There are many good steakhouses in Singapore. Finding the right one for the occasion is the challenge. It was a casual lunch and we were looking for a place that serves a good steak at prices that do not require an increase in our credit card limit. Several options came to mind and we ended up at Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse along Mohamed Sultan Road.
Jones the Grocer Great World City is the new outlet of this gourmet grocer from Down Under. It has been more than two years since the Straits Times 17 Apr 2015 article “Jones the Grocer’s Singapore stores up for sale“ which highlighted some challenges facing this celebrated cafe. At the end of that article, a loyal and optimistic retail manager was quoted as saying: “If your clientele hasn’t given up on you, why should you give up on yourself?” It would appear that she is right and things are looking up again with the addition of the new store, Jones the Grocer Great World City. Indeed, the loyal clientele has turned up in numbers in support of the new River Valley outpost.
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.
Publico, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is a new restaurant in a new hotel in Singapore. According to their website, Publico has two personalities. By day, “Publico Deli offers all of the traditional fare you’d expect from a gourmet delicatessen – Italian cold cuts, imported cheese, warm flaky pastries and more… At night, Publico Ristorante lights up the riverside. Cuisine is classic Italian with a contemporary twist…” We were there for brunch and therefore only got to experience the daytime Publico Deli.
Named after Municipal Councillor, Dr J. Murray Robertson, Robertson Quay is one of three quays located along the Singapore River (the others being Boat Quay and Clarke Quay). In the place of the old godowns and shophouses in the area there are now condominiums and hotels. A few of the warehouses have been preserved and restored or incorporated into new developments. As is typical in Singapore, many of these restored buildings become homes to restaurants, cafes and bars, turning Robertson Quay into a vibrant dining and entertainment enclave. Stretched out along the river are buzzing bars as well as family friendly bistros, cosy cafes as well as intimate dinner restaurants. There are many nice F&B places in Robertson Quay and here is The Ordinary Patrons’ (TOP) guide to Restaurants and Cafes in Robertson Quay.
Taiwan has been voted as the top culinary destination in the world (and if you must know, Singapore is not even listed among the top ten list of CNN Travel). Singaporeans can hop on a plane to Taipei to experience the feted Taiwanese food or take a slow bum boat to Clark Quay to savour an extensive selection of authentic Taiwanese dishes at Shin Yeh Taiwanese Restaurant in Liang Court.