The new Culina Bistro Dempsey at Block 15 – bigger, newer but is it better?


Popular bistro and fine foods store Culina Dempsey has closed their original store at Dempsey Block 8 and reopened a few blocks away, at Dempsey Block 15. It is now linked together with other outlets as a COMO Dempsey cluster of food and retail outlets at the front of the Dempsey Hill dining precinct. The new Culina Bistro (version 2019) is certainly bigger and newer. But is it better than the original one at Block 8? They opened at the new location a few days ago and we were there soon after to find out.

New Culina Bistro at Dempsey Block 15
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Hototogisu Paragon Michelin Star ramen restaurant from Tokyo – crab ramen

Ha-Oh Hototogisu Ramen

Konjiki Hototogisu 金色不如帰 is a one Michelin Star ramen restaurant from Tokyo. It was awarded the star in the 2019 Tokyo Michelin Guide and was listed as a Tokyo Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in 2015 to 2018. It is said to be the original creator of shellfish broth. Introduced to Singapore by Japan Foods Group, Hototogisu Paragon is their third outlet in Singapore, after earlier outlets at Great World City and Chijmes. Each outlet has its own unique specialty ramen dishes. At Paragon, the highlights of the menu are the shoyu Asari clam broth and the crab broth ramen.

Hototogisu Paragon entrance
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Artea VivoCity cafe – tiramisu cake and bubble tea

Artea VivoCity

Artea VivoCity is another new attractive cafe in VivoCity mall that we had been curious to try but was unable to as it was usually crowded. We were there at an off-peak time recently and managed to get seats to eat tiramisu cake and drink tea in relative peace and quiet.

Artea VivoCity
Artea VivoCity
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Kotobuki Yakitori 112 Katong

Kotobuki Yakitori

Kotobuki Yakitori is a new Japanese restaurant in I12 Katong Mall. It serves a variety of grilled chicken skewers made from bite sized pieces of meat from different parts of the chicken. Other Japanese staples, like sushi, tempura and rice bowls, are also on the menu.

Kotobuki 112 Katong
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