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(curried granita and carabinero) tasting menu $85++ (before 20% Singapore ReDiscovers discount) What. A. Treat. Simply fab value for a 7-course menu. There’s so many instances of fusion or modern food gone wrong; there was barely a misstep here. Each dish was nicely plated and the combinations of flavors worked a treat (I found the Biryani Nigiri, the carabinero, butter chicken, and their smoked yoghurt ice cream especially pleasing). Needless to say we enjoyed excellent service as well. The menu is constantly evolving so the items will vary.

(These were scones) I like the mix of interesting bites Kizuna serves. Friendly owners, the decor a labour of love, good coffee, interesting collabs, and a convenient location (for those living along the north-east MRT line). Check them out!

Relocated from Bukit Timah (and unrelated to the sake brand of the same name; it’s the owner’s name apparently) and now the first (?) restaurant along this particular stretch at the newly opened Paya Lebar Quarters. Fuss-free, straightforward execution that hits the spot. Reuben the manager mentioned that the vast majority of their sake is directly imported from Japan. Looks like this gets added to the “where shall we go for a convenient location to snack and booze in the east” list.

+ a buzzing crowd at the most happening music joint in the east = what a Friday night!

That this sizzling gooey lasagna dish from a fairly new Japanese-Italian joint (from Tokyo) would remind us of our lasagna-making-Tokyo friend was too obvious.

(set lunch

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I have to rethink my notion that there isn’t many Peranakan places in the western part of the island (especially with the spate of private dining places popping up in recent years). Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is however a place that I Have had a few times, but this is my first visit since they shifted to the Temasek Club. Business was brisk (happy for them!) and the ngoh hiang was different and as good as ever. Nice welcoming vibe for an early week dinner catch-up with friends.

The gula melaka in the Power Chendol is still as good as ever after all these years (Mount Fuji in the background)

When folks know of it, it seems regularly ordered, And it’s sedap?? That’s their butter sotong. Bill worked out to a reasonable ~$17/head including fish head curry, too much food, and sunny side up eggs for the Egg FOMO gang 😂

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Although they’ve streamlined their menu somewhat (sad!), the chicken here’s still the way I remember it: hot and juicy and mmmm.

Toasted egg yolk, caviar with herbs. $38. Gone in under 60 seconds. Delish though.

Lots of cheese (well, up to 8 which is their standard platter) and whatever tipple (drinkkkk) they pour for you. I’ve found that’s my favorite way to enjoy a nice afternoon at Ai Ming’s lovey little place at Queenstown. And making friends there is easy!

... of Jin Jin Dessert’s Power Chendol. A whole lot of (gula melaka) heaven for 2 bucks at ABC hawker centre.