There's more to Mandarin Gallery than the luxe brands cladding its façade.
You've sprung for a pricey evening dress or tuxedo – now it's time to get it to fit you just right. Haute Alteration Initiative specialises in taking needle and scissors to high-end brands like Vera Wang, Valentino and Berluti. Prices start from $20 for a basic shortening, and vary according to the complexity of your request. You'll be doing a good deed, too, as the store is the retail face for social entreprise A-Changin' Ltd, which provides employment opportunities to underprivileged women.
Founders Andrew Tan and Mitsuko Murano birthed lifestyle store Atomi to share their love for well-crafted Japanese design, and it shows. Take the Hiroshima Armchair in Walnut ($2,400) designed by Naoto Fukasawa, or the malleable Suzagami Tin Plate ($33), which can be bent like origami to suit your needs. Fun fact: ‘Atomi’ is a combination of the first letters of founders Andrew (‘A’) and Mitsuko’s (‘Mi’) names, and ‘to’means ‘and’ in Japanese.
Multi-label store et-i-kit – a play on ‘etiquette’ – stocks an extensive range of clothing and accessories from curated brands, including THEA by Thara and womenswear label Self-Portrait by London-based designer Han Chong. For jewellery, Vita Fede scores with its clean aesthetic: take the Mini Titan Thea Bracelet ($360) in rose gold, finished with a hexagon cone detail.
The folks behind brunch favourite Wild Honey offer a unique cured meat experience at this New York-inspired deli. The meat platter ($55) is a primer of their pastrami, corned and roast beef, meatloaf and chopped liver, all cooked and steamed in-house. For something more handheld, try the grilled Reuben (from $18 for 150g) which tucks melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and your choice of either pastrami or corned beef between bread slices. If you prefer your salmon smoked, have it on a potato and onion latke (from $16), and top up $5 for salmon roe. You know you want to.
It specialises in – you guessed it – deep-fried, breaded pork cutlets so light and crisp that you'll almost think its healthy. Choose from hire (fillet) or rosu (loin) cuts, depending on how fatty you like your meat, in a set deal ($29.80) that comes with unlimited refills of rice, miso soup and shredded cabbage.
The 'WTF?!' find
Luxe brands such as Paul Smith, Vertu and soon, Victoria's Secret, clad the façade of Mandarin Gallery but that's not all to this Orchard Road mall. Shop for Japanese lifestyle products at Atomi, clothing and accessories from multi-label et-i-kit, or get your high-end fashion purchases altered at Haute Alteration Initiative. Then, take a break from shopping and sip on teas from Antoinette or The Providore. If it's nearer to dinnertime, fuel up with main courses from Sacha and Sons or Tonkatsu by Ma Maison and you're ready to continue with your retail spree.
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