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Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Marina Bay Sands: AMAZING Californian Food With Asian Accents, Another “Best Restaurants of the Year”

img_0896Spago is Chef Wolfgang Puck’s second restaurant at Marina Bay Sands after steakhouse CUT. Spago serves Californian cuisine with Asian (mostly Japanese) accents. They use the same suppliers as CUT, importing many of its seasonal ingredients from USA. The original Spago opened in 1982 in West Hollywood, California and has two Michelin stars.

In Singapore, Chef de cuisine Greg Bess has been at the California flagship from 2004 and when CUT opened in Singapore in 2010, he oversaw the opening. And then Spago Singapore. The lunch menu goes for $ 45 for 3 courses, $ 95 for 4 courses. The dinner tasting menu is at $ 245, but there is a la carte for lunch and dinner. For dinner, estimate to spend slightly more than $ 100.

Poor, very poor, no money, so went for the $ 45 lunch. Fortunately for me, when we were there, my dining companion knows Bess. They connected, and we were given some freebies, although I remained anonymous, and he did not know I was writing a review.

img_0887For starters, the chicken laksa spring roll demonstrates how smart the food designing is. Chicken laksa is stuffed into spring roll, and then it is deep-fried. The crispiness of the skin contrasts the softness of the rice noodles. The wicked spice could be taken off the edge with calamansi (lime), which adds a sourness to the spiciness.

img_0895The other starter, big eye tuna tartare cones, is epic, having a 35 year-old history. It was the first appetizer to be served at the original Spago, and it has survived till today. When you bite into it, it is superlatively surprising. The tuna is mixed with chili aioli and wasabi, so there is some real heat, as opposed to, you know, “angmoh” level heat. The sweetness of the crunchy cone acts as a counterpoise to the stuffing. Amazing dish.

img_0908Bess gave us a complimentary hand cut agnolotti ($ 32). They change the stuffing according to the season, and for this season, it is chestnut. Each piece of agnolotti comes with a huge slice of truffle, so you eat them together. It feels like warm sunshine surrounding the heart on a cold day; there is a fuzzy feeling of love. Or maybe it’s just the wonderful sauce made from caramelized sweet corn, mascarpone, sage, and parmesan.

img_0911Continuing our 3-course set lunch, my friend’s main, Angus beef burger, is admirably grilled to a smokiness. If I were smarter, I’d have chosen soft French omelet or steamed red snapper, but that day, I wanted a grilled organic chicken club sandwich. It’s a common enough sandwich, and it can be made easily. But it is brilliant in its balance and flavors. The chicken is wonderfully soft, almost as a backdrop to the melty aged comte cheese and the incredible applewood-smoked bacon. The bacon is so delicious and high class I can’t even.

img_0918For dessert, Bess kindly swapped our set course dessert to their signature traditional Kaiserschmarren ($ 36 for 2 persons). It is only available for lunch, because it takes 16 minutes in the oven, and the kitchen is too busy during dinner service for the dessert to hog the oven. Although the menu says it is for 2 persons, it is big enough for 4. The Austrian dessert is sometimes known as a fluffy pancake, but at Spago, they add fromage blanc, and the texture is more like souffle. Airy and light, and I’m sure it’s 0 calories.

img_0926The beautiful cloud of dessert is to be eaten with USA strawberries done two ways, macerated and ice cream. It is a simple dessert but it brings so much joy and ecstasy and comfort, vacillating between a puffy sweetness, and a mouthwatering sourness.

A note on the service: In The Remains of the Day, the outdated English butler tries to please his new American employer by learning the American banter. Bantering, which most Singaporean servers are unable do, adds an intimacy to service, making a difference between good and perfect service. And at Spago, bantering is perfected. On seeing our bowls of fries were still full to the brim, the manager with gray-blue eyes said with a straight face, “I’ve come to see if I can bring you more fries. And I see I do.” Also, tipping hat to Catalin, a Romanian server, who took care of us better than my mother. He takes his job seriously, memorizing ingredients, taking photos, and knows everything. I wish more servers did that.

Simply put, Spago is definitely in the consideration for “Best Restaurants of the Year” list, and the dessert for “Best Desserts of the Year.” It is expensive but it is also quite perfect. We paid $ 120 for two persons.

Spago by Wolfgang Puck
1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 2 Level 57, Singapore 018971
T: +65 6688 9955
Lunch (daily) 12pm-2.30pm
Dinner (Sun-Th) 6pm-10pm
Dinner (F & Sat) 6pm-11pm

Value/Price: 5/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience/Decor: 10/10
Overall rating: 4.25/5


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10 Legit Thai Restaurants In Singapore That Are Operated By Thai People

Everybody loves Thai food and so do we

Did you ever miss eating authentic Thai food so much that you wished you were on a plane en route to Thailand? The Land of Smiles is not too far away from home anyway, you console yourself and maybe think about weaving in a massive Bangkok shopping spree.

There, there. There is no reason to weep, because legit Thai restaurants and eateries run by Thais exist in Singapore. All you have to do is make your way to these places whenever that urge for feasting on Thai food creeps up. We’ve got you covered with these Thai restaurants that are peppered all over Singapore, not just in Golden Mile. Yes, you are welcome.

1. Joe’s Kitchen

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This casual, unpretentious restaurant belongs to Joe, which is probably why the place is named Joe’s Kitchen. Hailing from Nakhon Phanom in the north eastern part of Thailand, Joe spent six years working as a chef at Parkway Thai Restaurant, before finally striking out on his own with the support of his Singaporean wife.

Boasting affordable prices, friendly service, and great food, this place is great for those looking to satisfy their Thai food craving without busting their budget. The culinary team at Joe’s Kitchen is made up of Joe and his brothers, so expect to chow on authentic dishes. Must-orders include prawn cakes, Thai fried vermicelli, and their crab vermicelli claypot.

Address: 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-182, Singapore 150125
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm (Lunch), 5pm – 10pm (Dinner)
Telephone: 6270 8484

2. Thai Tantric

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If you are #hangry from shopping all day long at Orchard, perhaps you would want to make your way to Thai Tantric for some wallet-friendly Thai dishes that your tummy and the hole in your pocket will thank you for. Don’t know what to order? Skip the phad thai and go for the green curry chicken, fried pork belly, and steamed seabass in Thai sauce.

