Simply Life @ NAFA Campus (Closed)

Space now occupied by Hangout Cafe.

Simply Life @ NAFA

Simply Life is a cafe on Campus 1 of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at Bencoolen Street. It is probably intended primarily as an amenity for the students and staff of NAFA but the generally public is welcomed and it operates on weekends as well. It offers beverages, desserts, small bites as well as local and western entrees at very affordable prices.

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La Taperia at Shaw Centre, Singapore

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La Taperia Cocina Espanola is located on level 2 of the newly reopened Shaw Centre. Formerly named “Terry’s” after the Spanish chef who also operates a highly regarded restaurant in Manila, the change of name was apparently brought about after some issues surfaced between the chef and the local partners.  La Taperia is now helmed by local chefs. Anyway, those matters are of no concern to us, except maybe to explain the slightly makeshift signboard which looks out of place in this corner of Shaw Centre which it shares with its grand looking sibling F&B outlets Vinum, Caveau Wines, and Whisky Library.

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One-Ninety Bar by Javier De Las Muelas

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Located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore, the One-Ninety Bar and Terraza is a luxuriously appointed oasis in the heart of busy Orchard Road. The hotel had apparently engaged Javier De Las Muelas from the Dry Martini Bar in Barcelona to craft their cocktails which will “take people on a journey through the senses”.

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Leisure Park Kallang Refreshed : New F&B Choices

Leisure Park Kallang F&B

Leisure Park Kallang F&B

(Updated on 18 June 2016) The old Kallang Leisure Park familiar to those in the East has been undergoing a facelift and is now known as Leisure Park Kallang! Not much of a change in terms of its name but the new leisure complex is definitely offering a wider and more interesting range of food and beverage options. Leisure Park Kallang, situated near the Indoor Stadium and the new National Stadium – Singapore Sports Hub, has several new restaurants and cafes. A few of the familiar eating places are still there, as are the bowling alley, ice skating ring and cineplex.

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Singapore Restaurant Week 2014 at Latteria Mozzarella Bar


This is the last of our Singapore Restaurant Week 2014 trilogy. Our previous outings were to Laurent’s @ Portsdown and Burlamacco. Our experience thus far had generally been positive and we were curious to know how our series of dining during the week would end.  As in the earlier meals, we had selected Latteria Mozzarella Bar as it was a place we have not eaten at before. In fact we had not heard of it until we saw it on the list. Latteria is located on Duxton Hill. This is the part of the Duxton area where the the buildings seem prettier and the general atmosphere is more relaxed than the lower part of Duxton. It is a corner unit and so is able to create a large al fresco dining area out of the adjoining lawn.

We had been to this area recently and had lunch at another Italian restaurant, Alba 1836, which was just two doors away but we somehow did not notice Latteria. As we said in our post on Burlamacco, we support the Restaurant Week precisely because of this reason – introducing us to places we otherwise would not go to, even when it is right under our noses.


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Seletar Mall Opens – We check out the restaurants and find out what to eat there.

Seletar Mall

Seletar Mall

(Updated on 28 Nov 2014) The Seletar Mall finally opens for business! After watching the construction of the mall taking shape over the last 24 months or so, residents of North East Singapore now have a mall of their own. According to the Business Times report on 3 November, the mall, which is jointly developed by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and United Engineers Ltd, obtained its temporary occupation permit on 28 October. More than 99% of the space in the mall has been spoken for. The anchor tenants are Fairprice Finest, Shaw Theatres, Foodfare foodcourt and department store BHG. For those of you who are not so familiar with the area, Seletar Mall is located on Sengkang West Avenue at the junction with Fernvale Road. The Fernvale LRT station is just right at its door step. If this is still Greek to you, then I am sure you will know where it is if I tell you it is a couple of minutes drive towards the East from the famous Jalan Kayu roti prata stall.

We are as usual, interested only in finding out what to eat at the mall. Today we take you on a walkabout to check out the F&B outlets. Other than some of the outlets which are still doing their renovations, most of the F&B outlets are in operation. It was extremely crowded in this rather compact mall. For those who arrive by public transport, they have it easy as there is direct access to the bus stop, taxi stand and LRT station. Those who drive should be prepared to wait especially during the first few months as many curious residents come to take a look. It is also a long drive down to the carpark which is in basements 3 to 5. We suggest you take the travellators and escalators. The lifts are slow.

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