Famous Orient Express attraction in December will feature pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chef

Luxury travel in 1883.

Fasiha Nazren | November 14, 2020, 11:49 AM

Editors note on Nov. 20, 1:48pm: There has been an update to the restaurant prices. The restaurant also updated that it has a total of 24 seats therefore reservations are limited and bookings should be made in advance. These details have been reflected in the article.

Pop-up attraction Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express will be happening at Gardens by the Bay from Dec. 12.

Sailing towards Singapore

The attraction will feature two original 1930 train carriages, which are classified as National Treasures of France, and a 158-year-old locomotive.

In a media conference on Nov. 12, founder and producer of Visionairs in Art Lydie Blandeau shared that the carriages and locomotive are already sailing en route to Singapore from Paris.

This is the first time that the Orient Express, a luxury train service created in 1883, is being shipped out of France to Singapore.

Replica train station

Happening at the West Lawn of Gardens by the Bay, the exhibition will also feature a replica train station.

Photo courtesy of Lola Hakimian.

This was what it looked like then:

Historical Image of Boarding Platform at the Orient Express that will be replicated at the pop-up attraction. Photo courtesy of Fonds de Dotation Orient Express.

Visitors will be able to see archival documents, photos, news videos, movie extracts as well as cinematographic heritage inspired by the Orient Express.

Photo courtesy of Lola Hakimian.

Photo courtesy of Lola Hakimian.

To gain admission to the exhibition, visitors are required to reserve their tickets.

Admission tickets sold are only available for the selected time and date in accordance with Safe Management Measures.

Pop-up restaurant by Michelin star chef

As part of the exhibition, there will also be an Orient Express pop-up restaurant helmed by Yannick Alléno, a chef who was awarded twice with three Michelin stars.

The restaurant will be inside a replica of an Anatolia dining car:

Photo from the Orient Express.

Recipes have been created especially for the showcase and have been carefully curated to reflect and mirror the legendary meals of the era.

Alléno previously served at the same pop-up restaurant on an Orient Express car back in 2014 at the Arab World Institute in Paris, and again in 2016 for "La Table Orient Express".

Here's how much it will cost:

Monday to Saturday

  • Lunch: S$188++ (Booking slots available: 12pm, 12:30pm)
  • High tea: S$68++ (Booking slots available: 3pm, 3:30pm)
  • Dinner: S$318++ (First seating booking slots available: 6pm), S$398++ (Second seating booking slots available: 8pm)


    • Brunch: S$250++ (Booking slots available: 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm)
    • Dinner: S$318++ (First seating booking slots available: 6pm), S$398++ (Second seating booking slots available: 8pm)

    All prices listed for food menu only, beverage and wines and spirits will be charged separately.

    The restaurant seats up to 24 pax at a time, so reservations are limited and bookings should be made in advance.

    Bookings for the restaurant can be made here.

    There will also be the Orient Express Road Café, a 40-seater pop-up cafe which will include local offerings like Kopi O as well as an exquisite selection of dishes prepared by a team helmed by Alléno.

    Reservations will not be required and visitors can opt to take away their orders.

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    Top image courtesy of Lola Hakimian and Fonds de Dotation Orient Express.