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Fabian Loo

Fabian Loo

Fabian Loo turns food and drinks into words (and sometimes photos) at Time Out Singapore. He is also easily susceptible to hype and trend – and nuggets.

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The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

There's a time for dining with big groups and a time for eating on a budget, but when you're planning for an anniversary or a romantic date with your special someone, it's best to take it up a notch with a proper sit-down dinner with all the trimmings. Here are our picks of the best romantically lit, value-for-money restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore. Let's get into the mood for love.  RECOMMENDED: The most romantic bars in Singapore and The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try

The most romantic bars in Singapore

The most romantic bars in Singapore

Can you ever sip your way into someone's heart? We can't say for sure, but these romantic bars around town might just do their bit to frame you in a totally-would-date vibe. Plus, the alcohol won't hurt, either... Whether you're looking for intimate spots where the whole world seems to fade into the background or buzzy pads where you can soak in the lively atmosphere, these bars are there to prevent any date night disasters. RECOMMENDED: The most romantic restaurants in Singapore and the best sustainable dining restaurants in Singapore

The best tea rooms in Singapore for afternoon tea

The best tea rooms in Singapore for afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition. Call it a colonial hangover, but it makes for the perfect occasional splurge and a great way to spend the afternoon catching up with old friends. After all, what’s not to love about hitting pause and nibbling on delectable sweets and savouries on a plush, comfortable sofa? Here's where to go to raise your pinkies and clink glasses. RECOMMENDED: The most Instagrammable cafés in Singapore and the best cafés in Singapore for dessert

The best cheap eats in Singapore

The best cheap eats in Singapore

Dining out in Singapore can be expensive; we are, after all, one of the most expensive cities to live in. And don't even get us started on the GST hike. But it’s possible to dine on a dime if you know where to look. Away from the Michelin-starred restaurants and familiar hawker favourites, we’re letting you in on some cheap finds in our city – places that provide a comfortable, hearty meal for under $10 (before taking into account taxes) in a comfortable place. Whether it is a comforting bowl of noodles you seek, or a greasy burger worthy of you cheating on your diet, we've got all your food needs covered. Here's helping you spend less on lunch so you can splurge on the things that matter. RECOMMENDED: The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The best brunch spots in Singapore

The best brunch spots in Singapore

Brunch is an institution – as it should be. There's nothing better than waking up slightly later on the weekends and hunting down the perfect brunch spot where you can order both breakfast and lunch items. Whether it's regular eggs on toast, ricotta pancakes or a bowl of pasta, hit up these spots in Singapore to fuel your lazy weekend with late breakfast meals and a cup (or two) of coffee. RECOMMENDED: 7 most Instagrammable cafes in Singapore and the best minimalist cafés in Singapore 

The best restaurants with a view in Singapore, including seafront and rooftop restaurants

The best restaurants with a view in Singapore, including seafront and rooftop restaurants

A meal with a view – be it of Singapore's stunning landscape or your hot date – is one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours. Even if you're single or out with colleagues, there are plenty of restaurants around Marina Bay and the CBD that offer both good food and sparkling vistas. Pull up a seat by the waterfront or ride an elevator up for a bird's-eye take on the city at these restaurants. RECOMMENDED Done with dinner? Head up to these rooftop bars in the city. These romantic restaurants in Singapore also know how to set the tone.

The best rooftop bars in Singapore

The best rooftop bars in Singapore

Nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your hair and a tipple in your hand at the city's best rooftop bars. After all, there's plenty of real estate in the city of skyscrapers for rooftop bars. Take drinking to the next level (literally) as you enjoy your favourite cocktail on cloud nine. There are institutions like Smoke & Mirrors, which offer an unrivalled view of the Padang and Marina Bay Sands or climb higher to LeveL33, the world's tallest urban micro-brewery for a fresh pint and great bites. At Mr Stork, you get a pretty neat view of our gorgeous city skyline from your teepee huts – we suggest heading up during sunsets – so whip out your phones to immortalise the moment on the 'gram. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best bars in Singapore and the most romantic bars in Singapore

The best doughnut shops in Singapore

The best doughnut shops in Singapore

Remember those days where Singaporeans would queue for hours to get their hands on some Krispy Kreme Donuts? The fervour for Original Glazed may have died down, but Singapore's love for this deep-fried sweet treat is eternal. The doughnut is making a serious comeback with pictures of the stuff loaded with luscious caramel, glossy chocolate, or simply sprinkled with sugar filling up our Instagram feed. So if like us, you’re going nuts for some doughnuts, these places have cravings covered. RECOMMENDED: The best bakeries offering cake delivery in Singapore

The best bread delivery in Singapore for sourdough, pastries and buns

The best bread delivery in Singapore for sourdough, pastries and buns

The DIY sourdough craze may have passed, but the love of bread will never die. In times like these, we could still do with a carb fix at any time of the day. Even with the work-from-home lifestyle, however, not everyone has the time to whip up a bake or two, so bring the café-style breakfast home starting with quality sourdough bread. Hit up these bakeries for some of the best loaves in Singapore and get them delivered straight to your doorstep no matter where you live. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurant steak delivery in Singapore and the best food and drink delivery services in Singapore

