Quan Lai Kway Chap @ Sin Fong Restaurant

Kway Chap, to confused locals & modern Chinese descendants, is the braised assortment of meats, bean-curd sticks, pig organs, peanuts & pickled vegetables. But in truth, Kway Chap is none other than the large folds of rice sheets, boiled & served with a dash of dark soy based braised sauce.

Times Square – Media Invite

Times Square is a restaurant that offers American inspired menu of both, good food & interesting beverage concoctions. Designed with the intent to bring NYC to Katong, offering diners a glimpse of New York, minus the need of your passport and 20+ hours of back breaking jet-lag.

Yi Pin Bak Kut Teh – Media Invite

They’re a simple & cozy little joint that seats about 35-40 inside, and another 12-16 outside, indoor is fully air-conditioned offering respite from our tropical climate. Now, while the year-end is wet & chilly, having some comforting BKT is pretty appropriate. They operate daily from lunch till 2am, so I guess is a place to visit for after parties too.

Lotus Thai Restaurant – Media Invite

This cozy 40-seater restaurant is located along Jalan Besar, on the corner of Hindoo Road. Situated road facing with full height windows, interior is nicely decorated with Indochinese motifs & artworks, airs retro Thai ballads & classics, with occasional loud traffic throttle from the road, bring me fond memories of settings in Bangkok districts.

I find the overall experience to be pleasant, and the food reminds me much of Chinese Thai style culinary from Yaowarat. Flavors & price point should appeal to the local palates & wallets. If diners don’t want the sweaty experience of dining at Berseh Food Centre, Lotus Thai offers cooling respite from our tropical climate. Needless to say, loyal fans of Butter Studio, just next door, now have good reason to pop in for a taste of Thailand.

BBQ Box 串烧工坊 (Chuan Shao Gong Fang) – Media Tasting

BBQ Box 串烧工坊 is a concept restaurant that features North-Eastern Chinese (BBQ/ Grilled/ Stew) Cuisines. In 2009, they opened their first outlet in Geylang area. A second outlet was opened in Bugis area in 2012, and in 2014, they opened their third outlet in Chinatown, as well as three new outlets in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

I’d consider BBQ Box 串烧工坊 to be a pretty convenient, no-frills, non-greasy outlet to satiate ones cravings or indulgence for BBQ & grills. Given their years of presence in Singapore, and reasonable rate of expansion, I’m inclined to believe that their seasoning & tastes have already been tuned to suit local palates.

The Landmark – Media Invite

The Landmark commands a strong following in lieu of their Intercontinental Halal Certified Buffet spread, priced at an affordable range:

Breakfast Buffet: Adult $18++, Child $10++
Lunch Buffet: Adult $20++ (Sunday $25++), Child 13++
Dinner Buffet: Adult $30++ (Fri-Sun $35++), Child 15++

At the stipulated price point and ongoing booking promo where the 5th diner dines for free, the socialized cost is probably one of the best buffet deals in town. Given that there’s also outdoor poolside seating, makes it quite an interesting experience.

Wangdaebak POCHA 왕대박 포차 – Media Invite

Pocha 포차 (translates: gun carriage) – not exactly cannons per se, but retro push cart culinary concept in mind. Typically, in the modern setting where street vendors pitching tents, providing some heating & piping hot food, sometimes seen in drama or movies.

I’d say the service, quality & food portion bears true representation to the concept of Korean Street Food. So if you have a dire craving for Korean Street Food, in the comfort of air conditioning, with a cozy setting to satiate, Wangdaebak Pocha 왕대박 포차 is the place to visit.

En Sakaba (Orchard Central) – Media Invite

The En Sakaba @ Orchard Central has been up & running for a little less than a quarter of a year, a stone’s throw away from the landmark Izakaya & Sakaba scene. Situated at the foot of Orchard Central, highly visible & accessible.

Don’t under estimate the small space it occupies, for they have a handsome selection of Sake from different Japanese distilleries. And the food menu is designed not merely to satiate hunger pangs, but intentional to go along with Sake too.

Borderless Sunday Brunch Buffet – Media Invite

From 11 September onwards
$98++ (with free flow of juices and soft drinks)
$138++ (with free flow of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne and house pour wines, juices and soft drinks)

Lunch Buffet: $52++, Dinner Buffet: $70++

Grissini @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel – Media Invite

Grissini (transl. bread sticks), situated at the ground floor of Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Unlike most other Italian restaurants, Chef Antonio belts out some of the Southern Italian Signatures. So, be prepared to be pampered with seafood themed dishes, as well as the much anticipated grills straight from the Josper Oven.

one of the few Italian joints that offers a decent selection of charcuterie & cheeses, has a pretty balanced variety of pastas & pizzas, and juicy delicious proteins (ranch or coast). Not to mention, select wines that go well with the course of meal.

I should think this is a place to be, if you need to impress someone over a quiet classy & comforting meal.

Legend Seafood (鸿宇海鲜馆) – Media Invite

Legend Seafood is a very young establishment that offers a slight twist to the typical Zi Char 煮炒 menu. Situated at New Century Food House (the arched coffee shop) along Bishan Street 11.

Legend Seafood operates for lunch & dinner till late daily. The bold attempt to innovate with ingredients, experimentation of tastes, I should think there will be more interesting dishes to be rolled out in due course.

(E)Xperience, the only source of knowledge – Media Invite

Xperience is orchestrated by the youngest hotel head chef in town: Executive Chef Trevor Paulo, and his crew, endeavors to push the boundaries & challenge culinary status quo in the dishes they roll out.

It is not every day that one gets to witness the process in an open kitchen with little or no boundaries. Watching the food prepared, plated & presented at the table, makes it somewhat cozier & personable. Artistic food, good quality at affordable pricing, makes for a go-to place for business lunch & dinner and/or hosting guests.