My meal at Muji Cafe Paragon – economical rice Japanese style

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The proper name of the Muji Cafe Paragon is Cafe & Meal MUJI Paragon. It is located at  level 4 of this glamorous shopping mall on Orchard Road, Singapore. It is right next to the regular Muji store. Decorated in the trademark simple wooden finish of Muji products, this was a good-looking cafe.

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5th Quarter – hip new restaurant (renamed Salted & Hung and moved to Purvis Street)

5th Quarter Hotel Vagabond Singapore Syed Alwi

Hotel Vagabond Singapore Syed Alwi

Housed within the newly opened Hotel Vagabond along Syed Alwi Road, 5th Quarter Restaurant is the latest establishment of the Unlisted Collection. Like several other Unlisted Collection’s outlets – such as Ember, Esquina, Majestic and Provision Shop – 5th Quarter Restaurant is in a neighbourhood where the process of gentrification is starting. 5th Quarter’s location and its decor may be somewhat offbeat. What is spot on is the meaty menu of Executive Chef Andrew Nocente, an Australian with Italian heritage, featuring house-cured charcuterie, grilled meats  and other delightful dishes. Continue reading →

Mak’s Noodle Westgate, Jurong East

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Mak’s Noodle, the famous wonton noodle restaurant from Hong Kong has opened another branch in Jurong East Singapore. Mak’s Noodle Westgate is their second outlet in Singapore, after the first one at Centrepoint. Thankfully, this time round, there was no queue when I decided to go check out this well-known noodle shop. At 11 plus on a weekday, the restaurant was half full (which is pretty good by any standard), the flow of patrons was regular but there was no queue, unlike the case of the first outlet at Centrepoint. (Read our review here).

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No hearth but bread and more at Bread & Hearth Katong V

Bread & Hearth Katong V

The folks in Katong are really spoilt for choice when it comes to bakeries. Popular artisanal bakeries like Do.Main French Bakery and Artisan Boulangerie Co. are now joined by Bread & Hearth. We have visited Bread & Hearth in Keong Siak Street and liked the place (see our post Bread & Hearth – Not Bread Alone). One of the things we liked about Bread & Hearth Keong Siak was the scent of baking bread from the kitchen. There is no hearth in Bread & Hearth Katong V but you can still get good bread, delicious pastries and more at this newly opened bakery cafe in East Coast. Continue reading →

Umi+Vino Seafood Wine Bar @ Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square


Umi+Vino Seafood Wine Bar was the first restaurant we decided to try when we visited Singapore’s new integrated Japanese food and retail attraction,  Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square. There are seven restaurants integrated within the emporium concept at Emporium Shokuhin. Having just walked around the wonderful live and chilled seafood market there, we thought Umi+Vino Seafood Wine Bar would be a good place to start eating our way through the emporium.  “Umi” means “sea” in Japanese.

For an overview of Emporium Shokuhin and the 7 restaurants, you can view our earlier post here.

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Karafuru Desserts – a new wonderful cafe at Jalan Klapa (Closed)

Karufuru Desserts

We have seen so many photos of the colourful parfait and eclairs of Karafuru Desserts. When we were in the vicinity of Jalan Klapa we just could not resist visiting Karafuru Desserts just to see with our own  eyes the too beautiful to eat creations of the Japanese-inspired desserts cafe. We were not disappointed. We were indeed treated to a feast for our eyes. Continue reading →