Stärker Signature, Tanjong Pagar Centre is the latest outlet of the Starker Group. They seem to be sprouting outlets all over Singapore. As of today they have three Starker Bistro outlets, two Starker Signature and one each of Starker Music and Starker Q. It seems that the “Bistro” series have more food choices with “German signature roasts as well as popular international dishes” while the Q series at the other end “is a multi-concept bar that serves a variety of cuisines with a local touch at wallet-friendly prices“. The “Signature” outlet at Starker Tanjong Pagar is therefore something in the upper middle segment. What is common through the range is the fresh and fruity beer that Starker is known for.
The Lobby Bar 1864 Sofitel Singapore is named after the year 1864 when the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company was founded. This gesture commemorates the start of the transformation of the neighbouring district from the fishing village to the city downtown that it is today. The 1864 Bar is a lovely place. It felt like the sort of living room that we like but never had. In the age of the sharing economy, we could “own” it for a while for the price of a few drinks. We made a detour to the 1864 Bar before our lunch at the Racines restauant next to it.
Brewerkz Indoor Stadium is a lively spot with quite a lot to offer. You can catch some live sports on the TV screens or play pool there. They have signature beers, seasonal beers and more to go with some delicious bites. There is even a kids menu. Brewerkz Indoor Stadium is a great place for hangouts with friends or family.
Wine & Chef Singapore is a relatively new restaurant that opened in early 2017. It is located in one of the shophouses along the stretch of restaurants on Keong Saik Road. It serves an eclectic mix of food items that could be from menus at a zhi char stall, a Japanese izakaya or a French bistro. It has an extensive list of Italian wines which would not be out-of-place in an enoteca in Rome. The extreme mix and match could either end up successfully as the best of both worlds or as a complete disaster. There was only one way to find out.
We last visited Gan Yakitori @ Star Vista in July 2014. That was when Star Vista first opened. Over the three years or so, quite a few restaurants have come and gone. One of the restaurants that have remained since day one is Gan Yakitori. On our recent visit in 2017, the place was full at lunch time. The good food and attractive set lunch menus probably have something to do with it.
The Spruce Fire Station Restaurant at Bukit Timah is a restaurant that has one of the most prominent locations in Singapore. It is situated in the former Bukit Timah fire station at the junction of Old Jurong and Upper Bukit Timah Road, a major thoroughfare where thousands of cars pass by everyday. Spruce restaurant takes up the space where the fire engines used to be parked. Spruce’s former space in Phoenix Park, Tanglin Road is now used by Coyote, a sister Tex-Mex restaurant.