Lunch at new restaurant Orient Palace, Furama Riverside Hotel Annex

Orient Palace Furama

Orient Palace (禧家) is a new restaurant at the Furama Riverside Hotel, Singapore. If the name of hotel sounds unfamiliar, you are not alone. We had to do some research to discover that it is the former Apollo Hotel along Havelock Road. The short cylindrical building that used to house karaoke places is known as the Annex Block.   The Orient Palace is located on the ground floor of this Annex Block. According to their website, Orient Palace is “Singapore’s first premium contemporary dining and entertainment hub”.

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Kok Sen Restaurant – Michelin Bib Gourmand authentic Singapore ‘local’ food

Kok Sen Restaurant is a Singapore zi char outfit that was named a Singapore Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Singapore Michelin Guide.  Located in the Keong Saik dining enclave, the humble Kok Sen restaurant ticks all the boxes of what makes a good local restaurant in Singapore – traditional coffee shop atmosphere, good food, friendly service and fairly priced. Being air-conditioned is a bonus.

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Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant in Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Xin Cuisine Dessert

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant that has been around for many years. It is located in Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium along Outram Road, previously the Concorde Hotel and, for those old enough to remember, the Glass Hotel before that. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has recently been refurbished. It has a new Executive Chinese Chef, Chan Shun Wong, and has introduced a new menu which encompasses modern Cantonese cuisine and traditional favourites.

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant

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.elia Singapore – new restaurant opens in Keong Saik

The .elia Singapore is a newcomer to the Keong Saik dining neighbourhood. It is located along Jiak Chuan Road, a side road that branches off Keong Saik Road. Its neighbours include famous Spanish tapas bar Esquina on one side and budget hotel, Hotel 81 on another side.  What does its name “.elia” mean?  The answer my friends, is written on the chalkboard in the restaurant.

.elia restaurant Singapore

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Wine & Chef Singapore – zhi char meets enoteca at Keong Saik Road

Wine & Chef Singapore is a relatively new restaurant that opened in early 2017.  It is located in one of the shophouses along the stretch of restaurants on Keong Saik Road. It serves an eclectic mix of food items that could be from menus at a zhi char stall, a Japanese izakaya or a French bistro. It has an extensive list of Italian wines which would not be out-of-place in an enoteca in Rome. The extreme mix and match could either end up successfully as the best of both worlds or as a complete disaster. There was only one way to find out.

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Essen at The Pinnacle, Duxton Singapore – Multiple food choices

Coolest Food Courts in Singapore

Essen at the Pinnacle is a collection of food stalls in an air-conditioned space, food court style. Here you can find French cuisine by Garçons, innovative burgers by Burger Buddies, fried chicken wings by Two Wings, Italian food by La Stalla, Thai and Vietnamese fare by Viethai and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, especially beers and ciders. Essen is located on the ground floor of the 50-storey Pinnacle at Duxton, the most impressive HDB project in Singapore so far. Do note that because it is a huge project, locating Essen at the Pinnacle can be a challenge. We suggest you head towards the part that is closest to Craig Road which runs in front of the restaurant.

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