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).
Running a food and beverage business in Singapore is not for the faint hearted. According to a SPRING Singapore website, 28% of F&B business are replaced every year. In addition to challenges like high rents and labour shortages there is also this other factor that intrigues us – the unpredictability of consumer tastes. We have seen beautiful restaurants struggle to draw in the diners. On the other hand, there are places where there is no decor to speak of and yet the crowds just keep on flowing in. The Hangar Cafe on Arab Street belongs to the latter category.
Tablescape Restaurant & Bar is a new “… contemporary, upscale restaurant and bar serving modern European classics complemented by a curated menu at the bar.” It is located on the third level of the Grand Park City Hall Hotel. This is the hotel that is next to Peninsular Plaza and Capitol Piazza. Currently the hotel is undergoing some major renovations. It is the boarded up building across the road from Excelsior Hotel.
This was the question on our minds when we passed by a few Din Tai Fung Taipei outlets during our visit to the Taiwan capital. The amazing thing is that they enjoy what appears to be unending demand for their famous dumplings – xiao long bao. Every branch had queues outside. Do they taste better in their home base? Our curiosity to try these dumplings in the motherland was strong. But why would we want to wait in line in Taiwan when we are reluctant to do it in Singapore (where we have all the time in the world). In the end curiosity won. We joined the queue at the Din Tai Fung Taipei outlet at the basement of shopping mall Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 branch.
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.
According to Wikipedia, a “chop house” is a restaurant that specializes in steaks and chops. The name of The Chop House Vivo City restaurant is direct and straight to the point. Meat dishes feature prominently in their menu. Chope House Vivo City is run by the Wooloomooloo Group which has two other steakhouses in Singapore under the Wooloomooloo brand. The Chop House is a more casual style of restaurant which has branches in Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Singapore (Katong and Vivo City).