Located right smack in the middle of the sleasiest part of Orchard, Thai Tantric’s location may not be the most ideal – so go in a big group whenever possible!

Address: 400 Orchard Road, Orchard Towers, #03-44, Singapore 238875
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 10.30pm, Sun & PH: 3pm – 10.30pm

3. Nakhon Kitchen

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Nakhon Kitchen is the place for you if you don’t mind queuing in a perpetually snaking line for some reliable and budget-friendly Thai food when they open for service. Although waiting in queue is a pain in the butt, all that standing will make you well famished for dishes such as their signature pandan chicken. Don’t forget to order their Thai iced milk tea, too!

The crew here is also crew super friendly and efficient, with most dishes typically served piping hot in a jiffy.

They have outlets at Hougang, Holland Village, Bedok North, Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Panjang, Marine Parade and Yishun, so check out their respective pages for more information.

4. Jai Thai

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Here’s a little knowledge tidbit for y’all. Jai Thai was established in Singapore back in 1999, to continue founder Ms. Suchana’s father’s legacy after he retired and pulled the shutters of his small restaurant in Bangkok down for good in 1997. Sticking to the recipes and keeping things affordable just like how her father used to run his restaurant for four decades, it is only natural that Jai Thai dishes out homely Thai food at reasonable prices.

Even the most budget-conscious amongst us are not left out because they have super value-for-money set meals available for you to choose from no matter whether you have an obsession with pineapple fried rice, phad thai or tomyum soup. Dishes recommended by fans of Jai Thai include seafood tomyum chili paste with glass noodles, phad thai, tamarind fried fish, basil chicken on steamed tofu, green curry chicken.

Check out the Jai Thai outlets here.

5. Rochor Thai

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With a Singaporean Chef Owner Joel Tan who is resolute in presenting well-balanced yet strong-flavoured Thai dishes, a Chef De Cuisine Padungpong Chuthongcha and two other Thai chefs who have all amassed a slew of experience in the Thai fine dining industry, it is fair to say that the dishes that you will get at Rochor Thai are more elevated than the ones that majority of us are all too familiar with.

Drunkard prawns, grilled Iberico pork collar, and crab meat omelette, are just some of their zhng-ed up dishes you need to try.

Address: 275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency, #01-03, Singapore 327645 (Novena MRT, opposite Novena Church)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Telephone: 8797 7080

6. Jane Thai

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Those who love their Thai cuisine all day every day would have dined at Jane Thai, also located at dodgy Orchard Towers. Guess what? They’ve moved to the east and you no longer have to brave your way through questionable passageways, avoiding any potential eye contact with another human being.

And that means you can finally take your family, including gramps of course, for a meal at without having to feel any hint of awkwardness. Not sure which dishes are well-loved? Opt for their seafood vermicelli salad, pineapple fried rice, seafood suki glass noodle soup, and tomyum soup.

Address: 41 East Coast Road, Singapore 428761
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm. Closed on Tue and PH.
Telephone: 6209 0448

7. A-Roy Thai Restaurant

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You know A-Roy Thai Restaurant must be doing the right things when this super well-loved dining establishment has withstood the test of time and is still drawing raving crowds even after 26 years in business. A-Roy Thai Restaurant’s kitchen is helmed by Thai chefs who whip up Thai family-style dishes like fried fish cakes, tomyum soup, lemongrass chicken, green curry with beef that keep customers returning back for more.

Address: 238 Thomson Road, Novena Square (Velocity), #03-61/63, Singapore 179097
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm daily (Last Order at 8:45pm)
Telephone: 6352 1446

8. Sawasdee THAI Food

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Sawasdee Thai Food is a casual Thai restaurant nestled in busy Chinatown with price points that are reasonably fair considering its touristy location, good food and friendly staff. Popular amongst both locals and tourists, this dining spot that has grown from a teensy tiny stall has come a long way in reaching where they are today. Should you be visiting Sawasdee THAI Food anytime soon, give their phad thai, tomyum soup, green curry, mango sticky rice and coconut ice-cream a shot.

Address: 32 and 34 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059191
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm daily
Telephone: 6238 6833

9. Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant

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Established more than 20 years ago with the aim of catering yummy, authentic Thai food mainly for the Thai community in Singapore, Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant is one that majority of us would make a beeline for whenever we crave for good ol’ Thai food past midnight.

Dishes that newbies must try include tomyum fried rice, minced chicken with basil, and claypot prawn tang hoon. Their red ruby dessert and iced green milk tea are also must-orders!

Address: 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #01-67/68/69, Singapore 199588
Opening Hours: Open 24/7
Telephone: 6293 5101

10. PORN’S

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To round up the list, we have none other than PORN’S. Frankly speaking, everyone who has at least surfed the internet or flipped through magazines and newspapers to hunt for Thai restaurants in Singapore would have known that PORN’S was founded by celebrated Thai MediaCorp artiste Pornsak Prajakwit and his business partner back in 2009.

Depending on which outlet you visit, the dishes available do vary. According to recommendations from the online foodie community, the dishes that you should order while at PORN’S include shrimp omelette, red tomyum with fish, and Thai chicken noodle soup. Give their Thai iced tea a go if you are like me and you prefer something that isn’t cloyingly sweet.

And in case you are into newsy current affairs, the casual Thai restaurant chain has recently entered a joint partnership with local F&B company, Jus Delish Group, which now owns a 60% stake in PORN’S.

For more information about PORN’S outlets, head down to their website.

Gather your Thai food-loving squad already

Like we have mentioned, you can have your Thai food kick without travelling all the way to Thailand if you know where to go and what to order. Round up your family and friends to embark on some exciting, tongue-numbing Thai food adventure instead of eating the same old things from the kopitiam all the time. We hope our curation has helped and that you promise you will share with us your favourite Thai food haunts in Singapore because good things must share, right?

