Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Singapore, a melting pot of culture, serves up a wide selection of cuisines to satisfy our taste buds. Never go hungry again.
Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Delivered fresh from Ningde, Fujian, the yellow croaker fish is cooked and presented in unique ways such as with sambal sauce, fried with Chinese kale or stewed for 100 seconds.

The Yellow Croaker in Sambal Sauce ($39.90) is one of the new highlights, which happened to also be my favourite of the evening. The fish is first deep fried before it is topped with a homemade sambal made with over 10 different spices, tomato juice, shrimp paste and soy sauce. It is like eating a fish chip as it is fried till crispy, paired with the savoury, sweet, spicy and tangy sauce. For a balanced meal, you can also order the newly launched Chinese Kale Fried with Salted Yellow Croaker (from $13.90). Both dishes will be available permanently on the main menu from 29 March.

Previously only available on the set menu, the following yellow croaker dishes can now be ordered as an ala carte option, the Yellow Croaker in Chopped Chillies ($39.90), Pan-fried Yellow Croaker ($39.90/500g) and Yellow Croaker Fillet Soup ($19.90). I will highly recommend the version with chopped chillies as this homemade fermented sauce will surely bring the spicy kick, complementing with the sweetness from the meat of the steamed yellow croaker.

The original yellow croaker dishes in the main menu such as the 100-Second Stewed Yellow Croaker ($13.90/200g) and Yellow Croaker Claypot Soup ($19.90) will continue to be in the menu for diners to enjoy.
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✨ PUTIEN
📍 127 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208514
🌐 https://putien.oddle.me/en_SG/
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Whenever we are stuck with a food decision around the area, we will always end up to a reliable destination, and that is Dee Tongue Thai, known for their no holds barred spicy flavours and aroma. This time round, other than the must-order Tom Yum Talay ($12/$15) that will make you shed some tears and irresistibly crispy Kai Jeow Moo ($10) or Thai Pork Omelette, we tried for the very first time, Dee Tongue Thai’s homemade red curry paste that is stir-fried with pork (Pad Prik Gaeng Moo $12), and it was oh-so-good. The sauce is so moreish that you will need a scoop of white rice to go with it.
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✨ Dee Tongue Thai by Rung Mama
📍 5001 Beach Road, Golden Milk Complex, Unit 02-33, Singapore 199588
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With a new head chef on board comes new techniques, ingredients and inspirations to revitalize the space and bring about another level of luxury to the cuisine. Diners can choose the ala carte menu or go for the degustation menus that are available during dinner.

At the centerpiece of the refreshed menu is the Botanic Garden ($26), a starter that pays homage to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Garden is created as a plant-focused dish that is glamorously plated to exude colours and shapes that delivers a spectrum of flavours and textures from each bite. The base is made up of charcoal-grilled aubergine, topped with seasonal vegetables and fruits that are tossed in a housemade secret dressing, served with a goblet of Lapsang Souchong tea that complements the flavours from the vegetables. This pairing helps to bring out a rich and smoky nuance to the fruit and vegetables.
The Zucchini ($24) soup is a fusion of Asian and European cuisine, which has the zucchini presented three-ways, first by simmering with basil before it goes into the blender with a good amount of olive oil to create a creamy liquid texture and served with sautéed zucchini cubes and a whole steamed zucchini flower that is stuffed with ricotta.

The following dish, Gnocchi ($28), has a ratio of 75% potato and 25% parmesan cheese, flour and egg, and this dish uses little to zero salt, with the savouriness coming from the mussels, anchovies and fish stock. Other dishes that were tasted include the Wagyu Beef ($68) that has been grilled in the Josper oven and desserts of Champagne ($14) and Chocolate ($14), the former is a champagne jelly topped with fresh berries and finished with mascarpone cheese while the latter is a chocolate caramel brownie with a cardamom crème anglaise.
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✨ Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
📍 10 Coleman Street, Grand Park City Hall, Level 3, Singapore 179809
🌐 https://tablescape-restaurant-bar.myshopify.com/
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Set up at the rooftop terrace of Grand Park City Hall are two private tentages that brings glamping to a whole new level. In each tent, there are rugs, cushions, dining table and an air-cooled interior system to ensure you and your guests can be fully immersed in a comfortable environment. Each booking of the tent will last for a duration of two hours, with two timeslots of 5:30pm and 8pm to choose from. The glamping experience is not complete without the picnic menu that has been specially curated by Tablescape – a luxurious generous spread that consists of a cheese platter, plant-based tacos, lobster salad, foie gras on brioche and mini beef burgers. Soft drinks are free-flow or you can change the beverage to 2 cans of Tiger beer or 2 glasses of housepour red, white or prosecco.

