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Pailin Boonlong

Pailin Boonlong

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Pailin is the Deputy Editor for Time Out Singapore. The only physical exercise she does is running after her three dogs, otherwise you can find her sipping a pour of whisky or idly flipping through a book. She's spent equal parts of her life in Singapore, Australia and Thailand, but not-so-secretly thinks that "Pailin in Paris" sounds like a good idea. 

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The best fish and chips in Singapore

The best fish and chips in Singapore

It’s as classic as it gets: fish and chips, the quintessential takeaway that’s typically wrapped in yesterday’s papers. But in Singapore, there isn’t exactly a chippy shop around the corner – instead, the best fish and chips are found in an assortment of eateries, ranging from British pubs to classy restaurants. For your next fish and chips craving, check out these eight best fish and chips eateries in Singapore. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than crunching down on a lightly battered fillet, with mushy peas and triple-cooked chips on the side.  RECOMMENDED: The best pubs in Singapore and best bars in Singapore

Hot new restaurants and cafés to dine at in Singapore

Hot new restaurants and cafés to dine at in Singapore

2022's been flying by fast: it's already July. And we all know the drill – the start of each month marks a new list of hot new restaurants or cafés to try. Simply by living in Singapore, a city that never sleeps (thanks to an endless choice of late-night supper spots), there's good food everywhere. From a new Japanese omakase joint by Les Amis Group or a lesser-known steakhouse in Bukit Timah, your calendar is bound to be fully booked out this month with quality dinners and brunch dates.  RECOMMENDED: The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try and the 50 best bars in Singapore

Recreate your own vineyard experience at home with these award-winning Old World wines

Recreate your own vineyard experience at home with these award-winning Old World wines

When it comes to properly appreciating wine, it’s a rare gift for anyone to have the finely-tuned, exceptional palate of a sommelier. Besides letting a tannic wine breathe in a decanter for hours and the customary swirling of a glass to closely inspect its legs, we know little else when it comes to the art of wine. But everyone enjoys a glass of wine: nothing beats a full-bodied red with a steak dinner or a celebratory flute of bubbles for parties.  With JUST WINE, we can now recreate our own vineyard experience at home with their ready supply of premium wines – and it won’t break the bank one bit. As an exclusive wine brand under our local FairPrice, they’ve recently launched five wines from the family-owned vineyards of famous Old World wine regions. Out of these five, four are award-winning and all are specially curated through a blind-tasting so there’s no need to splash out on a 100-point bottle or a wine tasting tour around Europe when it’s already right under our noses.  RECOMMENDED: Best wine bars in Singapore and natural wine 101

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  

The best art jamming studios in Singapore

The best art jamming studios in Singapore

Creating art is a therapeutic way to destress after a hectic day at work or school – or a bad year. So it's very apt that social art jamming has been on the rise worldwide, with more studios popping up all over Singapore. After all, you can make new like-minded acquaintances while still being responsible and keeping a safe distance. Thinking of a fun, social and creative way to spend your weekend? Art jamming is a great family bonding activity, or a second date idea that gives you the chance to show off your top-notch art and craft skills. These studios come equipped with an arsenal of art tools and blank canvases, so all you have to do is turn up and let your creative juices flow.  RECOMMENDED: Best public art in Singapore and the best museums to visit in Singapore.   

10 hidden food gems in the Central Business District

10 hidden food gems in the Central Business District

Lunch – the meal that every office worker looks forward to. For most in the Central Business District (CBD), obvious favourites include Amoy Street Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre and the newly-opened Market Street Hawker Centre. But the CBD is also packed with overlooked malls and office towers, each hiding an untold number of food stops and affordable eats. To help spice up your lunch hour, we've sussed out the best hidden gems in the CBD.  RECOMMENDED: The best business lunch sets in the CBD and The best ice cream shops in Singapore

Patina Bar is an Old World style cocktail bar that’s newly opened in Katong

Patina Bar is an Old World style cocktail bar that’s newly opened in Katong

These days, new cocktail bars aren’t exactly revolutionary or anything to shout about. Unless they’ve got an award-winning bartender fronting the counters or accolades pegged to their name, some have quietly opened all while maintaining their entirely under-the-radar status. Patina Bar is one such bar that's opened their doors along East Coast Road, with well-established eateries next door like Beach Road Prawn Noodles and The Bullion Hawker Bar. RECOMMENDED: The best bars in Singapore and the best secret bars in Singapore As we all know, first impressions matter greatly, and Patina Bar did a standout job. It’s not exactly a hush-hush atmosphere but it’s still intimate – a casual neighbourhood bar where you won’t feel out of place clad in a worn-in tee despite having a curated cocktail lineup.   The two behind this place, bartender Rajesh and chef Santrey, have intentionally done Patina Bar up as such. It’s all based on the Old World era aka “the birth of the cocktail era” – all made noticeable through the drinks and decor alike. Part of its charm is also due to its Katong influence, since both Rajesh and Santrey grew up in the Katong neighbourhood. It was like coming full circle. As Rajesh says, “It was like coming full circle. We wanted to be different by being around a vibrant residential area such as Katong”. He also compared this heritage neighbourhood to a Singaporean version of Miami – it might seem far-fetched, but undeniable in that they’re both beachside towns with

