Naiise (#02-02/04) has become our go-to store for local products, pulling together an extensive range of home goods, accessories and food items by local makers in a sprawling 5,500-square-foot store. Furniture label doob retails its fuzzy grizzly bear beanbags here, while plush toy company Meykrs turns snack-sized kueh tutu into cushions ($29.90) you can hug.
Nineties kids will recall the onslaught of LiveJournal blogshops that cropped up locally in the early noughties, Hollyhoque included. After making it big on the web, its brick-and-mortar store now features its own collections that includes day-to-night basics like the Verena halter top ($30) and pleated culottes ($33.50), which are great for after-work drinks or a casual day out. Hollyhoque's range is refreshed twice-weekly, so check back often for a wardrobe update.
The Authority Co, a homegrown menswear label takes cues from haute fashion houses, but with affordable price points that’ll make you rethink your recent brand-name splurge. Apart from basic button-down shirts and pinstripe shorts, there are slack banding pants ($39) alongside oversized crew-neck pullovers (Nylon MTM Khaki, $49) and the Dominic Bomber Jacket ($79) on hangers here.
At this homegrown ramen-ya, you won’t have trouble living up to its name, which translates to ‘finishing every last bit of your dish’. You can do just that with bowls of Hakata-style black truffle ramen ($16.90) that are doled and swept from the open kitchen into stretched-out stomachs. The chewy noodles are a counterpoint to diced truffle that’s tossed liberally in infused oil. Even the blowtorched char siew, sweet and mildly charred, can’t steal the thunder. If traditional ramen is more up your alley, the signature Kanshoku ramen bowl ($13.90) has a well-balanced tonkotsu broth that isn’t too rich. And if your noodles can't get to your table fast enough, order a bowl of truffle oil-coated edamame ($4.90).
The queues for its famed honey toast were off-the-charts when this Taiwanese chain first opened at Capitol Piazza. And now its second outlet offers a taste of the familiar: Pandan gula Melaka honey toast ($18.90) with bite-sized kaya-filled cubes of bread. Or flood your taste buds with mentaiko roe with chunky fries ($8.90), lobster capellini ($26.90), and the duck confit burger ($24.90), upgraded with caramelised onions and a hunk of Camembert cheese.
Goro-goro: that’s the sound of our stomachs growling in hunger, or so the owners of this Korean hotpot buffet joint would like you to think. A weekday lunch spread (from $9.90/child, $14.90/adult) here gets you two soup bases – there’s mala, tom yam, ginseng chicken, tomato, vegetarian, or a 12-hour-simmered beauty collagen – and a selection of up to 70 meats, meatballs, noodles and vegetables. For the ravenous, there are also extras like tteokbokki, kimchi pancakes and Korean fried wings to pick at.
Consisting of two curved towers straddling both sides of the street, Orchardgateway links directly to Somerset MRT (with underpasses to 313@somerset and Orchard Central) and Emerald Hill across the bridge. The larger 21-storey main tower features six retail levels, which includes the relaunched library@orchard on the third and fourth floor. It also houses the 502-room Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, with an infinity pool on the 19th floor.