Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC)

Auntie Kim's Korean Restaurant

Drawn to the attraction of free weekend car parking, we headed down to Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) to check out the restaurants and places to eat there.  After surveying the options, we ended up in Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Alexandra Retail Centre.   ARC is the podium block at the foot of the PSA Building.  The shops and restaurants at ARC serve mainly the hordes of office workers from PSA Building as well as the neighbouring Mapletree Business City which is a huge place.  Lunchtime is probably the main busy period.  Which may explain why this is a rare Singapore mall that offers free parking after 6.30 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

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Soi Thai Soi Nice Restaurant at Alexandra Central Mall

Soi Thai Soi Nice Restaurant at Alexandra Central Mall

Soi Thai Soi Nice is a Thai restaurant  that took over the space formerly occupied by the Atmosphere Bistro Bar in the Alexandra Central Mall (next to the Ikea store). Except for the change in name and cuisine, the new restaurant appears to have retained the layout of the restaurant. Which is a good thing both for comfort and for environmental reasons as the place had been well furnished with cushy chairs and nice furniture.  Attracted by the enticing weekday set lunch menu, we decided to try out this new Thai restaurant in Alexandra Central mall.

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Affordable Set Lunch at Atmosphere Bistro Bar @ ARC

Atmosphere Bistro at ARC

Atmosphere Bistro at ARC

Atmosphere Bistro Bar at ARC (Alexandra Retail Centre) is what the typical office worker in the suburb may want – a decent place for affordable lunch as well as after-office drinks. Atmosphere Bistro Bar at ARC is Atmosphere’s third outlet (after Parkland Green and Alexandra Central). The newly opened outlet has various promotions – like one for one pizza on Mondays, 6-9 pm; free flow of draught beers (Asahi and Kronenbourg) on Tuesdays, 6-9 pm ($28 for ladies and $38 for gentlemen); and children dine free with every 2 main courses ordered on weekends.  Continue reading →

Hidden Gem at Alexis – Ristorante Takada

Italian Restaurant by Chef Masahiro Takada

Chef Masahiro Takada

If you want a fine dining restaurant with Italian food carefully prepared and beautifully presented by a Japanese Chef, but do not want to pay sky-high prices, try Ristorante Takada at Alexis. Where is Alexis? That was what my lunch partner asked when I suggested going there for lunch. Near Leng Kee, just opposite the Mercedes car showroom, I told her. She wasn’t too impressed but went along with me to the fine dining restaurant for ordinary people. Continue reading →

Vineyard HortPark Restaurant

Vineyard Bistro at Hort Park

According to the National Park’s website, the HortPark “…is a one-stop gardening resource centre that brings together gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one big canopy in a park setting”. We visited it recently, but the main reason was not gardening, but to eat at the Vineyard HortPark Restaurant.

Hort Park Singapore

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New cafe – Creamier Gillman Barracks


We dropped by the Gillman Barracks recently to see what was being exhibited in the art galleries there. Unfortunately, our visit was a brief one as most of the art spaces were closed.  Only a few of galleries were open that day. The use of the former army barracks is a creative one but with only a handful of galleries now operational, it is a long track from one place to another, an experience made more sweaty by our 36 degree heat.  Fortunately our trip was not in vain as we discovered that the food scene was more lively than the art scene there. Restaurants like Masons and Red Baron seemed quite busy. We stopped by at a newly opened cafe – Creamier Gillman Barracks.  You can read our review of the Red Baron here. Continue reading →