The best things to do in Seoul that aren’t tourist traps

The best things to do in Seoul that aren’t tourist traps

Based on the number of K-dramas binged and Korean BBQs we’ve devoured recently, many of us consider Seoul as a prime destination. It’s easy to understand why – the food, shopping, and culture are all massive draws. But besides typical tourist attractions like shopping in Myeongdong and visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, there are certain spots that are popular for good reason. From an abandoned theme park to the world’s largest shipping container mall, these are the top seven things to do in Seoul for your next visit. RECOMMENDED: How to experience South Korea in Singapore and how to save money when booking a trip during the pandemic

The best glamping providers in Singapore

The best glamping providers in Singapore

If you love the idea of being one with nature sans roughing it out, then opt for the next best thing: glamping. It’s basically camping with added luxury, style and fun – think spacious tipis, air beds, air-conditioning, and fairy lights. It also makes an ace outdoor alternative for birthday parties, romantic getaways, and family picnics if you’re not looking to spend the night.  A popular spot for glamping is East Coast Park, although some companies also offer additional sites in Pasir Ris Park, Sentosa, Punggol and even ORTO Yishun. However, you are required to apply for a camping permit online or via an AXS machine when booking a package with a glamping company. Once done, plan your sweet escape with these glamping providers who can help you with all the heavy lifting. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to camping in Singapore and the best beach resorts and chalets in Singapore

The 10 best hidden food gems in Orchard

The 10 best hidden food gems in Orchard

Orchard Road might very well have a number of fine dining restaurants and glitzy bars, but there are also a number of top-notch eateries – all absolutely bang for your buck. We weren’t initially keen on sharing these 10 hidden food spots in Orchard, but realised that these restaurants are certainly worth a shout-out. From a Thai joint frying up drunken noodles to an old-school Russian Hainanese restaurant, these food spots in Orchard are worth popping by. RECOMMENDED: The best buffets in Singapore and 11 great ideas for the kitchen 

The best restaurants where kids eat for free in Singapore

The best restaurants where kids eat for free in Singapore

Simply put, having kids doesn’t come cheap. They might be going into their first year of school or perhaps they’ve just recently learnt how to walk, but either way – you’ll eventually need to dig into your savings. Since we’re now in the midst of June school holidays, take the chance to bring your children out for a hearty meal. At these 10 restaurants, it isn’t just that they have a children's menu, but they also have freebies and dining promos* just for kids.  *As all dining deals are subject to terms and conditions, make sure to check with the restaurant directly that these promotions are still valid. RECOMMENDATIONS: The best kid-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore and the best things to do with kids in Singapore

How to save money when booking a trip during the pandemic

How to save money when booking a trip during the pandemic

We’ve been desperate to get out of Singapore since global borders have opened up. A beach getaway to Batam or Bintan, or even a hiking expedition around Europe – we’re not particularly fussed, as long as we’re on a plane to somewhere. But despite not travelling for two or so years, we’re still trying to save every bit that we can. Airfares are no longer as affordable as they once were, no thanks to the spike in oil prices and warring countries.  From getting the best travel insurance plans to considering lesser-known holiday destinations, these tips will help save money when you’re next booking a trip out of Singapore.  RECOMMENDED: Useful travel tips for the June holidays and the best travel destinations that are less than five hours away

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PS.Cafe Katong

PS.Cafe Katong

PS.Cafe is one of the most popular café chains in Singapore – rightfully so, since there’s no other joint that’s as well known for their truffle shoestring fries. Luckily for East-siders, they’ve just opened their newest outlet at the newly-revamped shopping mall i12 Katong, marking it as the second PS.Cafe this side of Singapore. As always, their newest outlet is tastefully done. High ceilings, glossy black-and-white tiles, and a pet-friendly outdoor terrace pay tribute to the grand seaside villas that once sprawled across this neighbourhood. The menu isn’t any different, with Peranakan influences made loud and clear.  But besides fusion fare, this particular outlet still serves up tasty food that diners repeatedly flock back for. Pop by for a lazy weekend brunch on a cool day to make the most of the outdoor terrace – you can even bring your dog along. Read our full review here.

