Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

With so many options to choose from, one will be spoilt for choice at this indoor alfresco dining destination. Several of the new stalls include GoPizza (@gopizza.sg), a Korean fusion pizzeria with unique combinations such as Bacon Potato Pizza and Korean Bulgogi Pizza and the popular 456 Mian Fen Guo (@456mianfenguo) from Bedok has opened their second outlet right here at Timbre+ Eastside. The dry version of the handmade and pulled mee hoon kway is just so good that we polished the entire bowl clean.

For authentic Indonesian cuisine, there is D’Penyetz (@dpenyetz_timbreplusexpo) to satisfy your savoury cravings with ayam penyet and ikan bakar before ending the meal with D’Cendol, a sweet and refreshing cendol dessert with kacang merah or durian. A fiery spicy option that will leave you sweating buckets will be Sedap Mala (@sedapmala2021) which specializes in the spicy numbing mala soup. The stall is in the midst of getting the halal certification and all of the ingredients right now are made without pork or lard. There is an opening promotion of $2.77/100g for all ingredients and you can choose to have them cooked in the signature mala (dry/soup), tangy tomato (soup) or fragrant garlic stir-fry.

Besides being a food park haven for foodies and alike, Timbre+ Eastside is also actively advocating sustainability and green movements such as having a Book Corner whereby it is a book swop space for diners to pick a book or two to read or donate their books for others.
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✨ Timbre+ Eastside
📍 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
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Founded in 2012 when the founders started brewing their beers in their garage, Jing-A Brewing Co. has come a long way to becoming one of the most well-known craft beer brands in China.

With a proposition of being playful, fun-loving, and authentic, Jing-A Brewing Co. takes pride with their unique approach on their brews such as incorporating an aroma of mandarin orange peel and coriander with the Mandarin Wheat. What we had that evening was the refreshing Worker’s Pale Ale that pays tribute to the blue-collar workers. This brew is easy-to-drink with flavour notes of grapefruit, pine, and a slight hop bitterness. Known for their seasonal brews, do keep a lookout for more brew varieties in the near future!
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✨ Jing-A Brewing Co.
📍 Available at several F&B outlets including @em.by.the.marina and online marketplaces such as Lazada, Shopee and PandaMart
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Highly recommend for you to make a reservation before going down as there was a long queue for walk-in customers.

Being there for the first time, it’s the logical choice to order their signature, the Reiwa Pork Soba ($12) which comes with a decent portion of noodles, slices of pork and the mildly spiced chilli oil dip. You can taste the freshness from each slurp (or bite), which makes the dining experience so satisfying. To complement your noodles, I will recommend you get the Assorted Tempura ($12) that is battered with buckwheat flour before being deep fried. The batter gives it a nice airy texture without being too cloyingly oily, perfect with a dip of the salt by the side. We were thoroughly pleased with the meal and will return in future again to try out their other dishes in the menu.
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✨ Reiwa Soba Honten
📍 740 Bedok Reservoir Road, Unit 01-3177, Singapore 470740
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In terms of convenience, Heng Long Teochew Porridge definitely wins in that aspect as they have several outlets in Singapore and most opens till quite late in the evening. Pricewise, they are not the cheapest around but that is a small trade off for the variety and convenience that they offer. Over at the North Bridge Road outlet, they have a wide array of freshly cooked dishes for you to choose from even though I was there at around 8pm at night and I was told by the staff that over at the Upper Serangoon outlet, they have an even larger assortment of dishes.

Got the usual steamed fish with black beans, fish cakes, braised minced meat and salted vegetables, all perfect to go with a bowl of piping hot rice porridge. The bill came up to $20.20 for what we have ordered, which to me, is a decent price to satisfy my cravings.
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✨ Heng Long Teochew Porridge
📍 809 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198777
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Just in time for Chinese New Year, Typhoon Café has launched the Rainbow Dessert Yu Sheng at $38++ or a top-up of $30++ with every order of the Tiger-licious Set. This Tiger-licious Set ($68++) is good for 4 pax and it comes with seven dishes and drinks with key highlights include the popular Taiwan street snack, Golden Chicken Fritters, a moreish Crab Scrambled Egg White with Tobiko and my pick for the evening, the Steamed Barramundi in Hong Kong Sauce. The fish dish comes steamed and it was tender to the bite and goes well with the savoury soy sauce mixture.