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Sankame Tokyo 三亀: One Michelin-Starred Family Restaurant, Eating What Japanese Families Would Eat 

531282_432769450069245_170130575_nSankame at Ginza Tokyo has been established since 1946 and has a following among famous authors and politicians. It serves Kansai-styled Japanese food using the catch of the day, so the menu changes regularly. Lunch set menus are about ¥2K and dinner at ¥10K-15K. In 2009, it received a Michelin star, but when I search the recent Michelin Guide Tokyo, it is no longer there.

538352_432769300069260_1083516988_nI vividly remember my first visit to Sankame at Ginza Tokyo in 2012. They open at noon and we peeked in at 11.50am. They were having their lunch, sitting around a table, chatting, laughing like a family. They spotted us and asked us in. We said we would wait until noon, but no, they would have nothing of that. They insisted we come in.

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We proceeded to have the most homely meal, enjoying the best of Japanese hospitality. It was magical. The tuna sashimi was pristine, and the fried salmon, doused in soya sauce, was soft and fresh. How did they ever keep the surface of the salmon so crispy in sauce?

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img_9912Recently, when I returned to Tokyo, I told Mr Fitness he must try Sankame. This time, we went in at an appropriate time, 1.30pm.

img_9910The English menu states that there are 3 bento sets for lunch: ¥1350 (1 dish), ¥2000 (2 dishes), and ¥2650 (3 dishes). Rice can be refilled. Everyone should just order all 3 dishes. But we had been eating so much, and we were stuffed ALL THE TIME. The feeling was terrible. #FirstWorldProblems. So we wanted to order 2 dishes each. Unfortunately, communication was difficult and the orders were mixed up although the server was very polite and patient.

img_9911The food is also not as good as I remember. The sashimi is tasteless, probably not aged enough. The pan-fried mackerel, covered in a thick salty brown gravy, is ok but there is no WOW factor like the salmon I had on my first visit. 

img_6266It isn’t as good as my first visit but it is by all means still a good experience. The meal, service, and decor feel very homely, and I enjoy the feeling. 

Sankame Tokyo
KN Building 1F, 6-4-13 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo
T: +81-3-3571-0573
M-F 12pm-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-2pm, 5pm-9pm

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Ipoh Anson Town Chee Cheong Fun 怡保安顺猪肠粉  – One of the best Chee Cheong Fun in Town

Ipoh Anson Town Chee Cheong Fun 怡保安顺猪肠粉 – One of the best Chee Cheong Fun in Town

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Ipoh Anson Town Chee Cheong Fun’s History

Teluk Intan a.k.a Anson Town is a town located in the state of Perak in Malaysia and about 60km from the Ipoh town, besides the popular Ipon Hor Fun, one of the famous delicacies in Anson Town is the Anson Chee Cheong Fun, the Chee Cheong Fun is a distinctive difference from the Homg Kong style Chee Cheong Fun in the way of the texture, stuffing and presentation.

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Anson Town occupies a shophouse along the Changi Road, the shop offers a wide range Malaysian hawker food eg. The Ipoh Hor Fun/noodles cooked in different styple, various Chee Cheong Fun, porridge, soy milk products , Nasir Lemak etc.

Anson Special 3.5

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The first thing you must order when visiting Anson Town got to be the Chee Cheong Fun, many different combinations are available but amongst all, the signature “Anson Special” Chee Cheong Fun is the one to die for. “Anson Special”, the steamed rice rolls are smooth as silk and fine like the snow, stuffed with turnip fillings and dried shrimps, served with green chili pickles, at the first bite, you will be impressed and we now understand why hordes of chee cheong fun lovers flock here to safisfy their cravings. One of the best Chee Cheong Fun in Singapore? You bet.

Curry with soft Beancurd Skin 4

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The curry can’t blended well with the plain Chee Cheong Fun, we don’t recommend.

Plain with Chili and Sweet Sauce 2.5

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The generous chili and sweet sauce submerged the Chee Cheong Fun completely, honestly, best way to appreciate the goodness of this Chee Cheong Fun is to eat it without too much of the interference from the sauces. Simplicity speaks for the volume.

Mushroom Minced Meat 3.5

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The mushroom minced meat just didn’t blend well with the Chee Cheong Fun, we adamantly stick to our recommendation of their signature dish.

Ipoh Dry Curry Mee / Hor Fun 5

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Curry alone somehow not able to impress us too much with the Chee Cheong Fun, however, the Ipoh dry curry mee was a complete different story, try the mixture of yellow noodle and mee hoon, the combination went exceptional well with the curry and dark marinating sauce, we went for the repeat order to fulfill the craving. Strong recommendation dish when visit this shop.

Yam Cake 2.5

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The steamed yam cake was served with chili and sweet sauce, topped with fried shallots and spring onions, the cake was soft and fragrance, a snack you should not missed, highly recommended.

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Pumpkin Cake 2.5

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The dried shrimps added the extra zest to the cake, the chili sauce and sweet sauce complement well to the soft and fragrant cake. Another good recommendation here.

Chicken Wing 1.6 per wing

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Crispy coating but seasoning was insufficient to boost the flavour, there are plenty of rooms to improve.

Nasi Lemak 5

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We went for the chicken chop Nasi Lemak which served with Ikan bili, peanut, cabbage, egg and chili. The chili is the traditional Nasi Lemak sweet and savory chili, best for this dish.

Glutinous Rice 5

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Only available during weekends, the glutinous rice was dyed with the blue pea flower and topped with sambal prawns and char siew. The sambal was rich and robust in flavour, however, prawns were a little overcooked. 

Tau Sau Peah 0.9 each

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At the end of the meal, do not neglect the Anson Tau Sau Pian, the size is a little small for 90 cents but in return you can enjoy a real good Tau Sau Pian with its excellent fillings and crisp skin. We recommend you eat it on the spot as the shop will warm up the pian before it was served, it helps to create a nice crisp on the crust and bring out the flavour of the fillings to its peak. Highly recommended.

Heong Peah 0.9 each

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Equally good, thin crust and not too sweet fillings.

Kaya puff 1.2 each

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You just have to try the baked pastry here, it is good.

Our verdict on Anson Town Traditional Chee Cheong Fun

We are heartily agree that Anson Town Traditional Chee Cheong Fun is well deserved to be one of the best Chee Cheong Fun in Singapore. Especially the Anson Special Chee Cheong Fun. 

“Can we come back here next week again?” Asked by our son’s Yusen.

