Fumee by Habanos – Media Tasting

Fumee is probably the only joint (in the proximity of the marina promenade), that opens their kitchen beyond midnight; for they close at 0200hrs on weekdays, 0230hrs on Fridays & Saturdays. And they roll the shutters 30 to midnight on Sundays.

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Sea & Blue – Invited Tasting

At Sea & Blue, they offer nothing but buffet. Operating hours is split specifically for lunch & dinner. This allows the crew to have ample time, to manage the necessary preparation in order to roll out 100 dishes; comprising of fresh seafood, sushi, sashimi, roasts, grills, continental cooked fares, confection and desserts.

Sawadee Thai Cuisine Restaurant – Invited Tasting

Sawadee Thai Cuisine was established since 2001 in the northern sector of the island, they re-positioned themselves (physically & brand-wise) at Tan Quee Lan Street in 2013. In all these years since, the management prides itself in offering the finer side of Thai cuisines, and revamped some street/ home kitchen dishes.

Misato – Inexpensive Fine Picks

I think Misato is a really brave concept. Though they may not have the densest of menus in the precinct better known for expensive Japanese restaurants, it distinguishes itself from the pack, in presenting good select dishes. And to have one or 2 anchor dishes in each category they have to offer; at wallet friendly prices, is more than sufficient reason to revisit.

Beyond Pancakes – Invited Tasting

I found the toppings/ fillings to be pretty contemporary & familiar. I suppose because they’re Halal, the stringent selection & restrictions of typical European choice ingredients would’ve been substituted.

Korean Fusion BBQ – Invited Tasting

In terms of Korean concept buffet, I must say that they that they got my heart racing. Easily more than 50 items in the line-up, protein inclined, 12 different flavors of marinated pork belly, with select variety of marinated beef, chicken & fish. There’s also a good selection of vegetables, funghi, as well as condiments & sauces. For those that must have carbs, there’s Kimchi Fried Rice and Tteokbokki, as well as noodles to be cooked in your steamboats/ stews.

Hunan Cuisine Restaurant – Invited Tasting

The name is quite self-explanatory, as the menu offers authentic Hunan dishes, from the central plains of mainland China. Though, not all ingredients are available in this archipelago, the management endeavors to adhere as close as it gets to the original recipes, or so, the chefs insist.

Yoogane SG (Nex) – Media Invite

Yoogane hails from a little town in Busan, South Korea, since 1981. Originated as a simple old-school mom & pop kitchenette restaurant, has spread across various Korean cities, and earned its place as; one of the fast expanding & sought after franchise restaurants; in the region; from South Korea.

Gila Durian @ The Peranakan – Invited Tasting

Gila Durian, a celebration of an assortment of 2-3 cherry-picked prized durian subspecies (D24, XO & 猫山王 “Maoshan Wang” – MSW). In all my years of tastings & face stuffing experiences, I’ve never been pampered with Durian, fine-dining style before.

蛙功夫 (Wah! Kungfu) – Media Invite

蛙功夫 (Wah! Kungfu), is a spanking new novelty restaurant that features 1 of Asian’s all-time favorite – Bullfrogs, in 10 different culinary styles/ tastes from the Central Plains of China. To raise the notch, the interior décor applies the concept of pubs, cold industrial metallic furnishes, cold cathode & LED illumination and slightly below 25°C air conditioning.