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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.

Share with him your food recommendations at fabian.loo@timeout.com.

Articles (245)

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 hang-up but it's also one of our favourite ways to while away an afternoon. What's not to love about pressing pause and spending time with a good cuppa, delectable sweets and savouries, and 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 restaurants and cafés in Katong

The best restaurants and cafés in Katong

There's no shortage of things to do in the eastern neighbourhood of Katong but eating definitely steals the limelight. The heritage district is rich in local Peranakan culture and also features incredibly varied cuisines, with Vietnamese and European communities making it their home. Then, there are the ultra-hip cafés that have sprouted up in recent years to check out too. Here's our guide on how to eat your way through Katong. RECOMMENDED: The best cheap restaurants in Tanjong Pagar

Where to shop for your groceries online in Singapore

Where to shop for your groceries online in Singapore

We can all head out to grocery shop, but let’s face it, most of us find it chore – between having to don a mask, to carrying bags of heavy groceries home. So those looking to minimise going out, to just feeling plain lazy, can turn to these online services to have their groceries delivered straight to the door instead. Just remember to buy only what you need – there's no bigger crime than unnecessary waste these days.  RECOMMENDED: The best gourmet grocery stores in Singapore and the best shops for plastic-free grocery shopping in Singapore

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 swankiest 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. You get a pretty neat view of our gorgeous city skyline from up here too – 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 cafés in Singapore for brunch and coffee

The best cafés in Singapore for brunch and coffee

Whether you're looking for the perfect Instagram shot, a new weekend brunch hangout, or a mean cup of joe, these cafés in Singapore deliver on all those fronts and more. Need more than one cup of coffee to rev your engines? Go café hopping in Tiong Bahru or pop into the various coffee shops along Amoy Street that keep the caffeine-hungry CBD folks going. RECOMMENDED: The best cafés with free Wi-Fi and the best cafés for dessert

The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore

The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore

Japanese food is hands-down the most popular cuisine in Singapore – even on a busy weekend night, there's no lack of options. While some lean towards an omakase experience with a Japanese chef while others are perfectly satiated with a piping hot bowl of ramen, Singapore has got it all. Here are our top picks for when you're craving some might solid Japanese cuisine.  RECOMMENDED: The best affordable sushi bars in Singapore and the best cafés in Singapore  

Where to get the best fried chicken in Singapore

Where to get the best fried chicken in Singapore

There are many ways to fry a chicken. Lucky for us, Singapore’s foreign talent policy is open enough to accommodate various different types of fried chicken on our shores. From the classic fresh-from-the-grease bucket fare to spicy Nashville chicken, fried chicken comes in all sorts of shapes, seasoning and sauces. Here are our top picks for when you're craving a sinful treat. RECOMMENDED: The best burgers in Singapore and the best pizza joints in Singapore

The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

There's more to vegan and vegetarian grub than a boring uninspiring mountain of leafy greens and raw vegetables. Whether you have dietary restrictions or just prefer to eat more greens and grains, these restaurant kitchens in Singapore are churning out wholesome meals that are completely meat-free without compromising on taste. Far from sad salads and countless carbs, these spots in town pack flavour and character into plant-based dishes. With cuisines ranging from Korean and Peranakan to Japanese and Italian, vegans and vegetarians have tons to choose from. Time to ditch the bland salad life! RECOMMENDED:  The best vegetarian local food in Singapore and the best healthy restaurants in Singapore 

The 50 best bars in Singapore

The 50 best bars in Singapore

Welcome to the Time Out Drink List, our handpicked ‘best of’ Singapore’s drinking scene. These are the most buzzing bars in this city right now: the most inventive and most memorable watering holes, all ranked by expert local editors. Drinking in Singapore is expensive so we did all the hard work for you – scouring the city every night in search of amazing drinks. Whether you sip or quaff, these are the city's top bars for a boozy night out. We've got joints stocked with quality vino, speakeasies hidden behind unmarked doors, dens devoted to whisky, craft beer breweries and much more in our roundup. We guarantee you won't be able to stop at one drink – just make sure you have a safe ride home. Disclaimer – the numbered list isn't a representation of any form of ranking.  Drank somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.