“I fully support.” Our daughter JiaQi replied spontaneously.

Isn’t that the best endorsement for Anson Town?

Anson Chee Cheung Fun

A: 324P Changi Road, Singapore 419799

T: +65 63459689

H: daily 8am to 9pm

W: http://ansontown.sg/

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10 No Children Restaurants In Singapore For People Who Are Allergic To Crying Kids

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Children are a delight – they’re the future of our world bundled in little packages, and I’ve got a soft spot for them. However, they’re also prone to crying loudly, squirming in their seats, and shouting for attention.

It can be difficult to enjoy your meal when the restaurant feels like a playground, and there’s little more frustrating than a romantic night ruined by the tot at Table 3 screaming his little lungs out. I’ve written about kid-friendly dining establishments, but let’s take a look at the flip side of the coin.

If you’re looking for a kid-free place to dine in peace, we’ve got your back. Here are 10 places you can go to for a night out without a crying child in the vicinity.

P.S: Most of these places are pretty fancy, and the dress code is smart casual at the bare minimum. So leave the t-shirts and flip flops at home, ok?

1. Tenshin

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Tucked away on the third floor of Regent Hotel, Tenshin is famous for serving up authentic Japanese fare. The cosy restaurant seats just 28, and they specialise in delicious tempura and fresh sashimi, with ingredients sourced from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. With both a la carte and set menu options (ranging from $ 40 – $ 180), Tenshin’s got Nippon-esque class down pat.

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Kids under 10 are only allowed in on Sundays and Public Holidays, so your sacred Friday date night is safe.

Address: 1 Cuscaden Rd, #03-01 The Regent, Regent, Singapore 249715
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Tel: 6735 4588

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2. Tamarind Hill

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Taking Thai food to a whole new atas level, going to Tamarind Hill feels like going on a quick getaway to that post area of Phuket. It’s a popular place for weddings, and when you look at the restaurant, it’s easy to see why.

Located in Labrador Park, away from the bustle of civilization, its Asian-inspired decor and wood finishings channel villa vibes while staying crisp and chic. It’s the perfect place to say ‘I do’, but also the perfect place to get some good food.

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With classics like tom yum soup and prawn cakes served up alongside intriguing dishes like lamb chop in peanut sauce, you’ll be able to get your Thai food fix in serene style. Your experience will be 100% child-free – because diners here have to be at least 14 years old.

Address: 30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tel: 6278 6364

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3. PS. Cafe at Ann Siang Hill

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PS. Cafe is known throughout Singapore as one of the ultimate hipster cafes. Whipping up food that’s as tasty as it is IG worthy, their four cafes are the site of many Instagram photos. They’ve got something for everyone, and are arguably a pretty kid-friendly space.

However, if you want to chill out in a cafe with a good book, and don’t want your vibe ruined by a screaming baby, listen up. PS. Cafe’s outlet at Ann Siang Hill is utterly child-free – only teenagers and adults are allowed!

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The building, being a refurbished shophouse, is full of nooks and corners that young kids might bump into, and the space can’t really accommodate any strollers. However, children are more than welcome at their three other outlets.

Address: 45 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069719
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30 am – 1:00 am (Sat), 9:30 am – 11:00 pm (Sun)
Tel: 9797 0648

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4. Manhattan @ Regent

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Manhattan at Regent Hotel is open to kids most of the time, but here’s the thing: they’ve got an adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch that allows you to feast on lobster and sip your martini without worrying about toddlers getting underfoot.

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With access to unlimited booze, including a Bloody Mary station with a humongous variety of toppings, and a plethora of delicious good ranging from oysters to steak, this is one heck of a luxury brunch.

At $ 150++ per person, the damage to your wallet is also pretty significant – but at least you can drink till you forget.

Address: Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road Level 2, Singapore 249715
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (for Sunday Cocktail Brunch)
Tel: 6725 3377

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5. CÉ LA VI

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Ce La Vi is best known for being one of the coolest clubs/bars in town, but they’ve also got a restaurant section that dishes up good food to go with the beautiful scenery. The restaurant specialises in Modern Asian cuisine – think stuff like fusion sushi rolls, rib-eye steak, and a delicious Goma cake that features both matcha and black sesame.

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It’s not an entirely child-free dining experience, as kids are welcome, but strollers have to be left outside. Kids under 12 aren’t allowed into the outdoor area, so head outside for a guaranteed no-kids experience with one heck of a view.

Address: SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018971
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Mon – Fri), 12: 00 pm – 3:30 pm (Sat – Sun), 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Sun – Wed), 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm (Thu – Sat)
Tel: 6508 2188

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6.  Eight Cafe & Bar

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When a restaurant’s located in the CBD, kids are usually a rare sight – and that’s the case over at Eight Cafe and Bar. With their kitschy interior and general chill vibes, they’re a cosy lunch spot for busy executives in the area.

Their menu is pretty impressive – think the happy marriage of Western favourites and Asian delights, all living together under one happy roof. They’ve got stuff like laksa and fish and chips, as well as more interesting options, like spring chicken in delicious lemongrass curry and teppanyaki beef with egg.

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Kids under 10 aren’t allowed to dine here, so tuck into some hearty fare without worry.

Address: 8 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089822
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (Mon – Sat), 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Mon – Thu), 6:30 pm – 1:00 am (Fri – Sat). Closed on Sundays.
Tel: 6220 4513

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7. Gunther’s Restaurant

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Purvis Street is home to some pretty great eats, and Gunther’s is no exception.

Specialising in honest, down-to-earth French cuisine, they serve up everything from roasted bone marrow to a delicious dry-aged beef. They’ve got set menus starting from $ 38++ for their lunch set, as well as plenty of a la carte options for you to choose from.

Not sure where to start? We recommend giving their Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar a try. The combination of flavours is A+.

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You’ll have a peaceful meal here as well – kids have to be above the age of 6 to eat in the main dining area.

Address: 36 Purvis Street #01-03, Singapore 188613
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Mon – Fri), 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Mon – Sat), closed on Sundays.
Tel: 9010 3075

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8. Me@OUE

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Me@OUE is located right at the very top of the OUE building, right smack in the middle of the Marina Bay Financial District. That gives them the total atas factor, plus an amazing view.