Each tent can accommodate up to five pax and there is a minimum spend of $88++ per person and a total minimum spending of $350++. Reservation details can be found via the below link and promotion is available until 30 June 2021.
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✨ Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
📍 10 Coleman Street, Grand Park City Hall, Level 3, Singapore 179809
🌐 www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/cityhall/promotions/glamping
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With just a few days left, enjoy 30% off from selected restaurants such as Long John Silver’s, Dominos Pizza, Subway, Shake Farm, A-One and Wafuken when you select the Pick-Up option during your ordering in the month of March. You can also enjoy 15% off all Pick-Up orders for other restaurants and you can get the list of participating partners when you clicked into the Pick-Up thumbnail in the main screen.

With the Pick-Up option, you can place your order via foodpanda, select your desired collection time before heading down the restaurant. It feels like VIP treatment as now you can skip the waiting and queueing time at the restaurant for your order. What’s more, if you are new to Pick-Up orders, enjoy $3 off the first three pickup orders with code , with a minimum spend $10 and this promotion is valid till 30th April 2021. This new Pick-Up function is great as you can enjoy guaranteed discounts with no delivery fees charged in your order.
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✨ Long John Silver’s
📍 4 Tampines Central 5, Tampines Mall, Unit 04-23, Singapore 529510
🌐 @foodpandasg
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If you love it or wish to give it a go, do you know that The Nomads is actually the place to go to? The Nomads serves contemporary Central Asian cuisine with an omakase dining format and diners will embark on a cultural journey across Central Asia with culinary influences from China, India and Southern Europe.

Over at the private dining area of the restaurant, this space can accommodate up to 8 guests, in which you will get a different experience as compared to sitting at the main dining room. Dishes are served communal style and you can have a closed-door, more intimate gathering within the space. To kickstart the meal and toast to good food and company, we were treated to The Nomads Nan ($18) and Flatbread to pair with the Gatherer’s-Hunter’s Butter and a plate of Burratina. Once we have filled our tummies with those excellent bread and spread, the Salat ($18) was served and it comes with grilled pears, seasonal greens and crystallized walnuts with a dressing of cherry vinaigrette and anchovy sauce.

The Central Asian journey continues with a seafood dish of Adjika Squid with Ash before the heavy hitters of Adjika Chicken Skewers, Dry Aged Spice Duck, Nomads’ Plov and the magnificent Margaret River Tomahawk arrived at the table. As with every excellent meal comes to an end, it is best to leave a memory with a sweet ending of Medovik ($14), a traditional dessert of honey cake served with a sour cream ganache, blood orange, rose crystals and yogurt sorbet to freshen the palate.
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✨ The Nomads
📍 70 Telok Ayer Street, Far East Square, Unit 01-01, Singapore 048462
🌐 https://order.thenomads.vip/#/
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This place came with high expectations after hearing and reading so many good reviews from locals and foreigners. Was it worth the hype? Most certainly yes.

With a total of 54 ala carte selections for the lunch buffet menu, all the dishes are served table-side and they are categorised by the ice bar, pasta, the grill & rotisserie, the tandoor, the wok, local roast meats, noodles, the steam basket, the patisserie and the fruit stall. From the omnipresent sashimi platter at most premium buffets to pasta selections such as carbonara and spaghetti bolognese, what Colony shines brightly is the grilled options such as chicken roulade coq au vin and steamed sea bass with green dragon vegetables. Even though eating carbs might not be a wise choice to maximise your buffet experience, do not miss out on the Colony Singapore Laksa and leave some stomach space for their desserts and kuehs.
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✨ Colony
📍 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799
🌐 https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/colony
🍴 [Self Funded]

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The commonly found ones in Singapore are the roasted pork and roasted suckling pig where you can get them in hawker centres and restaurants while the Philippine’s version of roasted pork, also known as lechon, is relatively unheard of outside the Philippines community here. Fortunately, there’s Don Lechón in the East, selling a variety of lechon rice meals and traditional Philippines cuisine.

The Chopped Lechon rice meal ($10) comes with a sizeable portion of roasted pig with the crispiest of skin, a scoop of white rice and a dipping sauce that has soy sauce and vinegar in it. I have had this dish from Don Lechón before and the standard is still kept that level, thick juicy cuts that is well marinated in the inside with a crispy skin on the outside. Another dish that is new to me this time round is the Lechon Sinigang ($12) which is a tangy and savoury thick broth that contained chopped lechon, white radish, long beans, kangkong and eggplant in it.
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✨ Don Lechón
📍 511 Guillemard Road, Grandlink Square, Unit 01-52, Singapore 399849
🍴 [Self Funded]

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Is it just me or does anyone realizes that many of the Korean restaurants, especially those selling jajangmyeon, along Tanjong Pagar Road are decked in red and black?