Diners can top-up for the Rainbow Dessert Yu Sheng, a unique twist to the traditional lohei, as it is made up of a mixture of strawberries, lychees, mandarin oranges, raisins and crunches like nuts and cornflakes that will be accompanied with a sweet tangy sauce.
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✨ Typhoon Café
📍 1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall, Unit 01-35, Singapore 397628
🌐 https://www.typhooncafe.com.sg/
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There are two different dine-in set menus (Joyous Set Menu & Prosperity Set Menu) priced from $118 to the takeaway set menu at $388, catering to the different dining preferences from now to 15 February. Each of the set menu comes with the signature Samsui Ginger Chicken and Traditional Steamed Rice with Chinese Sausage & Braised Mushrooms.

The Wellness Collagen Treasure Pot with Abalone is a first-of-its kind nutritious offering from Soup Restaurant and it contains premium ingredients such as 10-head abalone, fresh tiger prawns, fish maw, sea cucumber, fresh scallops, shiitake mushrooms and roast pork, all slow-cooked for four hours in a collagen-rich pumpkin broth, available as an ala carte order of $308. What is CNY without a lohei and the Baby Abalone Yu Sheng (from $41.90) comes with freshly grated duo-coloured carrots and baby abalones that is tossed with a homemade citrus sauce. Lastly, end the savouries with the Traditional Steamed Rice with Chinese Sausage & Braised Mushrooms ($49), jasmine steamed rice with a generous amount of sliced Chinese sausage, chestnut and braised shiitake.

If you prefer to order takeaway and enjoy the food in the comfort of your home, the Take Home Reunion Set ($388) will be ideal and if you are self-collecting, you will receive a complimentary handmade Fatt Choi Bao Bao, limited to the first 1,000 sets only. The take home menu is able to serve up to 5 pax and comes with the samsui ginger chicken, yu sheng, treasure pot and traditional steamed rice dishes. Other items include the Fatt Choi Tower ($88) that is great for gifting to friends and family.
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✨ Soup Restaurant
📍 1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity, Unit 02-141, Singapore 098585
🌐 https://order.souprestaurant.com.sg/en_SG/
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Across the various F&B establishments from the hotel such as The Deli, Min Jiang at Dempsey and Min Jiang, you can look forward to returning favourites and newly created dishes such as the Mao Shan Wang Tiger Swiss Roll ($133, 1kg), Sweet Abundance Tier Set ($98, 8 flavours) of an assortment of hand-crafted pastries and the Chilled D24 Durian Nian Gao Roll ($66.80, 2 rolls), all from The Deli. Out of the sweets, the durian nian gao roll is perhaps the one thing that you shouldn’t miss out on as every bite brings a wonderful chewy texture, perfumed by the durian aroma and sweetness from the nian gao.

Both Min Jiang at Dempsey and Min Jiang will be offering a lineup of new savoury dishes that include Min Jiang’s Braised Spring Chicken with Iberico Pork Rolls & Abalone in Pot ($338, serves 6), Double-boiled Seafood Soup with Abalone & Handmade Black Moss Meatballs in Claypot ($288, serves 6) and Min Jiang at Dempsey’s new Auspicious Abundance Lo Hei ($188/$238) which comes with tiger prawns and abalone. Special mention goes to the double boiled soup which features premium ingredients such as Australian 10-head abalone, fried eel fish maw, grouper slices, fresh tiger prawns and meatballs that contained black moss, pork and turnip, all boiled in a broth with chicken, dried sole fish and radish for three hours to achieve the richness consistency.