There are three cuisines living under Me@OUE’s roof – Chinese, Japanese, and French. However, unlike most places with different cuisines in the same restaurant, there’s no fusion food here – you’re getting 100% pure flavours and authentic taste.

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You can order from one menu for continuity in your meal, but we think ordering dishes from across the three menus might be thrice the fun. Be sure to give their ultra-fresh sashimi a try – without piercing screams, because kids below 10 are not allowed in.

Address: The Rooftop Level, 50 Collyer Quay, OUE Bayfront, Singapore 049321
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Mon – Fri), 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Mon – Sat). Closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
Tel: 6634 4555

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9. Odette

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Odette is the name of the princess from the classic ballet Swan Lake, and it’s also the name of a fine-dining restaurant here in Singapore that looks like something out of a fairytale.

Making its home at the National Gallery, Odette is inspired by, and named after, chef-owner Julien Royer’s grandmother. Specialising in French cuisine, it promises honest flavours and the best ingredients possible.

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One dish you absolutely have to try at Odette is their Smoked Organic Eggs. Smoked with various different woods and herbs ranging from pine to rosemary, it arrives at your table in a cloud of white smoke, before that perfectly half-boiled egg is served up atop a platter of vegetables, pancetta and truffle. Talk about divine.

There won’t be any toddlers running about, as children have to be at least 7 years old to dine at Odette.

Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01-04, National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Tue – Sat), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Mon – Sat). Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Tel: 6385 0498

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10. Les Amis

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Armed with 2 Michelin Stars and one of the most extensive wine lists in town, Les Amis is the place to go if you’ve got someone to impress.

A fine dining concept that fuses French and Asian flavours, Les Amis boasts authentic flavours and top-notch service. You should definitely try their angel hair pasta, with kombu, caviar and black truffle, as well as the sweet erquy scallop, which comes served in an adorable clam with caviar on top.

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Kids have to be at least 7 to step in here, so your peaceful meal is guaranteed.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-16 Shaw Centre, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm (Mon – Sun), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Mon – Thu), 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Fri – Sun).
Tel: 6733 2225

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Kid-free dining, here we come

There’s a certain serenity to being able to eat out without hearing a child scream across the room or having to worry about accidentally tripping over a toddler when ferrying food back to your table from the buffet, and it can be pretty refreshing.  

Whether you’re looking for a place to unwind in peace with a good book, or a fancy restaurant for that romantic dinner date, you now know where to go. Have a good meal, folks!

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ENAQ – New Crispy Prata in Ghim Moh that You Shouldn’t Miss

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The East has Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata, while the central area has Sin Ming Roti Prata. Now, we’re adding one more delicious roti prata stall, Enaq, to our list of favourites! The popular prata stall is a hidden gem in the West and has just opened their second outlet at Ghim Moh a week ago.

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The dough is made in the Ghim Moh outlet before it is sent to the outlet in Jurong East.

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How do you know if the prata is good? Eat the kosong (plain) one! Each piece of plain prata costs $ 1 at Enaq. The dough is made daily before being pan-fried till a golden brown. Moderately thick, the prata carries a buttery aroma. The prata is wonderfully crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside. It’s not as oily as the prata(s) you get elsewhere.The prata tastes even more heavenly when you dip it into the special sambal chilli and curry.

The egg prata ($ 1.70) is well executed too! The dough has generous portions of eggs spread out nicely within. Every bite is full of eggy goodness! The prata is fluffy and chewy at the same time. We had such a satisfying breakfast that we’re planning to return for more.

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Enaq also serves Thosai, Murtabak, Biryani, Chapati set meals and more. We shared a plate of Maggie Goreng ($ 3.50) on top of our pratas. The springy maggie noodles are cooked with just the right amount of spice, and stir-fried with eggs and vegetables. It’s such a simple dish but when the cooking is done well, there’s nothing to complain about.

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Oh, and you have to get their Teh Tarik ($ 1) – it’s super shiok! Next time your prata craving kicks in, you know where to go! 

Address: Blk 21, Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270021

Phone: 6899 0842

Opening Hours: 8am to 8pm daily. Closed every last Tuesday of the month.

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to ENAQ. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Cold-Crabs

Lee Do Restaurant: Old School Fuzhou Food!

Cold CrabsCold Crabs $ 64 for 2

I must have walked past Lee Do Restaurant countless of times whenever I visit the Automobile Megamart, but it had never occurred to me that this austere looking eatery is one of the last guardians of Fuzhou cuisine in Singapore!   I was equally intrigued to learn that they were the ones responsible for making cold crabs the popular dish that it is today!

“Hold on.  But I thought cold crabs were a Teochew dish?”

Yeah, I can hear your thoughts streaming through the wifi.  I don’t blame you.  I had the same thought too.  So I asked Mr Tang Kwok Tong, the 67 owner/chef of Lee Do restaurant to clarify this point.

Here is his story:

Back in the 80’s, Mr Tang’s father, the late Mr Tay Chwee Kwang was approached by a friend for help.  He happened to be seafood supplier at Tekka market and  had started importing Sri Lankan crabs.  He had a lot of crabs which remained unsold because in those days, Singaporeans didn’t want to eat Sri Lankan crabs as they feared that the crabs grew big by eating human corpses!  Unsold crabs can’t last very long and once they are dead, they need to be disposed, so he was making a big loss.

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Mr Tay came up with a simple, yet brilliant solution and that is to cook the crabs first and keep them in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.  So, he added “Chill Crabs” to the menu at Lee Do restaurant.

Orders for the new dish was slow at first for various reasons.  Firstly, people are not used to eating crabs cold and also they are not used to eating male crabs.  Traditionally, the Teochews would cook the crabs and serve it at room temperature, not straight out of the fridge, and they always use only female crabs which are full of roe.  So getting customers to eat cold crabs full of crab “butter” (The yellow stuff is actually the liver) was a challenge.  On top of that, customers don’t even notice it on the menu since they assume “Chill crabs” meant “Chilli crabs”.  That was why Lee Do eventually changed the name to “Cold crabs” instead.

