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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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Getting Started with React.js

React.js is a flexible and component-based JavaScript library for building interactive user interfaces. It was created and open-sourced by Facebook and is used by many leading tech companies such as Dropbox, AirBnB, PayPal, and Netflix. React allows developers to create data-heavy apps that can be painlessly updated by re-rendering only the necessary components.

React is the View layer from the MVC software design pattern, and it mainly focuses on DOM manipulation. As these days everyone talks about React, in this post we are taking a look at how you can get started with it.

React Home Page

React Home Page

Install React

You can install React either with the npm package manager or by adding the necessary libraries manually to your HTML page. It’s recommended using React with Babel that allows you to use the ECMAScript6 syntax and JSX in your React code.

If you want to install React manually, the official docs recommend to use this HTML file. You can download the page by clicking the File > Save Page As... menu in your browser. The scripts you’ll need (React, React DOM, Babel) will also get downloaded into the react-example_files/ folder. Then, add the following script tags to the <head> section of your HTML document:

  <script src="react-example_files/react.js"></script>  <script src="react-example_files/react-dom.js"></script>  <script src="react-example_files/babel.js"></script> 

Instead of downloading them, you can add the React scripts from CDN as well.

 <script src="https://unpkg.com/react@15/dist/react.js"></script> <script src="https://unpkg.com/react-dom@15/dist/react-dom.js"></script> 

You can also use the minified versions of the above JavaScript files:

 <script src="https://unpkg.com/react@15/dist/react.min.js"></script> <script src="https://unpkg.com/react-dom@15/dist/react-dom.min.js"></script> 

If you’d rather install React with npm, the best way is to use the Create React App Github repo created by Facebook Incubator — this is also the solution that the React docs recommend. Apart from React, it also contains Webpack, Babel, Autoprefixer, ESLint, and other developer tools. To get started, use the following CLI commands:

 npm install -g create-react-app create-react-app my-app cd my-app npm start 

When you’re ready, you can access your new React app on the localhost:3000 URL:

NPM starter app

NPM starter app

If you want to read more on how to install React, check out the installation guideline of the docs.

React and JSX

Although it’s not compulsory, you can use the JSX syntax in your React apps. JSX stands for JavaScript XML, and it transpiles into regular JavaScript. The big advantage of JSX is that it lets you include HTML in your JavaScript files, therefore it makes defining React elements easier.

Here are the most important things to know about JSX:

  1. Tags that start with lowercase (lower camel case) are rendered as regular HTML elements.
  2. Tags that start with uppercase (upper camel case) are rendered as React components.
  3. Any code written within curly braces {…} are interpreted as literal JavaScript.

If you want to know more about how to use JSX with React check out this page from the docs, and for the default JSX documentation you can take a look at the JSX wiki.

Create React elements

React has a component-based architecture in which developers create reusable components in order to solve different problems. A React component is built up of some or many React elements that are the smallest units of React apps.

Below, you can see a simple example of a React element that adds a Click me button to an HTML page. In the HTML, we add a <div> container with the "myDiv" ID that will be populated with the React element. We create our React element within a <script> tag, right before the ending </body> tag. Note that if you want to use the JSX syntax, you need to add the type="text/babel" attribute in order to make Babel perform the compiling.

 <body>  <div id="myDiv"></div>   <script type="text/babel">    ReactDOM.render(      <button>Click me</button>,      document.getElementById('myDiv')    );  </script> </body> 

We render our React element with the ReactDOM.render() method which takes two required parameters, the React element (<button>Click me</button>) and its container (document.getElementById('myDiv')). You can read more on how React elements work in the “Rendering Elements” section of the docs.

Create components

React components are reusable, independent UI units in which you can easily update the data. A component can be made of one or many React elements. Props are arbitrary inputs you can use to pass data to a component. A React component works similar to JavaScript functions—every time it’s invoked, it generates some kind of output.

