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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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Thanks to the excellent recommendation by @ieatishootipost who recently blogged about his visit to Mr. Biryani that we have come to know that our “nasi briyani" is more of a pulao with a Malay influence and usually served with a thick curry gravy as opposed to the authentic dhum “biryani”, which is from Hyderabad. In this biryani, the basmati rice shines through with the addition of ghee and masala spices, and the marinated meat is cooked together with it.

The Hyderabad Chicken Dhum Biryani ($9) here was so good, probably one of the best that I’ve even eaten, that we will definitely return again sometime soon. To make this dish, fresh chicken is first marinated with ginger garlic paste, spices and mint, and then cooked with the Basmati rice and garnished with coriander and fried onions. Every mouthful is an explosion of flavours with the fluffy rice that has been perfumed with the spices and the chicken that is fork tender. You do not need any curry gravy to go with it, as it is already so good on its own. Truly a memorable dish.

Besides the biryani, we also ordered the Palak Paneer ($9) and it nothing that we have ever tried before. We would usually order this cottage cheese cooked in creamy spinach gravy whenever we dine in an Indian restaurant but we didn’t expect this dish from this place to be so good. Perfect pairing with some naan bread.
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Mr. Biryani
Address: 32, Norris Road, Singapore 208274
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What I had yesterday, the Beef Marmalade Cheeseburger ($20) from Meat Smith, definitely falls into that category of an excellent burger. Even more so, it is one of the more memorable ones that I’ve had recently. It’s like the Burger Gods have decided to matchmake Meat Smith’s original cheeseburger with Burnt Ends’ beef marmalade and bestowed this awesome creation upon us.

Also on Burpple Beyond, there is a choice of a 1-for-1 meats item from the menu and you can choose from either the Nashville Chicken ($24), Pork Ribs ($28) or Beef Brisket ($32). We tried both the chicken and pork which turned out executed very very well, especially Apple cider glazed pork ribs that was smoked for 3 hours. It was packed full of flavours and fall-of-the-bone tender.
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Meat Smith
Address: 167-169, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620
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Stepping into Sun Lok Noodle House, you will probably feel that it’s one of those neighborhood mall’s eatery, with a basic interior setup that does honest and comforting homecooked food. However, both of us were truly surprised with the Fried Hor Fun with Egg and Seafood ($11). The hor fun had a deep and strong wok hei aroma, complemented by the slippery smooth egg mixture and the medley of seafood such as prawns, sliced fish and scallops. If there is one dish that truly stands out and gives you a reason to return, this wat dan hor fun has got to be it. The other dim sum dishes that we have tried were nothing fantastic or mind-blowing but decent enough for a family meal.
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Sun Lok Noodle House
Address: 321, Clementi Avenue 3, Unit 02-10, Singapore 129905
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Though it’s quite a walk from the nearest Chinese Garden MRT station, this is one of the pratas that I will travel for. We were so impressed with both the plain ($1.10 each, minimum 2 pieces per order) and egg prata ($1.90) that we left wanting more. The crispiness on the outside and fluffiness on the inside were amazing on its own, but when paired with the accompanying fish curry and anchovies sambal, it made it even better. It’s like the food gods managed to find the perfect pairing of flour and curry, fit for any meal of the day. This is truly simplicity at its best, no frills and affordable. Between Sin Ming and Mr & Mrs Mohgan, Enaq has got to be ranked up there with the legends.
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Enaq
Address: 303, Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303
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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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