Bakalaki Greek Taverna – new Greek restaurant at Tiong Bahru

What a difference a designer makes! Bakalaki Greek Taverna is a new restaurant that has taken over the space formerly occupied by Forgotten Recipe at the Cape Inn on Seng Poh Road. The restaurant, located at the fringe of the Tiong Bahru area (near Outram Road), used to be dark and serious.  The new Greek restaurant have transformed the space into a beautiful bright and sunny eatery.

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Tapas Club – new Spanish restaurant in Orchard Central, Singapore

Tapas Club is a new Spanish restaurant that opened a week ago in Orchard Central, Singapore. It is located at the eastern end of level 2, right opposite another restaurant, Real Food. We discovered that it is run by D+1 Holding – the same company that operates another Spanish restaurant in Singapore – the successful Binomo Restaurant in Tanjong Pagar.

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Blue Jasmine Thai Restaurant in Park Hotel Farrer Park

The newly opened Blue Jasmine Thai Restaurant is located in Park Hotel Farrer Park.   This new hotel is conveniently located atop the Farrer Park MRT station and right next to the Farrer Park Hospital. A stone’s throw away from the bustling Little India district off Serangoon Road, it faces competition from the large number of dining options in the area as well as the restaurants in the Connexion Owen Link complex.

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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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Weekend brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside

We had brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside despite the warning from respected food critic Wong Ah Yoke about thumping music and sweltering heat in his review, “Summerlong – A buzzy Mediterranean restaurant with Middle Eastern influences” (ST 4 June 2017). We figured that we could be from a different demographic and therefore be more receptive towards thumping music.  If we went early, we could beat the crowds and the heat of the Singapore afternoon sun. It turned out that we were partially right.

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Hattendo Cafe Singapore 八天堂

While we were asleep, a new skyscraper has sprouted up in Tanjong Pagar. It is known as Tanjong Pagar Centre, now the tallest building in Singapore. Only 64 storeys tall.  It contains a hotel, some office and residential areas as well as six levels of retail in this building. Hattendo Cafe Singapore 八天堂 is one of the tenants in this new retail space.

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