In trying times, a good meal in a nice restaurant can lift the spirits. Our meal at the one Michelin star Restaurant JAG was certainly a cheerful and uplifting occasion. We had a lunch of quality food with white linen service at a reasonable price.
Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare is an attractive Italian restaurant along Tras Street in the busy Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore. It caught our attention with the unusual shophouse that it occupies. Annexed to a more regular shaped building, the corner unit is tiny and is setback from the road. An open-air courtyard serves as an attractive entrance. At lunch time, they have a $38++ set lunch which was what we had on our first visit to Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare.
Duxton Hill is a compact dining enclave that is perhaps underated by too many people. Away from the usual tourist spots, the quaint neighborhood on a hill has a wide variety of good restaurants in rows of shop houses with wooden shutters fronting a cobblestone street. One such restaurant is RIZU – a modern Japanese restaurant that has interesting healthy plant-based foods on its menu and even a plant based omamkase.
Tanjong Pagar is home to a thriving coffee scene and there are so many cafes to discover in the area around the MRT Station. Among the conserved shophouses of Tras Street is a cafe with an understated shopfront. Baristart Coffee at 65 Tras Street has a small signboard and its windows and doors have darkened glass so you cannot see the inside. The doors, however, open up to a charming attractive space for a cup of good coffee or a light meal.
GastroMonth returns for its 3rd edition in Singapore and from 1 to 30 November selected restaurants recommended in the latest MICHELIN Guide Singapore offers specially-curated menus at value-for-money prices. Participating restaurants include MICHELIN Plate restaurants such as BAM!, Gaig, Dolce Vita, and Akira Back. BAM!’s special 5-course GastroMonth menu showcases innovative Spanish-influenced dishes and is priced at $90 nett. We visited BAM! for lunch and enjoyed an affordable 4 course set for $40++.