Gan Yakitori @ Star Vista – revisited 2017

We last visited Gan Yakitori @ Star Vista in July 2014.  That was when Star Vista first opened. Over the three years or so,  quite a few restaurants have come and gone.  One of the restaurants that have remained since day one is Gan Yakitori.  On our recent visit in 2017, the place was full at lunch time.  The good food and attractive set lunch menus probably have something to do with it.

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Seow Choon Hua Restaurant – Best Foo Chow Fishballs

Best Foo Chow Noodles in Singapore

After the festive feasting and indulgence, it may be time to try something humble and light, such as tasty fishball noodles. Seow Choon Hua Restaurant 箫钟华餐室 at Sultan Gate is regarded by many as the place in Singapore with the best Foo Chow Fishballs (or Fuzhou fishballs ). This traditional coffeeshop serves good Foo Chow Fish Ball Noodles, in soup version and dry version, and is also famous for its red wine chicken.

Seow Choon Hua Restaurant 箫钟华餐室 best Foo Chow Fishballs

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En Sakaba Jem – Izakaya and bistro in Jurong East

En Sakaba Izakaya and Bistro is a relatively new restaurant that opened in the Jem mall in Jurong East. It is located on the ground floor near the walkway that links to next door mall, Westgate. En Sakaba Jem takes over the space that was previously occupied by Mado Cafe.

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Lai Wah Restaurant – the birth place of Yu Sheng (鱼生)

In an article in Bloomberg “Where in the World to Feast for Chinese New Year” on 25 Jan 2017, two places in Singapore are listed as great restaurants to welcome the lunar new year.  Lai Wah Restaurant is one of them.  According to the article and also the Lai Wah Restaurant website, they are said to be the first restaurant to serve the yu sheng (鱼生) dish – raw fish tossed with vegetables to bring good fortune for the new year.  Today being the eve of Chinese New Year 2017 and tons of raw fish will get tossed tonight,  we thought our readers might be interested to see the birth place of yu sheng.

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Lunch at Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point is another branch of the popular Chinese restaurant chain. The Chinatown Point outlet is described by Peach Garden as their “fine, casual dining extension” which they explained as an attempt to combine the best of both worlds – offering “award-winning cuisine of Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant and the relaxed vibe of Peach Garden Noodle House”. We went for lunch at Peach Garden Chinatown Point recently and thought that they managed to hit the sweet spot where we could get good food in a smart casual setting.

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Lao Beijing at Plaza Singapura

Lao Beijing Restaurant Plaza Singapura

Lao Beijing

We remembered Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) at Plaza Singapura to be bright and cheery. When we revisited it recently, we saw that it had been transformed into something dark and rather mysterious. Lao Beijing at Plaza Singapura now looks like a hip modern cafe designed to resemble an old Chinese teahouse, with a mix of classic Chinese paintings and modern art pieces on the premises. You would expect a restaurant named old Beijing to serve Northern Chinese fare, but Southern Sichuan dishes are also on its menu.  Is this a case of  一腳不踏二船 (yī jiǎo tà liǎng chuán) – straddling two boats at the same time?

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