Boca Restaurant Singapore is one of the few (possibly the only) Portuguese restaurant in the country. It has been about a year since it opened along Bukit Pasoh Road, taking over the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Oca Grassa. With so many dining options available in this part of Tanjong Pagar, including the neighbouring Keong Saik Road, we finally had the chance to find out what Portuguese food is like.
The Kite Restaurant on Craig Road is a relatively new restaurant that opened at the end of 2015, adding to the great variety of food places in this part of Singapore. We had lunch there recently. It was a place which we instantly liked, even before a single dish had been served. Perhaps it was the charming shophouse in which it was located in and the professionalism of the staff. No, I think it was probably the unpretentiousness of it all. A very plain name, simple furnishings, no “still or sparkling” type of salesmanship and wallet-friendly prices in the menu that do not require you to do mental sums before ordering.
Housed within the New Majestic Hotel, the Majestic Restaurant 大華 in Bukit Pasoh features Cantonese cuisine by award-winning owner-chef Yong Bing Ngen. It is another restaurant of the Unlisted Collection – the umbrella brand that comprises boutique hotels and restaurants in Singapore. Majestic Restaurant has been around for sometime and is well known for their signature dishes such as wasabi prawns, stewed lobster noodles and Peking duck with foie gras. We visited the restaurant recently and found that, while the hip factor might have faded, their food was still good.
Lee Kui Teochew Restaurant in Mosque Street is a top ‘must try’ Teochew restaurant in Singapore. It is a Teochew restaurant to go to not only for the food but also its authentic traditional atmosphere. The full name of the restaurant is Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant 李貴(亚蟹)席館. Enter this restaurant in Chinatown and be transported back in time to a restaurant in Singapore in the seventies.
Another day, another new trendy cafe to check out in the cool neighbourhood of Keong Saik Road. Luxe Singapore is located in this brilliantly white row of shophouses along this infamous street. What is it that draws people to eat at new places? Is it the human nature to explore the unknown or just plain curiosity? Why not just stick to the tried and tested places where you are guaranteed of a decent meal instead of risking your time and effort at new places? We don’t know. Like insects in the night attracted by a light on the verandah, we headed straight towards the bright white building and entered the premises of Luxe Singapore.