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The breakthrough for cold crabs came through the help of Moses Lim who visited the restaurant and was impressed with the new crab dish.  He went on to promote it on his food show in Ch 8 and the rest, as they say is history.

According to Mr Tang,  he introduced the dish in this manner:

“You have heard of chilli crabs, you have heard of black  pepper crabs, but have you heard of cold crabs?”

Since then Lee Do has been famous for their cold crab dish which is served with their own chilli sauce.  They are still using Sri Lankan crabs and they choose smaller crabs which are packed with meat and crab butter.  The meat and crab butter is very good but I didn’t really know how to appreciate their chilli and opted for plum sauce instead.  4.5/5

Red Wine ChickenFuzhou Red Wine Chicken $ 14

The other dish which they are known for is their red wine chicken. This is perhaps the most iconic Fuzhou dish and is often prescribed for women during their confinement.  The key to the dish is the wine lees leftover from making glutinous rice wine.  This red wine chicken is the best version I have come across so far.  This soup is robust without being overly rich with a very pleasant tang.  4.25/5

Mr Tang tells me that the key to this dish is the quality of the red wine lees.  They actually import their own from Fuzhou to ensure that they get the quality they want.  The other key is a meticulous cooking process where the wine lees is slowly cooked over hours with the other ingredients to give it that complexity of flavour!

Threadfin HeadFish Head with Bean Paste Sauce $ 35

Their steamed threadfin head with soya bean paste is excellent.  Even before I had the dish, I knew that they were really passionate about their ingredients when Mr Tang mentioned they they used “Balai Ngor“.  This threadfin which are caught off Tanjung Balai just and hour and a half ferry ride from Singapore is a highly sought after fish.   They steam their fish with their tasty soya bean paste such that the flavours have sufficient time to penetrate into the meat. Little cubes of freshly fried lard accompany the sauce which help to create little explosions of flavours in the mouth!  4.5/5

Prawn cakesPrawn Rolls $ 20

The prawn rolls are very nice but I think that the first thing most people will notice about them is how thinly they are sliced.  The reality, I feel, is that they have been sliced thin so that it appears more substantial.  The fact is that Mr Tang still insists on using only pure sua lor prawns meat and caul fat to make his rolls.  In the past, these ingredients were cheap and widely available.  But nowadays the cost of ingredients have gone up so much that they had to reduce the portion in order to continue selling it at an acceptable price.  That is unfortunate as I felt that in order to fully enjoy the prawn rolls, you need at least two slices for a satisfying chew.  4/5

Crispy DuckCrispy Fragrant Duck $ 40

I was pleasantly surprised with the crispy fragrant duck.  This is a dish which I have come across a few times and I have always felt it was over rated.  That was until I tasted the crispy fragrant duck at Lee Do.  Now I understand how this dish has had the ability to remain a classic on the Chinese menu.

The duck was crispy on the outside but flesh is not overly dried out so that there is still sufficient juices that ooze out of the stringy meat when you chew.  There was a depth of flavour in the meat which is the result of a complex process of marination, followed by steaming and drying before being deep fried.  It was accompanied by a sauce which balances the flavour perfectly.  4.5/5

Chap ChyeFuzhou Steamed White Cabbage $ 18

I was quite taken aback by the bright orange hue of the steamed white cabbage.  Mushy stewed cabbage is a dish which is made by the various dialect groups but I have never seen one which is orange in colour!  Mr Tang tells me that a bit of colouring is added to the cabbage because it would have looked too plain and uninteresting otherwise.  The texture is marvellously silky but I would have liked the flavour to have a little more punch.  4/5

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Conclusion

The discovery of Lee Do just goes to show that even after 10 years of blogging, there are still wonderful old school restaurants waiting to be uncovered!  I was very impressed with the quality of ingredients and the passion of the Tang family to keep their food authentic.  If you have never experienced Fuzhou food before, then this is a great opportunity to try some distinctly unique dishes!

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Apple-Watch

Apple Granted Patent For Modular Apple Watch Bands With Additional Sensors

By | January 25th, 2017

Apple has finally been granted a patent which shows a potential direction that the company may be looking to take to bring additional value proposition to the Apple Watch with future iterations.

Granted today, but first came to light in early 2016, the said patent is titled “Modular functional band links for wearable devices” and gives us more insight into the potential for the company to start building Apple Watch bands which ship with additional built-in functionality to enhance the capabilities of Apple Watch, but without having to amend the Apple Watch itself and having to forward it for stringent FDA approval.

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It would be relatively easy for Apple to integrate additional sensors directly into the Apple Watch hardware in order to make the product more capable of sensing and recording additional information.

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook has already talked openly about this back in 2015 when discussing health products, suggesting that the preference would be to come up with a different solution to essentially achieve the same thing as the FDA approval cycles are “too long”.

This patent, and Cook’s earlier comments, could simply walk hand-in-hand together, and could point us in the direction Apple is looking to take in order to produce Apple Watch bands that are modular in nature, and ship with additional internal components and functionality, such as additional health sensors, or even a small integrated battery that can provide emergency power to the Apple Watch if the need ever arises.

Of course, like most patents, this particular one uses purposely broad terminology so as to not limit the implementation of the patent.

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The present disclosure details systems, apparatuses, and methods related to modular functional band links for wearable devices. A wearable device may be electrically and mechanically coupled to a band including multiple modular functional band links that are each electrically and mechanically connected to one or more other of the modular functional band links and/or the wearable device. Each of the modular functional band links may include one or more electronic components.

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So it seems that Apple could envisage a future with Watch bands sold as additional accessories with one or more pieces of functionality baked in. Regardless of any improvements made to how a battery performs on a device, consumers will always want more, but this is only one potential route Apple could take. We’re looking forward to this one developing.

(Source: USPTO)

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5 Romantic Places Where You Can Surprise your Date for Less Than $50 Near Valentine’s Day

The time of the year is here again, where couples splurge on dates and gifts for each other. We don’t always have hundreds of dollars to make our special one feel extra loved on this day, especially when meals can easily cost twice the amount they usually do. Here’s a short guide on how you can impress your date all the same, under $ 50, with The Entertainer App!

