HarriAnns Suntec City is the third HarriAnns Nonya Table outlet to open in Singapore. With a history dating back to 1940, HarriAnns is now run by the third generation members of the family. These young Nonya aces are certainly going places since taking over the reins in 2014. Expanding out of their Tiong Bahru Market kiosk, they have opened up additional cafes in Bugis Junction, Ocean Financial Centre and Suntec. Their style of Peranakan food and nonya kuehs seem to have hit the right spot as their new outlet at Suntec City Mall was bustling when we visited.
If we were to do a Word Association Test and “Pow Sing” was mentioned we might have quickly said “Chicken Rice”. After all, Pow Sing Hainanese Chicken Rice stall had been selling chicken rice in Serangoon Garden since the early 1980s. Today the eatery is simply known as Pow Sing Restaurant and it offers much more than just chicken rice. It has become a very popular neighbourhood restaurant with a wide variety of dishes including Nonya delicacies and curry fish head.
House of Peranakan Capitol Piazza is the latest outlet of the House of Peranakan group of restaurants. According to the House of Peranakan website, they were established in Katong in the 80s and has been “managed by a pure Peranakan family for three generations”. Its other outlets are in Katong, Siglap and Tiong Bahru.
Shangri-La buffet at the Line Restaurant with its theatre kitchens is heaven on earth for those who love an all-you-can-feast. While The Line offers one of the best hotel buffets in Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel has a little gem hidden in plain sight. The stylish elegant Lobby Lounge located in the hotel’s Tower Wing is more than a bar and lounge for afternoon tea or cocktails in the evening. The Lobby Lounge offers an enticing menu featuring Singapore’s heritage dishes and street food. The Shangri-La Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge is a simple sumptuous affair in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
Dulukala at Island is a new cafe at Tang’s department store. They take over the former Island Cafe Tang’s. Island Cafe had undergone a major renovation about two years ago, transforming it from a dark traditional space into a bright and modern one. You can read about our 2016 visit to the transformed space here. With the change of management, Dulukala Island has, wisely, left that place substantially unchanged. It is still an attractive space. We were told that this new cafe is a totally new tenant which is no longer run by Tang’s, which does not make any real difference to us except that purchases here cannot be used to earn points / rebates using the Tang’s card.