The best pet-friendly cafés in Singapore

The best pet-friendly cafés in Singapore

Singapore's lagging behind in terms of its friendliness towards pets. It's difficult to bring your fur kids out unless it's to the park or the beach, and in this weather, it might seem more like a chore than a day of fun. Fortunately, there are still some places you can go to catch some respite, have a cup of coffee, enjoy some breakfast – all while hanging out with your best friend.  RECOMMENDED: The best animal shelters to adopt a pet in Singapore and where to volunteer at in Singapore

The best Chinese restaurants in Singapore

The best Chinese restaurants in Singapore

Throw a stone and it'll most likely land at the doorstep of one of the many Chinese restaurants in Singapore. We've got traditional outlets like Beng Hiang that have been around since our grandparents' youth as well as modern digs like Yue Bai and Birds of a Feather by young chefs looking to reinterpret their culinary history. Here are our picks on the best Chinese restaurants to visit in Singapore. RECOMMENDED: The best traditional Chinese dialect restaurants in Singapore and the best modern Chinese restaurants in Singapore

The best tropical-themed cafes and restaurants in Singapore

The best tropical-themed cafes and restaurants in Singapore

Take island living up a notch and spend some lazy afternoons at an easy breezy tropical-themed cafe or restaurant in Singapore. Think lots of plants, sunlight, vibrant wallpaper and rattan chairs and fixtures. Whether it's for an acai smoothie, a spot of brunch or sharing some plates with your group of friends, kick back and take in the decor and tropical vibes at these places.  RECOMMENDED: The best pink cafés and restaurants in Singapore and the most Instagrammable cafes in Singapore

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Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Mr Holmes Bakehouse is a San Francisco-born bakery best known for rolling out batches of sweet cruffin – a croissant-muffin hybrid that comes filled with luscious cream and dusted with sugar. While the pandemic might have led to the closure of all its outlets in America, the brand is getting a fresh restart with its first flagship located at Pacific Plaza. Those in Singapore get to enjoy first dibs ahead of everyone else in the world on their signature bakes: flaky cruffins, jazzed-up croissants, stuffed doughnuts, and more. Swing by its pink-clad home and choose from a line-up of sugar-dusted sweets. Cruffin ($5.80) is a must-get; croissant dough is first rolled into a muffin tray before baking to yield a flaky, buttery base for creamy fillings. Tiramisu cream is pipped with generous amounts of coffee-laced mascarpone cream, while the weekend-only peanut butter milkshake comes stuffed with smooth peanut butter. Doughnuts (from $4) come in the form of soft brioche pillows, filled to the brim with strawberries and whipped cream, yuzu plum jam, chocolate, and more. Croissants (from $4) are also levelled up – both in looks and taste. Lemon meringue pie oozes tart lemon curd when bitten into, and comes crowned with torched meringue as a finishing touch.

Café Kreams

Café Kreams

It’s autumn at Tanjong Pagar. We may have a perpetual summer in Singapore, but this café at Maxwell Chambers offers an autumnal escape filled with sun-faded leaves.  Stepping into Café Kreams (formerly known as Kreams Krafthouse) feels like venturing into an indoor park; maples trees, in varying hues of orange and yellow, decorate the ceiling of its roomy interior. Settle down under the canopy of foliage and sip on aromatic brews best paired with some freshly baked scones. Beyond regular espresso-based drinks, highlights from this Korean-inspired café include the Summer Latte ($10), where coffee comes served with a scoop of ice cream, and the Dalgona Latte ($8), its version of the whipped coffee fad that has taken over social media. Here, the drink comes topped with crunchy dalgona, a traditional Korean honeycomb toffee candy. Grab a bite of the sweet – caramel-like, but with slight bitter undertones – before it melts into the drink. Feeling peckish? Know that the café only serves scones (from $4) in flavours of dalgona and sweet potato. Others include cranberry and yuzu – fruity accents that, according to a waitstaff, help complement the bold brews. Each buttery treat also comes with a dollop of fresh whipped cream – an essential accompaniment that helps balance the otherwise dry texture of the pastry. Cakes, depending on the day, could be available too. Come nightfall, the space transforms into a watering hole, and the menu changes to serve up cold pints and light bites of

Terra Madre

Terra Madre

It seems only fitting that the lush compound of Dempsey is also home to the largest organic and natural food store in Singapore. Terra Madre champions the best that nature has to offer, with an expansive retail store and an adjoining dining space.  From its well-stocked shelves, pick up pantry staples and ready-to-consume products sourced largely from farmers and growers in Australia. Over 1,000 products are available to choose from.  Then, swing by Terra Madre Restaurant for a hearty, healthy menu that embraces the bounty of nature. Fresh produce, conscious ingredients, and local finds are used extensively in the kitchen to cook up a line-up of Australian-inspired plates. Kickstart the day on the right note with nourishing breakfast bowls ($14/$15) and loaded toasties ($18/$19), or construct your own wholesome salad for lunch. Grilled sweet potatoes ($25) can come paired with spiced vegetable fritters, while halloumi slices might sit on a bed of avocado and kale ($25).  Come dinner time, the options expand to present sharing plates loaded with flavour. Burrata salad ($32) wins in both presentation and taste; the creamy ball of cheese gets enlivened with berry-scented poached pear and a drizzle of basil oil. Wild-caught prawns ($28) get a delightful char from the grill, and come dressed with pickled cucumbers to get through the smoke. Also enjoyable: charred eggplant ($22), where sweet, soft flesh gets a punchy pairing of chilli-hinted yoghurt sauce.  While the menu might le