Aperol Spritz Bar Crawl

Aperol Spritz Bar Crawl

It might not exactly be the most common cocktail on this side of the world, but an Aperol Spritz is exactly the refreshing drink we need to combat Singapore's crazy levels of heat and humidity. A classic Aperol Spritz is made up of equal parts Aperol – an orange ​​apéritif, dry prosecco, and it’s all tied together with a splash of soda water. If you’re feeling fancy, top it with an orange slice. This ice-cold, bubbly drink is exactly how Italians deal with their 40°C July summers, so perhaps it’s time for us to follow suit.  Now, for the first two weekends of July, join in an Aperol Spritz self-guided bar crawl ($72.50/person) around our little red dot. It’s all held across 20 venues in four districts: Bayfront, Chinatown, East Coast, and Riverwalk. Think of it not only as a bar-hop, but a way to discover the hidden sights of Singapore too since you can choose which of the four districts to explore. With a ticket, you can redeem five glasses of Aperol Spritz – choose to either have it across the five bars of a certain district, or simply have all five drinks at one go at your favourite watering hole.  When joining the Bayfront bar crawl, you can make your way around restaurants and bars like: Da Paolo Gastronomia at Marina Bay Sands Bayside Drinks & Eats Picotin Waterboat House Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Vue For Chinatown: The Guild Pocket Rocket Alegria Potato Head Levan For East Coast: Lime House Little Italy Good Intentions Mooloolabar Aperol Spr

The Luggage Market 2022

The Luggage Market 2022

Not many folks know of this weekly flea market, despite it being centrally located right at Aperia Mall and spanning over 50 thrift booths every Sunday from 11am to 6pm. It’s also just a five-minute stroll from Lavender MRT. Since most people come here to “dump” their well-loved clothes and used belongings – it’s a haven for anyone looking to find quality secondhand goods.  After all, one’s trash is very likely to be your treasure – so make sure that you’ve sifted through and gotten a full oversight of it all. Since every week’s Luggage Market is bound to be filled with different sellers and a wide variety of unique knick-knacks, there’s no saying what there’ll be in the coming weeks – just know that every item has once been well-cherished and is fairly priced today.If you’re looking to be a seller at The Luggage Market, you can also simply just sign up here. Know that it’s a pretty hot commodity though: many are looking to sell off their own used goods. While you’re meant to just sell straight from your luggage bags, lawn mats (artificial grass carpets) and stools will also be provided for each booth. 

Patina Bar

Patina Bar

First impressions matter greatly, and Patina Bar did a standout job. It’s not exactly a hush-hush atmosphere but it’s still intimate – a casual neighbourhood bar where you won’t feel out of place clad in a worn-in tee despite having a curated cocktail lineup.   The cocktail menu is concise, separating the cheekily-named “lightweights” from the signature drinks. The Mouthful of Honey ($23) is interesting, in that it’s a melon-infused vodka that’s mixed up with coconut milk, honey, and citrus. Or the Basic B*tch Spritz ($25) for their take on an Aperol Spritz, but with cava instead of prosecco.  If you were to try one cocktail, go with The Nomad ($25), a concoction with a splash of whisky and a unique mix of dates, banana, and jackfruit. In using tropical fruits, this is entirely representative of the bar’s local heritage – while exploring a unique mix of flavours. But you can order up a bespoke cocktail too, choosing a desired base spirit and if you’d prefer it more light and refreshing (additional $3) or spirit-heavy (additional $6).  Read our full review here.

Patina Bar Artists' Market

Patina Bar Artists' Market

Patina Bar might be a newly opened bar along East Coast Road, but they’ll soon be holding an artists’ market every other Sunday – featuring the work of artists around Asia. Their first market will take place on June 26, between 11am to 11pm, with a lineup of activities and workshops. It’s a prime example of how arts and culture is slowly coming back to life in Singapore, after two long years of stringent Covid restrictions. Look forward to tasting Mazaraat’s Indonesian artisanal cheeses or browsing through a selection of Maverick Made handcrafted leather goods. There’ll also be flower arrangement workshops by Cooper Garden and flash tattoos done by local tattoo artist Wak Wandee, prices for designs ranging between $50 to $150.  What we’re most excited about is the dream interpretation session that’s held by local “dreammaker” Livy Von Goh, where she’ll guide you through any vivid dreams you recall or even suggest sleep elixirs for a good night’s rest. Seems a tad bit boho but hey, a profound dream interpretation is exactly what we all need.  One of the greatest dilemmas of Singapore’s art scene faces is that they’re either events either filled with photogenic art installations like i Light Singapore or they’re lumped as being overly affected. But there’s nothing pretentious about this bi-monthly artists' market. In fact, it’s a casual shindig – everyone’s welcome. Make sure to try some of Patina Bar’s signature cocktails or bar bites while there.  Check out Patina Bar’s Insta

