Valley Point is a condominium built on the old Fraser and Neave site along River Valley Road. Next to it is a serviced apartment complex, Frasers Suites. The residents of these two places are very fortunate people because they are served by a collection of shops and restaurants that are housed in the retail podium block of the development. Here there are a number of restaurants, a supermarket (Fairprice Finest), a pet shop, a brilliant wine shop (Crystal Wines) and many daily conveniences. At our recent visit, we noticed that the eating places at Valley Point mall have been refreshed recently, with some new restaurants taking over some of the old ones. One of the new ones that caught our eye was a restaurant named Erwin’s Gastrobar.
Nestled within the cluster of restaurants and other retail shops within the residential neighbourhood of Watten Estate is a small collection of Italian restaurants. Donna Carmela Italian restaurant is one of them. It is probably the second most prominent restaurant as you approach this dining belt along Greenwood Avenue. The most prominent being Rubato, by virtue of its distinctive signboard. Both of them occupy large corner units and are the biggest restaurants in the area.
Pacific Marketplace in the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore at Raffles Boulevard is a gourmet grocery which is also a great place for a simple meal at any time of the day. The beautifully decorated upscale grocery has shelves of enticing culinary delights – exquisitely packaged pickles and sauces as well as hams, sausages, cakes and other desserts. Pacific Marketplace is also a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and 3-tiered afternoon tea. It has added a new hearty dinner menu comprising a variety of tapas and mains.
During the recent year end festivities, we were invited by a friend to dine at the restaurant known as Verandah Cafe at the British Club, of which he was a member. We were told to expect very good Indian cuisine which he claims is one of the best in Singapore. Our initial reaction was one of surprise, then we reasoned that it was not unexpected as the British are known to love their curries.
There is a new cafe in Tanjong Katong just opposite the Katong Post Office named Toothsome Cafe. The name immediately reminded me of Oliver Dental Surgery down the road. I asked the manager of the cafe (or maybe the owner) about the name and he said it was derived from the idea of awesome food. The dictionary meanings of toothsome are “temptingly tasty” and “good-looking; attractive“. I thought the new cafe was quite attractive but the food there, though good, could not be said to be awesome.