The best craft beer bars in Singapore

The best craft beer bars in Singapore

Craft beer has definitely come a long way since POTUS Jimmy Carter legalized US Homebrewing but it wasn’t really till 1980 when Sierra Nevada perfected the Pale Ale. Fast forward to recent years, the US now has over 7000 craft breweries in operation with no sign of slowing down. Well, like it or not, this global phenomenon has gained real traction in Singapore over the decade with plenty of local microbreweries brewing up a storm while dedicated purveyors of craft beers import an excitable range of craft beers from around the globe to cater to all hopheads alike. So for all y'all pint lovin' folks out there, here are the best craft beer bars to get yourself acquainted with the freshest hop juice on the island.  RECOMMENDED: The best new bars in Singapore to have a drink at in the city

Secluded restaurants in Singapore worth travelling to

Secluded restaurants in Singapore worth travelling to

Accessibility is a plus when it comes to dining at our favourite places but sometimes, you might just want to switch it up and take a mini-road trip somewhere in Singapore. Sure, places like Punggol and Kranji aren't that far away (if you have transport) but it still takes quite an effort to get to these places in this list. Take a ferry to a floating seafood restaurant or drive up to the countryside for some mushroom soup made from 'shrooms fresh from the farm. RECOMMENDED: The sexiest bars in Singapore and the best rooftop restaurants in Singapore

The best pizza joints in Singapore

The best pizza joints in Singapore

Everyone knows the best food for lazy, stay-in days and also for sharing with friends is pizza. It's a step up from the guilty-pleasure fast food takeaway and a nice break from the usual suspects at the neighbourhood hawker centre. Stuffed crust, with or without pineapples, crisp thin crust, pizza margherita or topped with pepperoni and extra cheese, we love pizza in all its forms.  RECOMMENDED: The best American restaurants in Singapore and the best cheap eats in Singapore

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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;

The Whole Kitchen

The Whole Kitchen

You can have your cake and eat it too. At The Whole Kitchen, the menu eschews gluten and refined sugar; founders Susan Soulard (a chef) and Anne Swain (a health coach) tap into their respective expertise to serve up a wholesome line-up of healthy bakes and nourishing dishes. With another outlet in Katong, the all-inclusive café sets out to prove that healthy food doesn’t necessarily mean bland and boring. Start the day right with its hearty breakfast treats: smoked salmon and avocado come laid atop keto-friendly bread ($14), a dense slice chocked full of nuts and seeds; and crusty sourdough slices are used to sandwich smears of peanut butter, hazelnut cacao butter, and banana ($14). The vibrant granola bowl ($12) adds brightness to the day, with creamy Greek yoghurt covered with crunchy topping and fresh seasonal fruits.  Need a quick and fuss-free option? Swing by the convenient grab-and-go corner, and pick up some muffins, low-carb quiches with fillings of pumpkin ($12) and tomato basil ($12), thick-cut raisin toast ($9); and more. For us, we’ll be reaching out for the wildflower raisin scones ($12), served with a delightfully floral chia jam (available by the bottle) and a dollop of mascarpone.  Come lunchtime, the counter comes laid with bowls of salads (from $8), hearty enough to fill the tummy. Rainbow Raw tosses red cabbage and green papaya with ginger-scented coconut aminos, while Clean Green Goddess combines broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potato in a tahini-herb d

Dewgather

Dewgather

Inspired by the buzzy Australian café scene, the owners of Dewgather sought to recreate their own buzzy coffee spot back in Singapore. Stepping into the 120-seater space feels like entering an indoor oasis; the 3m-long aquamarine-hued coffee bar churns our cups of aromatic brews, while the glass-panelled ceiling and terracotta motifs add a touch of summery vibe. Need a dose of caffeine? Dewgather serves an exclusive blend that is roasted in-house, using sustainably sourced beans from Brazil and Guatemala, to bring out notes of caramel and chocolate in each sip (from $3). Or try the houjicha latte ($8), with a hazelnut-like aroma that settles into umami, seaweed fragrance. Classic café grub comes tinged with Asian influences to present novel options worth ordering. Strands of linguine ($27) come perfumed with a herb-scented sauce, with pops of baby capers to add tang and brightness to the dish. Fillets of swordfish make for a hearty, meaty bite. The usual waffle and chicken ($20) get a makeover as well. Korean-style fried chicken, which comes with a thinner coat of batter, tastes lighter than most versions served elsewhere. It then gets piled atop airy buttermilk waffles, then finished with kimchi and strips of pickled radish to help cut through the grease. Dew Harvest Bowl ($22) is a sleeper hit that amps up the flavour of clean-tasting salads. Beetroot-pickled cauliflower, cashew nut pesto, and roasted vegetables come together in sweet, smoky harmony. For desserts, French t

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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