The Communal Place – a new restaurant in Joo Chiat

Communal Place Pasta

For visitors and residents alike, one of biggest draws of the Joo Chiat-Katong heritage neighbourhood is the vast array of dining options. The Communal Place is a new restaurant which can burnish the neighbourhood’s reputation as one of the best dining destinations in Singapore. Located near the Joo Chiat Road-East Coast Road junction, The Communal Place is a trendy cafe, a casual diner and a bar rolled into one.

The Communal Place

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Lunch at Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond, a small town near Hobart, Tasmania


One way of exploring Tasmania is to use Hobart as a base.  Quite a few attractions can be covered as a day trip from the city.  There are some small towns to explore near Hobart.  Richmond Village about 30 km from Hobart.  Its two historic attractions are Australia’s oldest bridge (built in 1825) and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic church, St John’s.    The town itself is a pretty place. We had lunch at Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond. It was a decision we did not lightly make as we only had the chance to have only one meal there. It turned out to be a good decision.

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Me Wah Hobart – a top Chinese restaurant in Tasmania


Me Wah Hobart is a Chinese restaurant in the Sandy Bay area of Hobart, Tasmania. We were told that it was one of two top Chinese restaurants in Hobart. The other one is in the casino, which we did not have a chance to try.  Sandy Bay is an area just outside the CBD area which is popular with locals as well as students from the nearby University of Tasmania.  There is a town centre with a cluster of shops and restaurants which is bustling yet has a laid back feel.  It has the vibes that remind us of Holland Village in Singapore.

Me Wah Hobart
Me Wah Hobart Chinese Restaurant

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Franklin Hobart – dinner at top rated restaurant in Tasmania and Australia


The Franklin Hobart restaurant is one that has received a lot of good press. It shows up in many listing of top restaurants in Tasmania and Australia. According to the Franklin website, they have received awards for being the number 1 restaurant in Tasmania and #6 in Australia.  We had to include it on our list of restaurants during our visit to Tasmania.

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Urban Greek Hobart


Urban Greek Hobart is a good Greek restaurant that we tried during our recent visit to Hobart, Tasmania.  It scored well in all the areas important to us: food, price, ambience and service.  Located in a convenient area in the city of Hobart, Urban Greek is set up by folks who had spent 20 years on the island of Crete. Which may explain the big scary mural with the mythical Greek minotaur in the dining area.

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