SMART principles and ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017 Singapore

Valentine's Day 2017 Singapore

Selecting a restaurant for Valentine’s Day 2017 in Singapore is no different from planning any other significant romantic dinner or a hot date with your significant other, except for one thing.  Everybody else is thinking of doing the same thing on the same day. Just in case you have not noticed it, Valentine’s Day 2017 is less than one month away (Tuesday, 14 February 2017). Procrastinate no further. In this day and age, celebrating Valentine’s Day need not be done at a dim candle light dinner. Don’t be a stereotype.

To help our readers who are thinking of where to go for Valentine’s Day 2017, we have not only compiled a list of restaurants, we will also share with you our SMART principles to help with ideas and suggestions for  Valentine’s Day 2017 in Singapore. In selecting a restaurant for Valentine’s Day or for that matter any romantic get together, remember the TOP’s SMART principles of restaurant selection: Serious, Modest, Ambience, Relevant and Takeaways.

Valentine's Day 2017

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Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles at Esplanade

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles at Esplanade Signature Mee Kia

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles at Esplanade

One of the special things about Singapore is the hawker food experience in old coffee shops and food centres. These are places that are usually warm and congested, with hardly any ambience or service worth talking about, but with good food at affordable prices. However, there is a trend of hawkers opening up standalone eateries in posh locations. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles at Esplanade is the latest hawker stall to move upscale. From Pek Kio Market in Little India to the Esplanade Mall by Marina Bay is a big leap. Does the good old prawn noodles taste the same in a modish air-conditioned environment? Continue reading →

Just point and eat at Kurama Robatayaki restaurant @ Millenia Walk

Japanese restaurant Kurama Robatayaki at Millenia Walk has a split personality. The front part of the place looks like a standup bar in a rough neighbourhood. Wire fencing and empty bottles are used to make up the shop front. The counters are propped up by empty beer crates. But be brave and venture deeper and the beautiful side of Kurama Robatayaki reveals itself.

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Beach Road Kitchen – all day dining at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

Beach Road Kitchen South Beach Singapore

Beach Road Kitchen Singapore

Beach Road Kitchen is the new all day dining restaurant of JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. The not so old South Beach Hotel has a new operator and has been re-branded as JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. One of the things the new hotel operator has done is to relocate the hotel’s all day dining restaurant, formerly known as ADHD, to a larger space and give it a new name – Beach Road Kitchen. The move is probably a practical and sensible one from the business perspective. However, we found the new Beach Road Kitchen nice but rather unexciting. Continue reading →

Coffee break at Orange Thimble cafe, Tiong Bahru

We stopped by for a coffee and cake break at Orange Thimble cafe, Tiong Bahru not because we needed to eat or drink, but simply to satisfy our curiosity.  The Orange Thimble cafe is an attractive cafe on Eng Hoon Street.  We had to see what the inside looks like.

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Set Lunch at Acqua e Farina Singapore

Today, we take you with us to our set lunch at Acqua e Farina Singapore, the Italian restaurant at Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah.  This restaurant was formerly known as Galbiati Gourmet Deli until late last year.  ” Acqua e Farina” means water and flour in Italian – essential ingredients which go into making pizza and pasta.  Always popular with folks working in this part of town because of the free parking available, Rail Mall now gets even more human traffic with the opening of the new Hillview Station on the Downtown Line which is a 5 minute walk away.

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