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imageFishermen’s Bourride (Provençal-style fresh seafood stew flavoured with Iranian saffron, Spanish garlic and fennel, thickened with egg yolk) from Mad About Sucre. It is one of the new dishes debuting on their Autumn/Winter savoury menu, joining a lineup which includes their Classic Slow-Cooked Oxtail with Burgundy Red Wine Sauce and their Baked Slab of Pork Ribs in Moroccan Fire-Pit Sauce.

I was the first customer who passed through the doors of Mad About Sucre some eighteen months ago, when they first launched with a five-cake selection and no savoury food. Like observing your friend’s Sheltie grow from a young puppy to a regal, furcoat-wearing beast, I have watched Mad About Sucre grow from strength to strength since their opening, and the greatest surprise has been the introduction of their savoury offerings, which often possess a ferocity of provincial flavours so primally comforting yet startlingly sophisticated in flavour profile that any initial eyebrow arching in response to dish prices is eventually assuaged. I hope this Sheltie leads a blessed and long life – it deserves to.

Mad About Sucre
27 Teo Hong Road
Singapore 088334


Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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