Weekend brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside

We had brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside despite the warning from respected food critic Wong Ah Yoke about thumping music and sweltering heat in his review, “Summerlong – A buzzy Mediterranean restaurant with Middle Eastern influences” (ST 4 June 2017). We figured that we could be from a different demographic and therefore be more receptive towards thumping music.  If we went early, we could beat the crowds and the heat of the Singapore afternoon sun. It turned out that we were partially right.

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Essen at The Pinnacle, Duxton Singapore – Multiple food choices

Coolest Food Courts in Singapore

Essen at the Pinnacle is a collection of food stalls in an air-conditioned space, food court style. Here you can find French cuisine by Garçons, innovative burgers by Burger Buddies, fried chicken wings by Two Wings, Italian food by La Stalla, Thai and Vietnamese fare by Viethai and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, especially beers and ciders. Essen is located on the ground floor of the 50-storey Pinnacle at Duxton, the most impressive HDB project in Singapore so far. Do note that because it is a huge project, locating Essen at the Pinnacle can be a challenge. We suggest you head towards the part that is closest to Craig Road which runs in front of the restaurant.

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Avocado Generation or not, you will like Cosmo La Central Bookshop Cafe Barcelona

An article in the Sunday Times on 28 May 2017  asked: “Is it fair to label the millennials the avocado generation for spending on ‘luxuries'”?  Using an average cost of $20 per avocado toast, ST computed that they spent $1,040 per year as compared to $205.40 if they made it themselves at home ($3.95 each). Whichever side of the debate you are on, we think you will probably like Cosmo La Central Bookshop Cafe Barcelona, a lovely place that serves avocado toast at 4€ (S$6).

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What to eat at Botanic Gardens Restaurants

Even before the Singapore Botanic Gardens was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, we had considered it to be the nicest public space in Singapore. Since then, the Gardens have been improved and expanded.  More restaurants and places to eat have been added. To help our readers plan a day out at the park, here is our list of Botanic Gardens Restaurants.

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Butter My Buns!

Butter My Buns!  That is the cheeky name of a cafe in the Stephen Riady Centre of NUS University Town (U-Town).   It is an extension of the National University of Singapore campus across the AYE.  I believe it sits on the former site of the Warren Golf Club (now in Choa Chu Kang) which was located here many years ago. i.e. at the junction of Dover Road and Clementi Road.

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Central Hong Kong Café (Wheelock Place)

There has been some negative news about Orchard Road recently. See for example the Straits Times story on 16 April 2017. We think that the recent talk about the potential demise of Orchard Road is slightly exaggerated. Of course there are many things wrong that need to be fixed.  Sky-high carpark rates is one of them.  But overall, we think that Orchard Road is (still) a fantastic place.  There must be a thousand food options in the area. Best of all, it is inclusive with something for all budgets. From swanky Michelin star restaurants to humble places for the ordinary patrons. This is where Central Hong Kong Café (Wheelock Place) comes in, a comfortable place where we can get a meal for less than $10 each.

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