew what he wanted, to open a restaurant serving modern French Cuisine and to “reach the stars”.
Hard to believe but this young man has a culinary vision that could only be borne out of decades of experience. There is an endearing quality to this fact which makes believing in his food philosophy that much easier, and palatable. As they say in France, Allez! This chef has some serious work to do in the kitchen. Get ready for the gastronomic experience he is about to present to you.
Janice Wong x Orient Express
Chef Janice Wong’s never-ending passion for culinary art has propelled her forward to test the limits of dessert making.
The native Singaporean has learned from some of the world’s best chefs, including US luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz, virtuoso Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer, and prodigious French pastry chef Pierre Hermé. An undisputed favourite among sweet-toothed Singaporeans, her dessert restaurant 2am:dessertbar has redefined the dessert experience, pushing the boundaries between sweet and savoury, with carefully researched progressive dishes. In November 2014 she launched her eponymous sweet concept, JANICE WONG, and recently launched her new concession stand at the world-renowned Harrods department store in London in 2018.
Chef Janice has received worldwide recognition for her cutting-edge creations, expanding globally to include an outlet in Tokyo, and is a regular on the global pop-up circuit. She has been named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef; for the second year running by the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best for 2013 & 2014. Janice Wong also won the title of Pastry Chef of the Year from the World Gourmet Summit Awards in 2011, 2013 and 2015, including the title of Young Woman of the Year from Her World in 2012.
Visionairs in Art is happy to announce the change of the restaurant operation in their Pop-up restaurant for Orient Express exhibition in Singapore.
After a great success of the pop-up Chef Yannick Alléno's restaurant for Orient Express in Singapore, Visionairs & Chef Yannick Alléno have decided not to continue, due to the Covid context and unfortunately, lack of manpower which cannot be resolved. With the government restrictions announced for phase two heightened Alert and the second closing of restaurants from July 21 to August 18 is not allowing us to extend this gastronomic journey as announced previously.
We are happy to continue the restaurant with our new chef, from Michelin star restaurant. We will continue to offer a discovery of French cuisine revisited with local ingredients
Visionairs team and Orient Express restaurant are very thankful to welcome all of our clients from 19th August and announcing the extension of the restaurant until next January 2022. We will soon post more details about our new operation and Chef Menu.
The pop-up will serve Lunch, High Tea and Dinner.
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