You can use either the classic function syntax or the new ES6 class syntax to define a React component. In this article, I’ll use the latter, as Babel allows us to use ECMAScript 6. If you are interested in how to create a component without ES6, take a look at the Components and Props page of the docs.

Below, you can see the simple React component we are going to create as an example. It’s a basic notification that the user sees after logging into a site. There are three pieces of data that will change from case to case: the name of the user, the number of messages, and the number of notifications, we will pass these as props.

React component example

React component example

Each React component is a JavaScript class that extends the React.Component base class. Our component will be called Stats as it provides the user with a basic statistic. First, we create the Stats class with the class Stats extends React.Component{…} syntax, then we render it to the screen by calling the ReactDOM.render() method (we’ve already used the latter in the previous section).

 class Stats extends React.Component {   render() {     return(        <p className="summary">          Hi {this.props.name}, you have {this.props.notifications}          new notifications and {this.props.messages} new messages.        </p>     );   } }  ReactDOM.render(   <Stats name="John Doe" notifications={5} messages={2} />,   document.getElementById("myStats") ); 

The first argument of the ReactDOM.render() method consists of the name of our React component (<Stats />), and its props (name, notifications, and messages) with their values. When we declare the values of the props, strings are to be enclosed in quotation marks (like "John Doe") and numeric values within curly brackets (like {3}).

Note that because of JavaScript, we used className instead of class in order to pass a class attribute to an HTML tag (className="summary").

The matching HTML page is the following:

 <html>  <head>   <meta charset="utf-8">   <script src="vendors/react.js"></script>   <script src="vendors/react-dom.js"></script>   <script src="vendors/babel.js"></script>  </head>  <body>    <div id="myStats"></div>    <script type="text/babel" src="component.js"></script>  </body> </html> 

In the React docs, there are many other cool examples on how to build & manage React components, and what else to know about props.

Further reading

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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

Joe's Kitchen

Source: @makanninja

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PORNS' Thai Food

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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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20 Cool Cinemas with Magnificent Movie Experience

The earliest cinemas were opened in 1900 and since then movie theatres popped up in almost every city in the world. These days we no longer need to go to the cinema to watch a movie, as we can do it at home. However, no matter how futuristic cinematic pleasure gets, the good ol’ cinema experience will never lose its charm.

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There are some absolutely creative cinemas in the world that offer toally unique experience to its viewers. In today’s collection were going to cover the most creative and unusual cinemas all over the globe. Just scroll down to find out more.

1. Amante, Ibiza, Spain

Amante is one of most breathtaking open air cinemas in the world. Surrounded by rocks and stars, you can enjoy fresh popcorn and Jean Leon wines during watching a movie.

amanteibiza

amanteibiza

2. St. George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney, Australia

St. George OpenAir Cinema is located in the backdrop of popular Sydney Opera House, where cinema experience is combined with good food, drinks and amazing views. The screen is hydraulically raised to stand three storeys high before a 2000 seat grandstand.

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stgeorgeopenair

3. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London, UK

It is one of the most creative summer openair cinemas in London. Every summer they show movies on huge screen and surround sound.

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somersethouse

4. Hot Tub Cinema, UK, USA, Ibiza

This movie theater is aimed to combine great films and hot tub experience. It’s a perfect idea to spend night with friends. The tub can contain up to six people. They encourage you eat, drink, play, dance and enjoy the movie.

hottubcinema

hottubcinema

5. Filmnaechte am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany

The Filmnächte am Elbufer is the most successful open-air cinema and concert festival in Germany with about 150,000 visitors a year. It is held in the summer months from June to August for a period of 60 days in Dresden on the Elbe river.

filmnaechte

filmnaechte

6. Olympia Music Hall, France

This beautiful music hall originally opened in 1889, it has since made many adjustments, like adding screens for film showings. Unfortunately, the beds are not a permanent staple at this popular music hall; instead they were temporarily used as a promotional tool at an event held by Ikea.