Salted and Hung

Salted and Hung

There will be no leftovers at Salted and Hung. More than just a reflection of the food (they are delicious), remaining ingredients get a second – even third – lease of life under chef-owner Drew Nocente, who adopts a sustainable approach to cooking. Trimmings get rendered into sauces, bones are boiled down into stocks, and abalone shells are transformed into decorative hilts. It is an idea that began when the ‘nose-to-tail’ restaurant first opened; who knew that offals and off-cuts could steal the spotlight when presented on dinner tables? But Drew had bigger ambitions – and much like the meats he salt and cure, his ideals would only get better with time. That time is now, five years later, where he serves up zero-waste tasting menus ($148 for seven courses, $198 for ten courses) that celebrate his evolved ethos of fully maximising each and every item – from skin to bone. For diners, that means embarking on a complex journey where ingredients are tinkered into unexpected forms and make a surprising reprise in later dishes. A bite of seaweed muffin, topped with cubed prawns, packs sweetness from the sea. Its umami flavours then get carried through in wakame butter, served alongside the bread course of IPA-leavened sourdough. Aged turbot is undoubtedly the main highlight; the fillet is first aged for over five days to present a heartier, meatier bite. Its liver gets blended and worked into a yellow wine sauce, while skin and trimmings are fermented into garum (like fish sauce

Hello Arigato

Hello Arigato

4 out of 5 stars

First impressions matter a great deal, and hip café Hello Arigato sure knows how to make a good one. It begins with a welcoming abode, cosy and chic, that beckons people to enter. Concrete flooring and wooden fixtures help lend a soothing, minimalist touch to the space. But it is the menu that invites people to linger. Opened by the people behind the Japanese-influenced eatery The Refinery, the same approach has also been imbued with the selection of food and drinks to present novel plates that are as comforting as they as creative. A freshly constructed sando, or sandwich, is the main draw here. Slices of toasted milk bread might cradle teriyaki-glazed chicken ($15) or pink-hued Angus striploin ($26). Our favourite: bread stuffed with thick-cut Muar-style otah patty ($20), juicy and meaty – its spiciness balanced with sweetness from smears of coconut mayonnaise and kaffir lime sambal. Throw in a side of tater tots ($13) – for what it lacks in serving size, the dish makes up for in its addictive, punchy condiment, laced with plenty of umami from shio kombu and seaweed-hinted mayonnaise. Photograph: Fabian Loo For heartier mains, opt for the overloaded Unagi Supreme ($26). Inch-thick tamago and a slab of charred fish slice sit atop a bed of fluffy grains. Other equally stunning options come presented as somen ($18), spiced with cold tom yum broth; or strands of truffle-kissed capellini ($24) finished with sakura ebi and tobiko. A tea-skewed beverage program sees iced dirty

Leckerbaer (Keong Saik)

Leckerbaer (Keong Saik)

The Danish concept of hygge is hard to define; some describe it as a sense of coziness, others liken it to warm conviviality and the ability to enjoy the simple joys in life. The best way to get a sense of the lifestyle, however, is to experience it for yourself – and short of jetting over to Denmark, you’ll find Copenhagen-based Leckerbaer serving up a slice of soothing hygge at its Keong Saik flagship.  A Scandinavian-themed, wood-toned interior makes for an inviting and homey space. Pull up a rattan-backed chair, and settle down in a sun-drenched corner under the skylight.  Photograph: Fabian Loo Dainty cookies ($2.80), called småkager, remain the star of the show. Some eight different bites are available, including orange and chocolate, cinnamon-scented hazelnut, meringue-topped passionfruit, and chocolate brightened with calamansi. These small sweets are perfect with a pot of warm brew ($6.50), or the iced Garden of Eden ($7) bursting with elegant floral aroma.   Away from bite-sized treats, look forward to larger format tarts and heartier sandwiches (flagship exclusive) that invite you to indulge at a leisurely pace. Dark chocolate hazelnut tart ($8.50) comes balanced with acidity from cherry curd, while almond cherry cake ($7.50) dresses up the classic financier with aromatic touches of rose and cherry.  Open-faced sandwiches might feature creamy avocado, sprinkled with juicy chunks of Jonah crab meat ($20); or a cream cheese base slashed with pink-stained smoked No

Hortus

Hortus

A new attraction blooms within the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Besides the pretty flora and verdant fauna, the world’s largest greenhouse is also home to a lush garden café, Hortus, that serves up a slice of the Mediterranean. Having a meal here feels transportive; get whisked away on a buggy, then grab a seat at the sun-drenched terrace, or under the romantic pergola, and enjoy the chilly temperatures thanks to the cooled conservatory. The plants that line the perimeter of the space help create the illusion of dining within a private garden.  The menu, too, feels light and bright. Designed to invoke freshness, most plates are prepped simply – with bright spices and fruity olive oil, and cooked over woodfire. Roasted pumpkin and ginger soup ($15) feels like a warm hug for the belly, its sweetness balanced with soothing, mellow heat. And mint-scented amberjack crudo ($22) comes lifted with juicy pops of pomegranate.  Watermelon salad ($15) is also worth an order. Sweet red cubes are dressed with feta crumbles, basil, and confit olives, which lends a kiss of rosemary to each bite. Coal-roasted sweet potatoes ($15) are paired with slivers of pickled banana chilli to help cut through the heaviness, and the smoky grilled octopus ($32) is best enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon. When ordering the Venus clams ($35), having a side of pita bread ($5) is a must to soak up all the salty, briny, Raki-infused sauce. Other heartier large plates include Cilbir ($22), or Turkish eggs, w