The Great Steak Escape 2022

The Great Steak Escape 2022

There's nothing better than sinking your teeth into a steak that’s done just right, when it’s seared to a delish pink hue of medium rare. With The Great Steak Escape, gather your entire family for the next best thing to a holiday Down Under – it’s happening now till June 30, so you’ve got the school holidays to make the most of it. It is the “family edition” after all, featuring 10 family-friendly restaurants alongside five butchers and F&B retailers.  The Great Steak Escape will be held across restaurants like Cavemen Restaurant & Bar, Riders Cafe, Surrey Hills Grocer, and The Halia. While the focus is undoubtedly placed on red meat, each restaurant will also be doling out kid-friendly dishes.  Take The Halia: a halal-ceritfied restaurant at Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Tasmanian King Island striploin and Little Joe ribeye, as grass-fed beef takes centre stage, but there’s also a beef bolognese spaghettini that’s perfect for kids. It’s the same over at Cavemen Restaurant & Bar, a casual steakhouse tucked along Balestier Road. For June only, opt for the Steak Escape (from $155 for three) for a hearty meal. This comes with an organic T-bone steak, beef bourguignon, and a beef lasagne that’s bound to please all kids. If heading down in a larger group, you can also order up the larger Steak Escape (from $180 for five), which comes with two serves of T-bone steak and an oriental lamb shank.  Simply by ordering one dish from the special promo menus of these restaurants, you can

Sushi Yujo

Sushi Yujo

Omakase restaurants in Singapore might be a dime a dozen, but new Japanese restaurant Sushi Yujo is certainly worth a try. For one, their lunch sets start from just $38. Seafood is flown in four times a week from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market, so you can expect the freshest of ingredients. In our case, we experienced the dinner omakase – Chusei ($198), which comes with five types of sashimi, two cooked dishes, and five pieces of sushi.  Sushi Yuj isn’t a big space by any means – it’s a straightforward 13-seater by the counter. There are also two private rooms: Hana, with a private counter that seats six, and Ryu which seats up to 10. The lunch set menu starts at $38 if you were to order a salmon or unagi don, but otherwise, you can also opt for the lunch omakase choices: Rikai ($98) or Shinrai ($198).  Read our full review here.  

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

While this Joo Chiat eatery once went by the name of The 1925 Brewing Co, known for their traditional Teochew menu with Chaoshan ceviche and fish porridge, they’ve since rebranded to Blue Smoke. Now, it’s an Asian smokehouse by the same folks behind The 1925 microbrewery. This time round, it's the food that’s caught our attention.  It’s the rendang Wagyu brisket that is the obvious star of the show – there’s an undercurrent of locally-inspired flavours that runs through the menu. With this, it’s a brisket that’s been slow smoked for 18 hours, charcoal-grilled over lychee wood. You can choose between the fattier cut Point End ($15 for 100g) or the Naval End ($12 for 100g) which comes with a chewier, but still tender cut. When paired with the “dirty” basmati rice ($8), it transforms into a complete meal – carbs and all. Of course, you can order more traditional side dishes such as the miso butter baby potatoes ($12) or smoked pumpkin hash ($10).  For drinks, what else would you get but the craft beers on tap? They’ve got the full range of The 1925 Brewing Co. here. Read our full review.

i Light Singapore 2022

i Light Singapore 2022

It’s been a long two years – the pandemic put us through the wringer and we’ve been deprived of Singapore’s arts and culture for the longest time. And one of the highlights we missed most was i Light Singapore, a sustainable light festival that’s set up all around the picturesque Marina Bay waterfront. From June 3 to 26, this year’s edition has 20 stunning light installations, all with a meaningful message behind each. The lights are scheduled to go on at 7.30pm daily. Look forward to colourful artworks, from a life-sized inflatable whale made from plastic trash to a vast firefly field that's filled with twinkling lights. We headed down and these are our top 10 favourite art installations to visit at i Light Singapore 2022. 

Cultivate

Cultivate

Over at Cultivate, they check all the boxes when it comes to quality vegan nosh: they’re plant-based, GMO-free, and even gluten-free – all while keeping the menu purely vegan. After all, they believe that “pure food” is what you need to cultivate your best self. By sourcing organic produce from all around the world, this snazzy vegan joint offers everything from cold-pressed juices to gluten-free desserts. There’s every reason to head down, considering that this vegan café in Maxwell Reserve Hotel also has a picturesque library-themed setting, with shelves of books all around.  While photogenic in decor, it’s not exactly your typical Instagrammable café – it ones up the rest and does it better. Expect only the freshest of ingredients here, with an emphasis on the seasonality of produce, with the menu featuring the likes of white asparagus, Turkish figs, and Sicilian green olives.  When it comes to taking care of yourself, you’re spoilt for choice  – they’ve got a solid range of vegan sandwiches, poke bowls, salads, and superfood earth bowls. Interestingly, there’s even a choice selection of ‘Cavi-Art’ ($32), a seaweed alternative to caviar. With this, you can try salmon roe, wasabi-based caviar, and seaweed-based caviar, and yes, they’re all made out of sustainably harvested seaweed but still delivers an impactful burst of flavour.  They also have a grab-and-go counter where you can easily pick up some of their bakes, such as a flaky croissant or one of their many patisseries

