In Good Company Café by Plain Vanilla Bakery, Ion Orchard

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In Good Company is a brand of fashionable garments and accessories which are retailed in stores such as Tang’s. They have set up a stand-alone concept store in Basement One Ion Orchard (next to Calvin Klein Jeans) where they sell beautiful clothes and lifestyle products. We could get carried away talking about their products, but we remind ourselves to focus on the eating. Situated right inside the store, quite out-of-view to the casual passerby, is the In Good Company Cafe that is run by Plain Vanilla.

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999.99 Restaurant (Moved)

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The 999.99 Restaurant is more conveniently called the “Five Nines” restaurant. Newly opened (end 2015) in the food haven of Keong Saik Road, this is one of the few restaurants in Singapore that has a number as its name. We stopped by at 999.99 Restaurant to check out their set lunch offerings.

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A crowded brunch at Populus Cafe

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Populus Cafe, like its neighbour along Neil Road two doors away, Lokal Cafe, has enjoyed great success from day one. Unlike many new restaurants in Singapore which see their crowds wane off as the novelty wears off, this pair of hip cafes continue to pack them. In an earlier visit to Lokal, we had stopped by to see what was the hype all about and were convinced that it did have something special to justify the hype (see our post here). This time, curiosity made us check out why Populus Cafe is so popular. According to the Populus website, they are “a gastro-cafe serving up  contemporary progressive café nosh and speciality coffee.

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Violet Oon’s National Kitchen, National Gallery Singapore

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Violet Oon’s National Kitchen, National Gallery is not a restaurant that you can decide to go for lunch on impulse. It was packed when we were there recently. Walk in patrons were turned away, partly because it is very popular and partly because the restaurant was modest in size.  We had the impression National Kitchen by Violet Oon is a Peranakan restaurant (possibly because of her reputation as a Peranakan specialist), but we were mistaken. As a “national kitchen”, many our Singapore favourite foods e.g. satay, chilly crab, curry fish head and Hainanese chicken rice are represented here. There are Peranakan items on the menu, but this is more like a “top hits of Singapore” compilation album.

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So Pho Vietnamese Cafe @ Parkway Parade

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It can be mistaken for an Ikea showroom on the spruced up 3rd level of Parkway Parade but it is actually a new outlet of So Pho Vietnamese Cafe. It has light wood furniture and display helves, lantern lamps and many other items that looked very much like what we might have seen in Ikea. It does not look like a place serving Vietnamese food but it has a fairly extensive menu covering Vietnamese rolls, rice and noodles dishes, beef, chicken, hot pot and, of course, Vietnamese pho. Continue reading →

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