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olympiahall

olympiahall

olympiahall

7. Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, Los Angeles, California

If you are ever in Los Angeles, California this awesome theater is worth your time. You can eat dinner and watch a show ’50s-style at drive-in “theater” featuring all-American cuisine and sci-fi movie clips.

sci-fi

sci-fi

8. Urania National Film Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

This fantastic building is beautiful inside and out, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit. This cinema was built in the 1880s as a music and a dance hall. The first consciously made Hungarian film was ‘A tánc’ (The Dance) directed by Béla Zsitkovszky, which came to life as an illustration to one of the shows of the Uránia Scientific Theatre.

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urania

9. Fox Theatre, Detroit, USA

Fox Theatre is Performing Arts Center which was originally planned as part of a large temple Shrine. The auditorium with 4678 seats was opened in 1929, and since then many cultural and artistic events have been held there – from concerts to film screenings.

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fox-theatre

10. Puskin Art Cinema, Budapest, Hungary

Puskin Cinema is one of the most spectacular cinemas of Budapest. The Puskin has been screening moving pictures since 1926 (back when this was the largest cinema in Europe). After the reconstruction, the place was finally converted into a 3-hall cinema with excellent visuals and sound.

puskin

puskin

11. The Odyssey of Pi: Cinema on the Water, Paris, France

Have you seen the movie Life of Pi? Fox France held a premiere screening of Ang Lee’s wonderful Life of Pi — a must see if you haven’t yet—inside the Piscine Pailleron swimming pool, a listed building in Paris.

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life-of-pi

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

12. La Géode, France

Since 1985, la Geode is the largest hemispherical screen in Europe. It had over 20 million of visitors and the image you see really takes your breath away.

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lageode

lageode

lageode

13. Electric Cinema, London, UK

The Electric Cinema is one of the oldest working theaters in the country. The cinema is equipped with luxury leather chairs, ottomans, lush cashmere blankets and exceptional service by waiters. It offers sophisticated cocktails and personal lamps. The first rows of seats have been replaced with six luxury king-size beds.

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electriccinema

14. The Bijou Theater, Bridgeport

This theater hosts both films and live events, offering a total of 202 exclusive seats. It’s a perfect place to relax, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a movie.

thebijoutheatre

thebijoutheatre

15. Cineteca Del Matadero, Madrid, Spain

Huge glowing baskets surround the staircases of this former slaughterhouse in Madrid that Spanish architects Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo have converted into a cinema. First constructed at the start of the 20th century, the Cineteca Matadero was used as an abattoir and livestock market for around 85 years, but is now renovated to accomodate two cinema screens, a film studio, an archive and a terrace for outdoor screenings.

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mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

16. Archipelago Cinema, Thailand

The Archipelago Cinema is simply the coolest cinema in the world and offers a movie experience that no other cinema could possibly match. It is an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea and watch a movie.

archipelago

archipelago

17. Orinda Theatre, California

Designed by architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin built by Donald Rheem in 1941, the art-deco style Orinda Theatre is a true treasure. Orinda Theater plays true to the past with its nostalgic decor, but also shows hit movies from today.

orinda

orinda

orinda

orinda

18. Regent Cinema, Brisbane, Australia

The theatre was originally built in 1938. The design was one which was used nationally. During the war the Regent cinema incurred a major fire which burnt the theatre to the ground. However, these days it has been fully restored to its glory and shows wonderful movies.

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regententertainment

19. Transatlantyk Festival, Poznań

Transatlantyk Festival presents outstanding films and music from all around the world. As you see on the picture, people watched movies lying on the beds in private lounge spaces.

transatlantyk

transatlantyk

20. Film On The Rocks, Red Rocks, Denver, Colorado

This beautiful and expansive outdoor music venue is formed on the surrounding sandstone mountains, offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience. In 2015, over 57,000 people attended Film on the Rocks events.

redrocks

redrocks

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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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20 Cool Cinemas with Magnificent Movie Experience

The earliest cinemas were opened in 1900 and since then movie theatres popped up in almost every city in the world. These days we no longer need to go to the cinema to watch a movie, as we can do it at home. However, no matter how futuristic cinematic pleasure gets, the good ol’ cinema experience will never lose its charm.