Ohayo Mama San

Ohayo Mama San

Mod-Japanese restaurant Ohayo Mama San has recently opened in Somerset, with a fusion menu that shows off their creativity. While not the first to bend the rules of traditional Japanese fare, this colourful diner certainly puts their own spin on things. Try the Foursome Crabmeat Nori Tacos ($20 for four), a hard taco shell with a crabmeat filling and smear of green ebiko. Don’t expect fresh crab at this price point, it’s a garden-variety surimi mixed with mayo – but in any case, a large dollop of surimi. The riceless rolls ($24) are exactly how they sound: sushi rolls, with no rice, a viable order for those on a keto diet. If the lack of rice gets to you though, there are still regular sushi rolls like the Pink Lady ($20), a panko-fried shrimp roll with cream cheese and ume mayo.  Ohayo Mama San also has quite the lengthy selection of drinks, ranging from cocktails to sake. As an all-day diner, they’re also open for brunch and afternoon tea. Read our review here.

Jypsy

Jypsy

Restaurant Jypsy was once in Martin Road but they’ve just newly opened in One Fullerton, a stunning waterfront-facing location. Obvious boho-chic decor aside, its weathered panels and statement hanging lamps have taken cues from the scenic Japanese archipelago – not exactly to the level of Bali beachy, but rather, mimicking a classy seaside resort.  Despite having the name “Jypsy”, which immediately offers an impression of a carefree, vagabond life, the menu reads fairly sophisticated too. It’s a restaurant concept by P.S Cafe so no surprise that their food is equal parts photogenic and tasty. They're known for signature dishes like salmon tacos and a nest of fries, that’s artistically created to look like a Japanese kakiage dish of tempura. But it’s a mixture of small and big plates here, perfect for a larger group to try a little bit of everything. 

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There’s a new pet-friendly PS.Cafe in Katong with dishes like beef cheek rendang and chendol panna cotta

There’s a new pet-friendly PS.Cafe in Katong with dishes like beef cheek rendang and chendol panna cotta

PS.Cafe is one of the most popular café chains – rightfully so, since there’s no other joint that’s as well known for their truffle shoestring fries. Luckily for East-siders, they’ve just opened their newest outlet at the newly-revamped shopping mall i12 Katong, marking it as the second PS.Cafe this side of Singapore.   Photograph: PS.Cafe   As always, their newest outlet is tastefully done. High ceilings, glossy black-and-white tiles, and a pet-friendly outdoor terrace pay tribute to the grand seaside villas that once sprawled across this neighbourhood. The menu isn’t any different, with Peranakan influences made loud and clear. For one, the Bali beef rendang bowl ($29) comes with generous chunks of beef cheek and shallot-scented rice – with sambal tempeh, winged beans, achar, and prawn crackers on the side.  The laksa spaghettini ($26) fits right in too. This pesto pasta might’ve been around since the chain’s very first outlet in Paragon, but it now offers a subtle nod to the fame surrounding the classic laksa lemak, a dish that’s often attributed to Katong. Even the desserts have gotten an overhaul, with a new chendol panna cotta ($15) that’s exclusive to this outlet.    Photograph: Pailin Boonlong But besides fusion fare, this particular outlet still serves up tasty food that diners repeatedly flock back for. An antioxidant superfood salad ($27) with blueberries, pumpkin, and quinoa, a smoked bacon beef burger ($30), or simply just truffle fries ($17) – they know how

The Cathay will soon be replaced with The Projector, a local independent cinema

The Cathay will soon be replaced with The Projector, a local independent cinema

The Cathay is practically a landmark in Singapore – it’s been around since the 40s. But in a surprising move, they’ve just announced that The Cathay Cineplex will soon be handing over the reins to local independent cinema, The Projector. This shift will happen on July 23, once The Cathay Cineplex has completed its lease and the last day of screenings will be June 26. Of course, we’re great fans of The Projector and the cult favourite movies they put out. It’s not just about Hollywood blockbusters here, but rather, old-school films like Rocky Horror Show and sci-fi movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey. As they already have cinemas in Golden Mile Tower and Riverside Point, this will be the third cinema that is operated by The Projector. As mentioned by The Projector, there will be the usual lineup of indie flicks along with a cocktail and craft beer bar – all from August 23 onwards.  Those who still want to watch movies under The Cathay can head over to the Cineleisure branch, alongside the other Cathay cinemas in Singapore.  READ MORE:Halloween Horror Nights returns this yearCompete in Netflix's Squid Game reality show and maybe win $4.56 millionNew Khatib Nature Corridor will have three new parks Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!