Besides the ala carte dishes, diners can also opt for the set menus when they dine-in with prices starting from $148++ per person, minimum 2 persons for a six-course meal at Min Jiang or from $138++ per person, minimum 2 persons for a six-course meal at Min Jiang at Dempsey. Enjoy special privileges for selected takeaways when you pay via Citi, DBS/POSB, OCBC or UOB cards during this festive period.
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✨ Goodwood Park Hotel
📍 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
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These dishes will be available for dine-in, takeaway and delivery from now to 15 February.

To add a slight twist to the usual Chinese dishes, The Hainan Story has launched the Western dish of Mozzarella and Chicken Bak Kwa Pork Cordon Bleu ($16.80) which consists of a lean cut of pork stuffed with mozzarella cheese and the Asian twist of bak kwa instead of ham. It is then breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown, served with a Hainanese pineapple sauce and Mesclun salad. Next, the Hainanese Curry Porridge ($8.80) is a thick chicken porridge that also contains pork meatballs and pork slices with a drench of curry gravy at the top. Give it a good mix for a unique combination of curry porridge, something that I have not tasted before until now.

One of Hainan’s famous dishes is the Jiaji white braised duck and over at The Hainan Story, the restaurant is serving the Jiaji White Braised Duck with Chicken Rice ($20.80, for 2 pax) that comes with a plate of chopped up braised duck to go alongside the rice. You can taste the tenderness of the duck despite it being braised for hours, and the flavours from the marinate, herbs and vinegar has penetrated into the meat. To cap off the meal, end it with the Nian Gao Tart ($2.80 per piece), a unique dish of nian gao served in a tart shell topped with desiccated coconut flakes.
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✨ The Hainan Story
📍 500 Jalan Sultan, Hotel Boss, Unit 01-09, Singapore 199020
🌐 www.thehainanstory.com
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For folks who are not aware, Black Cow is a modern sukiyaki and shabu-shabu fine dining restaurant that aims to create transcendent wagyu dining experiences with the finest cuts that you can possibly eat in Singapore. The restaurant serves the Japanese black cattle or “kuroge wagyu”, sourced from a network of trusted farms that co-owner Sam Chua personally visits and builds a close relationship over the years. As the ingredients used as seasonal and sourced at their optimal peak performance every week, the restaurant gets only chilled Japanese A5 wagyu beef and works with a community of small producers across Japan for delicacies such as sea urchin and oyster, and other European distributors from Italy, Spain, and France for truffles. Despite the seasonality of these ingredients, the cooking methods are still the same and every diner can rest assure on the quality that you are going to get for your sukiyaki, shabu shabu and premium donburi.

For this Winter Menu, the restaurant will showcase seafood at its prime as due to the colder weathers, seafood will have a naturally higher fat content, which in turns give more flavours to the dish. There is a rotation of fresh product that are sustainability source from fish and shrimp to shellfish and A-grade uni narabi from Toyosu Fish Market, Tokyo. Besides the seafood, there is just no way you can go to Black Cow without experiencing wagyu euphoria. Throughout our meal, besides the tableside cooking sounds, there were numerous moments of indulgent silence, which is a testament on the pure enjoyment that were on display. We had a great start with the refreshing Black Cow Salad before the Kushiage ($38) was served, a one-biter of glazed foie gras topped with a katsu beef fillet followed by the seasonal starter that is part of the sukiyaki or shabu course, and that day consists of the pickled vegetable and a warm appetizer of stewed rib finger with Japanese daikon.

