Platform M by MOF
SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road Level 2 Singapore 408600
Tel: +65 6747 3585
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun), Last Order 9:30pm
So Lucky operates from 8:00am
10 Food Concepts In A One Stop Food Station
Located at Level 2 of SingPost Centre, is the newly launched Platform M by MOF, which combines 10 different food and beverage concepts at a one stop food station.
There are 9 restaurants with 1 fruit juice place within this space, including 6 new brands of Duck Master, So Lucky, Economi of Scale, Yaki Ramen, Kazu Kazu, and the Fruit Juice kiosk, along with familiar names of Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao, Tensho, CafeMama and Kaisen Tei.
It also boosts of a cashless self-ordering kiosk system (get the Platform M card) because… Smart Nation. Platform M by MOF (Paya Lebar)
Furama Riverfront, 407 Havelock Road, Annex Building, Level 1 Singapore 169634
Tel: +65 6931 8888
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm; 5:30pm – 1:00am (Mon – Fri, Sun)
11:30am – 3:00pm; 5:30pm – 2:00am (Sat, Eve of PH)
Singapore’s Food, Wellness and Entertainment Hub
The brand-new Orient Palace is a one-stop destination for dining, spa and wellness therapies as well as live entertainment. You can karaoke rooms and live band performances on certain nights.
Its Nanyang-style offerings are considered interesting, from Suckling Pig (Whole $258; Half $138; Quarter $68), Premium Dragon Ribs Bak Kut Teh ($48) with king grouper fish maw and sea cucumber, to Steamed crab with Chilli Dip ($8.80/100gm).
For its opening month, it is offering its La Mian with Braised Whole 24-Head Middle Eastern Dried Abalone (Dry) at $58 (U.P $98). The La Mian includes truffle oil, seasonal vegetables and collagen rich shark’s cartilage soup. Till 30th November 2017.
Orchard Cineleisure 8 Grange Road #01-01, Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT Station)
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
American Style Burgers With Japanese Flavours
Clothing brand Benjamin Barker has started B Burger over at Orchard Cineleisure.
The signature cheeseburgers are the B Burger ($6.90) and B Double ($8.90), containing beef patties with daikon pickles, tomato, lettuce, cheese and a dollop of the secret B Sauce.
The Burger had a mouth-watering combination of pillow soft bun and moist patties. I gave the burger a light squeeze, and you could almost see juice seeping out.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener
1 Nanson Road #02-01 Intercontinental Singapore, Singapore 238909
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Famed Steak Restaurant From NYC Opens In Singapore
Many reviews have been singing huge praises for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, opened at Intercontinental Singapore Nanson Road.
For steak selection, the menu includes New York Sirloin ($99), Rib Eye Steak ($118), and Porterhouse Steak meant for two, three or four diners ($185, $275, $360).
Certified USDA Prime beef is used, dry-aged for 28 days in-house in an aging box, then cooked with a specialised 900°C broiler.
Surprisingly, I liked the sirloin part which was lean yet still held rather complex flavours. While it was not melt-in-your-mouth tender, the pieces had good amount of fat and succulence. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Nanson Road))
1 Nanson Road Level 1 Singapore 238909
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 12:00am (Mon – Sun)
Italian-Inspired Deli With All Day Breakfast
Publico at the new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has opened, containing three concepts of Publico Deli, Publico Ristorante with an adjoining terrazza by the river, and Marcello – Singapore’s first Italian cocktail bar alongside a dessert bar.
In addition to an all-day breakfast menu, highlights include the Tostada Catalana – grated fresh tomato & cured Pata Negra on sourdough ($16); Avocado on Tuscan Toast ($15); Mediterranean Scramble – scrambled egg whites, Mediterranean-spiced youghurt marinated chicken breast ($19); Italian Meatballs Panini ($20) and a specialty PUBLICO Burger ($25).
I was recommended the Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles ($19). However, I wasn’t over the moon in the end.
The waffles tasted somewhat dry and hard without the expected fluffiness. While the chicken pieces were still juicy, they lacked the rustiness of “Southern Fried Chicken”. Publico Deli (Nanson Road)
Tempura Ten Ten
252 North Bridge Road B1-13 Raffles City Shopping Centre (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 7457
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Unagi Tendon And Yuzu Ramen Shop At Raffles City
Tempura Ten Ten is one of the newest in the Singapore market, located at the slightly obscure side of Raffles City basement.
Its offerings include BOTH Tendon and Ramen, with signature items being Unatendon – Unagi & Tendon ($19.80), Special Tendon ($13.80), Jumbo Prawn Tendon ($24.80, limited to 10 bowls a day) and Unaju ($24.80).