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There are some absolutely creative cinemas in the world that offer toally unique experience to its viewers. In today’s collection were going to cover the most creative and unusual cinemas all over the globe. Just scroll down to find out more.

1. Amante, Ibiza, Spain

Amante is one of most breathtaking open air cinemas in the world. Surrounded by rocks and stars, you can enjoy fresh popcorn and Jean Leon wines during watching a movie.

amanteibiza

amanteibiza

2. St. George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney, Australia

St. George OpenAir Cinema is located in the backdrop of popular Sydney Opera House, where cinema experience is combined with good food, drinks and amazing views. The screen is hydraulically raised to stand three storeys high before a 2000 seat grandstand.

stgeorgeopenair

stgeorgeopenair

3. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London, UK

It is one of the most creative summer openair cinemas in London. Every summer they show movies on huge screen and surround sound.

somersethouse

somersethouse

4. Hot Tub Cinema, UK, USA, Ibiza

This movie theater is aimed to combine great films and hot tub experience. It’s a perfect idea to spend night with friends. The tub can contain up to six people. They encourage you eat, drink, play, dance and enjoy the movie.

hottubcinema

hottubcinema

5. Filmnaechte am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany

The Filmnächte am Elbufer is the most successful open-air cinema and concert festival in Germany with about 150,000 visitors a year. It is held in the summer months from June to August for a period of 60 days in Dresden on the Elbe river.

filmnaechte

filmnaechte

6. Olympia Music Hall, France

This beautiful music hall originally opened in 1889, it has since made many adjustments, like adding screens for film showings. Unfortunately, the beds are not a permanent staple at this popular music hall; instead they were temporarily used as a promotional tool at an event held by Ikea.

olympiahall

olympiahall

olympiahall

olympiahall

7. Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, Los Angeles, California

If you are ever in Los Angeles, California this awesome theater is worth your time. You can eat dinner and watch a show ’50s-style at drive-in “theater” featuring all-American cuisine and sci-fi movie clips.

sci-fi

sci-fi

8. Urania National Film Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

This fantastic building is beautiful inside and out, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit. This cinema was built in the 1880s as a music and a dance hall. The first consciously made Hungarian film was ‘A tánc’ (The Dance) directed by Béla Zsitkovszky, which came to life as an illustration to one of the shows of the Uránia Scientific Theatre.

urania

urania

9. Fox Theatre, Detroit, USA

Fox Theatre is Performing Arts Center which was originally planned as part of a large temple Shrine. The auditorium with 4678 seats was opened in 1929, and since then many cultural and artistic events have been held there – from concerts to film screenings.

fox-theatre

fox-theatre

10. Puskin Art Cinema, Budapest, Hungary

Puskin Cinema is one of the most spectacular cinemas of Budapest. The Puskin has been screening moving pictures since 1926 (back when this was the largest cinema in Europe). After the reconstruction, the place was finally converted into a 3-hall cinema with excellent visuals and sound.

puskin

puskin

11. The Odyssey of Pi: Cinema on the Water, Paris, France

Have you seen the movie Life of Pi? Fox France held a premiere screening of Ang Lee’s wonderful Life of Pi — a must see if you haven’t yet—inside the Piscine Pailleron swimming pool, a listed building in Paris.

