Stärker Signature, Tanjong Pagar Centre is the latest outlet of the Starker Group. They seem to be sprouting outlets all over Singapore. As of today they have three Starker Bistro outlets, two Starker Signature and one each of Starker Music and Starker Q. It seems that the “Bistro” series have more food choices with “German signature roasts as well as popular international dishes” while the Q series at the other end “is a multi-concept bar that serves a variety of cuisines with a local touch at wallet-friendly prices“. The “Signature” outlet at Starker Tanjong Pagar is therefore something in the upper middle segment. What is common through the range is the fresh and fruity beer that Starker is known for.
The IndoChili Tanjong Pagar restaurant is a traditional restaurant serving “Halal Authentic Indonesian Cuisines”. The restaurant is located in the basement of Tanjong Pagar Center and has easy access to the MRT station that has exits that lead into the building. We stopped by to try a couple of food items.
Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. A Chinese Muslim style of beef noodles with clear soup and hand-pulled la mian is a well loved item in Lanzhou’s distinct food culture. Lanzhou is home to one of China’s significant populations of Hui Muslims. Hence the authentic Lanzhou beef noodles (兰州牛肉面) uses only Halal beef. The famed beef noodles of Lanzhou has become very popular throughout China and 牛一嘴 Núodle has brought the Lanzhou specialty to Singapore. Judging by the queue to get into 牛一嘴 Núodle beef noodles restaurant at SingPost Centre, Lanzhou beef noodles must also be popular in Singapore.
The Lobby Bar 1864 Sofitel Singapore is named after the year 1864 when the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company was founded. This gesture commemorates the start of the transformation of the neighbouring district from the fishing village to the city downtown that it is today. The 1864 Bar is a lovely place. It felt like the sort of living room that we like but never had. In the age of the sharing economy, we could “own” it for a while for the price of a few drinks. We made a detour to the 1864 Bar before our lunch at the Racines restauant next to it.
Racines Sofitel Singapore is a new restaurant in a new hotel, Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It is located in the same complex as the Tanjong Pagar Centre. According to the Racines restaurant website, they serve a menu of traditional French classics and timeless Chinese dishes. The restaurant name “Racines” is French for roots. They apparently use herbs grown at the Sofitel hotel’s own herb garden. We were there for lunch.
The new mall of the Singapore Post Centre (or SingPost Centre) opened without much fanfare but its initial footfall numbers must be the envy of many other mall operators. A reason SingPost Centre is drawing the crowd must be the food offerings. There is a mix of established restaurants and new to market brands. Hawkerman at SingPost Centre in one of the new dining concepts attracting curios diners.