We transited to the mains thereafter with the Sukiyaki Course ($158 with A5 Seasonal Wagyu Beef / $238 with A5 Hida-gyu / $328 with A5 Matsusaka), the aforementioned transcendent wagyu experience that you should totally go for. The wagyu slices are cooked tableside with a master sukiyaki stock that dates back a couple of years and each is served with a dip of beaten raw Japanese egg. To complement the meal, you can top up with a selection of seasonal vegetables and mushrooms that are cooked together with the meats and enjoy the different methods of eating it. Besides the sukiyaki, diners can also opt for the Shabu Shabu Course, priced from $158 with the A5 seasonal wagyu beef. The indulgence did not just stop there as we were presented next with the Signature Sukiyaki Don ‘All-in-one’ ($128) made with a base of AAA grade Nanatsuboshi rice from Hokkaido, topped with sukiyaki-style A5 wagyu beef, sea urchin, glazed foie gras, caviar, onsen egg, seasonal black truffle and housemade garlic chips. The meal ended with desserts of warabi mochi, seasonal fruits, yuzu sorbet and the iconic Truffle Monaka ($35) that houses a rich and aromatic ice cream made with Madangascan vanilla, truffle shavings and egg yolk. Satisfied, happy and blessed were the words I am able to associate my dining experience at Black Cow.
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✨ Black Cow
📍 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue, B1-20, Singapore 189768
🌐 https://www.blackcow.com.sg/
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We had the newly launched Ayam Penyet Kampung that comes with the signature smashed fried kampong chicken and the staff also recommended the Bawal Saus Kecap which is the grilled black pomfret fish that has been doused in a sweet kicap manis sauce. The only let down was probably their Tahu Telur. Even though it was tasty and came piping hot, there was the used oil aroma and at the bottom of the tower was a pool of oil, which makes every bite super greasy and unpalatable after awhile as you will feel jelak makan.
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✨ D’Penyetz
📍 10 Eunos Road 8, SingPost Centre, Unit 02-142, Singapore 408600
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Over at MEZCLA, the restaurant is currently having a promotion for the Kampachi Ceviche which is priced at $1 per slice, with a minimum order of 6 slides, and available from now till 31 January. You will get to enjoy cuts of the amberjack fish dressed in a refreshing citrus sauce and topped with pico de gallo while you order up a few of their signature tacos to share. At Singapore’s OG handroll bar, RAPPU will be serving the Salmon Crudo, similarly priced at $1 per slice, with a minimum order of 6 slides, and available from now till 31 January. The thick salmon slices are brushed with a yuzu ponzu sauce and best paired with their cocktails’ selections. These deals at MEZCLA and RAPPU are limited daily, so head on down early to enjoy the promotion.

Last but not least, the heavy hitters of The Feather Blade present the $10 CheatBurgers, available for lunch and takeaways only. This promotion will run from now to 31 Jan, and if you order it during dinner, it will come with double patties at $21, with limited quantities daily. I love this burger so much that I polished it clean, despite hopping over from RAPPU and MEZCLA prior. The CheatBurger pays homage to the classic cheeseburger with their signature beef patty that is fried in beef fat, topped with vegetables, housemade caramelized onion jam and the animal-style sauce on toasted brioche buns.
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✨ MEZCLA (43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681)
✨ RAPPU (52 Duxton Road, Singapore 089516)
✨ The Feather Blade (61 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088482)
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Over at MEZCLA, the restaurant is currently having a promotion for the Kampachi Ceviche which is priced at $1 per slice, with a minimum order of 6 slides, and available from now till 31 January. You will get to enjoy cuts of the amberjack fish dressed in a refreshing citrus sauce and topped with pico de gallo while you order up a few of their signature tacos to share. At Singapore’s OG handroll bar, RAPPU will be serving the Salmon Crudo, similarly priced at $1 per slice, with a minimum order of 6 slides, and available from now till 31 January. The thick salmon slices are brushed with a yuzu ponzu sauce and best paired with their cocktails’ selections. These deals at MEZCLA and RAPPU are limited daily, so head on down early to enjoy the promotion.

Last but not least, the heavy hitters of The Feather Blade present the $10 CheatBurgers, available for lunch and takeaways only. This promotion will run from now to 31 Jan, and if you order it during dinner, it will come with double patties at $21, with limited quantities daily. I love this burger so much that I polished it clean, despite hopping over from RAPPU and MEZCLA prior. The CheatBurger pays homage to the classic cheeseburger with their signature beef patty that is fried in beef fat, topped with vegetables, housemade caramelized onion jam and the animal-style sauce on toasted brioche buns.
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✨ MEZCLA (43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681)
✨ RAPPU (52 Duxton Road, Singapore 089516)
✨ The Feather Blade (61 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088482)
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