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Featuring Maggie Joan's, Korio, % Arabica (Arab Street), Chalk Farm (Paragon), Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert (ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre), Fat Prince, Marina Bay Sands, Ding Ji (Bishan 284), Blackball (Bugis+), White Restaurant (Sun Plaza)
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

@theprojectorsg is a unique indie cinema with fun customer culture and provides great bar food without having to splurge on gold class. They're closing temporarily due to the entertainment ban and 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 — check out their page on ways to help.
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The 𝗻𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 ($12) was akin to a Wes Anderson flick — brimming with quirky supporting characters coming together to paint a vibrant picture. The beef chili was like Ralph Fiennes in Grand Budapest Hotel, stealing the screen with domineering and personality-filled chops.
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The use of endearing side characters like salsa and cheese balanced it out, while the sour cream was undoubtedly like Jeff Goldblum — less important but its presence was 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅. Everything was tied together by tight directing — i.e. the nachos — which absorbed the script's nuanced flavours but stood out with its crispness at times.
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[𝙉𝙞𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡 𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙬𝙖𝙮] 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧
📍 𝟲𝟬𝟬𝟭 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱, # 𝟬𝟱-𝟬𝟬, 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿, 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟱𝟴𝟵
⏱️ Closed from Friday until further notice

While most hawker food see a pool of contenders for "best", Xin Mei Xiang's rendition of 𝗟𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗲𝗲 ($4/5/6) seemed to have abnormally strong backing and recommendations from many — reflected in their hour long queues.
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The essence of the dish is in its gravy and theirs was expertly rendered — thick and consistent with little hint of starchiness. The drab shade of brown deceptively concealed a wealth of deep and robust flavours, accented by agreeable sweentess. Punchy vinegar zest and bright chili added levity to the hefty richness — proportioning was inch perfect and not a shred of cloyingness was felt.
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In place of fried fritters commonly found in other renditions, an eye-catching amount of pan fried fish swam about the pool of brown, each mouth flaky and fresh. A very convincing classic, but didn't astound to the extent for me to consider another 1 hour queue. The Tiong Bahru ones might suffice for me.
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[𝘿𝙖𝙠𝙤𝙩𝙖] 𝙓𝙞𝙣 𝙈𝙚𝙞 𝙓𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙤𝙧 𝙈𝙚𝙚
📍 𝗢𝗹𝗱 𝗔𝗶𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝟱𝟭 𝗢𝗹𝗱 𝗔𝗶𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗥𝗱, # 𝟬𝟭-𝟭𝟭𝟲, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟯𝟵𝟬𝟬𝟱𝟭
⏱️ (Wed-Tues) 6am-2pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑻𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒔

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I try to be bougie, but I'm not quite "frequently eating lobster" kinda level yet. Payday's here and you wanna be low key bougie too? You can get a 𝗟𝗼𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗼𝗹𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝘁 for only $19.90, or even cheaper with Burpple Beyond or ChopeDeals — if you can't afford lobster rolls from Raffles Hotel, this sure as hell is a good alternative.
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Lobster lovers will be glad to know they were super generous with the meat, evident with the eye-catching chunks of claw meat — true to their name. Succulent, bouncy and well-seasoned, the heap of crustacean flesh was even better with a big hug from buttery buns that were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
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[𝘽𝙪𝙜𝙞𝙨] 𝘾𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙠𝙮 𝙇𝙤𝙗𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨
📍 𝟮𝟬𝟬 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 # 𝗕𝟭-𝗞𝟭𝟬 𝗕𝘂𝗴𝗶𝘀 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝟭𝟴𝟴𝟬𝟮𝟭
⏱️ (Sun-Thurs) 11am-9.30pm, (Fri-Sat) 11am-10pm
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* This is a takeaway kiosk, perfect for social distancing right now.

Honestly, I haven't had enough claypot rice to judge, but this #Michelin Bib Gourmand stall had a pretty good one.
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Claypots are only put to the charcoal flame upon ordering, which means minimum wait times of around half an hour. The result though, was a 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗽𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 ($12) brimming with well-separated grains of rice that packed good moisture.
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After jumbling the rice with some dark sauce, we indulged in spoonfuls of savoury bliss. Intermittent charred bits infused a gratuitous crunchiness along with intoxicating smokiness, but the rice itself was pretty mild in smokiness. Ingredients were also included rather generously, with the chicken being particularly succulent. For regular hour-long waits though, maybe pair it with a craft beer night at Smith Street Taps.
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[𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣] 𝙇𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙃𝙚 𝘽𝙚𝙣 𝙅𝙞 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙥𝙤𝙩 𝙍𝙞𝙘𝙚
📍 𝟯𝟯𝟱 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝟬𝟮-𝟭𝟵𝟳/𝟭𝟵𝟴/𝟭𝟵𝟵, 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘅, 𝟬𝟱𝟬𝟯𝟯𝟱
⏱️ (Fri-Wed) 4.30pm-10pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑻𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒔 (was open on my Thurs visit though)
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*P.S. Minimum wait time of 30 mins, up to 1hr+, you can call in advance to reserve.