Putting the exterior décor aside, the Korean fried chicken at Hong Jjajang is probably one of the few times that we did not finish or enjoy. So much so, the Korean fried chicken pales in comparison to the jajangmyeon. All the terms that should be not be associated with Korean fried chicken is evident here; very dry meat, thick and hard batter, sauce is too sweet and the inside flavour tastes very similar to a KFC chicken. The jajangmyeon however, fared much better for its chewy noodle texture and the black bean sauce is flavourful with a generous portion of onions in it.
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✨ Hong Jjajang
📍 93 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088514
🍴[Self Funded]

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Available from 15 to 28 March, the menu consists of a six-course tasting menu, priced affordably at $75++ per pax, contemporary dessert curations and a lineup of Spring cocktails to commemorate the changing of seasons.

The tasting menu has been specially curated with Chef Janice, and the theme is to present a dining experience with a contemporary expression of art and food. Diners will start off with a warm and comforting Dobin Mushi that is made with a base of Katsuo dashi with the additions of kinmedai and spring vegetables. The savoury umami flavour balances out with the freshness of the vegetables, making this soup a highly palatable entry to the course meal. It will be followed by the Maple Iberico Pork Jowl served with a lentil bacon puree in which diners can enjoy the excellent texture and ratio of meat to fat. A citrusy palate cleanser, named Citrus on Wood, refreshes the tastebuds with a cardamom panna cotta at the bottom of the bowl with the tartness from the bergamot bubbles.

Perhaps my favourite and most surprising dish of the evening, the Nenrin will wow diners with the multiple layers of flavour, texture and temperature as on one side, you have a mushroom risotto and pan-seared foie gras, while on the other side, a burdock ice cream, with black garlic and salted caramel circling around the plate. You might think that the combination sounds farfetched and might not work out but put a bit of every single element of this plate onto a spoon, and you can truly understand why this dish is being highly raved about.

The meal concludes with the Kyoto Garden, constructed with an earl grey ice cream rock, orange blossom jelly and floral parfait, and the Ichigo of the Tochigi strawberries prepared four ways. All in all, an artful presentation and display of how different herbs, spices and ingredients can come together to create a masterpiece. What are you waiting for? Make a reservation today via email to [email protected] as there is a preorder of the menu items at least two days in advanced, with limited sets available per day.
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✨ Akira Back x Janice Wong
📍 30 Beach Road, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Level B1M, Singapore 189763
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What you can expect in this expanded menu include the Squid Ink Paella and Josper-grilled Scallops topped with luxurious Hokkaido sea urchin and Belgian Osietra caviar.

Due to its geographical location, Spain is blessed with extensive coastlines, which explains why their cuisine involves largely on seafood and that is no exception for this seasonal menu. Diners can start of their meals with tapas of Patatas Bravas with Hokkaido Uni ($16 for 2 pieces) and Hokkaido Uni Cream Croquette ($10 for 2 pieces) before diving straight into the Scallop with Caviar ($36) dish which sees the scallops seared in the Josper grill before topping with Belgian Osietra caviar for that additional seafood flavour. For mains, there are the Catalan-style Suquet de Peix ($36) which contains red snapper, mussels and tiger prawns, simmered in a seafood stew, and the Squid Ink Paella with Hokkaido Uni ($68).
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✨ Pura Brasa
📍 5 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower, Unit 01-16, Singapore 078883
🌐 https://purabrasa.oddle.me/en_SG/
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This hidden gem has a wide range of Rebel sandwiches offering the traditional fillings and modern interpretations with trendy ingredients such as plant-based solutions. Being the first time that we are there, we decided to go with the safer options of The Original Rebel ($6.90) and The Trad ($6.90), the latter is something that you can get off the streets in Vietnam with a toasted baguette stuffed with chicken cha lua, chicken ham, pate, tangy Asian slaw, fresh coriander with a squeeze of mayonnaise and the Rebel sauce. Hearty portion with a wallet-friendly price point in Orchard is definitely something that many can consider if they do not wish to break the bank eating in that area.
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✨ Rebel
📍 111 Somerset Road, 111 Somerset, Unit 01-08, Singapore 238164
🌐 https://rebel.oddle.me/en_SG
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