A platypus “… is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs …” (Wikipedia). The Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction is a totally different animal. It is an “(a)ward winning Asian-influenced Seasonal Modern Cuisine.” It is the flagship gourmet restaurant of the Platypus Restaurant Group (Platypus Website).
We are experiencing a hot dry spell in Singapore. The sun seems brighter than normal and the dry heat is scorching. Almost like summer in Spain. The weather inspired us to search for Mediterranean food in Singapore. These days we have quite a bit of Greek and Spanish restaurant choices and we know of only one Portuguese restaurant. We ended up at the Tapas Club in Orchard Central. We have been there before but their weekday 1 for 1 tapas deal was irresistible. Unfortunately, we were told that this arrangement would end soon (I think they said 16 Mar 2018), so please call ahead if you are thinking of going. There could be other weekday offers in the pipeline.
Maison Ikkoku is a cafe in the Kampong Glam area, near Arab Street and Bussorah Street. It has undergone quite a transformation since our last visit in 2015 (you can read about our previous visit here). It is now known as Maison Ikkoku The Gallery. There is also a bar on the second level and a rooftop space known as Maison Ikkoku Rooftop, which we believe opens in the evenings.
Dessert cafe Bakerzin has been in business since 1998. One of their earliest outlets was at Millenia Walk where I could still remember revelling in their French pastry creations. Things have changed since then. That outlet no longer exists and Bakerzin has expanded to six outlets in Singapore. Their menu range has also expanded and they offer a variety of cafe food like burgers and pasta. We had a simple brunch at BakerZin Vivo City branch recently. It is a branch which is in close proximity to people on the West Coast and Sentosa.
In an ideal world, we should have most of the amenities and services available in our respective neighbourhoods in Singapore. With everything within walking distance or a 10 minute bicycle ride, we can avoid overloading the transport systems and wasting time and money. Sadly this is seldom the case, especially when it comes to restaurants as they like to concentrate in malls and business areas like Keong Siak and Orchard. It is therefore always of great interest to us to learn of a new restaurant like Summer Hill Bistro which opened in the Sunset Way / Clementi residential area in early 2018.
The Prive empire is well spread out in Singapore. They have restaurants in several locations, including this one in the NUS Kent Ridge Campus – the Prive Grill University Club. Despite its name, it is open to the public, although we suspect their main patrons are the staff and students of the National University of Singapore. It is situated on the 4th level in a building next to the NUS Guild House in Kent Ridge. It is not the most visible of places to the casual passerby.