What to eat and buy at Don Don Donki @ Orchard Central Singapore

We had no intention of visiting the new Japanese store Don Don Donki which opened at Orchard Central Singapore last Friday.  We were using the Orchard Road underpass crossing from Centrepoint when we saw the big crowds. Curiosity got the better of us and we made a detour to see what the store with the weird name was about. It was quite crowded and so we only did a quick and scattered visit. This short post is not meant to be a comprehensive review of Don Don Donki, but hopefully will provide enough information to our readers to make a decision whether to make a trip down to the basement of Orchard Central.

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IndoChili (Science Park) – Indonesian restaurant near NUH

IndoChili (Science Park) is one of the latest tenants to set up at Savourworld. We had visited this cluster of restaurants at Science Park Drive, near NUH. You can read our overview of Savourworld here.   This was our first visit to Savourworld in the evening.  The huge signs glow bright at night.  The atmosphere there is also more relaxed. It looks like a meeting place for nearby office workers after office hours.  It was not crowded, just pockets of activity in some of the bars and restaurants.  IndoChili is a halal Indonesian restaurant. They provide added choice and diversity to the food options at the Kent Ridge area.

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FiSK Seafood Bar & Market – new restaurant at Novotel (former Pinetree Club location)

FiSK Seafood Bar & Market is a new restaurant at Novotel Singapore on Stevens, one of two new hotels that now stand on the site of the former Pinetree Club on Stevens Road.  The other new hotel is Mercure Singapore on Stevens. The people behind Fisk is seafood distributor Snorre Food Pte Ltd. According to the Fisk website, “Fisk Seafoodbar & Market is a restaurant and retail concept where you can dine and shop for cold water seafood and Norwegian products all in one place”.  We stopped by to have lunch at the Seafood Bar and to check out the Market.

Fisk Seafood Bar & Market
Fisk Seafood Bar & Market
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Brunch at the new Jones the Grocer Great World City

Jones the Grocer Great World City is the new outlet of this gourmet grocer from Down Under. It has been more than two years since the Straits Times 17 Apr 2015 article Jones the Grocer’s Singapore stores up for sale which highlighted some challenges facing this celebrated cafe. At the end of that article, a loyal and optimistic retail manager was quoted as saying: “If your clientele hasn’t given up on you, why should you give up on yourself?” It would appear that she is right and things are looking up again with the addition of the new store, Jones the Grocer Great World City. Indeed, the loyal clientele has turned up in numbers in support of the new River Valley outpost.

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