Gaig entrance

Gaig’s Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine

Ok, so anyone who has met someone from Barcelona, would know that they don’t identify themselves as Spanish, rather, they speak Catalan with pride and think of themselves purely as Catalan. So heaven forbid should I mention the cuisine at Gaig as being “Spanish”. 😊 It’s Catalan cooking, through and through. When I’m asked about […]

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 […]

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Norway – The Streets are Talking

Street art, murals, graffiti – whatever you wish to call them, they represent society’s thoughts – often as political satire or just plain creative expression. I was pleasantly surprised to see the walls of Norway bedecked with colourful, intense and quirky artwork, especially in the streets of Stavanger. Read any travel guide about Stavanger and […]

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The Magical Lofoten Islands, Norway

Once upon a time, I took a plane and a boat to a far off land in the Arctic. It’s a magical place of red fishermen’s cabins on stilts surrounded by mountain ranges with jagged shark teeth edges. Sights and smells of dead cod fish hung out to dry compete with rows of the prettiest […]

Open Door Policy

Open Door Policy’s indulgent Gluten and Dairy-Free menu!

I’ll be the first to admit the thought of going to a gluten- and dairy-free restaurant makes me want to run up Bukit Timah Hill (no, seriously?) but hey, curiosity got the better of me. So, when I was invited to try out Open Door Policy’s new GF-DF only menu, I shoved aside any preconceived […]

Chef Waddah Bou Saad

From Syria to Singapore – Life goes on for this pastry chef

These days, it’s highly unlikely that pastry is what comes to mind when you think of Syria. But for Syrian chef, Waddah Bou Saad, sweets are his motivation for happiness in life. I had the honour of meeting Chef Waddah at a recent event organized by CNIEL – the French Dairy Interbranch Organization who have […]

Jai Siam – wallet-friendly, authentic Thai in the east!

Jai Siam’s slogan says wallet-friendly authentic Thai cuisine. Well, it’s authentic, and value for money indeed! Hubby already said he had a good feeling because the service staff was Thai, and we were not disappointed. The dishes came out one by one – I believe they might have been short-staffed in the kitchen that evening, […]

Wine & Chef Mussels

Wine & Chef – like your hood’s zi-char (almost)

Wine & Chef at Keong Saik road – another nod to Mod-Sin cuisine, which I welcome wholeheartedly because the supposed stalwarts of Mod-Sin (one in particular, whose latest restaurant Po is really just a great excuse to pay for overpriced local fare) really need to be shown a thing or two about genuine fusion and […]

The Butcher Burger Dog

The Butcher’s Kitchen – value for money meats

Already familiar with The Butcher retail stores, where I occasionally buy fresh meats from the Parkway Parade branch, I decided to check out their new (and first) full-fledged restaurant, The Butcher’s Kitchen, at Suntec City last week. Interestingly, the first thing you see, front and centre, is their 32-flavour gelato bar, featuring some rather intriguing […]

The Disgruntled Brasserie Dessert

The Disgruntled Brasserie – Simply Delicious!

Now, this is how you do small plates dining. I hate that word – small plates. But at The Disgruntled Brasserie, the small plates are robust and rich enough (and priced just right) that you’re not going to be bothered about such minuscule details. Heavy starters featuring rich goodies like burrata, foie gras and cheese […]

Stellar Chuck Rib skyline

Stellar at 1-Altitude’s sky-high offerings

Stellar at 1-Altitude is going Tajima wagyu strong these days! There’s something to be said for chefs who really get down and dirty with their produce. No, I am not referring to them whispering sweet nothings into a cow’s ears (though who am I to judge), and neither am I talking about rolling around gleefully […]

Platypus Katong Pork Belly rice

Platypus Katong – great for drinks, food so-so

From the outside, it seems as though Platypus Katong has all the necessary elements to be a shoo-in for a great night out. An open, inviting stretch facing East Coast Road, friendly staff and some super happy hour deals – we’re talking $6 for your 1st drink and $9 for selected beers and wines till […]