NY Verden

NY Verden

From peppery pork ribs soup to char-grilled slabs, the young second-gen owner of local chain Old Street Bak Kut Teh continues his love for meat (and cooking) at NY Verden, a modern smokehouse. Owner Lim Kuan Yiou, also a finalist in Masterchef Singapore 2018, has created a menu that celebrates the harmonious union of char and meat. Choose from five different firewoods that promise to impart varying flavours; on the menu are options of jarrah chips that pack an intense punch, hickory chips (mild bacon-like quality), oak chips for well-rounded smokiness, cherry chips (lingering hints of fruit), and applewood chips that lend a gentle kiss of fire. It is unfortunate, then, that the plates come layered with overpowering elements that otherwise mask the characteristics of the hardwood. Full-blood wagyu ($60) might be cooked over jarrah for an intense infusion of smoke and char, but these subtleties that the wood chips lend to the dish are lost – to the deep marsala wine sauce. Same for slices of Iberico pork jowl ($32), which comes paired with heavy, heady notes of black garlic paste. Otherwise, the meaty mouthfuls are delightfully tender. Beyond just the usual cuts of meat, catch from the sea and fresh produce gets a smoky treatment as well. Cherrywood-smoked ikura tops a bowl of crab tagliolini ($28), slick with brine and umami. And apple-wood beetroot tartare forms a sweet base for creamy burrata ($28).

Bar Uva

Bar Uva

As it is, choosing a bottle of wine can be a difficult task, particularly so for the uninitiated. But Bar Uva, named after ‘grape’ in Spanish, is a vino-focused watering hole that hopes to make selecting and sipping much easier. The bar is opened by the same people behind popular local spots Nutmeg and Clove and Tess Bar and Kitchen, which means that the team certainly knows a thing or two about satisfying the thirsty crowd. Wine consultant (and industry veteran) Chris Kwek has also been enlisted to fill the 150-strong list with an accessible yet inclusive range of labels – Old and New World, and everything else between. “A wine bar shouldn’t be a place for you to make difficult choices,” shares managing partner Colin Chia. And it all starts with a cosy interior, decked simply in honey-hues banquette and wood-toned fixtures. Friendly waitstaff and a wall of hanging wine bottles (available for purchase) greet you when entering the space. Flip through the menu, and it opens with a helpful chart that breaks down various grape varietals – a perfect starting point for beginners. Oenophiles can skip straight to the rest of the pages to select their favourite bottle. But we’d much rather leave the choice to the Bar Uva team (almost everything is well-priced under $100), and focus on selecting the mains. Raise a toast with the lively and rounded Baron-Fuenté traditional brut champagne ($98), which pairs well with almonds, glazed in Marsala wine, and tossed with dried cranberries ($5)

Good Intentions

Good Intentions

Good Intentions blurs the line between café and bar. While the first floor features cosy nooks and a drink counter lined with taps of beer, the second storey is a breezy dining space that overlooks the busy streets of Katong. Look forward to a boozy brunch affair, filled with cold pints, cocktails, and croissants; the all-day concept is opened by the same people behind Good Luck Beerhouse, in collaboration with Bergs Burgers. The debut menu features a lean selection of greasy, carb-laden plates best washed down with a beer or two. Photograph: Fabian Loo Tater tots ($8) are made even more sinful by frying them first in duck fat, then covering the golden parcels in a gooey blanket of cheese and bacon bits ($4). Or tuck into Mother Cluckers ($16), essentially oversized Nashville-style chicken fingers coated in a spice-scented batter. The crispy, juicy fillets are then finished with velvety mash and gravy. Rigatoni ($19) also makes for a satisfying mouthful, with fat hoops of pasta slick in rum-spiked tomato sauce. The kitchen also grills up sloppy stacks by Bergs Burgers. Chow down on a gourmet Rum-ly Special ($15), layered with prime beef patty and seasoned omelette; or pig out on juicy slabs paired with streaky bacon ($14). Then, wash everything down with some aromatic brews. Safe for work options feature coffee that goes for just $3, and a floral-scented chamomile agave ice tea ($6) brightened with notes of earl grey and citrus. But the 15-strong beer list offers much more

