Souperstar : Fortune Favours the Brave


Two sisters in their twenties decided to start a food business that would serve “hearty meals that fuses the best of local and the world’s food heritage”. They bravely decided to offer popiah in a variety of flavours and pairing it with popular soups from around the world.  That was how Souperstar was conceived.  The first Souperstar outlet was in Eastpoint and there are now several outlets in Singapore including a popular one in the basement food hall of Tanjong Pagar Centre. As the saying goes, fortune favours the brave.

Souperstar Tanjong Pagar Centre
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Botanic Restaurant Raffles City – new restaurant featuring plant-based dishes

The Botanic Restaurant

Botanic Restaurant Raffles City is the new restaurant that takes over the space previously occupied by Salt Tapas & Bar. It is a stand-alone restaurant at street level facing the Raffles Hotel, but connected by a covered pathway so that diners do not get their feet wet walking over from the main Raffles City mall to the Botanic Restaurant.

The Botanic Restaurant Raffles CIty
Botanic Restaurant Raffles City
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Wacky desserts at The Benjamins Cafe – sweet dreams or diabetic nightmare?


The cafe formerly known as Benjamin Browns at the Forum The Shopping Mall is now known simply as The Benjamins.  Our last visit was in 2014 (read our post here).  It was a demure country style cafe at that time.  It is now sports a more edgy and industrial look. More importantly, they have come up with some creative dessert options.  There are many sweet temptations.  With the recent emphasis on reducing sugar (see ST article MOH wants public consultation on whether Singapore should ban or tax high-sugar drinks), we felt slightly guilt-ridden after trying their sweet creations. Sweet dreams are made of these or are they a diabetic nightmare?

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Dim sum lunch at Blossom Restaurant MBS, new Chinese restaurant at Marina Bay Sands


Blossom Restaurant MBS is a new Chinese restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. It is located at a section of the huge the ground floor lobby. According to the Blossom Restaurant website, it ” … will present diners with modern interpretations of the finest cuisine from Canton, Sichuan and Shanghai – a delectable balance of traditional and modern flavours and techniques”.

Blossom Restaurant MBS
Blossom Restaurant MBS

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Kogane Yama Jem – Simple and nice Japanese restaurant in Jem, Jurong East


Faced with the wide range of food options near the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, we settled for lunch at Kogane Yama, a simple and nice Japanese restaurant in Jem shopping mall. It is located on the ground floor and is easily accessible from the elevated walkway from the NTFGH and from Jurong East MRT station and Westgate next door.

Kogane Yama Jem - Simple and nice Japanese restaurant in Jem, Jurong East
Kogane Yama Jem

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