Sideways Entrance

Sideways – Mediterranean at Little India

Sideways. The name of a movie about the great pinot noir. Also the name of a newly-opened restaurant in the Little India/Jalan Besar area. Housed where the fabulous Broadcast HQ used to hang, the place is now half-restaurant, half-gallery – all in a bricked-up space that exudes an industrial yet cosy vibe. I say cosy […]

The Butcher's Wife Entrance

The Butcher’s Wife – Gluten-free dining

All my gluten-fearing friends can now make an appointment with The Butcher’s Wife for sustenance. Taking over the spot formerly occupied by another Spa Esprit Group restaurant, Open Door Policy, which interestingly was also heading down the GF path, so not sure why the cosmetic change and the closing of that door, but it doesn’t […]

Dehesa Ox Cheek

Dehesa – nose-to-tail Spanish

It’s surprising how Dehesa has not become one of the places that’s top of mind when one thinks of Spanish food in Singapore. A little under-the-radar, but definitely big on flavours and creativity, the restaurant is helmed by chef-owner Jean-Philippe Patruno, formerly of Bomba and Una. Located at North Canal Road (behind the Circular quay/Boat […]

Alley on 25 Smoke and Pepper lamb burger

Alley on 25 at flashy new Andaz hotel

Part of the swish new DUO enclave, Alley on 25 at Andaz, a luxury hotel by the Hyatt group, is host to a selection of restaurants and bars. Being within close proximity to Andaz, it didn’t take me long before I sauntered in one day during lunch to check out their attractively-priced 3-course set menus. […]

Aura Chocolate dessert

Weekend Brunch at Aura – National Gallery Singapore

{Update: 10 August 2017} It has been over a year since I visited Aura for its Sunday Brunch, and happy to say, it was as good as ever! They’ve still maintained the $48 set price, and the portions remain generous. Still meant to be served as a “family-style” Italian brunch, you get a variety of […]

Botanico sardines 2

Botanico restaurant – Almost perfect but not quite

The décor and ambience at Botanico restaurant at The Garage is certainly worthy of its location at Singapore’s beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Botanic Gardens. The colonial bungalow that used to house the cars of university professors has been converted to two restaurants – casual dining Bee’s Knees on the ground floor and […]

The 2016 Masala Guide V2

Singapore Best Restaurants 2016 – The Masala Guide!

This is the aunty-approved Singapore Best Restaurants 2016 food guide – The Masala Guide! I thought of writing a listicle so that Santa Google would gift me with a million hits, but decided against it. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of Singapore Best Restaurants 2016 type of articles being published so I thought, why not […]

FOC Squid Ink Paella

FOC Restaurant – Savour that Spanish!

It’s taken me this long to write about FOC – one of my favourite tapas joints in Singapore because…I’ve never sat at their bar counter! The point of that is, the table seatings have dim, romantic lighting, all the better to gaze into your partner’s eyes as you tapas the night away, but not all […]

Boca clams, bacalhau, octopus

Boca – A taste of Portugal

The last (and only) time that I had visited Portugal was 14 years ago, in 2002. I honestly do not recall much about the food, but I do remember a very interesting dining experience featuring Portugal’s most famous music genre, fado. Typically sung about the trials and tribulations of life, the music is sombre, morose […]

Delicacy Tapas

Delicacy – Tapas treats at Gemmill Lane

Located along Gemmil Lane, Delicacy, a tapas place, is worth a detour off the main Club Street drag. No, it doesn’t have the requisite hipsterish industrial and cramped look of other “IT” tapas joints in Singapore. Instead, it’s pretty airy, cheery and more like you’re visiting a Spanish senorita’s home for dinner (if you don’t […]