Wallet-Friendly Bistro in the Heart of Chinatown
Restaurant Ember, well known for specialising in modern European cuisine with Asian influence in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown has recently reopened its doors after a short 2-week makeover hiatus. The menu has undergone a synergic transformation blending old favourites with newer ingredient-focused dishes with Chef Sufian Bin Zain at the helm. Chef Sufian boasts an extensive resume with several well established eateries under his belt – Les Amis, Iggy’s and Waku Ghin.
“Indulge in the most coveted crustacean this season”
Named after the famous Chinese Poet, Li Bai at Sheraton Towers serves up fine Cantonese cuisine fit for emperors. The dishes here are inspired by the poet’s classical works, with Executive Chef Chung Yiu Ming creating exquisite, authentic Chinese dishes that will make guests wax lyrical about.
You are panting as you briskly make your exasperating journey on foot to a sheltered sanctuary peddling your favourite lunch. Perhaps you’re thinking about some grilled chicken, but in the moment, you might just as well be someone else’s meat on the public grill. As your impeccable office wear begins to be attracted to your skin’s increasing moistness, you may be wondering why you ever left the sacred air conditioning of the workplace in the first place for a food hunt under the sweltering sun.
Roe In Abundance At “The Gold Rush”
Peony Jade Restaurant at Keppel Club is where I first sampled the popular Shanghai hairy crab that is typically an autumn delicacy. First opened in 2004 at Clarke Quay, the diner that specializes in traditional Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines unabashedly favours scenic locations- a full view of the placid Singapore River is featured at Clarke Quay, and the quaint road along the golf course’s perimeter up to Keppel Club exudes a certain picturesque exclusivity, though the arduous walk in was more like a hike to me.
Indonesia is a huge country, and even the city of Jakarta itself is larger than Singapore. With an endless growth of new Western influenced restaurants, it can be easy to forget about the street hawker food that most Indonesian locals actually frequent. This guide serves to provide an authentic guide on what foods to eat in Jakarta which you can find at the road side, small shops and even in restaurants or food courts.
“Delicate sweet treats for both the eyes and taste buds”
Finally, the day has come where Henri Charpentier set shop in Singapore. How lucky for us. Henri Charpentier needs little introduction but for those of us who are unfamiliar, Henri Charpentier is a renowned French-inspired Japanese patisserie first opened in Japan 1969 and its flagship store currently resides in Tokyo’s Ginza.
“Six Course Hairy Crab Prix Fixe Menu”
It’s hairy crab season and the first hairy crab tasting of 2014 goes to Hai Tien Lo (海天楼) at Pan Pacific Hotel. Chinese mitten crabs (大閘蟹), also known as Hairy crabs, are prized for their golden roe and traditionally in season during Autumn in Shanghai, China. The crabs derive their name from the dense, furry hairs on their claws which segregates them from other crabs, making them feel ostracized and yearning acceptance in society.
Well, my stomach gladly accepts them for who they are.
“Jamon Inspired Tapas”
My Little Tapas Bar is the newly opened sister bar of My Little Spanish Place, taking over what used to be Platters Bistro at Club Street. The concept is of a homey one, based upon the Spanish saying ‘Mi casa es su casa’, which means ‘my house is also your house’, a very apt description of the casual, welcoming setting here.
“The Sunday Brunch with an Edge”
Recently, there has been an explosion of Sunday brunch offered by many hotels and fine dining restaurants showing that as Singaporeans we are truly spoilt for choice. You may be tempted to ask, “Aren’t hotel buffets all the same?” or “Haven’t I been there for a business lunch before already?”.
If anyone has to ask these questions, apparently they’ve not seen the buffet assortment that Edge at Pan Pacific hotel has prepared yet. For my 3rd time at Edge (twice on different business lunches) and on this most recent visit, I’ll prepare for you a preview of your next Champagne brunch option to consider.
Related Guide: Best Hotel Buffets and Champagne Brunches in Singapore
“A taste of an American Southern Kitchen”
The Beast is all about true-blue home cooked American Southern comfort food. Think fried chicken and sweet tea with bourbon, which although stereotypical, is exactly what The Beast is all about.