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My expectations were high, in light of David Yip’s reputation, the favourable reviews from respected critics, and the reaction from our guest when perusing the menu on arrival “Oh, these are dishes I haven’t tasted since childhood!” Regretfully, I was a bit disappointed. We had many of the signature dishes - golden coin chicken, fried milk, plum-flavoured duck, sweet & sour lard, duck fat rice, etc. The dishes are indeed unusual, but overall they are too sweet and too fatty. Besides curious customers, or those older ones on a melancholy trip, would this cuisine attract enough health-conscious customers for repeat visits?

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My expectations were high, in light of David Yip’s reputation, the favourable reviews from respected critics, and the reaction from our guest when perusing the menu on arrival “Oh, these are dishes I haven’t tasted since childhood!” Regretfully, I was a bit disappointed. We had many of the signature dishes - golden coin chicken, fried milk, plum-flavoured duck, sweet & sour lard, duck fat rice, etc. The dishes are indeed unusual, but overall they are too sweet and too fatty. Besides curious customers, or those older ones on a melancholy trip, would this cuisine attract enough health-conscious customers for repeat visits?

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Except in the early morning, this place is usually busy at meal times - something I find quite surprising. The food is just OK, nothing special, and a bit pricey given the quality. For a sit-down breakfast in the old CBD area, yes it is one of the few somewhat elegant places available (less ‘informal’ than Starbucks), unless you want to pay a little bit more and go to one of the hotels (where you or your guests can also choose Asian dishes). For lunch and dinner, why eat here while you can have much better food elsewhere (in the new CBD or Boat Quay areas) instead of sitting in an outsized kiosk on top of an MRT station? Incidentally, the breakfast menu is slightly more expansive (and prices slightly more expensive) than Paul next door.

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Ambitious place that challenges big-name neighbours (Starbucks, Coffee Bean, etc) and sells more than coffee and tea: salads, semi-serious b’fasts (eg. waffles with fresh fruits, eggs benedict), as well as 4 kinds of beer and food (eg. linguine with clams, deep fried pork cubes). May not attract many customers from Orchard Towers next door; those may prefer mee sua in the basement or greasy quesadillas with mojitos at Señor Taco anyway.

Ambitious place that challenges big-name neighbours (Starbucks, Coffee Bean, etc) and sells more than coffee and tea: salads, semi-serious b’fasts (eg. waffles with fresh fruits, eggs benedict), as well as 4 kinds of beer and food (eg. linguine with clams, deep fried pork cubes). May not attract many customers from Orchard Towers next door; those may prefer mee sua in the basement or greasy quesadillas with mojitos at Señor Taco anyway.

A favourite of tai-tais, as the food is good and you can occasionally see your shopping girlfriends walking by. Unfortunately, the food can be inconsistent - strangely enough, even the dressings for salads, refreshing one day and meh the next. Pricey for what it is, but not so much after you’ve been to Chanel or Cartier.

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Elegant, understated dining room - not open like at ion Orchard. The food is innovative and quite good, albeit not reaching any wow level. Service staff are all friendly and helpful. Not sure about the kitchen staff, as the wait for the food can take forever, which is understandable for my Kurobota char siew, but also for the pastas or egg & sausage brunch dishes of neighbouring patrons. Pricey for a non-fine dining restaurant; worth it only with the Entertainer 1-for-1 offer.

Elegant, understated dining room - not open like at ion Orchard. The food is innovative and quite good, albeit not reaching any wow level. Service staff are all friendly and helpful. Not sure about the kitchen staff, as the wait for the food can take forever, which is understandable for my Kurobota char siew, but also for the pastas or egg & sausage brunch dishes of neighbouring patrons. Pricey for a non-fine dining restaurant; worth it only with the Entertainer 1-for-1 offer.

The food is nothing to write home about - extremely average: no special innovation, not memorable flavours - but the menu offers a decent selection of bistro-type dishes: pastas, salads, pizzas, fish&chips, one burger, sandwiches. Friendly staff, whose main task is to bring the dishes and drinks to your table after you have ordered and paid at the cashier.

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Farting is healthy (the wet type, less so)

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