Affordable steakhouse Astons has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2005 from a coffeeshop along East Coast Road. The Ranch Steakhouse by Astons in Clarke Quay is a beautiful restaurant. It seems like the start of a new line of luxurious offerings from Astons. The launch of Lexus LS 400 separating the brand from the humble Toyota Corolla comes to mind. At our lunch at The Ranch Steakhouse, most of the right boxes were ticked and one particular aspect of the restaurant stood out.
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.
Did you know that VivoCity is the largest mall in Singapore? It is bigger than Suntec City or Ngee Ann City, has been in operation since 2006 and was built on the site of the former exhibition halls of the Singapore World Trade Centre (source : Wikipedia). Vivo City also boasts a vast collection of eateries. Many restaurants have come and gone over the years. One of the restaurants that has been there for a long time and still going strong is Tung Lok Signatures VivoCity. This Chinese restaurant has been there since the beginning (as far as we can remember) and is still looking good.