Sushi Yujo is a new omakase restaurant in Tanjong Pagar with $38 lunch sets

Sushi Yujo is a new omakase restaurant in Tanjong Pagar with $38 lunch sets

Omakase restaurants in Singapore might be a dime a dozen, but new Japanese restaurant Sushi Yujo is certainly worth a try. For one, their lunch sets start from just $38. When headed by Chef Desmond Fong, formerly at Les Amis’ Sushi Jin, this Tanjong Pagar’s Amara Hotel shows great promise. He’s had more than 20 years of experience, and is well-versed in bringing his own personal touches to the traditional Japanese omakase. Seafood is flown in four times a week from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market, so you can expect the freshest of ingredients. In our case, we experienced the dinner omakase – Yujo ($288), which comes with five types of sashimi, two cooked dishes, and five pieces of sushi. First up, the trio of appetisers that included a Tokuboshi baby abalone, ankimo (monkfish liver) and shiro ebi with bafun ebi. Everything went swimmingly well – especially the ankimo that melted in our mouths. Monkfish liver is typically known as foie gras of the sea, so no doubt that this was one of our favoured dishes.  Photograph: Daniel Iskandar  We then shifted to the tai (sea bream) carpaccio. This, once again, was another standout dish. It was made as such with a generous drizzle of truffle oil and shoyu, then topped with truffle caviar and shio kombu – all in all, a delicate dish that isn’t traditionally Japanese but still tasty.  While sashimi is typically one of the more luxe courses of any omakase, at Sushi Yujo, it was one of the more underwhelming courses – not that there was anythi

We went tufting at Singapore’s only pet-friendly tufting studio

We went tufting at Singapore’s only pet-friendly tufting studio

Since Covid first broke out, we’ve been seeing folks around Singapore showcase their rug tufting masterpieces all over Instagram. Iconic emblems or motivational quotes made up the bulk of these tufted rugs, all painstakingly handcrafted by the novice rug tufter. Obviously, we were excited to try too. For our very first attempt in rug tufting, we headed down to Studio An – a pet-friendly art studio that’s located in the secluded Kaki Bukit industrial park. And just to change things up a bit, we brought our own dog along to mark our very first rug tufting experience.    Photograph: Studio An       As far as we know, Studio An is Singapore’s only pet-friendly tufting studio. That’s not to say that all workshops are suitable for dogs though – they only hold the occasional class where dogs are welcome to join. In any case, we brought along our chihuahua to join in this “Doggy Day Out”, cutely described as where we can “tuft the fluff”. It starts from $100 and includes a range of goodies: OuiOats’ oat bowls, The 1925 craft beers and Starter Culture’s tea-flavoured kombucha, and preservative-free doggo treats from Feed My Paws included.    Photograph: Studio An   Since we brought our dog along, it was a no-brainer: we’ll be doing up a rug that looks just like her. Or so we thought. In choosing a standard chihuahua silhouette, we first got started by tracing the imprint onto the fabric.      Despite being complete beginners, it wasn't difficult one bit. The gist of it was easy en

Blue Smoke is an Asian smokehouse with The 1925 beers on tap

Blue Smoke is an Asian smokehouse with The 1925 beers on tap

While this Joo Chiat eatery once went by the name of The 1925 Brewing Co, known for their traditional Teochew menu with Chaoshan ceviche and fish porridge, they’ve since rebranded to Blue Smoke. Now, it’s an Asian smokehouse by the same folks behind The 1925 microbrewery. This time round, it's the food that’s caught our attention.  They still have the Chaoshan ceviche, a lettuce salad with lamb and cured garoupa, topped with ikura. Newly introduced though, are the grilled “Sai Ua” sausages, a grilled pork sausage that’s inspired by the flavours of Northern Thailand. Both fall under limited portions daily, so you’ll need to go down early before they sell out.      Photograph: Pailin Boonlong It’s the rendang Wagyu brisket that is the obvious star of the show – there’s an undercurrent of locally-inspired flavours that runs through the menu. With this, it’s a brisket that’s been slow smoked for 18 hours, charcoal-grilled over lychee wood. You can choose between the fattier cut Point End ($15 for 100g) or the Naval End ($12 for 100g) which comes with a chewier, but still tender cut. When paired with the “dirty” basmati rice ($8), it transforms into a complete meal – carbs and all. Of course, you can order more traditional side dishes such as the miso butter baby potatoes ($12) or smoked pumpkin hash ($10).    Photograph: Blue Smoke For drinks, what else would you get but the craft beers on tap? They’ve got the full range of The 1925 Brewing Co. here. This family-operated re

