Dim sum at Man Fu Yuan restaurant, Intercontinental Singapore

Man Fu Yuan restaurant has been The Chinese restaurant at the Intercontinental Singapore since the hotel opened two decades ago. It was the place we decided to go for Chinese cuisine when we were in the Bugis Junction area.  As in the case of the better Cantonese restaurants in town, weekend lunch time dim sum is a popular event at Man Fu Yuan. It was full house soon after we were there recently. Reservations are essential.

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Ash & Elm – a dark & handsome restaurant at InterContinental Singapore

Ash & Elm Restaurant

Ash & Elm @ InterContinentai Singapore

Opened late 2015, Ash & Elm at InterContinental Singapore occupies the ground floor location where Olive Tree used to be. Whereas Olive Tree had a bright and breezy Mediterranean atmosphere, Ash & Elm has a trendy sombre decor with impressive chandeliers hanging down from its very high ceiling. This tall dark and handsome European restaurant exudes an air of charm and sophistication.  If you are looking for a romantic restaurant right next to a MRT station, Ash & Elm will be a prime candidate.
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Wing Zone Wings & Burgers at Bugis+

Wing Zone

Wing Zone

Wing Zone is a casual American diner offering buffalo wings and hamburgers with special proprietary flavours such as Tokyo Dragon and Sweet Samurai (inspired by Japanese spices) and Buffalo Bliss, Hot Shot & Nuclear Habanero (inspired by traditional American spices). Located at level 4 of Bugis+ (once upon a time known as Iluma) Wing Zone also serves salads, sandwiches and desserts. On weekdays, it has quite attractive lunch deals. Continue reading →

Jack’s Place Bras Basah Complex – Wednesday set lunch

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Going in to any Jack’s Place restaurant for a meal always brings back old memories, but  Jack’s Place Bras Basah Complex stands out as the one that is a blast from the past. Perhaps it is the number of times we had been there in our younger days, but most probably it’s because the entire complex is like a time capsule from the past. Although some old shops have closed down, the place (at least for now) has enough of the indie bookshops, musical instrument stores, cafes, clock and watch retailers to still provide a very unique vibe to the Complex. We stopped by at Jack’s Place Bras Basah Complex for lunch recently.

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Paper Crane Cafe @ Waterloo Street

Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) Cafe

Paper Crane Cafe @ Waterloo Street

Paper Crane cafe is located within the premises of Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) in Waterloo Street. The cafe is co-owned by an ex-magazine editor who also did freelance writing on food. Her partner is a Canadian chef, who was trained in Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art and was a chef at Wild Honey. They both do the cooking in the recently opened Paper Crane. The menu is not fixed and what is available is written on chalkboards. Paper Crane generally offers casual Western food.

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Tanuki Raw – new restaurant & bar at the National Design Centre

Singapore National Design Centre

Singapore National Design Centre

I was walking pass the beautifully lit National Design Centre in the evening when I noticed what seemed liked an alfresco bar. I crossed the road to have a closer look but there was no bar –  just a row of bar tables in the shadows lined up by a reflecting pool. The scene was somewhat surreal and I was wondering if the setup was just an outdoor exhibit of some sort. Then I saw there were people drinking and eating at the tables. Traipsing into the grounds of National Design Centre late in the evening, I discovered that Tanuki Raw Restaurant & Bar had opened up a new outlet in Kapok, the lifestyle concept store on the ground level of the National Design Centre.

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