Cluny Food Court

Cluny Food Court

At this hip hawker centre, you can clink glasses of wine and slurp down wonton noodles, or pair warm porridge with smoke-kissed pork belly. Cluny Food Court is a cash-free, multi-concept dining destination by the Les Amis Group that brings together five exciting brands under one roof. Tucked away at a quiet corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, look forward to a hearty yet affordable feast – all while being surrounded by scenes of nature.  Come hungry, and take your pick from different cuisines. Mui Kee Express offers a condensed selection of the signature rice gruel, velvety and smooth, from the Hong Kong-based chain. Wok-kissed congee can come simmered with fish belly ($13.80), homemade pork balls ($9.80), sliced garoupa ($10.80), and more. Or check out S’mao Barbecue for a more potent punch of smoke. Specialising in Texas-style grilled meats, cooked over hardwood fire, expect thick slabs packed with char and juice. The dinner-exclusive All in Plate ($24) provides a sampling of its signature creations: lip-smacking pork ribs, honeyed pork belly, and tender pulled pork served alongside fries and coleslaw.  Project Penyek by Ansar doles out reliable plates of rice. The Muslim-owned stall pairs scented rice with either addictively crispy fried chicken ($6.50), or deep-fried black pomfret ($7.50). Satay ($5 for five) also comes conveniently served in a cup, complete with cubes of rice cake and chunky peanut sauce. Also worth a try: Piccante Pronto, the Halal offshoot (pend

Garden@One-Ninety

Garden@One-Ninety

Step through the doors of One-Ninety Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, and enter a tranquil alfresco dining spot covered in verdant greenery. The breezy terrace extension draws inspiration from the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens, with potted plants, cascading fauna, and wood-toned fixtures that help give the space plenty of outdoor charm. The food, too, reflects the same botanical theme. Market-fresh produce, plant-based treats, and tropical tipples are featured on the inclusive menu. Nibble on Vietnamese summer rolls ($15 for three), crisp and fresh, with green mango, papaya, avocado, and fresh herbs; or graze on salad ($24) tossed in umami-laden fish sauce dressing. Other hearty yet healthy vegan offerings include somen ($29) with portobello mushroom and chilli oil, truffle-scented charred cauliflower ($36), and chickpea patty burger ($34). But meat dishes aren’t completely left out. Fresh catch from the sea can come in the form of slurp-worthy oysters ($48), brightened with ponzu and wasabi pickles, are worth slurping down; and thick-cut hamachi slices spiked with jalapeno and citrus-soy. Pan-seared sea bass ($38), tinged with heat from laksa broth, is an easy favourite. Otherwise, souped-up pho ($45) is served with beef balls and impossibly tender slices of wagyu. And those feeling hungry can also opt for the massive 1kg grain-fed T-bone steak ($138). Dessert is a sweet celebration of fruits; Anjou pear is baked into a tart ($15), topped with vanilla ice cream;

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This new online bakery sells Thai-influenced tarts made by a Masterchef Asia finalist

This new online bakery sells Thai-influenced tarts made by a Masterchef Asia finalist

Self-taught chef Sandrian Tan is no stranger to herbs and spices. Born to a Thai mother, these exotic ingredients were a common sight in the kitchen growing up, appearing frequently in home-cooked meals. They flavoured the way Sandrian approached her own cooking: one that propelled the homemaker to the set of the inaugural Masterchef Asia back in 2015.  “Herbs and spices are like my best friends,” shares the homemaker. “I’m constantly fascinated by how versatile yet distinct they are.” Photograph: The Tartlery For Sandrian, being heavy-handed with these aromatic additions does not just apply to savoury mains; they work equally well in sweet treats, too. She recently started a digital bake shop, The Tartlery, where she imbues her Thai heritage into gourmet desserts. “I aim to reinvent the classic tart by retaining its time-honoured characteristics, while adding a touch of complexity,” she notes.  And that complexity comes in the form of vibrant, springtime flavours: saffron, thyme, basil, and more. The debut menu offers six different tarts, each spiced with different, unusual ingredients.  Photograph: The Tartlery Samsara (named after the 2001 arthouse film) boasts a stunning saffron-scented custard laced with candied ginger and white chocolate to yield a rich, complex, and layered production – much like the movie itself. Somewhat abstract, but just as delicious is the Stonehenge, a sculptural treat of meringue shards, balanced with a mix of vanilla base, mint, and passion

Household members allowed to dine out in groups of five from November 10

Household members allowed to dine out in groups of five from November 10

It is time to start planning for those overdue family meals. Starting this Wednesday, November 10, fully vaccinated family members living in the same household can dine out in groups of up to five people, said the multi-ministry Covid-19 task force in a press conference. But before you round up everyone at home, do note that the easing of restrictions will only apply to food and beverage (F&B) outlets, but not hawker centres and coffee shops. This is due to the fact that comprehensive checks remain difficult at these places, shares the Ministry of Health (MOH). Soft music will also be allowed to play at F&B outlets from Wednesday. The cap on social gatherings remains at two, and each household can still only receive two unique visitors a day. And as the week-on-week infection ratio continues to fall, the MOH also shared that further relaxing of measures are currently being explored. Read more: - Singapore and Malaysia to launch quarantine-free travel from November 29- Australia reopens borders to fully-vaccinated Singaporean travellers

Da Bao Diaries: meat platter, smoke-kissed steak, and a stay-home Japanese buffet

Da Bao Diaries: meat platter, smoke-kissed steak, and a stay-home Japanese buffet

Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking at home. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment. This week, plan for a stay-home date night with ease with take-out steaks, eat your way through multiple varieties with a stay-home Japanese buffet, or gather the family around the dinner table for some stellar roasted meats.    Photograph: Fabian Loo   Kam’s Roast Take full advantage of the slew of National Day promotions happening this August, such as this roasted meat platter from Kam’s Roast. The Hong Kong-based meat specialist (also a Michelin-approved) might be best known for its goose, but its rendition of other smoke-kissed meats is just as delicious. For this month, the Kam’s Roast Platter goes for just $58 (instead of the usual $78), with enough food within to feed four or five hungry mouths.  Inside, you’ll find slices of barbecue pork char siu, glazed with a sweet sauce; a quarter of soya chicken; and a quarter of its roast duck. Our only gripe: the crackling from the thick-cut roasted pork might have lost some of its crispiness from the travel, but a quick dunk into the selection of sauces will easily remedy it. Besides the usual chilli, try the ginger scallion sauce that adds brightness, and helps cut through the richness) of the roasted meat. More impressive is the herbal-scented duck gravy, which comes deliver

Odette and Burnt Ends make it onto The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2021

Odette and Burnt Ends make it onto The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2021

With lockdown measures gradually easing around the world, it seems like the dining-out scene is set to hum with excitement again. The World’s 50 Best Restaurant award ceremony, which took a hiatus last year, has returned with its 2021 list of winners in an unveiling ceremony held in Antwerp, Belgium on Tuesday (October 6). Two Singapore restaurants made the list this year. Odette, a fine-dining French restaurant by chef Julien Royer, and also the best restaurant in Asia, climbed 10 spots to come in at No. 8. Popular smokehouse and barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends by chef Dave Pynt makes a debut on this list this year, coming in at No. 34.   Photograph: Burnt Ends The title of the world’s best restaurant goes to Noma in Copenhagen. It manages to defend the crown after coming in at No. 1 in the 2020 list. Coming in at No. 2 is another Copenhagen-based restaurant – Geranium. As part of a new rule introduced in 2019, previous winners of the list will no longer be eligible for the list. They will, instead, be parked in a separate “Best of the Best” category. Noma, which usurps French restaurant Mirazur, will now be the newest member of this prestigious list. Other notable entries include Spain’s Amador Etxebarri, which placed third; Central in Peru (also the best restaurant in South America) at No. 4; and Disfrutar from Barcelona at No. 5. Closer to home, The Chairman in Hong Kong earned the Highest Climber Award, jumping from No. 41 in 2019 to its current standing at No. 10. With

Get up to 70 percent off stays and meals with flash deals from Andaz Singapore and Grand Hyatt

Get up to 70 percent off stays and meals with flash deals from Andaz Singapore and Grand Hyatt

Andaz Singapore and Grand Hyatt Singapore are celebrating their upcoming birthdays through what we all love best: an online flash sale with up to 70 percent discount off stays, dining, and cash vouchers.  Running from October 1 to 9, the two properties under Hyatt Hotels Corporation will run limited-time offers on everything – from luxurious suites to lavish meals. Feeling lucky? Try snagging up a mystery box for $100. Each will contain secret deals from either Andaz or Grand Hyatt, amounting to at least $153 in value.  Photograph: Andaz Singapore From Andaz Singapore, snag up a two-night stay in a 1 King Bed Room for $467 (52 percent off regular price), which comes with $100 dining credits and breakfast for two; or splurge on the Presidential Suite for $850 (61 percent off regular price). Other highlights include being among one of the first to experience two up-and-coming dining concepts at the hotel: a five-course lunch ($76) at the expanded 665 Degrees Fahrenheit, and $120 worth of dining vouchers for just $78 at 5 on 25, a new Cantonese restaurant.  Photograph: Grand Hyatt Singapore Grand Hyatt Singapore, which is due to celebrate its 50th birthday, will have over 25 deals. A night at the Club Deluxe Room goes for $276 (a 40 percent discount), which comes with club lounge access, breakfast, all-day refreshments, and evening cocktails. Indulge in an afternoon tea set for $78.20, or enjoy one-for-one three-course set lunches at Mezza9 ($50) and Pete’s Place ($40). Disc

Celebrated chef Nancy Silverton to open Osteria Mozza in the upcoming Hilton Singapore Orchard

Celebrated chef Nancy Silverton to open Osteria Mozza in the upcoming Hilton Singapore Orchard

Can’t travel? Then let the best flavours of the world come to you instead. Come 2022, celebrated American chef Nancy Silverton will set up an outpost of her one-Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza in the upcoming Hilton Singapore Orchard.  You might have seen Nancy Silverton share her love for dough on Netflix’s Chef Table, or even enjoyed a slice of her famous pie at her famous Italian restaurant along Melrose Avenue. And now, the winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award in 2014 will bring her iconic cooking to the buzzy streets of Orchard Road.  Look forward to a refreshed menu that features the best of what the chef is known for, alongside new creations made especially for the little red dot. Pair the food with a glass or two from an extensive wine list and creative tipples.  Photograph: Osteria MozzaGarganelli Osteria Mozza will be located within the new Hilton Singapore Orchard, a refreshed property of the current Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Owned by the OUE Commercial REIT, the revamped 1,080-room property will be the largest Hilton hotel in the Asia Pacific, and will house even more dining concepts: an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a bar, the current two-Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten, as well as Chatterbox.  “Singapore is such an exciting city for gastronomy and we are truly excited to be partnering with Hilton Singapore Orchard and OUE to create outstanding dining experiences that will delight and inspire,” shares Nancy.  Osteria Mozza

