The Tangs department store had been undergoing a lot of renovations which took place in staggered phases so that only small areas were closed off and the main areas were still open for business. After enduring what seems like an eternity of renovations at Tangs, it seems that everything is now complete. During our visit to Tangs recently, we were struck by the beautiful design and decor of the now fully revamped store. If this was not a food blog, I would be quite happy to give you a full description of Tangs. But for now I will let you see some photos to give you a sneak preview until your next visit. The new Tangs is not a facelift, we would say that it is a total makeover and we think the inconvenience and effort have been worth it. We hereby nominate them for the most beautiful department store in Singapore award.
The icing on the cake is that on the second floor, part of the retail space had been cleared to make way for a cafe by The Providore. Word seems to have travelled fast as the place was already packed at 11.30 am in the morning. Don’t these people have to work?
Sanpoutei Ramen is a new tenant at the newly renovated Shaw Centre (technically, they are in Shaw House, but the buildings are so interconnected that it feels like part of Shaw Centre which we are more familiar with). It is located in the basement, right across the Isetan supermarket and next to Breadtalk. With so many ramen outlets mushrooming all over Singapore, is this just another one to add to the numbers or will it distinguish itself?
Located at the end of the retail block of HillV2, Joyden Canton Kitchen is the farthest restaurant when you emerge from car park lift. It is one of the last restaurants to open in the new shopping mall in Hillview. It would appear that the Far East retail management have done well to put together a good F&B tenant mix of a variety of restaurants within the limitations of this smallish shopping mall. So far we have seen local, Indian, Japanese, Italian, German and other types of Western cuisines represented at the mall. Joyden as the Chinese restaurant would be the second last piece of the puzzle. A Korean restaurant (Blue Garden BBQ) will be the last (for the time being it seems).
Simply Life is a cafe on Campus 1 of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at Bencoolen Street. It is probably intended primarily as an amenity for the students and staff of NAFA but the generally public is welcomed and it operates on weekends as well. It offers beverages, desserts, small bites as well as local and western entrees at very affordable prices.
La Taperia Cocina Espanola is located on level 2 of the newly reopened Shaw Centre. Formerly named “Terry’s” after the Spanish chef who also operates a highly regarded restaurant in Manila, the change of name was apparently brought about after some issues surfaced between the chef and the local partners. La Taperia is now helmed by local chefs. Anyway, those matters are of no concern to us, except maybe to explain the slightly makeshift signboard which looks out of place in this corner of Shaw Centre which it shares with its grand looking sibling F&B outlets Vinum, Caveau Wines, and Whisky Library.