New Ubin Seafood CHIJMES is a new outlet by New Ubin Seafood. This is currently their second restaurant in Singapore. The other one is in the Hillview area (you can read about our visit here). Hitherto, we have associated New Ubin with gritty locations – their existing Hillview outlet is in a canteen of an industrial building, having moved there from the Sin Ming car workshops area. The New Ubin Seafood CHIJMES outlet marks a departure from that impression. A Tze Char or Zhi Char (煮炒) restaurant has moved into the posh neighbourhood of CHIJMES right in the heart of the Singapore CBD.
Tablescape Restaurant & Bar is a new “… contemporary, upscale restaurant and bar serving modern European classics complemented by a curated menu at the bar.” It is located on the third level of the Grand Park City Hall Hotel. This is the hotel that is next to Peninsular Plaza and Capitol Piazza. Currently the hotel is undergoing some major renovations. It is the boarded up building across the road from Excelsior Hotel.
In an ideal world, we should have most of the amenities and services available in our respective neighbourhoods in Singapore. With everything within walking distance or a 10 minute bicycle ride, we can avoid overloading the transport systems and wasting time and money. Sadly this is seldom the case, especially when it comes to restaurants as they like to concentrate in malls and business areas like Keong Siak and Orchard. It is therefore always of great interest to us to learn of a new restaurant like Summer Hill Bistro which opened in the Sunset Way / Clementi residential area in early 2018.
Auntie’s Wok & Steam is said to be “an ode to Singapore’s tze char food culture”. Like looking for a hard to find street side tze char stall of old, we walk along a narrow alley to locate Auntie’s Wok and Steam in Alley on 25 Andaz Hotel. The alley is, however, a spiffy one and Auntie’s Wok & Steam is a very nice contemporary Chinese dining space.
The Prive empire is well spread out in Singapore. They have restaurants in several locations, including this one in the NUS Kent Ridge Campus – the Prive Grill University Club. Despite its name, it is open to the public, although we suspect their main patrons are the staff and students of the National University of Singapore. It is situated on the 4th level in a building next to the NUS Guild House in Kent Ridge. It is not the most visible of places to the casual passerby.
We had high expectations for the Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall which opened in the basement of Orchard Central recently. The high quality of produce from Hokkaido is well-known. Some people go on holiday in Hokkaido just for the food there. We have come to expect high restaurant standards in Japan such that we rarely hear of bad restaurants in Japan. And so when we learnt that the Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall had recently opened in Singapore with eight f & b operators from Hokkaido, it was a matter of time before we checked it out.