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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Free treats at PastaMania and Soup Spoon with Esso Vouchers

A gentle reminder to readers who have not used their “Redeem Free Treats” ESSO Vouchers, obtained from buying fuel from Esso Singapore. They expire on 30 April 2017 and so you have a few days left. They can be used to pay for free treats at Udders ice-cream, Soup Spoon and PastaMania. The best place I could think of that was convenient and had both Soup Spoon and Pasta Mania was JEM shopping mall in Jurong East. So that was where I headed with a bunch of vouchers in hand.

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Kanshoku Ramen & Gyoza @ Orchard Gateway

Japanese ramen by a fellow Singaporean?  When I learned that Kanshoku Ramen is a ramen joint that was started by a pair of good friends, it had been on my radar to try out how a locally created ramen concept compares with something imported from the Land of the Rising Sun.   A recent visit to Orchard Gateway along Orchard Road provided an opportunity.

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Ginett restaurant in new G Hotel, Middle Road Singapore

Hotel G Singapore is a new hotel on Middle Road near Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations.  Unlike conventional hotels, the grand entrance at street level is occupied by a restaurant – the Ginett Restaurant.  The lobby of the G Hotel (“a chic lifestyle hotel “) is located on level 2. Placing a big restaurant right at the front of a small hotel is a bold and effective move as the prominence of the Ginett Restaurant with its hundreds of glistening hanging glasses certainly attracts the attention of anyone passing by. We can imagine that the place would look even grander when lit up at night.

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Brunch at Curious Palette on Prinsep Street Singapore

Curious Palette

It has taken us a while, but we finally got to have brunch at Curious Palette, another of the hot cafes in Singapore that seem to attract a strong following.  Curious Palette is located in a shophouse on Prinsep Street Singapore. The entrance is quite nondescript. There is no real signboard, just a small blackboard on a chair announced its presence. Yet it was full of people – we were fortunate to get a table without a reservation. It was soon full house in this cafe.

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Lunch in a grocery store, Jones the Grocer Singapore @ Dempsey

Having lunch at Jones the Grocer Singapore @ Dempsey is like having lunch in a grocery store.  The tables in the spacious double height ceiling space are surrounded by all kinds of fresh meats, cheeses and other foodstuffs.  Originating from Australia, Jones the Grocer opened their first Singapore outlet at Dempsey Hill,  then went into expansion mode some years back but has since cut back. At the moment, Jones the Grocer Dempsey is the only outlet in Singapore.

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