Bynd Artisan collaborates with Sunday Folks to open a craft studio that doubles up as a dessert café

Bynd Artisan collaborates with Sunday Folks to open a craft studio that doubles up as a dessert café

Leather goods and ice cream sundaes might have little to nothing in common. And yet, the two uncanny items have found a new home at the Bynd Artisan and Sunday Folks Ion Experience Store. The multi-concept space is the latest collaboration between the homegrown labels – one that combines the artistry of Bynd Artisan’s bookbinding and crafting services with specialty desserts and drinks from Sunday Folks. Collaborating to open this lifestyle destination is almost like coming full circle for the two local brands, both of which started their journey as neighbours at Chip Bee Gardens. “We’re drawing on each other’s strengths,” shares co-founder of Bynd Artisan, Winnie Chan, on the inspiration behind the unique storefront. Earth-toned hues and wooden furnishings help create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere. Take in the natural scent of leather, and browse the extensive – and exquisite – selection of handmade goods from the atelier. From the gallery-style display, pick up a sleek Hygge pouch ($60) and stylish wine bag ($80), or bring home outlet-exclusive merchandise that includes a notebook ($50) and calligraphed coasters ($15) made from recycled fruit pulp. Photograph: Bynd Artisan   Photograph: Bynd Artisan Then, check out the Gratitude Corner, which invites guests to pen down mindful intentions in a guest book, or strike a pose at the photo wall which comes decorated with an appreciation exercise to help encourage positivity. Feeling peckish? Head to the back of the store a

This is the first afternoon tea experience aboard a garden-themed ferry in Singapore

This is the first afternoon tea experience aboard a garden-themed ferry in Singapore

All aboard Singapore’s very first sea-bound afternoon tea experience. Kueh and Kusu by Sindo Ferry is an offshore adventure that charts a course for Kusu Island and whisks guests away in an adorable garden-themed ferry. Along the way, indulge in a kueh-filled menu and take in gorgeous views of the Marina South Coastline.  What is typically a 35-minute ride in a utilitarian boat now comes jazzed up with cute decorations and sweet snacks. Fairy lights, faux patches of green, and plush pillows help convert the metallic vehicle into a warm and scenic mode of transportation. Settle down next to the window, and take in sights of the sea and shore as the boat makes its way to the charming cultural destination.  Photograph: Sindo Ferry Make sure to board with an empty stomach; tickets to the boat ride come with a Halal-certified afternoon tea menu. Served in a three-tiered stand is a selection of pastries and local kuehs: snack on baked chicken pie, chocolate eclairs, kueh dadar, and more. Then, wash everything down with free-flowing tea and calming scenes of the water.  Photograph: Sindo Ferry With a full belly, you now have the energy to explore the grounds of Kusu Island. Look forward to an afternoon steeped in culture and heritage; legend has it that the place derives its name from a giant tortoise that transformed itself into an island in order to save a crew from being shipwrecked. Today, Kusu Island is filled with shrines erected as gratitude to the animal. It is also home

ミシュランガイド シンガポール2021が発表

ミシュランガイド シンガポール2021が発表

ミシュランガイド シンガポールは2020年の発表を一時的に休止していたが、今年は復活。オンラインでのセレモニーで、各星を獲得したシンガポールの素晴らしい飲食店を発表した。 第5版となる『Michelin Guide Singapore 2021』では、フランス料理店のLes Amis、Odetteの2店が名誉ある三つ星を維持。新たにZenが一つ星を上げ、ストックホルムにある姉妹店、Frantzénと同じように三つ星となった。 Zenのヘッドシェフであるトリスティン・ファーマーは、「謙虚な気持ちで、とても感謝しています。特に私たちが昨今業界として経験してきたことを考えると、これは私たちにとって最高のサクセスストーリーといえます」と語っている。 二つ星のカテゴリーでは、Saint Pierre、四川飯店、Shoukouwa、Wake Ghinが星をキープ。イギリスの味にモダンなタッチを加えたJaan by Kirk Westawayが新たに加わった。 一つ星の獲得店は40軒。アンドリュー・ウォルシュによるCure、広東料理のShang Palace、モダンインド料理を提供するThevar、キャビアバーの28 Wilkieなど、7軒が追加された。また同じく一つ星デビューを果たした​​Cloudstreetは、さらにヘッドシェフのマーク・タイが第1回ヤングシェフ賞を受賞している。 ミシュランガイド シンガポールの復活は、数々の変化に耐えてきたこの業界にとって、物事が正常に戻りつつあることを示すポジティブなシグナルだろう。ミシュランガイドの国際ディレクターであるグウェンダル・プレンヌは、「この2021年版で、最高の美食と体験を提供し続けているプロフェッショナルたちの忍耐と献身に敬意を表したいと思います」と述べている。 2021年版で星を獲得したのは合計で49軒(前回の2019年は44軒)。ありがたいことに、今年はこれらのレストランで食事ができるようになっている。2021年の全リストは以下の通り。 三つ星 Les AmisOdetteZén(新)二つ星Saint PierreShisen HantenShoukouwaWaku GhinJaan By Kirk Westaway(新) 一つ星AlmaBeniBRACIBuona TerraBurnt EndsCandlenutChef Kang’sCorner HouseCUTGaribaldi Italian Restaurant and BarHill Street Tai Hwa Pork NoodleIggy’sImperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)Restaurant JAGRestaurant LabyrinthLei GardenMa CuisineMetaNouriPUTIEN (Kitchener Road)Rhubarb Le RestaurantShinji by Kanesaka (Bras Basah Road)Shinji by Kanesaka (Tanglin Road)Summer PalaceSummer PavilionSushi IchiSushi Kimuratable65Terra28Wilkie(新)Art(新)Basque Kitchen by Aitor(新)Cloudstreet(新)Cure(新)Esora(新)Lerouy(新)Oshino(新)Shang Palace(新)Sommer(新)T