Think having a meal at Toby’s Estate, Fat Cow, and KPO for just half the price. Yes, HALF! Super worth it, right? The Entertainer offers a wide array of ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ offers at top restaurants, swanky bars, popular nightspots, interesting attractions, gorgeous spas, and even luxurious hotels in Asia. You can save up to $ 175,000 a year- it’s that good!

Wanna save more than $ 645 on food, hotels and spas in 2017?

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Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play now! 2 steps is all it takes. All you have to do is to register your email, and enter a 4 digit pin of your choice. You will need that pin to redeem offers!

When there are over 1700 1-for-1 offers from more than 500 merchants, you are bound to find something that catches your eye. Simply key in your pin and get the staff from the restaurant to key in theirs to complete the redemption. TAADAA, it’s that simple. You can be enjoying a dinner for two for just $ 38++ at a nice restaurant. Your second main course (the one of the same or lower value) will be completely free. Redemption requires no advance notice or pre-booking (with the exception of hotel, activities and services).

Furthermore, you can enjoy three “buy one main course, get one main course” offers at every F&B merchant. A minimum of 2 diners is required for the redemption of one offer. You can redeem all three offers in one visit if you’re popping by with a large group. But…. what if 3 isn’t enough? Don’t worry. With smiles, a virtual currency system, you can earn and spend rewards throughout the year. This includes offer top-ups!

This year, The Entertainer is proud to introduce a new app, Cheers Singapore. Cheers to 2-for-1 drinks at over 800 bars and restaurants! How about an alcohol marathon at Bob’s Bar, Mad Men, Longplay and more?! You can literally drink till you drop!

Check out with the code “MISSTAMCHIAK2017” to get both The Entertainer App and Cheers Singapore App for just $ 98 (u.p: $ 250)! The offer ends at midnight on 27th Jan. What is $ 98 compared to the hundreds and hundreds of dollars you will save in the future?

Well, to keep the good news rolling, we have come up with a list of romantic restaurants that promises not to break the bank. Here’s how to spend $ 50 on 2 mains and a dessert with The Entertainer. Love and be loved! (Note: Offers cannot be used on 14 February 2017)

Jamie’s Italian
Save $ 26.50++ (Spicy Meatball Pizza)

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Italian food always seems to have a way with our hearts, regardless of occasion. The cosy Jamie’s Italian serves up traditional, homely tastes of Italy with a unique twist.

You can take a trip down memory lane with Jamie Italian’s hand-made artisan pizzas, which are baked upon order. The pizza dough is lovingly made by hand and proved for hours before being gently hand-stretched – the key to an irresistibly crisp base.

Address: 583 Orchard Road, #01-01/04 Forum, Singapore 238884

Phone: +65 6655 7676

Arteastiq
Save $ 25++ (Aphrodite Benedict)

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Movies, no. Sentosa, no. Karaoke, no. Clueless on how to plan the perfect day?

How about spending some therapeutic bonding time together? It might appear boring, but trust me, art jamming with your partner is so much more fun than you think! At the same time, you can sip on Arteastiq’s wide selection of teas.

Indulge in some classic brunch items with unique names, such as the Mermaid’s Blush – Pan Seared Snapper. In addition, the charming atmosphere is bound to make your day!

Address: #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897

Phone: +65 6235 8370

Portico Singapore
Save $ 27++ (Red Wine-Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek)

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Portico, which means ‘porch’ in Italian, is where family, friends and guests are invited into the home. Paying close attention to details, every piece of furniture is hand-picked by the team to create a homely atmosphere. The main course selection comprises a spectrum of meats and seafood.

The Red Wine-Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek is braised for a good 3 hours in an oven, and you can expect a meltingly soft meat coated in a flavourful Villa Girardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico red wine sauce and Bourguignon sauce. To finish off your meal on a high, go for the Deconstructed Blackforest.

Address: #01-10, 991B Alexandra Road, Singapore 119970

Phone: +65 6276 7337

Riders Café
Save $ 16++ (Soft Shell Crab Benedict with Poached Eggs, Spinach & Tomatoes)

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Take your date on the ride of his or her life at one of Singapore’s most popular brunch spots situated behind the lush greenery at Bukit Timah. Get away from the city life and enjoy a lovely brunch at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Go for a table at the balcony, where you can see horses if you’re lucky!

How about some Soft Shell Crab Benedict with Poached Eggs, Spinach & Tomatoes to kick off your egg-citing afternoon? Tuck into your scrumptious mains while you engage in delightful conversations. End the afternoon on a sweet note with the Freshly baked Tea Scones with Clotted Cream & Raspberry Jam.

Address: 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965

Phone: +65 6466 9819

Nassim Hill Bakery Bar and Bistro
Save $ 25++ (Chilli Crab Pasta)

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Fine dining isn’t for everyone, and it’s absolutely fine. Sometimes, a gorgeous cafe like Nassim Hill Bakery will do the trick too. The spacious and chic bistro is a superb place for an enjoyable quality date that might be rare to come by.

The menu is pretty basic with a variety of mains and pastas that have no lack in quantity and quality. The Chilli Crab Pasta, composing of al-dente pasta strands generously drenched in thick chilly crab gravy, could be an option for chilli-lovers. If you’re interested, the cafe also offers freshly-baked goods in the morning for breakfast and all day cocktails.

Address: 56 Tanglin Rd, #01-03 Tanglin Post Office, Singapore 247964

Phone: +65 6835 1128

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We’ve got it all planned out for you, so, what are you waiting for? All you gotta do is to purchase the app and enjoy all the savings and rewards! Only The Entertainer allows you to indulge and save at the same time. Don’t lose out and get yours today!

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9 Restaurants That Will Be Open Over CNY 2017 Because Non-Chinese People Need To Eat Outside Too

Restaurants open over the CNY weekend

It’s Singapore’s most raved holiday of the year, and that means we’ll be seeing a whole lot of people on Instagram posting photos of #ootds, reunion meals and and their cute baby nephews or nieces.

As a Korean living in Singapore, I’m part of the non-Chinese crowd that doesn’t go house visiting during CNY *cue sad music*. When I’m not crashing CNY gatherings at my friends’ homes, I’ll always be on the lookout for restaurants that are still running throughout the festive period.

