Gift ideas for the wife from Tan Hock Seng cake shop

Things from the past usually bring back fond memories. Which is why old songs still sound good and cars like the Beetle and the Mini are still well-loved. Food from a bygone era is no exception. Some kinds of food evoke nostalgic memories from our past. It was therefore a delight to run into a shop like Tan Hock Seng cake shop along Telok Ayer Street Singapore. It seems to continue live in a different time zone and still churns out cakes and other confectionery items from our childhood days.

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Coffee and bread at Barcook Bakery

We can hardly think of a better food and drink pairing than coffee and bread. I am sure many others in Singapore have the same fondness for the combination as the toasted kaya bread and coffee places are often packed at all hours of the day. We were at The Central recently and decided to try the bread at Barcook Bakery.

Barcook Bakery

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Nasi Padang lunch at Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee is one of those grand old restaurants in Singapore that has a special place in the hearts of many Singapore residents. Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee started more than 70 years ago, as a coffee shop in Bras Basah Road. They switched from western cuisine to serving nasi padang when the British troops left Singapore. We are not old enough to remember them as a coffee shop in Bras Basah, presumably located where Rendezvous Hotel now stands and from whence it got its western name. But we remember them at their subsequent location in Raffles City in the late 80s. They moved to their current premises in The Central along Eu Tong Sen Street (opposite Clarke Quay) around 2010.

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee

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Cafe & Meal Muji at Raffles City

Muji at Raffles City

Muji at Raffles City

We visited Café&Meal MUJI Paragon some time ago and were not too impressed by the “food court economical rice in glamorous shopping mall” experience. When Café&Meal MUJI Raffles City opened, the cafe looked attractive and there were new food items and set deals. We decided to give Cafe Muji at Raffles City a try.

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Chinatown Complex Popiah & Chwee Kueh

Chinatown Popiah of Ann Chin

Chinatown Complex Food Centre is now world famous because Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall in the hawker centre earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide. If you want a plate of the Michelin starred chicken rice, be prepared to stand in the queue for hours. It may be a good idea to have something to eat before you join the queue or, better still, have something to eat while someone stands in the queue for you. Ann Chin Popiah (sometimes just referred to as the Chinatown Complex Popiah) and Bedok Chwee Kueh are 2 stalls where you can get good light snacks while your girlfriend stands in the queue for chicken rice.

Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken, in Chinatown Complex
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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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