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My Favourite Singapore Finds: Richard Le Sand of Akar de Nissim Galerie

Richard Le Sand, design head of the new Akar de Nissim Galerie, loves good food, good design and bubbly. Lots of bubbly.

Because I am a Champagne addict, I have no knowledge in any cocktails or spirits,” proclaims Richard Le Sand, who moved to Singapore from Paris with his wife, Marianne, and their two children in 2008. Then, he reverses himself. “However, a friend invited me to try a cocktail recently at Vasco with an unexpected but pleasant chili flavor – the Cusco Puto, if I remember.” Such is the nuanced taste of the head of design at Akar de Nissim Galerie (4 Teck Lim Rd), which opens this month. The lifestyle brand “embodies the very essence of the East and West,” while its fictitious namesake, Akar, “is the ambassador of a new understated style with an eye on contemporary trends.” You could say the same about Richard. Here, his faves:


Favourite Restaurants

Richard likes Bar-Roque Grill (165 Tanjong Pagar Rd) for a casual business lunch. “The French-born chef is a real showman.” Must-order: Ravioli with Wild Mushrooms. Thanks to Richard’s half-Argentine wife, he can vouch for the authentic empanadas and dulce de leche at Bochinche (22 Martin Rd).


Favourite Drink Spots

“The Parisian wine bar L’Entrecôte the Annex (36 Duxton Rd) is a charming place after work for socialising – and probably the best deal in town every Wednesday for sipping fine Champagne,” he says. For a different vibe, Richard goes to Manhattan at Regent Singapore (1 Cuscaden Rd). “Its mash up of opulent contemporary design and Prohibition style takes you far away from Singapore.”


Favourite Style Shops

“I like wearing slim jeans and tailored-fit shirts with Italian loafers,” says Richard, who names Tod’s and Manifesto at Capitol Piazza (13 Stamford Rd) as his go-to stores. And he offers a tailoring tip for those living in the tropics: “I have discovered that having your wrists and ankles uncovered, you are much more comfortable. That’s why I wear my pants a bit above the ankles.”


Favourite Ways to Unwind

Richard likes to run or walk the Botanic Gardens or Punggol Promenade at 6:30 a.m. “for the sunrise.”


Last word on Singapore

“Singapore is like a five-star resort. Everything is easy and works efficiently. Take the time to explore it.”


By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder, October 2015


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