If you’re like me and you’re not house-hopping, here are some places that you can dine at during the CNY weekend without getting disappointed at the door! Remember to take some good photos to show the people of Instagram that you’re not missing out.

1. Margarita’s

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With long opening hours and huge portions to satisfy the heavy eaters, Margarita’s is the perfect place for hang outs with your friends. Listen to Spanish renditions of your favourite pop music and you might trick yourself into thinking that you’re in a completely different country!

Don’t miss out on their delicious Chicken/Beef Fajitas ($ 32), which are juicy and sweet chunks of meat served with tortillas and 4 dips of vastly differently flavours ranging from sour to spicy. It’s located at Dempsey Hill so public transport is rather limited, but the food and time spent with your company will be well worth your travel hassle.

Address: 11 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249673
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Sun to Thu), 11:30am – 12am (Fri and Sat)
Telephone: 6471 3228

2. Barrio by Mex Out

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Barrio by Mex Out is a more affordable alternative to Margarita’s, sans the chill atmosphere because its outlets are in the bustling malls of 313 Somerset and Vivocity. Their Char Grilled Chicken Taco ($ 12.90) tastes amazing with its spicy kick of salsa sauce, and it’s a safe choice for those not-so-adventurous eaters of strong Mexican spices. As they strongly advocate, “I don’t want tacos, said no juan ever.”

Address: Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-116, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm every day
Telephone: 6265 6260

3. Kanshoku Ramen Bar

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Truffles aren’t even a rare treat on our sunny island anymore, and Kanshoku Ramen Bar serves the richest Dry Truffle Ramen ($ 16.90) at a reasonable price.

Warning: the scent is really strong, so you’ll either love it or hate it depending on your affinity with truffles. If you’re not a fan, try their soupy ramen that is sure to relieve your CNY post-party hangovers.

Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #B3-18, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm every day
Telephone: 6509 8221

4. Mon Bijou

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I love me some hidden gems in Orchard, and Mon Bijou is one of my treasures for an illusory trip to France. Brightly lit with marbled tables perfect for Instagram flat-lay shots, the visuals of the food here are only complementary to its taste.

Instead of traditional pastas, treat yourself some generous melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu Beef Cheese Burger ($ 26) or their signature Crab Cake Benedict ($ 20) with poached eggs and crab croquettes drizzled with hollandaise sauce. Complete your French affair with a wide selection of pastries from macarons and tarts to cakes!

Address: 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm every day
Telephone: 6739 6738

5. Pizza Fabbrica

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Located near the happening area of Arab Street, Pizza Fabbrica is raved for their wood-fired pizzas with crispy crusts and seafood dishes. Frutti Di Mare Pizza ($ 28) is a seafood funfair on a single plate topped with mussels, scallops, prawns and chewy, fresh mozzarella.

Besides pizzas, try their Tuscan Style Seafood Stew ($ 28), a slightly spicy concoction served with a generous variety of seafood too. The mains are perfect for sharing, so this is a good place for group gatherings too!

Address: 70 Bussorah St, Singapore 199483
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun to Thurs, closed on Mon), 12pm–12am (Fri and Sat)
Telephone: 6291 0434 

6. Supply and Demand

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You might find it a little odd the have a soft egg on your pizza, but Supply and Demand does it right with their fusion of Italian and Asian cuisine. They’re well known for their pizzas, so don’t miss out on them if you go! Pop the yolk on the Morning After Pizza ($ 18/$ 22) and let it ooze through the the surface before biting into its moist goodness. It might be crowded during the CNY weekend especially for dinner so you might want to book your tables fast.

Address: Explanade, 8 Raffles Ave #01-13, Singapore 039802 (Esplanade)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Mon to Thu), 6pm – 3am (Fri and Sat), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
Telephone: 6336 0588

7. Kaw Kaw SG (Halal)

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Hanging out with my Muslim friends always required extra research on my part so that I wouldn’t bring them to a place which was tidak halal. Spacious and perfect for group gatherings, Kaw Kaw SG is a quaint cafe that radiates warmth and feels like home.

Order their burgers, especially the vegetarian Portobello Burger ($ 12.40)  that might change the opinions of staunch meat lovers. Their famous Permaisuri Burger ($ 16.70) is a must-try for its crispy and thick chicken patty — well fit for a permaisuri (queen).

Address: 28 Aliwal St, Aliwal Arts Centre #01-01, Singapore 199918
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Sun to Thu), 3pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sat)
Telephone: 6444 8349

8. Royz et Vous (Halal)

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This is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that serves halal wine ($ 8.90 by glass)! An atas cafe sure to impress a date, their succulent, large portioned Brazen Beef ($ 32.90) and Smoked Duck ($ 26.90) sprinkled with homemade spice are sure to satisfy your meat cravings. Best of all, they’re cooked up in a halal certified kitchen.

For drinks, try the Red Rooibos Tea Latte ($ 7) which has an interesting flavour of sweet and fragrant rooibos, an uncommon ingredient in Singapore.

Address: 137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01, Singapore 068602
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed from 4pm – 5pm daily
Telephone: 6293 0270

9. Ninja Bowl

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Holla to all the health junkies! These rice bowls may look like a random rojak of meat and vegetables, but they’re a delicious combination of all nutrients in the food pyramid, ranging from carbs, vegetables, to protein. Recommended bowls are Yasai ($ 16) for salmon lovers and Buta ($ 14) for savoury chashu fans. 

Their opening hours are slightly different over CNY, but you’ll still be able to get a decent breakfast or lunch.

Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Opening Hours (for CNY): 9:30am – 6pm (27 Jan), 9:30am – 3pm (28/29 Jan), 9:30am – 9:30pm (30 Jan)
Usual Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9:30am – 6pm (Sat and Sun)
Telephone: 6222 8055

Hearts and tummies full this Chinese New Year

Family gatherings aside, CNY is a great festive time for you to meet your friends and talk about the good ol’ times. I might not get as much angbaos as my Chinese friends, but I’ve always enjoyed CNY with some good food and catch-up sessions with my best pals. Jio your non-Chinese friends along with you to have a chill time outside this CNY! If you’re one of those lucky ones who’s invited for a house visit, remember to bring a pair of mandarin oranges with you. Gong xi fa cai!

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