Weekday Lunch at Pete’s Place – Italian restaurant at Grand Hyatt

Pete’s Place Grand Hyatt Hotel must be one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Singapore. Whether it is the buffet, the credit card promotion or the consistently good food, it seems that this restaurant is able to attract the crowds after all these years. It lies at the basement of the hotel that is along Scott’s Road, just off the main Orchard Road thoroughfare. One gets to Pete’s Place by going down this small staircase. It is not the most obvious of restaurants. Some visitors may frequent Grand Hyatt several times without even noticing this Italian restaurant.

Pete's Place Grand Hyatt Singapore

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Breakfast at Killiney

Killiney Kopitiam at Killiney Road

Breakfast at Tiffany’s opening sequence is perhaps one of the most enduring images in film history. Audrey Hepburn in a stunning black ball gown with matching gloves standing in front of the store window of Tiffany & Co. and enjoying a breakfast of pastry and coffee, with the idyllic music of Moon River playing in the background. We can’t actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s but in Singapore we can have breakfast at Killiney – and the famous coffee shop at Killiney Road is an icon in its own right with a heritage that dates back decades before the release of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Killiney Kopitiam at Killiney Road

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Circa 1912 – new Chinese restaurant serving Lingnan cuisine

We have not heard of Lingnan cuisine until we read the review of Circa 1912 in the 11 May 2018 article in the Business Times “A taste of old-world Chinese cooking“. According to that article, the person behind the restaurant is “food scholar-turned-restaurateur David Yip, … And unless you’re well-schooled in the minutiae of knife skills … and have access to (and can read) centuries’ old recipes, you just have to take his word for it that Circa 1912 adheres to the same painstaking kitchen artistry of chefs in Lingnan, China.” Circa 1912 takes over the space previously occupied by Lucky 8 in Shaw Centre. You can read about our visit to Lucky 8 here. Curious about what exactly is Lingnan cuisine, we set out to try it.

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