The 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 was their version of "𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘂", a deconstructed tiramisu of sorts that had the spongey texture down and was decadently rich.

Whilst nothing astounded, Lerouy's execution was excellent and culminated in the main course of the 𝟯 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 ($46++) — a 𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 sauce served with dollops of french lentil paste.
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The markedly succulent fowl was tender and rounded off by a gentle fattiness. Elegant whispers of gameyness underscored rich flavours, further enhanced through a marriage to a deeply flavoured sauce. Following closely, a kiss of lentil earthiness attenuated the heavier ensemble — a deft finishing touch.

The 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 was an appetizer which showcased delicate slices of 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵 served with wasabi ice cream that gave it a bit of oomph and interesting textural mix. A drizzle of ponzu sauce at the side also contrasted the fish's fresh flavours beautifully.

Sourdough is ubiquitous nowadays with the rise of artisan bakeries all over our island. Maybe you don't have to go to a nice restaurant for good bread anymore, but Lerouy's 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 was still damn good.
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Everything good sourdough should have — crunchy crust that concealed a dense and fluffy interior. The magic was in the condiments, everything from beetroot spread to salted butter —it was such a spread (haha). Surprisingly, the unassuming butter was my pick and was absolutely sublime when paired with the bread.

The 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗮𝘀 was a spoonful of 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿, 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗿𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗸𝘂𝗿𝗮 𝗘𝗯𝗶. The strong hit of curry and sakura ebi was intoxicating, but controlled enough to not overpower the palate.

A 𝟯 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 at One-Michelin-Starred Lerouy only carried a price tag of $46++, presented with a glut of four tapas appetisers and petit four to round up the meal — a really good price, Michelin or not.
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The 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗮𝘀
was a dish similar to kueh pie tee, served with 𝗝𝗲𝗿𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗸𝗲, 𝗜𝗸𝘂𝗿𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝘀𝗮𝗻 — Just a great mouthful of umami and the ingredients mingled quite nicely with the tart.

Imagine Kopi personified — Ah Huat, an affable middle-aged chap with his own down to earth charm. His charm used to work with the ladies but he has been left behind by modernisation, i.e. Western coffee dominating the scene.
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The 𝗞𝗼𝗽𝗶 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗸𝗲 ($9) is a luxurious image rebranding that sees Kopi served in a cocktail glass with chocolate shavings. Very pleasant blend of Kopi with less of an acidicity-stained bitterness and more of a refined and rich aroma, pairing exquisitely with the foam-tinged mouthfeel. The chocolate shavings added some snazzy personality with that sweeter chocolatey finish.
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Not redesigned, but merely elevated with dapper fitted suits and learning to enunciate "woo-men" as "wi-min". He retains that same rustic charm, heck even the Singaporean accent, but just repackaged with a suave eloquence to impress a dwindling dating pool. Ah Huat is no more but uncle Martin is back on the market, and this silver fox may even have the charm to make millennials swoon.
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[𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙃𝙖𝙡𝙡] 𝙎𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙚
📍 𝗥𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟯𝟮𝟴 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁 𝟬𝟭-𝟭𝟯 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟴𝟴𝟳𝟭𝟵
⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 10am-5.30pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-5pm

It was $19.50 for a 2 person platter with rice and noodles.
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The showstopper here was undoubtedly the 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗸. My head cavity constantly echoed with the gratifying shattering of the stunningly crunchy skin, whilst my tongue was met by the beautiful texture of the meat with it's impeccable lean-fat ratio.
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The 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗲𝘄 was also applaudable as an exercise in decadence with its melt-in-the-mouth fat, though I normally prefer my charsiew leaner. Still, I indulged in sweet-smokey bliss from its pronounced caramelisation, which had a better char than my previous visit.
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[𝙇𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧] 88 𝙃𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙆𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙈𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩
📍 𝟭𝟱𝟯 𝗧𝘆𝗿𝘄𝗵𝗶𝘁𝘁 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟳𝟱𝟲𝟲
⏱️ (Daily) 10am-8pm

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