FOO’D by Davide Oldani at Victoria Concert Hall

Pig FOO'D by Davide Oldani

Gazetted as a national monument, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall (VTCH) along Empress Place has been beautifully restored. The historically important performing arts venue now offers elegant contemporary functional spaces with old-world charm. As ordinary Singaporeans, we had wondered why the resplendently restored VTCH had no space for a restaurant. It took a bit of time, but 2 years after its re-opening VTCH has added a restaurant – one with Michelin Star pedigree at that. FOO’D by Davide Oldani at Victoria Concert Hall offers a menu conceptualised by celebrity Chef Davide Oldani, chef-owner of the one Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan in the Italian region Lombardy.

FOO'D restaurant Victoria Concert Hall

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Lunch at Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point

Peach Garden Chinatown Point is another branch of the popular Chinese restaurant chain. The Chinatown Point outlet is described by Peach Garden as their “fine, casual dining extension” which they explained as an attempt to combine the best of both worlds – offering “award-winning cuisine of Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant and the relaxed vibe of Peach Garden Noodle House”. We went for lunch at Peach Garden Chinatown Point recently and thought that they managed to hit the sweet spot where we could get good food in a smart casual setting.

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Yan’s Peking Duck at National Gallery Singapore

Yan's Signature Peking Duck

Yan Chinese Restaurant at National Art Gallery

YAN is the Cantonese restaurant on the roof garden level of the beautifully restored City Hall building which now houses the National Gallery Singapore. On our previous visit to Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore, we had a treat for the eyes as well as the palate, but we missed out on the top billing Yan’s Peking Duck. We went back recently to try the signature Yan’s Peking Duck and must say it was worth the trip.

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Lunch at Owl Cafe National Gallery Singapore

Owl Cafe Kueh Set

It seems like only a while ago that National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opened to much fanfare but it has already celebrated its first anniversary. National Gallery Singapore houses a large collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art and is the venue for exhibitions as well as an array of exciting events and programmes including performances, family activities, children creative workshops and more. NGS has also become a dining destination and can even boast a 2 Michelin Star restaurant. The new Owl Cafe National Gallery Singapore adds to the diversity of dining options at NGS, offering good local coffee, toasts, traditional kuehs and a selection of simple local dishes like hor fun and crab meat balls in chicken broth.

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The Soup Restaurant at Suntec City

Soup Restaurant Samsui Chicken

Soup Restaurant at Suntec City

The Soup Restaurant 三盅两件, which has its humble beginning in 1991 in a Chinatown shophouse, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year by opening several new outlets including one in the iconic Raffles Hotel. Soup Restaurant is now a business listed on the Singapore Exchange with many restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has expanded its menu to introduce new dishes and even serves chili crab. The signature Samsui Ginger Chicken is still on the menu. We went to the Soup Restaurant at Suntec City to see if the delicious lush chicken dish was still as good as we remembered it to be.

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Naughty Nuri’s Singapore (Capitol Piazza)

Naughty Nuri’s Singapore is the Singapore branch of a restaurant from Bali, Indonesia that specialises in grilled pork ribs.  They took over the space in Capitol Piazza previously occupied by Zaku Japanese Restaurant.   We stopped by recently to try their famous ribs and the lunch time special.

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