Shake Shack has a new sambal mayo menu that's inspired by nasi lemak

Shake Shack has a new sambal mayo menu that's inspired by nasi lemak

No combo is more classic than burger and fries, but Shake Shack Singapore is now spicing things up with the Sambal Mayo series. It’s Shake Shack’s first-ever Singapore-inspired burger, taking its inspiration from local fare like nasi lemak and sambal chicken. This is a special launch that’s been created just for Shake Shack, backed by the culinary expertise of Batu Lesung Spice Company and local Chef Jeremy Nguee.  Photograph: Pailin Boonlong The lineup includes a burger ($12.50), chicken sandwich ($12.50), and fries ($7.90) – all slathered with a tasty sambal mayo. The burger comes with an Angus beef patty and ingredients that we’re used to seeing on a plate of nasi lemak. But does it taste like nasi lemak? Somewhat, with a crunch of fresh cucumber slices and a fried egg.    Photograph: Pailin Boonlong   For us though, the chicken sandwich reigns supreme with its crispy chicken – juicy, since they only use the thigh or drumstick. There appears to be a more generous layer of sambal mayo on this, and it’s pretty darn good with a bite of seasoned cabbage slaw and crunchy cucumber. In any case, whichever you order, make sure to get the crinkle cut fries too. Once again, expect a heavy-handed dollop of sambal mayo and scattered bacon bits and scallions.    Photograph: Pailin Boonlong   Head down to one of the eight Shake Shacks around Singapore – this sambal mayo range is available till August 15.   READ MORE:Are we overreacting to the current chicken shortage?Wakuda is now

Mod-Japanese restaurant Jypsy has opened in One Fullerton with stunning waterfront views

Mod-Japanese restaurant Jypsy has opened in One Fullerton with stunning waterfront views

Restaurant Jypsy was once in Martin Road but they’ve just newly opened in One Fullerton, a stunning waterfront-facing location. Obvious boho-chic decor aside, its weathered panels and statement hanging lamps have taken cues from the scenic Japanese archipelago – not exactly to the level of Bali beachy, but rather, mimicking a classy seaside resort.  Photograph: Pailin Boonlong   Despite having the name “Jypsy”, which immediately offers an impression of a carefree, vagabond life, the menu reads fairly sophisticated too. It’s a restaurant concept by PS.Cafe so no surprise that their food is equal parts photogenic and tasty. They're known for signature dishes like salmon tacos and a nest of fries, that’s artistically created to look like a Japanese kakiage dish of tempura. But it’s a mixture of small and big plates here, perfect for a larger group to try a little bit of everything.  Photograph: Pailin Boonlong   The salmon tacos ($16) were easy showstoppers for the generous filling of cubed salmon sashimi, avocado and ikura. This was a hit in their last location, and no surprise that it remains as popular here. Although a modern-Japanese restaurant, meaning that their forte might not necessarily be sashimi, they do also offer plates of fresh fish – snapper, salmon, and scallop ($26) – that’s dressed with lime ponzu. The tuna sashimi ($25), served on a picture-perfect plate with furikake, avruga caviar and pickled wasabi, was equally delish.    Photograph: Pailin Boonlong  

Say ohayo to Somerset’s newest Japanese restaurant

Say ohayo to Somerset’s newest Japanese restaurant

Somerset is constantly swarmed by crowds for its endless list of restaurants and happy hour deals – it's one of the busiest spots in town. Any restaurant that opens their doors in this bustling stretch has to get with the programme pronto, or risk losing out. And that’s what mod-Japanese restaurant Ohayo Mama San is doing, with a fusion menu that shows off their creativity. While not the first to bend the rules of traditional Japanese fare, this colourful diner certainly puts their own spin on things.    Photograph: Ohayo Mama San/yellowcarnivoreeats First up: a selection of Japanese tapas, intended as bite-sized appetisers. Try the Foursome Crabmeat Nori Tacos ($20 for four), a hard taco shell with a crabmeat filling and smear of green ebiko. Don’t expect fresh crab at this price point, it’s a garden-variety surimi mixed with mayo – but in any case, a large dollop of surimi. The entire shell comes wrapped with a tiny sliver of seaweed, that’s evidently more for appearance’s sake than taste.  It's with much fanfare that the chicken kebab ($16) is brought to the table. Two skewers dangle from a high stand, piercing through chicken chunks as well as grilled tomatoes, onions, and asparagus. Taking a quick look around, this appears to be a crowd-favourite – simply based on the number of kebab stands perched on other tables.   The riceless rolls ($24) are exactly how they sound: sushi rolls, with no rice, a viable order for those on a keto diet. While we’re all ready to turn our

This picture-perfect restaurant in Sentosa has a wine pairing dinner that melds the best of land and sea

This picture-perfect restaurant in Sentosa has a wine pairing dinner that melds the best of land and sea

It’s a rare occasion for a restaurant to have absolute mastery over both meat and seafood. It just so happens that Bedrock Origin is a natural at both, with a thoughtfully-planned menu that melds together the best of both land and sea.  This restaurant in Oasia Resort Sentosa is a lighter, cleaner take to the original Bedrock Bar & Grill steakhouse that’s in town. Not just in terms of the menu: it has natural light streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows and is dressed from tip-to-toe in classy decor. A quiet, effortless charm drapes over it all – exactly what we expect from a sophisticated Sentosa restaurant that doesn’t bore us silly with a cast-iron dress code.  From now to August 18, Bedrock Origin is onto their second edition of the Great Beef & Reef Series, a wine pairing menu that pays heed to the freshest of produce. It starts at $188 per person for the six-course tasting menu, with an additional $108 add-on for wine pairing. Those who drink, it’s an obvious choice: say yes. The menu showcases new world award-winning wines, from the Californian vineyards of Orin Swift.  Photograph: Pailin Boonlong   But the crux of any tasting menu, no matter what wine aficionados might say, is the food itself. It starts with a trio of shellfish: Sakoshi oyster with scattered sherry pearls, pickled mussels dressed with a chimichurri sauce, and pickled Korean flower clams. Displayed beautifully on a curved stone bowl, this makes for a light appetiser, but one that tastefully shows

