Birds of a Feather Cafe, start of a post industrial revolution?

Our lunch at newly opened Birds of a Feather Cafe on Amoy Street Singapore was a remarkable experience on many fronts.  Another new hip cafe in Singapore? Perhaps, but this is a new cafe with a difference – the accommodations.  We have been conditioned to accept uncomfortable dining conditions in Singapore. Under the guise of “industrial chic”, we are used to bare concrete floors, rickety stools, hard surfaces and crowded spaces. The Birds of a Feather Cafe looks as trendy as any recent new cafe but there was none of those inconveniences. In fact many of the seats were plush and we were far enough away not to smell the neighbours’ food. Hopefully, this is a start of a post industrial revolution in our cafe designs.

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Restaurant Mercedes me Hong Kong

Restaurant Mercedes me Hong Kong

Restaurant Mercedes me Hong Kong

Baristas in retro specs, coffee in jam jars and a bicycle or two are commonly found in many lookalike hipster cafes. A few may bring in a scooter, and even one with a sidecar, to distinguish themselves from the crowd. A restaurant in Hong Kong Central upped the ante considerably by having a brand new car in the foyer leading to the restaurant –  a Mercedes S500 e no less. Of course it can do so as it is the Mercedes me Store Hong Kong – a unique combination of car showroom, retail store and lifestyle restaurant. The sleek driving machine with an air of sophistication and cutting-edge technology is out the league of The Ordinary Patrons but we could get our hands on some sumptuous food served in Restaurant Mercedes me Hong Kong.

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Saint Ma – one of the dining hotspots at Suntec’s Sky Garden

Saint Ma at Suntec City

Saint Ma at Suntec City

Suntec City’s Sky Garden is one of the new dining hotspots. Located on the third floor of the North Wing of Suntec City, the dining enclave is set in a lush roof garden overlooking the famed Fountain of Wealth. The IndoChine Group has two establishments in the Sky Garden – Arn Nan Bar & Bistro and Saint Ma Restaurant. Dining hotspot had a new meaning for us when we had lunch on a warm afternoon at Saint Ma at Suntec Sky Garden. Continue reading →

Xiao Ya Tou – restaurant in Duxton serving naughty modern Asian cuisine

What does one expect to find in a Singapore restaurant with a name like Xiao Ya Tou (小丫头) ? According to their tagline, Xiao Ya Tou (or XYT in short) is a  restaurant “serving naughty modern Asian cuisine”. We had brunch at this relatively new restaurant (opened in mid-2016) in the Duxton Hill dining enclave. Our first impression was that it reminded us of the Ding Dong restaurant  – Singapore food prepared with a contemporary twist in a quirky-retro setting.

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Poke bowl stop at Katto restaurant, Fusionopolis

Katto is a new restaurant tucked away in a corner of the Galaxis Building in Fusionopolis, One North Singapore. They serve “poke bowls” which are bowls of rice topped with raw fish and salad, except that here at Katto, they serve them in disposable paper boxes.  Poke bowls have nothing to do with pokemons. They are a type of dish that originated in Hawaii. Rather than try to provide you with more information on these healthy meals in a bowl, we think the food experts will do a better job –  see this article in the Huffington Post.

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Mooncakes and tea at Landing Point Fullerton Bay Hotel

Having afternoon tea at Landing Point Fullerton Bay Hotel is always a treat. The luxuriously appointed lounge on the ground floor of this hotel next to Clifford Pier looks out at the sea. The full glass wall on one side bathes the space in natural light. Given the mid-Autumn festival season, we decided to have a variation of the usual high tea. Instead, we thought that it would be so luxurious to eat mooncakes with tea at such a beautiful place.

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