Lunch at Taste Paradise Dynasty Westgate – casual Chinese restaurant in Jurong East

It has just dawned on me that the restaurant group formerly known as Taste Paradise has dropped the word “Taste” from their name. On their official website they are now simply known as the Paradise Group. Within the Paradise Group, there are different categories of restaurants. The Taste Paradise Dynasty class of restaurants seems to have a focus on northern Chinese cuisine. They also have the colourful xiao long bao as one of the main attractions on the menu.  We had lunch at Paradise Dynasty Westgate recently.

 Taste Paradise Dynasty Westgate restaurant

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Kok Sen Restaurant – Michelin Bib Gourmand authentic Singapore ‘local’ food

Kok Sen Restaurant is a Singapore zi char outfit that was named a Singapore Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Singapore Michelin Guide.  Located in the Keong Saik dining enclave, the humble Kok Sen restaurant ticks all the boxes of what makes a good local restaurant in Singapore – traditional coffee shop atmosphere, good food, friendly service and fairly priced. Being air-conditioned is a bonus.

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天勝 Tensho by MOF- Japanese Specialty Tendon at Centrepoint

Tensho Tendon at Centrepoint

Tensho (天勝) by MOF is a Japanese Specialty Tendon

Tempura Donburi 天ぷら丼ぶり or Tendon 天丼,  started to become very popular in Singapore slightly more than a year ago. We managed to try Tempura Rice Bowls at Kohaku Tempura Restaurant at Suntec City, when it was one of the very few specialty Japanese tendon restaurants in Singapore. Now there are many more options. 天勝 Tensho by MOF is a Japanese Specialty Tendon restaurant at The Centrepoint. It is in a convenient location and the prices are reasonable.

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Putien Kitchener Road – Affordable Michelin Star restaurant Singapore

Putien Kitchener Road (莆田)is located on the fringe of Little India.  This one Michelin Star restaurant listed in the Singapore Michelin Guides 2016 and 2017 does not have a five-star location. It is good that the Michelin folks have spotted this restaurant that is away from the usual gourmet pockets like Keong Saik or Orchard Road.  Putien Kitchener Road is the original Putien restaurant.  From there, the Putien restaurant chain has spread to 12 outlets in Singapore and many more overseas. We had been to some of their other outlets such as Putien Ion Orchard, but not the main restaurant.

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Swee Lee Social Club Cafe @ Star Vista – a meeting place for guitar heroes

Swee Lee, the musical instrument store that we have grown up with since their earlier days in Bras Basah, is undergoing some changes. According to Straits Times article Wilmar founder’s son Kuok Meng Ru building cloud-based music community BandLabthe younger Kuok had bought over Swee Lee in 2012 and is now making it into a modern enterprise.  Sales have doubled since then.  The smallish Swee Lee store at Star Vista has been converted into a 5,000 sq ft flagship store.  A cafe called Swee Lee Social Club is tucked away in an inner part of the store. Looks like Mr Kuok is really refreshing the musical scene. There was another Business Times report on his inroads into the global music business Kuok Meng Ru wants to buy 51% of Rolling Stone he doesn’t own.

Swee Lee Social Club Cafe @ Star Vista

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An Acai Affair in Katong

An Acai Affair Katong

Katong is an area known for good food and a wide range of eateries. There are all sorts of tempting and often calorie-rich food. Just take a short walk from Odeon Katong to Joo Chiat Road and there will be several very inviting ice cream parlours – like Scoop Therapy, Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream and Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique – to test your self control. For those who like to indulge without feeling too guilty, there is  An Acai Affair which offers acai bowls that look like ice cream and taste like ice cream.

An Acai Affair Katong

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