Much has been written about A Noodle Story at Amoy Street Food Centre, a hawker stall listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide since 2016. Recently, it caused a storm in a noodle bowl when it published a post on its Facebook page with the heading “I’m Going Totally Naked With You！” After that Facebook post was published, we went to eat the famed Singapore styled ramen of A Noodle Story. We would say that both the story about their noodles and the Facebook post are worth retelling.
We all know Imperial Treasure as the Peking duck and dim sum people. They are not the first place that comes to mind when we think of coffee and desserts. At the 100AM Mall in Tanjong Pagar (next to Amara Hotel), we saw the Imperial Treasure Bakery & Cafe and we thought of Chinese restaurant items like bo lo bao (菠蘿包). But they also have a nice looking coffee machine and a cake display. We decided to have our coffee and desserts at Imperial Treasure Bakery & Cafe instead of the more usual choices at Tanjong Pagar.
The story of Dimbulah Coffee is a remarkable one. It sounds like the secret dreams of some jaded desk-bound executives we know. A high flying professional (with no coffee farming or f&b experience) decides to buy a piece of land in Cairns, Australia. He transforms it into a coffee plantation. In 2002, he leaves his job and goes full time into the coffee business, opening the first Dimbulah in Singapore. They are able to boast of a “from plantation to cup” concept. With full control of the variables, they have produced a Dimbulah taste as “chocolatey and with a lingering sweetness”. They now have about 10 cafes in Singapore. Dimbulah Coffee @ Tanjong Pagar Centre is their latest outlet.
It must be more than 10 years since our last visit to the Thanying Restaurant in Amara Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. This Thai restaurant, “serving the most exquisite Royal Thai cuisine fit for the royalties” has been around for 30 years. They started operations in 1988. In those days, we would have considered it a posh restaurant, a place to go for special occasions. Of late, with so many new and exciting restaurants, Thanying Restaurant has been off our radar for a while. Once in a while we like to return to the golden oldies and so we decided to have lunch there.
The Marmalade Pantry Downtown Oasia Hotel, located on the ground level of the hotel, is a food oasis in the bustling business district. It offers breakfast to the hotel guests and those in business still doing power breakfast. The office warriors can have a good quick lunch there. Those with time to spare can indulge in afternoon tea at Marmalade Pantry Downtown. It is also a cosy spot for dinner in the evening and for brunch during the weekend.
We had lunch at the new MYO Restaurant in Oxley Tower along Robinson Road (the road that runs between Cecil Street and Shenton Way) Singapore. Its exact name is MYO Restobar and is run by the people behind Kia Hiang restaurant in International Plaza. Those of us who do not work in the financial district of Singapore probably do not know of this building. It is a small building near the junction of McCallum and Robinson Roads. The building only has season parking. Diners to the MYO Restobar need to look elsewhere. Parking at the nearby SBF Building was the solution that we took. MYO takes up the whole of the 19th floor, which is low by Shenton Way standards. Most of the view out of the big windows looks out at other buildings.