I tried the Special Tendon ($13.80, $2 more for ajitama egg tempura) which offered an option from one of the three sauces of Original, Yuzu Pepper or Spicy. You can also request for Truffle Rice at a top up of $1.
In terms of crispiness, I would place Tempura Ten Ten somewhere in the middle among those I tried. It could do with less oiliness, but at least not as soggy as some of the other brands. Tempura Ten Ten (Raffles City)
20 Lorong Telok Singapore 049032 (10 min walk from Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sat)
Flavourful Pho Broth With No MSG Added
Pho.Vn is a fuss-free casual Vietnamese restaurant that specialise both the popular streets food of the Southern and Northern parts of Vietnam.
Some of its specialty includes Special Beef Combo Pho ($9.90), Nam Vang Noodle ($9.90), Broken Rice with Pork Chop and Steamed Ham ($8.90), Stir-fry Cockles with garlic ($6.90), and Fried or Fresh Spring Rolls ($3.90).
While the Special Beef Combo Pho’s soup ($8.90) looked deceptively light, the savoury broth was packed with flavours and I just couldn’t help slurping spoon by spoon. Pho.Vn (Lor Telok)
200A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068638 (Telok Ayer MRT Station)
Tel: +65 8822 5525
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri), 5:00pm – 12:00am (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Truffled Gyudon And Tempura Unagi, At Hidden Japanese Sake Bar
Kabuke is a 50-seater Sake gastrobar, so named as it combines the art of kabuki and the wonders of Japanese Sake.
Lunch offerings include Wagyu Bowl ($28),Wagyu Suki Bowl ($18), Miso Pork Bowl ($15) and Gyudon ($15) topped with onsen egg.
For dinner, the recommended dishes are the Baby Corn which is Chef Rio Neo’s personal favourite; Wagyu Tataki of pan-seared Striploin in Garlic Shoyu and Raspberry Reduction; Shiso Tempura with Hotate Tartare ($15); and deconstructed Takoyako Fries ($12) – a modern reinterpretation with diced Octopus, Ikura, Ebiko served atop a golden bed of shoe-string fries; and Crispy Goma Goma Wings ($12) of sesame flavoured wings served with egg mayo wasabi yuzu dip.
Maru Dine & Bar
Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, #01-05 – 11, Singapore 078877 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6327 1123
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri), 4:00pm – 11:00pm Last Order 10:30pm, Closed Sun, PH
Incorporating Influences from Vietnam, Japan and America
Maru is a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant which integrates the cultures of Vietnam, Japan and America.
It is located at Icon Village (taking over Sakae Sushi), at the corner of Tras and Gopeng Streets.
Signature items include White Tuna Tataki ($22, $32), Iberico Pork Jowl ($24), Wagyu Beef Steak ($48), Steamed Spicy Asari ($15, $24) and Uni Ikura Angel Hair ($26, $48).
One of the co-owners is ex-MediaCorp actor Zhang Yaodong. He can sell bubble teas (remember he was the ambassador for BlackBall?), but can he make this work?
International Plaza 10 Anson Road #01-16 Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Exit C)
Opening Hours: 11 am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Grilled Beef And Chicken Bowls Added With Fish Skin, At International Plaza
DOCO serves up two main offerings of Sh-nack Don ($8.90) – grilled beef topped with cajun flavoured fish skin, and Sh-Ken Don ($8.90) – honey miso chicken topped with original crispy fish skin.
Both bowls are accompanied with onsen tamago, served on warm Japanese rice.
You can also add on Coconut Soft Serve Soicoco topped with organic gula Melaka, or thirst-quenching Coconut Shake to complete the meal at $14.90. Doco (Tanjong Pagar)
462 Crawford Lane #01-61 Singapore 190461
Tel: +65 9787 4888
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Inexpensive Penang Eatery With Slurp-Worthy Penang Laksa At Crawford Lane
Gu Cheng specialises in Penang cuisine such as Penang Laksa ($6.90), Penang Hokkien Mee ($6.90), Signature Carrot Cake ($6.90); two mains of Shrimp Fried Rice ($4.90) and Beef Stew ($7.90).
There are also some side dishes offered such as Lor Bak ($3.50), Signature Crispy Tofu ($4.90), Otah ($3.50), and Fried Chicken with Salted Egg Yolk ($7.90).
After being disappointed with some Penang eateries here, I must say the Penang Laksa ($6.90) was not too bad at all.
There was that familiar taste tangy-meets-spiciness in the rich broth cooked with sardines and kembong (chub mackerel). Gu Cheng (Crawford Lane)
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