Amoy Street Food Centre to close from October till next year for renovation

Amoy Street Food Centre to close from October till next year for renovation

Just as we’re getting back into the groove of heading back to the office, Amoy Street Food Centre will close for three months, from October 11, 2021 all the way till January 10, 2022 for repairs and redecoration. The last renovation work took place some six years ago. Amoy Street Food Centre is best known for its affordable grub, including fish soup stalls Han Kee and Piao Ji Fish Porridge, and four Bib Gourmand-listed shops: A Noodle Story, Hong Kee Beef Noodle, Hoo Kee Bak Chang, and J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff. It is also home to a handful of young hawkerpreneurs that bring a modern touch to traditional local grub, such as flavoured kopi and teh from Coffee Break and salmon-topped meals from Big Bowls Project. You’ll have one month to satisfy your cravings before the these hardworking hawkers go on a hiatus. Sadly, those working in the CBD will have to start looking for alternative spots for cheap eats during lunchtime. Some popular haunts around the vicinity: the Market Street Interim Hawker Centre (home to another Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun outlet) and Maxwell Food Centre for Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, lesser-seen Eurasian cuisine from Popo & Nana's Delights, and many more. Otherwise, check out Time Out Singapore’s ultimate guide to Amoy Street for all the alternative eats in the vicinity, including Avenue 87, which reimagines local flavours; Dumpling Darlings for meaty parcels; and award-winning bar Native.  Read more: - Changi Airport's Terminals 1 and 3 reopen from

Michelin Guide Singapore 2021: 3 three-starred restaurants, a total of 49 awarded

Michelin Guide Singapore 2021: 3 three-starred restaurants, a total of 49 awarded

Singapore has not one, two, but three restaurants awarded three Michelin stars. Following a brief hiatus last year, the red guidebook is back this year, in 2021, with a virtual ceremony to crown the best eateries the island has to offer.  The fifth edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore sees both French restaurants Les Amis and Odette retaining their prestigious three stars title. And they are joined by new entrant Zen, who moved up one spot to share the same number of stars as its sister concept Frantzén in Stockholm.  “It’s humbling, and we are so thankful and grateful,” shares Zen’s head chef Tristin Farmer. “Especially for what we have been through as an industry… it’s the biggest success story for us.”  A total of 49 restaurants have been awarded stars this year, up from 44 in 2019.   On the two stars category, Saint Pierre, Shisen Hanten, Shoukouwa, and Wake Ghin manage to retain their positions. Jaan by Kirk Westaway, which puts a modern touch on British flavours, is a new addition to the list.  There are a total of 40 restaurants that took home one Michelin star, including seven new names. Some of them on the list: Cure by chef Andrew Walsh, Esora, Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace, Thevar that serves up a modern Indian menu, and caviar bar 28 Wilkie.  It's a double celebration for Cloudstreet; the restaurant debuts on the one-star list, and head chef Mark Tai also took home the inaugural Michelin Guide 2021 Young Chef Award, which seeks to recognise rising talents i

The Michelin Bib Gourmand returns this year with 69 entries

The Michelin Bib Gourmand returns this year with 69 entries

Following a hiatus due to the pandemic last year, the Michelin Guide Singapore makes a return in 2021, and is kicking things off with the latest edition of the Bib Gourmand list. A total of 69 venues, spanning from hawker stalls and restaurants, have been awarded – 11 more than that in 2019. These are places acknowledged by Michelin inspectors for providing high-quality, value-for-money meals at under $45. New additions include nine hawker stalls: Fei Fei Roasted Noodle, Heng Heng Cooked Food, Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh, Soh Kee Cooked Food, Lei Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh, Hainan Zi, Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh, Jun Yuan House of Fish, and Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge. Also making the entry for the first time are three restaurants: the newly opened Sri Lankan eatery Kotuwa, Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee, and the revamped Coconut Club, which specialises in nasi lemak. This is the fifth anniversary of the Michelin Guide Singapore, and the widely anticipated star revelation ceremony will be unveiled on September 1, 3pm via a live stream. While awaiting the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants, check out the complete selection of the 2021 Bib Gourmand list: A Noodle Story Amoy Street Food Centre Alliance Seafood Newton Food Centre Anglo Indian Café & Bar Shenton Way Ah Er Soup ABC Brickworks Food Centre Balestier Road Hoover Rojak Whampoa Makan Place Bar-Roque Grill 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon Whampoa Makan Place Bedok Chwee Kueh Bedok Interchange Hawker C