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Geylang Serai Bazaar 2017
Brace yourselves for the heat – and a grease feast – as you flock to the annual food market to binge on Ramly burgers, otah-otah and other sinful street snacks (err, candyfloss burritos and 'rainbow planet' ice cream buns, anybody?). Keep an eye out for massive Instagram-worthy installations inspired by the Malay culture and heritage, including a 4.4m-tall wau display, planted along the stretch. There's also plenty of activities held in conjunction with the market, such as free movie screenings, gigs, a pop-up museum and a heritage race, where participants can learn more about Hari Raya celebrations as they dash around the precinct. The bazaar spans around the Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and along Haig Road, from May 25 to June 24. The official light-up ceremony is on May 20.
ONE: Dynasty of Heroes
Witness all the hard knocks at ONE: Dynasty of Heroes, a mixed martial arts (MMA) battle at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This year's event shines a spotlight on two undefeated female fighters. MMA star Angela Lee squares off against Brazilian challenger Istela Nunes to defend the Women’s Atomweight World Champion title. Lee captured the title from Japanese fighter Mei Yamaguchi last year, and has since successfully defended her title against Taiwanese martial artist Jenny Huang in Bangkok – solidifying Lee’s spot as one of the most unstoppable athletes in women’s MMA.
The inaugural Children's Biennale features ten interactive art showcases in collaboration with artists from Singapore and around the world. Immerse your little ones in teamLab's 'Homogenizing and Transforming World' exhibit that allows them to experience a digital and multi-sensory world wlthout physical boundaries. Then make for photographer Robert Zhao's showcase of 39 animals, plants and environments that have been manipulated by humans – a lesson for kids on the issues of morality and ethics.
Float through the cosmos as you slow dance to this French duo’s sensual electronic pop. Air are lauded as one of the most influential electronic acts in recent years, melding the sultriness of Siouxsie and the Banshees with the insouciance of Zero 7. It’s bachelor pad music of the best kind.
Fun fact: true spectrum blue is a relatively uncommon colour in plants. As Gardens by the Bay turns five, marvel at the mega floral display featuring fresh blooms in this rare hue. Think French-inspired gardens peppered with topiaries among bright fields of agapanthus, hydrangeas and delphiniums.
Me@OUE Fiesta Japan Edition
For one night only on May 26, join Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and chef Chen Kentaro from two-Michelin-star Shisen Hanten as they whip up Japan’s finest foods at Me@OUE. Priced at $128 per person, guests will be served unlimited butler-passed canapés, Saint Vaast oysters, expertly prepared sashimi and sushi. There's also sake at Sakemaru’s sampling booth and free-flow beer, house white, rosé wines, soft drinks and juices all night long.
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With two custom-made woodfire ovens on-site, Firebake is extremely serious about its sourdough breads. There are four types available: white, rye, wholemeal and fruit, each made with all-natural, top quality ingredients like organic flour from Western Australia and Nordaq Fresh filtered water. It’s not playing around with the food either – expect dishes like four-spice liver pate ($12) that's made with equal parts butter and liver for a luscious spread, Norwegian blue mussels cooked with lager and chorizo ($25) and grilled pork belly served in a sweet garden vegetable broth ($22). Everything's cooked on two 1880s refurbished Husqvarna cast iron stoves from Sweden that are powered by woodfire, keeping to the theme of rustic soul food from the hearth and heart.
Grilled chicken on a stick might seem like a simple concept, but Birders does so much more than that. Chicken parts are elevated beyond the normal sprinkling of salt, with different sauces paired with parts such as heart ($4) with spring onions and ginger, and breast ($3.50) with mustard and panko. The yakitori restaurant also has one of the best chicken liver pâtés ($16) in town, served with a side of deep fried mantou sliders and yuzu marmalade. Wash it all down with a wide variety of sake, including affordable, single-serve sake cups if you don't feel like shelling out for the full bottle.
Lewin Terrace (new menu)
With a menu that changes with the seasons, Lewin Terrace is a fine-dining restaurant that combines French cooking techniques with only the best produce from Japan. For Spring, the restaurant has five and seven-course menus that highlight the beauty of spring, using ingredients like cherry blossoms and mountain vegetables. Spring is also the only time where the restaurant brings in sakuradai, a sea bream that is harvested during sakura season, which is pan-fried with sakura ebi and asparagus. Another standout is chef's Wagyu Meets Tiger, a wagyu beef brisket that's been stewed in Tiger beer served alongside dried figs and apricots for a touch of sweetness.
The Black Swan (new menu)
The handsome 130-seater ground floor dining room and showcase bar with the kitchen is run by culinary director Daniel Sia, who has updated the menu to feature more modern chophouse plates. Think dishes like hand-chopped steak tartare ($26), Vidalia onion broth with bone marrow flan ($26), and The Black Swan Burger ($32). The steaks are sourced from boutique ranches around the world, so you'll find Brandt USDA choice tenderloin ($60) and Tajima wagyu striploin ($60) on the menu. Desserts are also a twist on steakhouse classics – don't miss the cookies and cream ($16) with milkshakes spiked with Baileys.
On the first floor, SPRMRKT Daily is a grocery shop, retail space and riverside café rolled into one. Try the blackened fish and chips ($20) featuring locally-caught fish fillets fried in house-made squid ink batter, or the fail-safe English Breakfast ($28) of Kurobuta pork sausage, bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, sauteed mushroom, two eggs served with toasted brioche. Climb the stairs up to SPRMRKT Kitchen and Bar, and the vibe changes completely. Here, Singaporean chef-owner Joseph Yeo serves dishes like the twice-cooked chicken roulade ($28) on a bed of smoked curried cauliflower puree and chicken jus, and smoked lobster tail ($42), with macaroni mixed with three cheeses and pumpkin, and topped with toasted garlic panko bread crumbs for extra crunch. Desserts are equally stunning with the Earl Grey creme brûlée ($16) taking the cake with its lemon lavendar streusel base, fresh seasonal fruits and edible pressed flowers.
Whet your appetite with starters like Spanner crab salad ($15) dressed in wasabi mayonnaise and served with diced apple and red-veined sorrel, and Angus beef tartare ($16), which features hand-chopped beef fillet marinated with chives, mustard seeds and accompanied with sourdough crisps. For mains, try the lobster fregola sarda pasta ($28) topped with an onsen egg and parmesan shavings or the melt-in-your-mouth braised beef cheeks ($32) served with browned butter potato puree, heirloom carrots and asparagus. Those looking for a healthier option, there's a salmon ochazuke ($24) on offer, which features seared slices of Norwegian salmon, edamame and ikura, served with a teapot of smoked tea dashi.
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Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Ann Siang Road and Club Street
Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area