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

12. La Géode, France

Since 1985, la Geode is the largest hemispherical screen in Europe. It had over 20 million of visitors and the image you see really takes your breath away.

lageode

lageode

lageode

lageode

13. Electric Cinema, London, UK

The Electric Cinema is one of the oldest working theaters in the country. The cinema is equipped with luxury leather chairs, ottomans, lush cashmere blankets and exceptional service by waiters. It offers sophisticated cocktails and personal lamps. The first rows of seats have been replaced with six luxury king-size beds.

electriccinema

electriccinema

14. The Bijou Theater, Bridgeport

This theater hosts both films and live events, offering a total of 202 exclusive seats. It’s a perfect place to relax, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a movie.

thebijoutheatre

thebijoutheatre

15. Cineteca Del Matadero, Madrid, Spain

Huge glowing baskets surround the staircases of this former slaughterhouse in Madrid that Spanish architects Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo have converted into a cinema. First constructed at the start of the 20th century, the Cineteca Matadero was used as an abattoir and livestock market for around 85 years, but is now renovated to accomodate two cinema screens, a film studio, an archive and a terrace for outdoor screenings.

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

16. Archipelago Cinema, Thailand

The Archipelago Cinema is simply the coolest cinema in the world and offers a movie experience that no other cinema could possibly match. It is an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea and watch a movie.

archipelago

archipelago

17. Orinda Theatre, California

Designed by architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin built by Donald Rheem in 1941, the art-deco style Orinda Theatre is a true treasure. Orinda Theater plays true to the past with its nostalgic decor, but also shows hit movies from today.

orinda

orinda

orinda

orinda

18. Regent Cinema, Brisbane, Australia

The theatre was originally built in 1938. The design was one which was used nationally. During the war the Regent cinema incurred a major fire which burnt the theatre to the ground. However, these days it has been fully restored to its glory and shows wonderful movies.

regententertainment

regententertainment

19. Transatlantyk Festival, Poznań

Transatlantyk Festival presents outstanding films and music from all around the world. As you see on the picture, people watched movies lying on the beds in private lounge spaces.

transatlantyk

transatlantyk

20. Film On The Rocks, Red Rocks, Denver, Colorado

This beautiful and expansive outdoor music venue is formed on the surrounding sandstone mountains, offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience. In 2015, over 57,000 people attended Film on the Rocks events.

redrocks

redrocks

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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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20 Cool Cinemas with Magnificent Movie Experience

The earliest cinemas were opened in 1900 and since then movie theatres popped up in almost every city in the world. These days we no longer need to go to the cinema to watch a movie, as we can do it at home. However, no matter how futuristic cinematic pleasure gets, the good ol’ cinema experience will never lose its charm.

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1. Amante, Ibiza, Spain

Amante is one of most breathtaking open air cinemas in the world. Surrounded by rocks and stars, you can enjoy fresh popcorn and Jean Leon wines during watching a movie.

amanteibiza

amanteibiza

2. St. George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney, Australia

St. George OpenAir Cinema is located in the backdrop of popular Sydney Opera House, where cinema experience is combined with good food, drinks and amazing views. The screen is hydraulically raised to stand three storeys high before a 2000 seat grandstand.

stgeorgeopenair

stgeorgeopenair

3. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London, UK

It is one of the most creative summer openair cinemas in London. Every summer they show movies on huge screen and surround sound.

somersethouse

somersethouse

4. Hot Tub Cinema, UK, USA, Ibiza

This movie theater is aimed to combine great films and hot tub experience. It’s a perfect idea to spend night with friends. The tub can contain up to six people. They encourage you eat, drink, play, dance and enjoy the movie.

hottubcinema

hottubcinema

5. Filmnaechte am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany

The Filmnächte am Elbufer is the most successful open-air cinema and concert festival in Germany with about 150,000 visitors a year. It is held in the summer months from June to August for a period of 60 days in Dresden on the Elbe river.

filmnaechte

filmnaechte

6. Olympia Music Hall, France

This beautiful music hall originally opened in 1889, it has since made many adjustments, like adding screens for film showings. Unfortunately, the beds are not a permanent staple at this popular music hall; instead they were temporarily used as a promotional tool at an event held by Ikea.

