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.
Auntie’s Wok & Steam is said to be “an ode to Singapore’s tze char food culture”. Like looking for a hard to find street side tze char stall of old, we walk along a narrow alley to locate Auntie’s Wok and Steam in Alley on 25 Andaz Hotel. The alley is, however, a spiffy one and Auntie’s Wok & Steam is a very nice contemporary Chinese dining space.
The restaurants at Alley on 25, Andaz Hotel Singapore is a collection of food and beverage outlets on the 25th floor of the hotel by the Hyatt group. It seems to us that the Andaz brand is pitched at a similar level as the W Hotel group. Luxurious, but in a modern and hip way. The trend of new hotels in Singapore these days is to incorporate some fashionable restaurants into the design. See for example our visits to restaurants at the new Novotel Singapore on Stevens, Sofitel Singapore, Intercontinental Hotel Robertson Quay. Alley on 25 takes it one step further by having an entire 25th floor dedicated to wine and dine.
The Beach Road / Bugis area has a new shiny Andaz Singapore Hotel by the Hyatt Hotel group. The entire 25th floor of this building is taken up by restaurants. This dining zone is known as Alley on 25. Small and medium-sized restaurants with different themes and cuisines have been set up here to provide variety and interest to the hotel guests and casual diners. They all looked interesting and attractive. On our first visit to the Andaz Hotel Singapore, we ended up in Smoke and Pepper @ Alley on 25. The interesting description “... it showcases Asian-inspired barbecued specialties prepared over an open-fire barbecue grill” made us want to give it a try.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The wisdom of this old adage is not lost on the banks seeking to reward the loyalty of their clients. DBS treats their treasured customers at Singapore Changi airport where the two exclusive Asia Treasures lounges feed the customers before they fly. Privileged banking customers of United Overseas Bank get birthday treats. Those who meet some thresholds get a dinner at a top sushi restaurant for a UOB birthday treat. A dinner for two at Shinji by Kanesaka. Those of us who do not meet their criteria can still enjoy the experience as a dining companion. I had dinner at Shinji Carlton Hotel which is the newer of the two Shinji restaurants in Singapore. The other one is at St Regis Hotel. The Raffles Hotel outlet has closed.
Hoshino Coffee is a Japanese café chain well known for serving hand drip coffee and delectable soufflés. It is, however, more than just a coffee and dessert place. Hoshino Coffee serves Japanese-style cafe food like omelets, pastas, french toast and sandwiches. We found their Suntec City outlet to be a good spot for a casual dinner.
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