The Coconut Club reopens in a Beach Road shophouse with a new menu

The Coconut Club reopens in a Beach Road shophouse with a new menu

It’s been just two months since The Coconut Club closed their doors in Ann Siang Hill, but they’ll soon be opening up a new restaurant. This Saturday (May 28), head down to their new Beach Road outlet to tuck into their famed nasi lemak. This new flagship is housed in a conservation shophouse, with communal tables and an open kitchen. If the space seems familiar, it’s where dine-in-the-dark restaurant NOX used to be.   Photograph: The Coconut Club Interestingly, the new menu features a range of brekkie items that will be available from 8.30am to 11am. The charcoal-grilled kaya toast ($6.80) is undeniably pricier than our old-school coffee shop breakfast, but rightfully so: buns are grilled over a bincho-tan charcoal grill right in front of diners. Each comes with homemade kaya, a slab of French butter, and of course, is served with soft-boiled eggs.    This new breakfast lineup has also jumped on the sando bandwagon with an otah katsu sando ($7.80), which has panko-crusted otah between buns. A hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp) tuna sandwich ($10.80) makes an appearance too.    Photograph: The Coconut Club   The Coconut Club, first and foremost, will always be known for their nasi lemak: ayam goreng ($18.80), ikan bakar ($18.80) or otah ($10.80). It’s your choice – all three are equally tasty. Each set comes with the usuals, such as fluffy coconut rice, a fried egg, ikan billis, cucumber, and a generous dollop of sambal chilli. Much like a plate of chicken rice, it’s the c

Gamers will lap up these newly launched luxury gaming suites at Fairmont Singapore

Gamers will lap up these newly launched luxury gaming suites at Fairmont Singapore

Fairmont Singapore has recently unveiled the world’s first luxury gaming suites, all comfortably decked out in award-winning Razer gear and hotel amenities that we associate with a five-star hotel. Excited? That’s for sure, since it’s not always easy to find the optimal gaming environment these days with high-performance gaming monitors and keyboards.  Since Razer is a brand that’s reached global recognition for its quality gear and lifestyle gaming wear, this is bound to be a memorable “daycay” for all gamers – no matter if you’re an amateur or if you’ve been doing this for decades. You can book these suites till April 2023, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan your gaming retreat. Know that they are only available in two or four-hour blocks, from 9am to 11pm daily.  As Managing Director of Fairmont Singapore Marcus Hanna says, staying at one of these plush hotel suites will “introduce the ultimate gamer-centric experience”, since it melds together the comfort of a luxury hotel and Razer’s innovativeness in the gaming realm. We’re already more than tempted to book ourselves a suite, but before we do, here’s a first look into the three recently launched gaming suites.   Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Razer Gamer and Streamer SuiteThe epitome of a gaming den is exactly what this Razer Gamer and Streamer Suite is. It’s almost as if you’re entering your first professional esports tournament. Look forward to the very best gaming gear, since each station comes thoughtfully fitted

Time Out Market will soon be opening in Japan’s food capital

Time Out Market will soon be opening in Japan’s food capital

We’ve been clambouring to go to Japan for what feels like eons. Thankfully, they’re planning to open their borders to foreign tourists by the end of the month – tourists from just four countries, with Singapore included. And now, for equally brilliant news: Time Out Market will be opening their doors in Asia for the first time with Time Out Market Osaka. It’s slated to open in 2025, as part of the Umekita Second Zone, a new urban development that’s right in front of Osaka Station. Since it’s the same year that Osaka will be hosting the World Expo, expect plenty of buzz to surround Japan then.    Photograph: Umekita 2nd Project Developer At Time Out Market Osaka, look forward to a lineup of the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs, award-winning mixologists, and rising entertainment stars. The Market will span over 31,000 square feet (that’s half a football field!), so you can be sure that visitors will be tasting the very best of Osaka. As one of the more popular travel destinations for Singaporeans before the pandemic, we all know that Osaka is a culinary city filled with an endless variety of food. It’s known as “kuidaore” which means “too much good food to eat” – not at all a problem for us.   Photograph: Filip Wolak   Time Out Market is our very own food and cultural market, and we’ve made a splash around the world for our top-notch curation of food and drinks. Time Out Market Osaka is our most recently announced Market, joining established Markets like Lisbon, Miami, N