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Places That Left A Lasting Impression

Places That Left A Lasting Impression

Curating a list of special places that not only left a lasting impression but definitely worth returning again. Not limited to just my favourite hawkers, but also cafes and restaurants in Singapore and around the world! List was started on 15 August 2018 and all photos are added thereafter.
Julius Lim
Julius Lim
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Such so, the visual spectacle starts right from the get-go as you will be given an amuse bouche that has a ring of fire surrounding it. Moving on to the appetizers, there’s the cured mackerel with Quinoa Real, tomato strawberry vinaigrette and creamy tarragon. My favourite dish of the night has got to be the Turbot with Choucroute. Served with shaved black truffle, the turbot sits on an oxidized wine and eel broth. The flesh of the fish is so delicate that you can easier fork it apart with the slightest force applied on it.

Huge thanks to the team of @yoranjacobi @herbs.n.spices @ciaran_thecook @dayal.kesha and @useyourimagination86 for taking care of us that evening.
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table65
Address: 8, Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Level 1 (Opposite Lake of Dreams), Singapore 098269
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We in Singapore can definitely do more of such delis, but till then, Park Bench Deli ranks supreme. How can anyone resist a sandwich like this?

Pictured is the Patty Melt ($17), rye bread sandwiched between beef patties, caramelized onions, cheddar, dill pickles and their special sauce. If you have not tried this yet, I implore you to give this a go and you will know why Park Bench Deli is worth the hype.
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Park Bench Deli
Address: 179, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
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If that were the case, I would gladly eat this Apple (available on both the Discovery ($148) and Experiential ($218) set menu) every single day. Taking over the space previously held by Joël Robuchon Restaurant, table65 (@restaurant.table65) is the latest venture by Michelin-starred Dutch Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge (@rvanoostenbrugge). Featuring a modern European menu that includes signature and seasonal creations that highlights fresh local produce, this is the place that you want to book to impress your date, have a wonderful meal with friends or just to pamper yourself. Diners will be seated around the communal chef’s table where you can witness the magic unfolds and each dish will be presented and explained to you by the kitchen staff. This form of interaction coupled with the relaxed setting makes it a very engaging dining experience.

The Apple is Chef Richard’s signature dessert; constructed with a green apple sorbet, mimicking the core of an apple, sitting on a puff pastry base while enclosed in a transparent sugar glass bubble. The ‘seeds’ on the apple are made from chocolate.

Huge thanks to the team of @yoranjacobi @herbs.n.spices @ciaran_thecook @dayal.kesha and @useyourimagination86 for taking care of us that evening.
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table65
Address: 8, Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Level 1 (Opposite Lake of Dreams), Singapore 098269
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Back in the days, his Peranakan grandmother and mother would spend hours and hours in the kitchen, preparing everything from scratch, just for that one single celebratory feast for friends and relatives on New Year’s Day. Available exclusively from the 4 to 19 of February, these unique dishes will be a trip down memory lane for Chef Damian as he puts his heart and soul into preparing them.

The Peranakan Prawn Salad ($20++) was one of the first few dishes that were served and the spiciness was as fiery as it looks. This appetizer sees Chef Damian using a chilli plum sauce and lime juice mixture over poached prawns and fresh Chinese lettuce leaves. Next up was the Sayur Beremi ($16++), which is a family of the Portulaca leafy vegetables that’s served as a salad with a dressing of prawn stock, coconut milk, chillis, [email protected] and lime juice to give it a refreshing taste. Another lesser-known dish is the Sayur Kailo (Pictured, $32++), a harvested gourd that has a drumstick shape of a bean pod. Excellent in complementing the depth of flavours in the base sauce, the sayur kailo is slow-cooked with pork ribs in a rich curry with coconut milk. This was my favourite dish of the night as every bite is crying out for a scoop of white rice to go with it.
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Folklore
Address: 700, Beach Road, Destination Singapore Beach Road, Level 2, Singapore 199598

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The unmistakably smokiness from each strand of noodle is the result of using charcoal fire instead of the regular gasoline, which creates a distinctive aroma and flavour that you get as you savour each bite. Comes in 4 different portions of $6/$10/$15 and $20, you’ll get a generous portion of noodles with fresh squids and prawns. Squeeze the ball of lime and mix in the sambal chilli, which packs a fiery punch by the way, for the ultimate umami experience. If you are lucky, you might even taste the pork lard as the chef adds them in during the frying process. In terms of the “wetness” of the hokkien mee, this plate leans right down the middle that’s neither too wet nor dry, which is perfect for me as you can get the bite from the noodles while at the same time, practice your slurping skills.
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Geylang Lorong 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee
Address: 396, East Coast Road, Singapore 428994
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Whenever I’m at Golden Mile Complex, I will naturally walk to either Nana Thai or BeerThai House, but after this meal, I can officially add Dee Tongue Thai into the list. Located at the lesser explored second level, the shop occupies two units which is testament to its popularity seeing the number of locals dining in there. Let’s start off with the non-meat items starting with the Tum Ma Muang, a pounded green mango salad ($6) that will instantly whet your appetite for the mains. What impressed me is how it exemplifies what Thai food should be, which is to celebrate and rock your tastebuds with sweet, spicy, sour and savoury flavour notes.