olympiahall

olympiahall

olympiahall

olympiahall

7. Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, Los Angeles, California

If you are ever in Los Angeles, California this awesome theater is worth your time. You can eat dinner and watch a show ’50s-style at drive-in “theater” featuring all-American cuisine and sci-fi movie clips.

sci-fi

sci-fi

8. Urania National Film Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

This fantastic building is beautiful inside and out, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit. This cinema was built in the 1880s as a music and a dance hall. The first consciously made Hungarian film was ‘A tánc’ (The Dance) directed by Béla Zsitkovszky, which came to life as an illustration to one of the shows of the Uránia Scientific Theatre.

urania

urania

9. Fox Theatre, Detroit, USA

Fox Theatre is Performing Arts Center which was originally planned as part of a large temple Shrine. The auditorium with 4678 seats was opened in 1929, and since then many cultural and artistic events have been held there – from concerts to film screenings.

fox-theatre

fox-theatre

10. Puskin Art Cinema, Budapest, Hungary

Puskin Cinema is one of the most spectacular cinemas of Budapest. The Puskin has been screening moving pictures since 1926 (back when this was the largest cinema in Europe). After the reconstruction, the place was finally converted into a 3-hall cinema with excellent visuals and sound.

puskin

puskin

11. The Odyssey of Pi: Cinema on the Water, Paris, France

Have you seen the movie Life of Pi? Fox France held a premiere screening of Ang Lee’s wonderful Life of Pi — a must see if you haven’t yet—inside the Piscine Pailleron swimming pool, a listed building in Paris.

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

life-of-pi

12. La Géode, France

Since 1985, la Geode is the largest hemispherical screen in Europe. It had over 20 million of visitors and the image you see really takes your breath away.

lageode

lageode

lageode

lageode

13. Electric Cinema, London, UK

The Electric Cinema is one of the oldest working theaters in the country. The cinema is equipped with luxury leather chairs, ottomans, lush cashmere blankets and exceptional service by waiters. It offers sophisticated cocktails and personal lamps. The first rows of seats have been replaced with six luxury king-size beds.

electriccinema

electriccinema

14. The Bijou Theater, Bridgeport

This theater hosts both films and live events, offering a total of 202 exclusive seats. It’s a perfect place to relax, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a movie.

thebijoutheatre

thebijoutheatre

15. Cineteca Del Matadero, Madrid, Spain

Huge glowing baskets surround the staircases of this former slaughterhouse in Madrid that Spanish architects Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo have converted into a cinema. First constructed at the start of the 20th century, the Cineteca Matadero was used as an abattoir and livestock market for around 85 years, but is now renovated to accomodate two cinema screens, a film studio, an archive and a terrace for outdoor screenings.

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

mataderomadrid

16. Archipelago Cinema, Thailand

The Archipelago Cinema is simply the coolest cinema in the world and offers a movie experience that no other cinema could possibly match. It is an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea and watch a movie.

archipelago

archipelago

17. Orinda Theatre, California

Designed by architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin built by Donald Rheem in 1941, the art-deco style Orinda Theatre is a true treasure. Orinda Theater plays true to the past with its nostalgic decor, but also shows hit movies from today.

orinda

orinda

orinda

orinda

18. Regent Cinema, Brisbane, Australia

The theatre was originally built in 1938. The design was one which was used nationally. During the war the Regent cinema incurred a major fire which burnt the theatre to the ground. However, these days it has been fully restored to its glory and shows wonderful movies.

regententertainment

regententertainment

19. Transatlantyk Festival, Poznań

Transatlantyk Festival presents outstanding films and music from all around the world. As you see on the picture, people watched movies lying on the beds in private lounge spaces.

transatlantyk

transatlantyk

20. Film On The Rocks, Red Rocks, Denver, Colorado

This beautiful and expansive outdoor music venue is formed on the surrounding sandstone mountains, offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience. In 2015, over 57,000 people attended Film on the Rocks events.

redrocks

redrocks

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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

Website 

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

Website

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

Website

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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Check out their peppercorn-crusted NY strip!

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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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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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