To balance the diet, you can get the Pad Boong Fai Daeng which is a safe choice of water spinach ($8) stir fried with fermented beans, fish sauce and chills. Another dish that you’ve got to try (if you have not) is the Thai omelette as they managed to wield some sort of wizardry to make the simple and humble egg into something so tasty. The Kai Jeow Lad Kao comes with an option with rice and it costs $5.
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Dee Tongue Thai by Rung Mama
Address: 5001, Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, Unit 02-33, Singapore 189588
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An interesting combination of sweet and savoury as the miso helps cut away some of the sweetness to balance off the overall flavours. The cookie dough itself is the soft chewy kind which goes excellently well with a cold brew coffee. So, head on down tomorrow morning and hopefully you can get some breads or bakes before they switched off their ovens.
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The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough
Address: 10, Jalan Serene, Serene Centre, Unit 01-05, Singapore 258748
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With only 5 tables in the entire space, we were fortunate enough to get a reservation for lunch as we only decided on it a month+ ago. Pardon the not-so-Instagrammable photos, but it has to be one of the best meals that I’ve had this year. From the Vegetable & Marble Goby (Soon Hock) Soup ($98) to the Stir Fried Rice Noodles ($48), all the dishes were nothing short of amazing. The soon hock fish soup was just the beginning and it was already mind-blowingly good as the umami and flavours from each slurp will keep you going back for more. There’s no creamer or milk added into the soup, the milky texture was the result of hours of boiling the fish and chicken bones which rendered into a broth that’s worthy of the star. I have no idea what stole the show whether it’s the Sizzling Claypot Char Siew ($68), Honey Ginger Sauce Chicken ($48) or the Stir Fried Rice Noodles because it’s so hard to choose a favourite when everything is so good. If I have to choose, it will be the rice noodles as the wok hei in it is immerse.
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Chef Kang’s
Address: 25, Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228681
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Every bite of this traditional Peranakan teatime snack/dessert leaves a memorable impression that you will specially make a return trip back just for this. Infused with gula Melaka, this steamed tapioca kueh has an excellent chewiness texture while not being cloyingly sweet as those sold elsewhere. Paired with the grated coconut, it gives it a savoury-sweet flavour that’s best washed down with a coffee or tea.

Folklore will also be celebrating Christmas with their Eurasian Christmas Menu (available from 14-31 Dec) and you can look forward to their limited time only desserts such as the Bolu Cocu ($8++ per slice), a coconut cake with spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in it, and the Sugee Cake ($10++ for 3 slices) an almond buttery cake that’s brushed with brandy everyday for a week to give it a tinge of sweetness.
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Folklore
Address: 700, Beach Road, Destination Singapore Beach Road, Level 2, Singapore 199598
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For the upcoming yuletide celebrations, Chef Damian D’Silva, who recently judged over our very first Masterchef Singapore, will be launching an Eurasian Christmas Menu that will be made available from 14-31 December 2018. The inspiration behind this Eurasian menu is to pay homage to the food that Chef Damian grew up eating as a child in an Eurasian-Peranakan household as during this celebratory season, his grandfather would cook up a feast that was shared between friends and family.

On the lineup, you can expect savoury dishes such as White Debal ($42++) and Vindaloo ($35++, pictured). The former is a rendition of an Eurasian stew which sees chicken and housemade achar cooked in a flavourful rempah paste, vinegar and mustard seeds. As for the latter, diners at the table will be fighting for more of this bone-in pork chops that has been cooked in Chef Damien’s secret spice blend and vinegar. Other dishes that you can look forward to include a Dry Mutton Curry ($42++) and a stew made with an assortment of pig’s offals and 18 different spices called Feng ($30++).
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Folklore
Address: 700, Beach Road, Destination Singapore Beach Road, Level 2, Singapore 199598
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During this trip, we ate a lot, and I mean A LOT. But perhaps, we might have just left the best for the last. It was on our final day in London before we have to catch the flight back, but us being gung-ho, decided to queue up for the opening of Cakes & Bubbles, which is Albert Adrià’s first foray into the London’s F&B scene. If you are not familiar with Albert Adrià, he’s the brother of Ferran Adrià and both of them were the driving forces behind the legendary Michelin three-star Restaurant, elBulli. Both brothers have created a gastronomic revolution and the restaurant will be forever remembered as the gold standard. After elBulli, Albert is now the owner of a culinary empire, including the hottest tapas restaurant in Barcelona, Tickets, in which the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star and inducted in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Albert himself was even crowned The World’s Best Pastry Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and there is just no way we could have missed the opening of Cakes & Bubbles.

On opening day, the queue was massively long and it took us almost an hour before we got to the front. As it was the launch, the restaurant was giving away a limited quantity of their famed signature dessert, The Cheese Cake, which fortunately for us, we were able to get one each. The description of this cheese cake was pretty interesting and it reads “for the adventurous: A new concept of the cheesecake, with coulommiers cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate” and at £12, it was by no means affordable. However, the price tag was clearly justified as each bite just brought an even higher euphoria. It has got to be one of the most memorable desserts that I’ve had in recent times and I highly recommend everyone to go get it when in London.
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Cakes & Bubbles
Address: 70, Regent Street, Hotel Cafe Royal, London W1B 4DY

Located near Monmouth Coffee, you should be able to spot Le Marché Du Quartier and thanks to the recommendation by @migrationology, the Duck Confit Sandwich (£6) has got to be one of the tastiest things we ate in London. The varying textures of the pulled duck confit where you get some crispy strands and some chewy ones is such an interesting combination with the caramelized sweet onion chutney and fresh green salad. A flavour bomb from each bite, we wiped out the whole roll within seconds.
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Le Marché Du Quartier
Address: 35 9AH, The Market Porter Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA
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